Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II Review

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Review


The 50mm focal length conveys standard usage on a full outline body or 80mm proportional on a Canon APS-C body, that acts like a short telephoto. The f/1.8 central proportion can convey an extremely shallow profundity of the field, permitting you to put a sharp subject against an obscured foundation, an impact coveted by numerous portrait photographers. The f/1.8 central proportion likewise implies the lens can accumulate 4 times more light than a lens at f/3.5 or a little more than 8 times than one at f/5.6. This is vital as most unit zoom lenses have a central proportion of f/3.5-5.6, making Canon 50mm 1.8 II vastly improved in low light.

This is the reason why Canon 50mm 1.8 II is the characteristic decision as a second lens, after a standard pack zoom. It will let you utilize quicker shutter speeds or lower sensitivities than a pack zoom in low light, and convey a much shallower profundity of the field for obscuring impacts.

Mount it on a common Canon DSLR with an APS-C sensor and it’ll likewise turn into a short telephoto that is perfect for representations. Couple the greater part of this with the low cost and it’s justifiable why this is Canon’s top-of-the-line lens. The AF execution and assembly quality might be quite basic, yet the optical quality is shockingly useful for the cash – in fact, it beats numerous more costly lenses.

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Specifications

General SpecificationCanon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Focal Length50mm
Camera Mount TypeCanon EF mount (plastic)
Format Comitability35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View46 degrees
Minimum Focus Distance1,5″
Magnification0.15x / 1:6.7
Actual Weight130g / 4.6 oz
Aperture Range-Wide/ Long F1.8-22
Focus Ring Rotation1,2″
Lens Hood Included? NO
Image Stabilization NO
Case Included?Yes
Year Introduced?1990

Technical Specifications


Canon 50mm 1.8 II Lens’ most grounded quality is its sharpness. Sharpness execution wide open (at f/1.8) is fair however the Canon 50 f/1.8 is sharp at f/2.8 and past.

With an f/1.8 aperture, this is a quick lens. Sadly, just five non-adjusted opening aperture blades are utilized as a part of this lens. This configuration prompts here and there poor bokeh (picture nature of out-of-center zones).

As far as sharpness both lenses are close. However, the more seasoned rendition demonstrates marginally more difference.

This is something we can find even in the newer Canon 50mm 1.8 STM lens. However, they did try to improve the bokeh effect.

Chromatic Aberration:

At the point when the shot totally opens at f/1.8, we can see chromatic aberrations for both 50 mm lenses, despite the fact that these are somewhat better controlled by the more up-to-date STM adaptation. In both cases, the chromatic deviations vanish when ceasing down to f/5.6.

Shading or ”Vignetting”:

As we may expect, the result of the larger frame size makes itself most felt in the zones of light fall-off (otherwise known as vignetting) and geometric contortion, both of which get a lot more terrible. Light fall-off reaches a maximum of a little more than 1.27 EV completely open, but it is still 1/2 EV at f/2.8. It, at last, straightens out at around 1/4 EV at f/4 or more. Geometric distortion is not actually loathsome, however, it is in any case entirely perceptible at 0.46%.

The fall-off of brightening towards the corners is observable, yet not excessively meddling. At f/1.8, the sides of the picture are 1.65 stops darker than the picture focus, and halting down to f/4 results in visually balanced brightening.


Barrel distortion is very high for a prime lens, meaning 2.22% barrel distortion, which might posture issues with basic applications, for example, duplicate stand work. The bending example is uniform over the edge, so it ought to be moderately direct to remedy in picture editing programming a while later.

Distortion is slightly improved in the newer version from Canon, the 50 mm 1.8 STM.

Buy This Lens If:

For understudies, specialists, and picture takers who need to improve their skills, the Canon 50mm 1.8 II is a lens that you should own at one point since it will drive you to improve as a photographic artist. In addition to the fact that this is genuine, so you will have to figure out how to function with it in order to obtain the best pictures that you can. That is the thing that it taught me before upgrading to a newer prime lens.

Ever had a go at shooting in a club or at a gathering? By using the flash, the photographer will surely lose the ambient light and atmosphere in the image. Shooting without blaze requires high ISO settings, moderate shade speeds, and low f-stops. With a most extreme aperture of f/1.8, Canon 50mm 1.8 II will require significantly less light than traditional lenses such as the EF-S 18-55mm f/3 for example, or thusly permit much speedier shutter speeds or lower ISO settings.

In correlation with that lens’ greatest opening at f/5.6, the Canon 50mm 1.8 II permits shutter speeds more than 3 introduction values quicker (for example 1/200 sec. as opposed to 1/20 sec.) or in the event that you needn’t bother with the quicker shutter speeds go for picture quality and use ISO 160 rather than ISO 1600. That is the reason the Canon lens is a fabulous decision for accessible light photography.

Utilizing the Canon 50mm 1.8 II lens with an APS-C camera results in a powerful central length of 80mm. This is viewed as perfect for portrait photos. On a full casing sensor, you need to get somewhat close to your subject, however, the central length is still extraordinary for the picture. Above all the low f-stops accessible with this lens are considered exceptionally narrow in-center extents which can be utilized innovatively to make a subject emerge from its environment.

Obviously, Canon 50mm 1.8 II can likewise be utilized for an assortment of different things, for example, wedding photography or scene photography. Actually, a 50mm lens is once in a while called a “typical” lens and was for a long time the standard lens to deliver with SLR cameras.

The Canon 50mm 1.8 II is additionally an incredible lens in the event that you wish to shoot a video with your DSLR.

Don’t Buy this lens if:

In the event that you aim for a solid lens, this lens might not be for you, due to the fact that the build quality is not extraordinary. The plastic materials used are part of the low price for this lens. Moreover, autofocus is quite slow and the chromatic aberrations are somewhat harsh.

Nevertheless, this typical photography lens can be utilized as a part of a beginner’s process.


This is truly the lens I would support all Canon DSLR proprietors, presently shooting with “pack” zooms, to attempt. This is what I have tried to emphasize in this Canon lens review.

The general picture quality, when stopped rapidly, is noteworthy in reality, and the quick maximum aperture offers inventive alternatives that are well worth investigating. It’s unfortunate about the construct quality and unforgiving bokeh, in any case, this lens has something unique for this value: performance ratio that is exceptionally hard to beat.

One More Thing.

Buy one and never think back. This will not be your regular lens however it will spare your day consistently while you keep it close by. Which is not hard in light of the fact that it is so little and light. Simply do not toss it against a brick wall.


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  • Hi Ehab,
    Thanks for this post.
    I am writing a recipe book and supposed to be taking loads of food photographs, but my camera just started acting up. It’s producing blurry photos. Would this lens be the solution to my problem? Do I need a different type of lens or do I need a whole new camera all together?

    • Hello Juliet, blurry images comes as a result of many circumstances as there is a dust on the camera sensor or the lens settings is set on manual focus so I recommend to read “What is auto focus” & “Photography Glossary” to know some basics terms in photography.

      Glad to hear that you like to shoot food photographs it’s also my passion to do that, I am sure this post “Food photography tips” will help you a lot to take perfect shots 🙂

      Thanks for dropping by, hope to hear from you again.


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