Canon ef 50mm f/1


It’s a small lens that goes large in value for money và still manages to deliver some great quality

ByMatthew Richards12 July 2019


Our Verdict

The little lens that could, this nifty-fifty is an affordable marvel that any Canon photographer should own. For the price you get an excellent all-purpose lens with solid optical quality, pleasing bokeh, fast autofocus & more – it’s so good that in pretty much every respect except maximum aperture, it’s better than the now-outdated 50mm f/1.4. The lightweight 160g build just goes to seal the khuyễn mãi giảm giá và make this lens an absolute no-brainer for Canon shooters.

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You might think that you can’t go wrong with a lens at this price. But older versions of Canon’s popular 50milimet f/1.8 weren’t always altogether ‘right’. They had a noisy autofocus system based on a simplistic electric motor, and a 5-blade diaphragm that gave sầu pronounced pentagonal shapes to lớn defocused lights when you weren’t shooting wide open, i.e. at the widest possible aperture.

This latest version of the lens puts all those wrongs to lớn right. It has an STM (Stepping Motor) autofocus system that provides speedy yet quiet operation for stills, & smooth autofocus transitions during movie capture. The focus ring no longer rotates during autofocus, which improves handling và also gives the bonus of manual override in Single AF mode. The new lens has a metal mounting plate, and a more well-rounded aperture based on seven diaphragm blades. Despite feeling more robust than earlier versions, the new edition is still pleasingly small and light, weighing just 160g.

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The real surprise in this budget-friendly lens is just how good it is. Throughout our tests with multiple samples of competing Canon lenses, its autofocus system proved much more accurate & reliable than that of the supposedly superior Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. It also beats the pricier Canon lens for sharpness, especially in the f/1.8-2.8 sector of the aperture range. The budget lens also wins out for edge/corner sharpness when comparing the results on an APS-C format body toàn thân, along with less colour fringing và distortion. At the price, you really can’t go wrong in this instance.

The front element of the 50mm f/1.8 is so well recessed that you don’t really need lớn use the hood to lớn cut out stray light. Other factors worth noting are the fact that the fly-by-wire focus ring requires power from the body, and that the lens doesn’t have a focus distance scale, which the 50milimet f/1.4 does. The 50mm f/1.8 also has a 49mm filter thread – a giveaway of just how small it really is – and overall it feels robust & pleasing lớn handle, with a metal mounting plate.