Product Type: Canon camera lenses
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So-so lens - but great for the money
Canon EF 50mm f1.8 MK2
Member Name: metaphiston
Canon EF 50mm f1.8 MK2
Advantages: cheap, cheap, cheap, wide
Disadvantages: cheap feel, plastic, focus ring issues
Everything about his lens screams "budget!"
The construction feels cheap and light - it feels like a toy - and the 3 I have used have all have different quirks - one focused beyond infinity, another focused beyond infinity then if you kept turning it clicked back to infinity focus, and the third was defective and the right of an image was smudged (it was replaced promptly by Canon). This poor build quality is unusual for Canon.
Image quality is fine - good even, particularly for the cost. It's a 50mm lens with a simple and effective construction, and as such you won't see much chromatic aberration or curvature - only a true pixel peeper would! But one of the best and most distinctive things about 50mm lenses in general is the background blur, or bokeh, and on this lens it is quite ugly (to me). The highlight circles take on a variety of approximately circular shapes near the image edge which I find distracting, and at higher aperture values the unusual 5 pointed aperture gives bokeh a cluttered feel.
On the plus side, this lens is a steal - cheap, better quality than the kit lens, and it does offer that low depth of field, which opens up various creative possibilities denied by zooms, and low light possibilities.
For a beginner with an 18-55 kit lens looking to improve image quality, this is a no brainer - get this lens. For more experienced photographers, it may disappoint, and the more expensive big brother of the 50mm 1.8 mkii, the 50mm 1.4, is a better bet.
Summary: great lens for the money, but not one of Canon's best
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