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 4.7 out of 5 by 19 reviewers.
Rated 1 out of 5 by You get what you pay for. Firstly, can i just say that this lens takes amazing images. However due to the fact that the connection at the back of the lens is cheap plastic it easily becomes jammed to the body of the camera. On further research this seems to be a common problem with this lens. Whoever the buyer is at John Lewis should have known this. Managed to remove the lens, but it buckled the connections, rendering the body useless. God knows how much this is going to cost me to repair. Really not worth taking the risk in my opinion. Think about buying the more expensive Canon 50mm with the metal connecting ring. 03 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Canon EF 50mm f/1.8II Standard Lens Dont be fooled by the rather cheap plastic feel of this lens. It gives quality pictures. Great value for money. 23 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent Value Prime Lens I'm using this on my Sony NEX 6 with a Canon E-Mount adapter for that reason I can only review this as a manual focus lens as my adapter doesn't do autofocus. However, this lens gives fantastically sharp, contrasty photos with excellent DoF. The only drawback for me is that 50mm is a little more zoomed than I expected. I'll probably get a second at 35mm for use in tighter spaces. 14 April 2015
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
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