Lens Review: Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

Canon 50mm f-1.8

Reviewing the “Nifty Fifty”

I would think that for most dSLR owners this would be the first prime lens that they would own. It is a great way to get a prime lens that works well in low light. It also has a great price tag. You can pick one of these up for around $100 dollars and it gives you great results. I think that it really is designed for the crop frame cameras, but you can use it on a full frame unit. This was my first lens after the two kit lenses that I had. I loved the way that I could shoot indoors without cranking up my ISO as much. This lens was first introduced in 1991 so it is not a new lens so to speak. For having over 20 year old tech in it this lens still holds up.

Pros and Cons


  • Low price tag
  • Good image quality at f/1.8
  • Compact
  • Great for candids


  • Plastic body construction
  • Lens mount plastic as well
  • 5 blade aperture
  • Not L glass
  • Loud focus motor

Final Verdict

I think that if you look at the pros and cons you will see that I was really nitpicking on a few of them. The body is constructed out of plastic, but you did pay $100 for the lens. This would not stand up to the rigors of sports photography, but it does work well in low light situations. I almost exclusively used this lens indoors until I bought my 5d Mark III. Almost any family photo taken in the house was with this lens. It really has sat on the shelf for the most part since I bought a camera with a high ISO capability. It served its purpose for a couple of years though. I still get it out when I want a razor thin layer of focus. When I first bought the lens I thought that the bokeh that it produced was awesome. Now that I have tried some other lenses though I do not like the pentagon bokeh as much. The 5 blades in the camera do not give a pleasant bokeh all the time. As you can see below it can give a nice bokeh though.  Again for most just starting out this is a non factor as well. This is a great lens for the beginner trying to take their photography to the next level.

Sample Images

Here are a few images that I have made with the 50mm f/1.8 lens. Here is a link to all of my posts in which I featured the 50mm f/1.8 lens.

sacred city roller derby


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