Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens

Model #2514A002

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Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 2.7 x 1.6" (6.86 x 4.06 cm)
Weight 4.6 oz (130 g)
Filter thread 52 mm


Camera mount type Canon EF
Groups/elements 5/6
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Focal length 50 mm
Angle of view 46°
Minimum focus distance 1.5' (45 cm)
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:6.6
Magnification 0.15x
Diaphragm blades 5


Autofocus Yes
Image stabilization No
Tripod collar No
Expert Reviews
Dp review.32823956
28 January 2009

The Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II may be one of the cheapest lenses currently on the market, but its optics belie its lowly price. As befits a classic standard prime lens, it's very sharp when stopped down (especially in the centre), shows minimal chromatic aberration, and has relatively low distortion;...

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    Excellent image quality when stopped down, Essentially no lateral chromatic aberration, Extremely cheap

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    Extremely cheaply built, Harsh and distracting bokeh due to pentagonal aperture, Vignetting at wide apertures on full frame (which only disappears at F3.5), Inconsistent autofocus in low light (most problematic when using large apertures)

Slr lens and camera reviews.33034498
6 June 2009

With the exception of its build quality, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is a fantastic value for your money. But even with sub-standard built quality, it is a highly recommended choice for anyone considering expanding their lens collection beyond kit lenses or interested in acquiring a fixed focal lens for...

Summit post.32823201
20 November 2011

This is an excellent little prime for those wanting a good amount of depth and bokeh. The lens captures light excellently. The build quality is ok, though it seems the body is made of plastic. This does keep the weight very minimal overall.

3 July 2010

Canon's EF 50mm f/1.8 II is a compact and lightweight basic standard lens which is available for the bargain price of around £80.

21 March 2011

Et af de billigste linser rundt på markedet i dag, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II kameralinsen garantier til at levere skærpet billeder på trods af sin lave pris og lave bygge kvalitet. Kvaliteten af build af Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II kameralinsen er lav på den måde, at det har været lavet af plastik og er...

Rob nunn photo.32823186
23 November 2009

was the first "new" lens I got for my Eos 350d / Rebel XT, the lens was bought as a birthday present from my darling wife back in June '09. I still feel like I'm getting to know this piece of glass, but I wanted to write a simple review to share my thoughts before I get the 28mm f/2.8 at...

The digital picture.34755376
19 November 2004

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens delivers very sharp images as inexpensively as Canon lenses get. Build quality of the 50 f/1.8 is very cheap (as you might expect). This lens feels more like a toy than a piece of optics.

Lenstip com.34355424
21 January 2015

The Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II is a very popular lens and no wonder – for a small amount of money you get an image quality in the frame centre as good as that of the system fixed-focal lenses. It is really tempting and makes many flaws of this lens less significant.

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    excellent image quality in the frame centre (apart from the maximum relative aperture),, very good control of chromatic aberration,, moderate distortion,, imperceptible coma in the corners of the APS-C,, slight vignetting on the APS-C,, moderate astigmatism,, good colour rendition and sensible total...

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    not especially solid, plastic barrel and mount,, horrible performance of manual focus ring which is devoid of any scale,, loud and unreliable autofocus,, huge vignetting on full frame,, high coma in full frame corners.

22 July 2011

Gary Wolstenholme reviews the compact and basic Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens.

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    Excellent optical quality, Light weight, Compact, Inexpensive

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    Build quality, 52mm

Photozone de.34752480
1 May 2011

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II may be a "cheap" lens but it is undoubtedly a capable one. It shares its characteristics with most other 50mm lenses, reads: it's somewhat soft at f/1.8 but at medium aperture settings it is hard to beat with respect to resolution.

User Reviews
Imaging resource.34355410
4 February 2017

A lens that every photographer should have. A prime lens that gives a very fast and pleasant background. Direksiyon Dersi

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    Body quality is very good

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5 June 2017

this lens is INCREDIBLE! best value for the money! the photos it captures are so BEAUTIFUL! definately get this lens if you can't get the 1.4. It's my absolute favorite lens right now!

19 March 2014

I debated about purchasing this lens becuase of the plastic build quality, but I have been amazed at the sharpness and quality of the pictures - particularly for portraits. The super fast F1.8 lets you get that nice, short depth of field & bokeh, without spending $$$$.

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    tack sharp, quick focus, small & light

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    a bit loud, too much plastic

17 June 2015

Love the picture quality when using this lens. the low F-stop is awesome and the unfocused area is blurred as much as I can expect it to. Great lens indeed!

3 March 2014

This lens obviously isn't going to have the build quality of a l lens. However, the clarity from this lens is outstanding! The af seems to hunt sometimes but wide open, it is better to use manual focus because the dof is so shallow.

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    This lens obviously isn't going to have the build quality of a l lens. However, the clarity from this lens is outstanding! The af seems to hunt sometimes but wide open, it is better to use manual focus because the dof is so shallow.

Photography review.34752477
23 August 2010

This is my go-to portrait lens for indoors and outdoors. It's never let me down, it's fast enough to get REALLY creamy Bokeh and quick auto focus. If you're looking for a great prime lens to get started with something better than your kit lens, this is your lens!

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    Fast Glass, Inexpensive, great Depth of field, quick AF

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    It feels a bit cheaply built, it's plastic housing doesn't scream quality. Also the lens hood, (ES-62), isn't included, so that's an additional $8-$15.

11 August 2011

The Canon EF 50mm is a compact standard lens . It has fixed focal length, high light sensitivity and is very small and light. Weighing in at 130 grams you don’t really notice it at a normal SLR.

1 week ago

The product is good and the pictures taken by it are very sharp. Best lens for portrait in this range. I bought it on 26 Mar 2015 for INR 6552 Sharpness: 8/10 Bokeh effect: 8/10

15 July 2017

Definitely an upgrade for me but auto focus basically useless if wanting to use for video, the auto focus is insanely loud. Not a huge problem just need to use manual focus which can be a pain sometimes but the quality of the lens is worth it, nice blurry backgrounds and sharp image.

14 July 2017

Compact and lightweight good lens for the price. Good lens for low-light shooting.

Product Highlights
  • High Performance Standard Lens
  • Fast f/1.8 Aperture
  • 46-Degree Angle of View
  • 1.5' (0.45m) Close Focusing Distance
  • 52mm Filter Size
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