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Equipment Profiles: Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens

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Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is a perfect lens for any serious amateur photographer. This lens provides very sharp images in a lightweight design at an extremely affordable price.

Canon's EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. (Photo Credit: Canon USA)

Canon's EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. (Photo Credit: Canon USA)

Who Needs This Lens?
This lens needs to be in the bag of every serious amateur photographer. The lens that came with your camera, the “kit lens,” is most likely a lens at the lower end of the quality spectrum. This lens will allow you more creative freedom to explore photography with its fixed and super-fast f/1.8 maximum aperture.

Where Will I Use This Lens?
The wide aperture setting will really allow beginning photographers and advanced hobbyist the ability to achieve a shallow depth-of-field, thus giving portraits a professional look. Furthermore, with its f/1.8 maximum aperture, photographers are able to shoot quality images in low-light situations. This is a great all-purpose lens and with it, you’ll be able to capture sharp images.

The only downside to this lens is its construction. Although it’s lightweight, it feels a little too plastic. For the price, however, it’s a great way for beginners to get into a prime lens without hurting the wallet.

By the Numbers
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Lens Construction: 6 elements in 5 groups
Focusing: Auto and manual focus.
Weight: 4.6 ounces
Price: $85-$100 US

Written by jeremyparce

February 15, 2009 at 7:03 pm

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