50mm f1.8 prime lenses
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- 50mm/ 80mm/ Aperture:- 1.8 - 22/ Min focus:- 13.8"/ Dimensions:- 2.72" x 1.55"/ Weight:- 5.6 oz/ Image stabilization:- No/ Price (approx.) $USD/£ GBP:- $125.00/£100.00. Available from bhphotovideo.com and amazon.co.uk
The Canon 50mm f1.8 lens has been around for a few years now and it has become a “must have” lens for Canon shooters. The Canon 50mm f1.8 lens is dirt cheap and whilst it may be poorly made and constructed (it feels more like a child’s toy than a serious bit of photography equipment) the image quality is very good. This lens is a little soft used wide open, but then if you want a soft focus effect it is perfect. That said, if you stop this lens down to f4 the sharpness significantly improves.
The Canon 50mm f1.8 prime has been the top seller for several years, but given the lack of alternatives this is to be expected. Up until recently if you shoot a Canon and want a 50mm f1.8 lens the Canon branded 50mm f1.8 was the only choice. Times have changed and there is now an alternative available, and this is the Yongnuo 50mm f1.8.
YONGNUO 50MM F1.8
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- 50mm/80mm/ Aperture:- 1.8 - 22/Min focus:- 17.7”/ Dimensions:- 3.15” x 3.27”/ Weight:- 4.2oz/ Image stabilization:- No/ Price (approx.) $USD/£GBP:- $58.00/£40.00
The Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 lens is an exact replica of the Canon 50mm f1.8 in every way, and if you scratch the branding off each one and placed them side by side it would be impossible to tell the difference.
The build quality of the Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 lens is the same as the Canon, i.e. it is virtually all plastic and it feels cheap and nasty. The Yongnuo 50mm lens is as basic as basic can be and the only switch you will find is the AF/MF switch, just like the Canon 50mm f1.8.
I have seen comments about the image quality of the Yongnuo 50mm and many of them expressly state the Canon 50mm f1.8 has superior image quality. Based on my personal experience of owning and using both lenses, and pitching them side by side I have to say the difference in image quality is negligible and the Canon wins it by a hair’s breadth. Low resolution photos taken with the two lenses look identical, as do medium resolution files. Small size, medium size and standard sized prints taken with the two lenses. It’s only when you look at high resolution files on the computer (and go pixel peeping) or look at super large prints that you can see the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens has the slight edge.
The Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 is less than half the price of the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens, and when you consider it is the same build quality, and slightly worse image quality it is easy to see the Yongnuo is top value for money and well worth a look. Buy the Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 from bhphotovideo.com or buy from Amazon.co.uk
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