Build quality, body, usability and features

The Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 II body is made of glossy plastic, the front ring is a focusing ring. Has no rubber pads. The AF-MF switch moves with force and a distinct click. The body is flimsy, it is afraid of falls, the mount to the camera is made of plastic. The hood, like the filters, has a threaded connection. The diameter of suitable Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 II filters is 52mm.

Compact, lightweight. With its weight of 130 grams, it is practically not felt in the hand. He is very afraid of falls, and in general any impact on the body, tk. the lenses are glued into the plastic of the frame. With a successful impact on the lens, you can knock off the alignment. The lens from the review is a Malaysian assembly.

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Autofocus alternatives Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 II

Canon EF 40mm f / 2.8

Small size, slightly higher price. The picture quality is virtually identical, but the lens itself is darker.

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8

First version lens Canon 50mm f / 1.8 II, the picture is practically identical, however, having a slightly slower autofocus, it has a more reliable design. Rare because produced from 1987 to 1990.

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 STM

An updated version of the hero of this review. Redesigned construct, focusing system. Has additional lens coating. Expensive.

Yongnuo 50mm f / 1.8

Chinese copy of Canon 50mm f / 1.8, the cost is ridiculous. The picture quality is at the same level, the construction is even weaker.

Yongnuo 50mm f / 1.8 II

An updated version of the Yongnuo 50mm f / 1.8. Slightly more expensive, but nicer frame design. Optically - the same thing.

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.4

Traditionally, Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8II has a third of the cost of this on the market. lens... But here, in addition to the USM autofocus motor, you also get a maximum aperture of f / 1.4.

Non-autofocus lens alternatives
(via adapter М42-EF)

The lenses below are a legacy of yesteryear that is still in use today. Manual lenses M42x1 on Canon fit easily through adapter М42х1-Canon EF.

Helios-44 58mm f / 2 m42

Classics of the genre of the USSR. The cheapest, the most common. Ideal price / quality ratio.

Industar-61 L \ Z 50mm f / 2.8 m42

Sharp, clear. Virtually no aberration, razor sharp from open aperture. Due to the shape of the aperture blades in hips asterisks are obtained from glare. Cheap and common lens.

Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 50mm f / 2.8 T m42

Rare, but if you get it, you can get real German quality from the 50s-1.8s for the relatively same price of a Canon 60mm f / 80 II. With a perfectly circular 13-blade diaphragm and a sleek design.

Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f / 1.8 m42

It will also be a good choice for leisurely shooting portraits with shallow depth of field, as well as artistic background blur.

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 II. Sample video

Video from lens Canon 50mm f / 1.8 STM as they are optically identical.

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 II sample photos

Shot with Canon 600D, Canon 1100D, Canon 60D.

 

Summary

Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 II is probably the cheapest 50mm fix from Canon (now in the aftermarket). Despite all its flaws, if the question arises of saving money, you can get used to the strange work of autofocus. For me personally, this parameter is critical. If I had to choose between a lens with "some" autofocus, and analogs with precise focusing, but more expensive - my choice would be obvious. But! After all, there are also manual lenses. Despite its disadvantages, for a beginner, Canon EF 50mm f / 1.8 II is a godsend, and attracts a low cost in comparison with similar solutions from other manufacturers.


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