Canon EF 50mm f/1.8II Standard Lens

Product information

The Canon 50mm, f/1.8 is the lightest EF lens of all at a mere 130g, very compact and provides a high-performance for a standard lens. Its Gaussian optics provide sharp delineation from near to far focusing distances. The colour balance is excellent for a standard lens.

Suitable for use with Canon Digital SLR cameras.

Auto Focus Motor
Diaphragm Blades
Dia. 68.2 x L41mm
Equivalent Focal Length Information Focal length when viewed through cameras with a cropped sensor
80mm (APS-C 1.6x crop factor)
Filter Thread (mm)
Focal Length
Image Stabilisation
Lens Elements
Lens Groups
Lens Mount
Canon EF
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focus Distance
45cm (1.5')
Model name / number
EF 50mm
Sensor Format
Full frame, Canon APS-C
Weight Information Unpackaged weight


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Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 16 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by great lens Really pleased with this lens, fits my cannon SLR perfectly, compact, lightweight, easy to use & does the job what intented to. Can recommend & usual JL efficient service. 11 November 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by A great lens...but This lens is amazing and great value for the price. This is why I have given 5 stars. However I would pause for thought before buying this lens and consider the more expensive Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM (Product code: 82972604) before buying this lens. The more expensive lens gives far better depth of field, has quieter autofocus and is a far superior lens. This lens is still great value and a must for most people starting out in the SLR world, but if you can afford the better lens I would recomend trying both out and deciding if you can justify the f/1.4 lens price tag. 05 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great little lens Does what it says on the tin. On an APS sensor acts as a mild telephoto (~80 mm) so is good for portraits. Good value, but feels a little "cheap", but that's not an issue really. The bokeh is quite harsh due to the 5 diaphragm aperture, so if you want a "professional" feeling lens, go for the f/1.4, you'll pay for it though! 28 January 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great value lens We loved this lens from the first time we used it. Great for portrait photos and really good value. 13 July 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Lens at an affordable price! This lens is a must have for any owner of a Canon DSLR. Brilliant for low light photography thanks to the f/1.8. Excellent bit of kit for the price, cannot fault it. 09 July 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Nifty Fifty This is a fast fixed focal length lens that can achieve great results. I found that using it at f1.8 gives soft images but stopping down to f4 and beyond gives sharp images from edge to edge. I tested it against the 18-55mm kit lens at 50mm using a wide variety of f stops and this lens came out on top by a mile everytime, as others have said previously this lens is a must have for your camera bag. 03 July 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good Value. This lens has very good depth of field when videoing. It also creates beautiful pictures for photography. Well worth the price. 30 May 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Compact light and convenient Excellent for everyday use, although I really miss the zoom function on my old lens 04 April 2012
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