Product Type: Canon camera lenses
Newest Review: ... you will not do better than this lens for the price (under £100). I bought the Canon EF 50mm f1.8 MK2 as my husband I needed a fast lens to... more
Cheap as chips but still flashy
Canon EF 50mm f1.8 MK2
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Canon EF 50mm f1.8 MK2
Advantages: Cheap, lightweight, sharp pictures
Disadvantages: Noisy motor, lack of zoom
The feel of the lens is what gives the price away, and this is mainly due to the build quality which makes the lens feel plasticky and very light in comparison to the kit lens (18 - 55mm) which are double the price of this. The lens weighs just under 5 oz due to its compact size and material. The weight of this lens (apart from the sharper pictures) is just what I like about this lens. For some people, this is the reason why they dislike it, however for me, when you are carting around the body, a lens, 2 children, a handbag, etc (!), the featherlight weight means it is easy to carry and unobtrusive for street use. It also makes whoever you are taking pictures of feel slightly more at ease rather than having a huge lens pointing at them, but it still shows you mean business!
The autofocus is powered by a micro motor and is fairly loud in comparison to other higher spec lens, but is fine for amateur photography. It certainly isn't a deal breaker, and unless you plan on using for wildlife shots (which is unlikely as you would have to be extremely close!), then the noise isn't massively noticeable. For me, again, I quite like this about the lens, and while it would put some people off, it means for me that I know that the focus is working properly.
The sharpness of this lens is its number one selling point, for the price you will pay for this lens, I don't think this could be beaten. As this is a fast lens it is perfect for indoor use and to gain the same range of aperture you could pay over a thousand pounds, so for £80 ish you are going to get a good deal!
This particular lens I have found forces creativity upon you as a photographer as the only zoom capability is your feet! This forces you to take a bit more time and think about the composition of your shot rather than shooting straight away, but after a little bit of practice it becomes second nature. This makes it excellent for head and shoulder portraits but will mean extra room is needed for full body shots (although this is mainly used for our young girls so space doesn't always pose a massive problem when the subject is 3 foot tall!). The lens can take a 54mm filter ideal for landscape photography.
For a compact, lightweight and cheap companion to the Canon body this is the lens for you.
Summary: 4 stars
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