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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens

Standard lens for Canon EOS SLR cameras

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Item # 280EF50MM

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Mount the EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens to your Canon SLR camera and capture sharp, crystal-clear images. Its large maximum aperture of f/1.8 gathers lots of light to give you a bright view through your viewfinder, plus it means you can use faster shutter speeds to "freeze" moving subjects. This lens is also ideal for taking great-looking photos indoors without a flash — its 50mm focal length makes it a perfect choice for portraits and all-around picture taking. And its compact, lightweight design won't weigh you down during extended shooting sessions.

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What's in the Box:

  • EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens
  • Lens cap (installed)
  • Back cover (installed)
  • Instructions
  • Limited Warranty Card

Product Highlights:

  • 50mm f/1.8 standard lens
  • compatible with all Canon digital and film SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 50mm with full-frame sensor digital or 35mm film cameras
    • 80mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • minimum focus distance: 18"
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 6 elements in 5 groups
  • diaphragm blades: 5
  • attachment/filter size: 52mm
  • lens is 2-11/16" in diameter, 1-15/16" long
  • weight: 4.6 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Reviews

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Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Canon
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 50mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.8
Weight 4.6
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Overview: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is a compact and high-performance, standard telephoto lens. Its Gaussian optics provide sharp delineation from near to far focusing distances. The color balance is excellent for a standard lens. This lightweight EF lens weighs in at a mere 4.6 oz. (130g).

Compatibility: The EF 50mm f/1.8 II is an EF Canon lens which means it is compatible with all Canon digital SLRs (those that accept EF and  EF-S lenses, plus those that accept EF only; which would be the Full-frame EOS 5D Mark II), as well as Canon EOS film SLRs.

Lens Construction: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens features a lens construction with 6 elements in 5 groups.

Diagonal Angle Of View: This Canon standard telephoto lens provides a diagonal angle of view of 46°.

Auto/Manual Focus: To shoot in Autofocus mode, set the focus mode switch on the lens to "AF". To manually focus the camera, set the switch to "MF", and focus by turning the focusing ring. The focusing ring always works, regardless of the focus mode.

Optional Accessories: You can attach optional filters to the filter mounting thread on the front of the lens. You can also attach an optional lens hood.

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This lens will change the way you take pictures

Written by Zak Billmeier, Staff Writer - Creative, on 1/24/2012 1:06:00 PM

I started out using the kit lens that came with my first DSLR, which was fine but I found myself shooting indoors a lot, where the kit lens doesn't do so well. So I picked up this budget-minded wonder, and wow — I couldn't believe what happened.

First off, I started seeing the nice blurry backgrounds that draw attention to a photo subject. Portraits, still-lifes, anything.

Second, my indoor shots got a lot cleaner, because the camera didn't need to jack up the ISO so much. Third, this lens is so sharp when you stop down a little. I am not exaggerating when I tell you I left this lens on for a solid year after I bought it. Sharpness isn't everything, but it's nice.

Fourth, since it doesn't zoom, I had to kind of frame shots in my mind and move around to get them. I got in close. For the first time, I really thought about shots before taking them. Frankly, this lens made me a better photographer because it taught me to see a little better.

Some tips to squeeze the best out of this lens:

  • - Stop it down a little. It's a little soft at f/1.8 (to be expected), and even dialing it back to f/2 helps a little. I really like it at f/2.8-f/4 for portraits.
  • - f/5.6-f/8 is the sharpness sweet spot. But it starts getting sharp at f/2.8.
  • - When shooting portraits and pets, always get that nearest eye in focus!

Enjoy! I cannot think of a better bang-for-your buck for Canon shooters. If you have kids, you're really going to love it.

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