trying out the Canon 50mm F/1.8 MKII prime lense

Project 365 day one hundred and forty nine, new look

trying out the Canon 50mm F/1.8 MKII prime lense
trying out the Canon 50mm F/1.8 MKII prime lens

I have come to the conclusion that my Sigma 105mm is not practical in confined spaces. Although it has awesome optics and pics are great you have to stand so far away for a full length portrait it makes it awkward. So I have been using my Sigma 28-70mm at 50mm which is ok, but at 50mm only goes down to about F3.5/4 also the pictures tend to be soft.

A friend has kindly lent me their Canon 50mm MKII prime so I can test it out before buying if I like it. When they handed me the lens I was shocked at the build quality, which unusual for Canon felt plastic and cheap. Having a plastic case does have one advantage, it’s very light, so light in fact you will probably forget you have it mounted. When I started to use it I found the focusing motor very noisy especially when hunting for focus and it does hunts a lot.

But the image quality is what really counts isn’t it? The image quality seems to be top rate and very crisp. In this photo of Jack I had to contend with the scarf he is holding and his hair so that I could focus on his eyes. With the shallow depth of field at F/1.8 focus is critical I was happy with this shot. Although you can’t see in this shot the lens does produce a nice Bokeh effect which people seem to fall in love with. Brand new you can pick one up for under £100, the lens does hold its price well and on eBay expect to pay about £80.

I’m thinking it maybe an excellent lens to have in the bag when space for shooting is tight, but be careful as due to its build it does not feel to solid. Congratulations must go to Canon for this kit lens as they have produced a masterpiece of engineering that will show off their Digital EOS range at a very affordable price.

I have the lens for a few more days yet so I will put it through its paces and see how I get on.


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