LensTip.com

Lenses

There are 1686 lenses in our database and 3176 owners opinions.

You can also
compare lenses side-by-side

Search by:

Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8

Pictures:
Specifications:
Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 50 mm f/1.8
Lens style Normal
Focal length 50 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.8
Angle of view 46.8 o
Closest focusing distance 0.45 m
Maximum magnification 1:6.67
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 5
Auto focus type AF
Lens Construction 6 elements / 5 groups
Filter diameter 52 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 67.4 x 42.5 mm
Weight 190 g
Additional information Marketed March 1987
Average rating (9 owners reviews)
Build quality
Optical quality
Value for money

Overall

3.96 Average
Owners reviews (9)
  1. Effivesix
    Effivesix 8 May 2015, 15:55
    Build quality
    Optical quality
    Value for money

    Overall

    IP 86.132.x.x
    Owner since: 7 years
    Price: £65
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Very few, but people have 'discovered' this gem and prices have gone high recently with some rough ones in circulation...if you can find a really good one, you'll pay a lot for it...but it's only money!

    Pros: Benefits of metal mount; impressive image quality; easy to carry and use; a 'nifty-fifty' that does a top rate job; ideal for portraiture; it's a lens you can trust with results to keep you happy.

    Summary: This original version deserves high praise and will satisfy many. Still a useful benchmark lens for judging others in terms of IQ and performance. One to buy and look after for years of service and picture pleasure. Just get one!

  2. Mac
    Mac 7 November 2013, 05:19
    Build quality
    Optical quality
    Value for money

    Overall

    IP 65.92.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price: $75 USD
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Standard first-generation EOS consumer lens build -- you either love it or hate it. Audible AF although I myself would not describe it as exactly "noisy." Busy bokeh, pentagonal highlights. DOF scale is woefully inadequate as it is on all Canon EOS lenses except the TS lenses.

    Pros: Small, light, sharp, little/no distortion nor aberrations. What else do you need? Okay; small 52mm filter size is affordable. Fits in a pocket even with the optional hood on. Same housing as the 35mm f2 and 28mm f2.8.

    Summary: No fancy glass nor fancy price tag as none is needed: 50mm have been made for over a century, most flaws were designed out long ago. MUCH better build than the Mark II version and definitely worth finding: this one will last you decades, unlike the Mark II. On APS it makes a delightful portrait lens that won't intimidate amateur models.

  3. Joey-Meowy
    Joey-Meowy 8 April 2013, 18:46
    Build quality
    Optical quality
    Value for money

    Overall

    IP 149.154.x.x
    Owner since: 7 years
    Price: USD195
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: The original metal mount version has become a cult lens and has a price to match. Slow focusing, no USM. 52 mm filters rather than 58mm.

    Pros: More durable than the 50/1.4. Image quality good when stopped down

    Summary: Ignore the model II with the plastic lens mount. The original is better and I suspect more durable.

  4. hi-tower
    hi-tower 8 October 2011, 19:10
    Build quality
    Optical quality
    Value for money

    Overall

    IP 81.217.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price:
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Suffers from coma wide open (ok from f/2.2 onwards). Bokeh is busy. AF is noisy

    Pros: Very sharp from f/2.5, tack sharp stopped down to f/4.0. The EF 50mm 1.8 is the color reference for sensor calibration at Canon. No CA, no distortion at all (best of all 50s on the market).

    Summary: This lens, taken over from my 5D film camera, has got a second life on my 450D, where it serves as the (almost) perfect portrait lens. Stopped down a little, it rivals in sharpness with my 70-200 f/4 L IS, wide open it gets the shot in low light where a kit zoom cannot freeze subject motion blur. The claimed lack of resolution is due mainly to coma, which means that it is less noticeable on low-contrast subjects. Therefore shooting portraits wide open is possible, if you focus carefully. I highly recommend this lens - if you can find one. The mark II is optically identical but mechanically inferior.

  5. Nikonicus
    Nikonicus 1 October 2010, 19:05
    Build quality
    Optical quality
    Value for money

    Overall

    IP 80.4.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: £40
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Plasticky build. Tiny focusing ring. Plastic mount.

    Pros: Sharp, sharp sharp! Very lightweight and decent bokeh. Works very well on my Canon 450d --nice medium tele for portraits.

    Summary: For what I paid, it is fabulous value for money. Highly recommended.

  6. pixee
    pixee 30 July 2010, 11:09
    Build quality
    Optical quality
    Value for money

    Overall

    IP 88.115.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 180€
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: noisy AF, bokeh is ok, but a little nervous

    Pros: very good optical quality, indeed, in this MK I version!

    Summary: can easily been compared with 50mm f1.4 and even Zeiss 50mm f1.4 planar, but the bokeh is not as good.

  7. cg5653
    cg5653 3 January 2010, 04:08
    Build quality
    Optical quality
    Value for money

    Overall

    IP 123.204.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: US150
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: A

    Pros: A

    Summary: A

  8. Elsass
    Elsass 18 October 2009, 17:20
    Build quality
    Optical quality
    Value for money

    Overall

    IP 217.216.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 100€
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Bad build quality, noisy and slow autofocus, poor contrast and color in large apertures, horrible pentagonal bokeh

    Pros: Very decent resolution, cheap

    Summary: Interesting option for begginers in photography. But other people should look elsewhere.

  9. shaftmaster
    shaftmaster 12 October 2009, 08:11
    Build quality
    Optical quality
    Value for money

    Overall

    IP 63.251.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $140
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Noisy AF, out-of-focus highlights have pentagon shape due to 5-blade aperture.

    Pros: Way better than the MarkII version which is cheaply built, has no distance scale, and has an unusable manual focus ring. This lens also has a mount for the ES-65III lens hood and decent build quality.

    Summary: Considering that this lens has the same build quality as the EF 35mm f/2 and EF 28mm f/2.8 lenses that retail for well over $200, finding a used 50mm f/1.8 lens for around $150 seems like a huge bargain.

Add your opinion

Build quality 0 1 2 3 4 5
Optical quality 0 1 2 3 4 5
Value for money 0 1 2 3 4 5