Product Type: Canon camera lenses
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Photography in it's prime. (Bad joke alert.. sorry!)
Canon EF 50mm f1.8 MK2
Member Name: janeymay
Canon EF 50mm f1.8 MK2
Advantages: Cheap, easy to use.
Disadvantages: Cheap build, cheap glass.
So, This is by no means going to be on anyone's things to buy when you win the lottery list but, if you're looking to add to your lens collection and bring a more interesting look to some of your images this is probably the place to start.
So - in the title of this review I made a terrible joke about this being photography in it's prime, which I can only apologise for but let me just cover what I'm on about if you don't know. This is a prime lens, basically meaning it doesn't have the capabilities to zoom in or out, meaning you have to move!
A crazy thought huh? After you get a DSLR usually with an 18-55mm lens as standard you begin to notice that you will very rarely move closer to or further away from your subject but instead choose to zoom in and out. This makes for rather lazy composition in my opinion. The fact that this lens is fixed makes you really think about your image as a complete thing. You'll instantly notice yourself moving around what you're photographing and finding new and interesting angles. Thus making for better images.
This lens as I've already said isn't the best of the best but when you're on a budget and looking to get down to f1.8 I think you'd be hard pushed to find something better. Yes the build quality feels like a toy you get in a happy meal and the glass could be a million times better but, you can now capture those low-light moments at weddings in a gorgeous way.
I bought this lens basically just out of curiosity and because of my slight addiction with new lenses but I haven't regretted it. At around £70 if you're thinking what it'd be like to shoot with this lens, just go for it. You'll get images you would never of thought possible before. Sure they might be a little soft but, it will help build up your photography skills, I promise!
Summary: Good for the price, fun to use. Great as a first prime lens!
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