"The Canon 50mm f1.8 - Check out below for the pros and cons of this awesome lens"
The Canon 50mm f1.8 or nifty fifty as it is affectionately known is one lens that all photographers should have in their lens bag. The Canon 50mm f1.8 may be an oldie but it is a goodie and well worth owning. Even though I have other lenses that cover the 50mm focal length, and lenses that are considered superior to the Canon 50mm f1.8, such as theCanon 24 – 70 f2.8L and the Canon 28 – 300L, I still find myself grabbing the nifty fifty from my lens bag time and time again.
Now I have owned and used the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens for a few years now I thought it was time to share what I consider are the pros and cons of this cracking lens.
Pros of the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens
1) It has great image quality. Considering the cost of this lens the image quality is superb. This is a cheap and cheerful lens yet images are sharp, even when the lens is used wide open, and colourful but not over saturated. The image quality of this lens is top notch, and it is easy to see why it is the first upgrade lens for many people.
2) It’s cheap. If you want a low cost lens this is the lens to buy and you can buy a new copy for under a hundred bucks, which is top value for money.
3) It’s small and light. This lens is small and light, but given it is made mostly of plastic this is to be expected. This tiny little lens looks at home on a small entry level dlsr camera, but once attached to a prosumer level camera (like the 7D) is starts to look way too small.
It’s fast. With the f1.8 maximum aperture this is a fast lens, which makes it a good choice for both portrait photography and low light photography.
4) The bokeh is second to none. Shooting this lens wide open leads to smooth and creamy bokeh (i.e. out of focus background) resulting in pleasing photos.
Cons of the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens
1) The build quality is questionable. This lens is made mainly from plastic (although the lens mount is metal) and feels more like a child’s toy than a serious bit of photography equipment. Don’t let the poor build quality put you off buying one though.
2) There is a learning curve to get the most from it. If you want to capture the awesome photos with this lens and get the most out of it you are going to have to be willing spend a bit of time learning how to use it and be prepared to practice with it. The time and effort learning to use this lens is well worthwhile and time spent.
3) The auto focus is slow. This lens does have auto focus however it is slow, noisy and a bit clunky. The slow auto focus means this lens is not good for fast moving subjects or action photography. Sure, you can give it a go but you will miss more shots than you hit.
Why I bought the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens
The kit lens supplied with my Canon camera was pretty good, however as I found I was getting more and more in to photography I found I needed a new lens to take my photography skills further. With so many different lenses available, and being a bit of a newbie to it all, I didn’t really know what would be the best lens to buy, so I hit the internet for some advice.
At the time I wanted to develop my portrait shots (mainly of pets but also family members) so I wanted a lens that would isolate the subject and creatively blur out the background. I also wanted a general walkabout lens for urban photography and a bit of landscape photography too. The lens that kept coming up time and time again was the Canon 50mm f1.8 and many people were citing this as the best first upgrade lens for the newbie.
Before I pulled the trigger and invested in the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens I read loads of reviews about it so I knew exactly what I was getting. I also thought it would be prudent to go to my local camera shop and have a play with one and take some test shots before parting with my money. At the time I thought it was quite a lot of money to spend, however I have since come to realize it is, in fact, a dirt cheap lens. After taking a few test shots with the Canon 50mm f1.8 I instantly knew I had to have one, so ended up walking out of the shop with one that day, and I have never looked back.
Since I bought theCanon 50mm f1.8 lens I have invested in several more however there are times when I revert back to it. I take the 50mm f1.8 lens to family parties, social gatherings and those times when I am not out to get serious photos but I still want to capture decent shots. I use the 50mm f1.8 for capturing indoor portraits of my nephew with his dog.
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If you found the above useful/informative below are some other posts detailing the pros and cons (from my personal experience) of other Canon lenses that may be of interest to you. Please do feel free to take a look.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 8 – 15 FISHEYE LENS” Since this lens can capture diagonal fisheye photos and full circular fisheye photos it is effectively two fish eye lenses in one, and without a doubt the best fisheye lens on the market for Canon cameras. It really is a cool lens.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 70 – 200 F4L IS LENS” This is not Canon’s top end flag ship 70 – 200 zoom lens however it is the best value for money and gives the biggest bang for the buck. If you want a 70 – 200 zoom lens and can live without the f2.8 aperture this is the lens for you. A truly excellent lens.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 16 – 35 F4L IS LENS” This lens is, without a doubt, the best wide angle lens for Canon cameras. It is cheaper than the f2.8 version, it is smaller than the f2.8L version and the image quality is better than the f2.8L version. If you want a wide angle lens for you Canon camera look no further than this.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 100 – 400L IS LENS” This is an affordable and versatile super zoom lens, and if you want a long reach this lens is right up your street. You may have to spend a few pounds to get one of these but is the best value for money super zoom lens around. Get one of these and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 100 F2.8L IS MACRO LENS” This is Canon’s flagship macro lens and when you see it, feel it and use it you will soon see why. If macro and close up are your thing you need this lens. If products and still life subjects are your thing this is your lens. This is the sharpest lens I own and when I use it I have to watch my fingers.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 28 – 300L IS F3.5 – 5.6 LENS” Many photographers give this lens a hard time and I struggle to see why. Okay, it is expensive but you get an L series lens that is bullet proof, has image stabilization, has excellent build quality and has the ability to capture a huge range of different shots. This is the perfect walkabout and travel lens, and one I carry around on my 6d all the time.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 35MM F2 IS LENS” If you want an affordable 35mm prime lens that is as good as a Canon L series lens (but doesn’t carry the red ring) this is the lens for you. The image quality is great, the build quality is good and the image stabilization technology is superb. All in all this is a cracking lens and one every photographer should have in their collection.
“PROS AND CONS OF THE CANON 24 – 70 F2.8L LENS” This is, without a doubt, one of the best portrait lenses of all time. This lens has been my workhorse for many years now and I wouldn’t be without it. I love this lens, and I am sure you would too.
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