Canon 50mm f/1.8 EF II

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This is a cheaply constructed plastic lens, which is also reflected in the low price. Sharpness is good (especially considering the price), but is suffers from some CA and flare. It has a five blade aperture and its bokeh is very harsh.

The AF is slow and noisy, and lacks the precision of its f/1.4 brother. No distance markings, and the manual focus ring is flimsy.

Some find its light weight attractive.

Rating: Ed: -, User: - (normalized, 0=useless, 50=average, 100=excellent).

Mount: Canon EF.
Format: FX/135.
Aperture range: f/1.8 to f/22.
Close focus distance (CFD): 45 cm / 1.48 ft (from sensor plane).
CFD magnification: 1:6.7 / 0.15X.
Focus: AF (built-in, gear-type).
Groups/elements: 5/6.
Filter diameter: 52 mm.
L x D, W: 41 x 69 mm, 130 g.
IR: No hotspot reports.
Approximate street price: USD 100 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 1990-today.

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Established: 1937
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
Web: Global, EU, US, man

Canon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in the manufacture of imaging and optical products. Its products including cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, photocopiers, printers and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1937 as Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory and renamed Canon Inc. in 1947.

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