Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Standard AutoFocus Lens - USA Warranty - Special Promotional Bundle

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About Canon 50mm F/1.8

This is the lightest EF lens of all at a mere 4.6 oz. (130g). Compact and high-performance, standard lens. Its Gaussian optics provide sharp delineation from near to far focusing distances. The color balance is excellent for a standard lens.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (439),Easily interchangeable (374),Consistent output (368),Nice bokeh (147),Durable (123),Strong construction (63),Super-sharp images (45),Rugged (31),Easy to clean (24),Cheap (19),Easily mounted (19),Clear glass (18) Good in low light (15),Fast auto-focus (13),Inexpensive (13),Simple controls (13),Sharp (9),Superior build quality (9),Fast (9),Great in low light (7),Good price / value (6),Quiet (6),Price (6),Compact (5),Great picture quality (4),Amazing value (3),DIRT CHEAP (3),Great for portraits (3),Great value (3),Versatile (3),Good value (3),Low price (3) View All
Lightweight (615),Weak casing (201),Slow focus (91),Poor build quality (31),Blurry focus (19),Slow auto-focus (15),Poor in low light (11),Plastic mount (9),Noisy focusing (7),Lens creep (6),Semi-sharp images (5),Plastic construction (5) Noisy (4),Difficult to clean (4),Build quality (3),Loud focus (3),Cheap construction (3),Flimsy (3),Noisy autofocus (3),No zoom (3),Plastic (3),Scratches easily (3) View All
Best Uses:
Low light (298),Night photography (220),General purpose (176),Portraits (166),Weddings (161),Landscape/scenery (103),Macro photography (75),Sports/action (57),Video (36),Wildlife photos (30),Portrait (22),Back-up (22) Travel (22),Landscape photography (21),Special effects (21),Fun (18),Art (13),Wildlife (13),Photojournalism (10),Documentary (9),Upgrade (9),Professional work (7),Food photography (3),Portrait photography (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (212),Enthusiast (159),Casual photographer (99),Semi-pro photographer (80),Semi-professional (42),Beginner (30),Casual user (21),Professional (19),Pro photographer (19),Photography student (8)

Canon 50mm F/1.8 Specifications

5 groups / 6 elements
Angle of view
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
0.45m / 1.5 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.7" x 1.6" / 68.2 x 41.0mm
4.6 oz. / 130g

Canon 50mm F/1.8 Reviews

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(based on 774 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Reviewed by 774 customers


Great glass


from Palm Beach, Florida  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this lens as my "walk- around lens for long walks -- light weight and simple with sharp, clear pictures. Sorry, cannot think of anything not so great.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Very clear pictures


from Florence, WI

This lens is one that works well for taking portraits, or in my case, clients holding fish that they catch. The image quality is great, as one would expect from Canon. It takes a relatively long time to focus when shooting in the AF mode. This is the first lens that I have ever owned that us not a USM lens. Perhaps that is why it takes longer to focus. If that is the reason, then I would recommend that anyone purchasing this lens get real familiar with the creative settings, or get a lens with the USM. You will be frustrated if you don't. Other than that complaint, the picture quality is very good and makes this a very functional lens.


Very satisfying purchase


from Undisclosed

I have an older Canon DSLR body (XS Rebel) and this lens has made a huge difference in the picture quality. Well worth the little investment for huge payoffs when shooting.


High quality, low weight and low price


from Southern Arizona

When I first purchased my Canon 60D, I ordered the kit with 18-200 zoom lens. This is a perfect all around lens, but not necessarily the best carry around lens. It gets a bit heavy on a strap or even in a backpack if you have much other stuff. So, I added this basic 50mm, Perhaps the best value of all the Canon lenses. It makes my 60D a much better carry around, and it is also better in low light than the 18-200. Nice addition to my slowly growing lens collection.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Lens!!!


from Athens

I own this lens for over a year now. I also own a lot of L lenses so I know a few things about the best glass there is for Canon users. This lens is not very well made, in fact it is in the opposite side of the L lenses. It is all plastic. It is very small and light, it fits in your jacket pocket easily. And then, there is the image quality. That is truly L grade. It is absolutely amazing. Super sharp, fast AF (although noisy). The only downside of this optic is the bokeh. It is not that creamy bokeh you find in other lenses, like the 85 f/1.8. I would recommend this lens to anyone using a Canon camera. It is so cheap and so good, you can't help but own it... Seriously, go out there and buy one...

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Super Lens


from Upper Freehold, NJ

Price is deceiving.It is a fantastic lens, sharp and fast.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Amazingly great lens


from Portland, OR

I am new to photography and I was just using the 18-55mm lens and thought that was great. Until I received this lens! It is great for indoor and low light situations. I live in the Pacific Northwest and we hardly ever get light so this has been ideal! my only gripe would be the build quality, could be better. aside from that, its wonderful!


You get what you pay for


from Seattle  -  Photo Enthusiast

It's not a bad lens, especially considering that it costs just about a C-Note. It looks good and delivers some solid shots. However handle this thing like it was an egg. The first one I had, the front just popped off in my camera bag. The second? A bump on the ground sent it flying in two pieces. It's a good lens, but consider saving your pennies and get the $350 version. It's faster and WAY more robust.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


EF 50mm f/1.8 II


from Phoenix, AZ

Review Guidelines Focus on the product and your individual experience using it: This specific lens got stuck on my brand new EOS camera and rendered it inoperative! I am writing this review to let other people know about this. Provide details about why you liked or disliked a product: I dislike this lens because it got stuck on my camera the first time i used it. I checked online only to find that many more people had the same exact problem. Do not mention competitors or retailers by name: I didn't. Do not mention price: I didn't. Do not include links to other sites: I didn't Product reviewed must be available for purchase in the U.S.: It was purchased in the U.S. Words must have meaning, i.e. no dummy text: Done. Review must originate in U.S.: I am in the U.S. This is the 3rd time i am trying to post a review and they keep deleting it, saying i did not follow the guidelines (basically because i am posting a negative review, so this time i made sure to do this).


A must have.


from st.louis  -  Semi-pro Photographer

You never know when you will need a f1.8. For the cost this is excellent. I use it when I shoot video on a tripod. The view is a little to closeup on my crop sensor DSLR. But it is just so low priced and it's a canon.

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