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Canon 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Review

Updated Mar 19, 2009

Canon's 50mm f/1.8 II is a fast normal length lens. The fast f/1.8 maximum aperture makes it useful for indoor photography without a flash. Because of its light weight, small size, and excellent sharpness this lens always has a place in my camera bag.

The body of the lens is all plastic, even the lens mount. There is no real manual focus ring, to focus manually you have to turn the outer edge of the lens. Autofocus is fairly quick for a non-USM lens.

When used on a 1.6 crop factor DSLR such as the EOS 10D, 20D or Digital Rebel, the 50mm f/1.8 has a field of view similar to that of an 80mm lens on a 35mm film body. This makes it useful for portraits but a little long for general photography.

On my full-frame 5D this lens has the classic normal field of view I remember from my days of using 35mm film. It is one of my favorite lenses for general use.

The 50mm f/1.8 is so sharp, small, light, and inexpensive every Canon user should own one.

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