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
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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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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8II Standard Lens 4.9 5 14 14
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
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
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
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
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
Compact light and convenient Excellent for everyday use, although I really miss the zoom function on my old lens 04 April 2012
Prime Product At such an attractive price, this lens should always be in your camera bag. With its great low light and depth of field features, it is possible to achieve photographs which would otherwise be impossible to capture. One issue however is focusing. unfortunately it is not the quietest of lenses when utilising the autofocus system, nor is it the speediest. All aside however, this lens is fundamental to achieve great shots at a relatively low price 04 April 2012
Don't judge a book by its cover... If I had not done my research before buying this lens, I would have questioned myself as to what I had just spent my money on! It feels light, plasticky and overall quite cheap. However, it’s not the build quality that makes this lens such great value for money, but the optics within that deliver very sharp and detailed pictures. Having the F/1.8 aperture helps to shoot in low lighting conditions and still catch well lit and detailed pictures. Although the auto focus does struggle to lock onto its subject in extremely low light, this can be rectified by switching to manual focus. With this in mind, the manual focus ring is a bit on the small side and fiddly to use. There is no Image Stabilisation on this model so a steady hand or tripod may be required to get the best out of this lens. The lens further benefits from the fixed 50mm and F/1.8 aperture by generating a bokeh effect (background out of focus blur). It’s not the best quality of bokeh and can sometimes look harsh but on a scale of one to ten, I would rate it a six. It would make sense to buy this lens if you were into taking a lot of portrait shots or using it in low-light indoor situations. It could easily be used out and about too, but I feel it serves a specific purpose. Overall I am delighted with my purchase and the few drawbacks of this lens are easily ignored given the quality that can be produced from such a small lens. It’s an excellent lens and one which will be in my kit bag for many years to come. 07 March 2012
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