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At the beginning of this review I stated that the 50mm f/1.8 II is the cheapest lens in the Canon
line. Cheap really refers to the price tag only because for a price below 100 EUR you get a
light-weight, high performing lens. So most affordable may be a better wording here.
Naturally you can't expect wonders regarding build quality for this price but the
compromises work out better here than with the cheapo kit zooms.
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II may be a "cheap" lens but it is undoubtedly a capable one. It shares its characteristics with most other 50mm lenses, reads: it's somewhat soft at f/1.8 but at medium aperture settings it is hard to beat with respect to resolution. Distortions as well as lateral CAs are basically non-issues. Vignetting is a significant problem at f/1.8 and even at f/2.8 but that (heavy vignetting at max. aperture) is something to get used to on full format DSLRs anyway. A more significant weakness of the lens is the rather nervous bokeh (out-of-focus blur) which may spoil the game in some shallow depth-of-field situations. At around 100EUR/US$ you can't expect superb build quality but frankly it's "good enough" here anyway and it's certainly one of the value kings out there.
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•Excellent image quality when stopped down
•Essentially no lateral chromatic aberration
•Extremely cheaply built
•Harsh and distracting bokeh due to pentagonal aperture
•Vignetting at wide apertures on full frame (which only disappears at F3.5)
•Inconsistent autofocus in low light (most problematic when using large apertures)Inget betygCanon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II
- insignificant chromatic aberration
- unnoticeable distortion
- good anti-reflection coats
- satisfactory resolution
- moderate price
- plastic and not really solid casing
- plastic bayonet
- lack of the manual focusing scale
- loud and unreliable autofocus