Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
$100 - $125
50 mm
autofocus prime lens
f/1.8
  • Generic motor Built in focus motor

reviewswhat are people saying

"Use it in low light or for portraits, or as a general walk around lens. It's the one that stays on my camera all the time now. "

"I purchased this lens because it's small, sharp, fast, light and cheap. Something I can put on my Canon body and take with me on business trips "

"Little on the loud side when trying to focus."

compatibilitywith digital cameras

Full frame

This lens is compatible with Full frame cameras such as the Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 6D and Canon 1D X.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
39.6°
horizontal angle of view
50mm
35mm equivalent focal length

APS-C (1.6x crop factor)

This lens is compatible with APS-C (1.6x crop factor) cameras such as the Canon 70D, Canon T5i and Canon Rebel T5.

Canon EOS 70D
25.4°
horizontal angle of view
80mm
35mm equivalent focal length

Pros

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II vs other Canon EF (Full-frame) lenses

Prime lens Prime lens Help
Typically very sharp
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
$100.00
Weight Very light Help
130 g
Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/1.8

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II vs other Canon EF (Full-frame) low light lenses

Auto focus Supports autofocus Help
Easier to use

Cons

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II vs other Canon EF (Full-frame) lenses

Max focal length Poor telephoto lens Help
50 mm
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

Specifications

General

Min focal length
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50 mm
Max focal length
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50 mm
Zoom range
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1x
below average below average
Magnification
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1:6.7 (0.2x)

Aperture

Wide minimum
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f/1.8
above average above average
Wide maximum
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Unknown
Tele minimum
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f/1.8
above average above average
Tele maximum
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Unknown

Features

Auto focus
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Yes
Focus motor
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Generic motor
Image stabilization
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None
Fisheye
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No
Tilt-shift
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No

Form factor

Lens mount
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Canon EF (Full-frame)
Length
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Unknown
Diameter
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Unknown
Filter size
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Unknown
Weight
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130 g
above average above average

Angle of view

Wide horizontal
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39.6°
Telephoto horizontal
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39.6°
Wide vertical
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27°
Telephoto vertical
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27°
Wide diagonal
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46.8°
Telephoto diagonal
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46.8°

Angle of view (On Canon EF-S APS-C 1.5x crop cameras)

Wide horizontal
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26.6°
below average below average
Telephoto horizontal
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26.6°
Wide vertical
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18°
below average below average
Telephoto vertical
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18°
Wide diagonal
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31.7°
below average below average
Telephoto diagonal
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31.7°

Competitors

DiscussionWhat do you think about the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens?

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joey (6:56 PM, June 08, 2013)
Can you use a cannon ef 50mm 1:1.8 (not II) on digital camera
 
Michael (7:41 PM, January 20, 2013)
For the price, this thing is really amazing. It obviously excels at getting shots in low light, but try stopping it down a bit when the light is more favorable - at f/8 it can sometimes beat out my L zoom lens.
 
Avatar for matias elgart matias elgart (5:46 AM, September 14, 2012)
light, cheap and non-intimidating to your photo subjects. i've taken some of my favorite pictures with this lens. sometimes not very sharp at all, though, and i've missed a couple of good shots as a result. worth the money and practical.
 
Avatar for Oren E Oren E (4:05 AM, December 04, 2011)
Really liked your city (HCM) by the way. that mix of old and new. I'm using 600D and just ordered this lens off ebay. Looking to get better sharpness than the kit lenses (18-55mm and 55-250mm) I got.
 
Avatar for Ginny Le Ginny Le (11:08 PM, February 01, 2011)
It's really cheap and brings you wonderful DOF. I first hated the pentagon bokeh in live view mode but it doesn't show in photos therefore it doesn't matter to me.
 
Avatar for dcbryan dcbryan (6:18 AM, January 02, 2011)
I wouldn't say that's the only bad thing, it's also cheap as hell breaks very easily. But for $70, what more could you ask for.
 
POOFACE (9:32 AM, December 19, 2010)
The only thing bad about the lens is that you can see the arpature in the bokeh. This gets really annoying as the nice fuzzy dots ( that you normally get) turn into fuzzy pentagons sometimes.