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Canon EF 50 mm  f/ 1.8 Lens

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Canon EF 50 mm  f/ 1.8 lens

Canon EF 50 mm  f/ 1.8 lens


Canon EF 50 mm  f/ 1.8 MTF Chart

Optical design

Canon EF 50 mm  f/ 1.8 optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S

First year of production: 1987

Last year of production: 1990

Optical design: 6 elements in 5 groups

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Average price: $110


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Additional information:

The Canon EF 50 mm  f/ 1.8   is a low-end standard lens for Canon EOS cameras. It is an autofocus prime lens of the least expensive Canon lineup.

In December, 1990 it was replaced by the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

The Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II is on the whole identical to a 1987 variant, but it has a plastic bayonet mount and has no distance scale.

Compatible hoods:  ES-62, ES-65III

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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 28.07.2010

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Mechanical quality2.8513
Optical quality3.2914
Pricing / Value4.4212
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Owner reviews: Canon EF 50 mm  f/ 1.8

NerveNet 24.06.2017 05:58:04
Period of use: 2 years


Low price. Great optical value for the price.

Small & low weight.

When stopped down to f/2.8 it is sharp in the center, stopped down to f/5.6 increases sharpness accross the frame.

52mm filter thread, 52mm filter are cheap and very easy to find.


Mark II is all made of plastic, feels cheap in hand.

Wide open it has low contrast so not very sharp, but still usable for portaiture.

Five straight aperture blades show up pentagrams hightlights when stopped down.

No full time manual focus, focus ring is made of plastic (no rubber) not very accurate.

Suffers from focus hunting in low light condition and/or when there is not enough contrast on the subject in order to focus in automatic.

Slow and noisy focus motor.

No DOF nor distance marks on the mark II version.


Nice lens for the price, this lens is also known as Plastic Fantastic in Spain.

Used on an APS-C camera it is a nice, cheap, light lens, very affordable for beginners.

On a full frame camera it is a very usable normal lens.

If you like the mark II lens take a look on the first version with metal bayonet, DOF and distance scale and better placed focus ring.

Psyduck 1.1.2000 00:00:01
Period of use: 1 year


Sharp from f/2



Poor mechanical design

Possible back (or front?) focus


Overall - a disgusting lens. Do not give any confidence in the result at the output. Got rid of and happy. It is often advised for beginners, but I will not. Number of problems interrupted his dignity.