Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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This is the lightest EF lens of all at a mere 4.6 oz. (130g). Compact and high-performance, standard lens. Its Gaussian optics provide sharp delineation from near to far focusing distances. The color balance is excellent for a standard lens.

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From Wikipedia

The EF 50mm f/1.8 II replaced the EF 50mm f/1.8 in 1991. The EF 50mm f/1.8 II has lost the metal lens mount, the distance scale, the IR focusing label and the separate manual focusing ring that came with the original EF 50mm f/1.8.

The current EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens has a plastic lens mount. The manual focusing ring has been replaced by a very small thin focusing ring on the front tip of the lens. However the lens does not suffer from rotating front lens element and can be used with polarizing filters. The optics for both lenses are identical, with 6 elements in 5 groups and a 5 blade diaphragm. Nevertheless, some photographers think the original EF 50mm f/1.8 is slightly better[dubious – discuss][citation needed]. Both lenses have a 52mm filter thread.

Because of its low price and sharp optical quality, this lens has earned the nicknames 'nifty fifty' and 'plastic fantastic'. When shooting at f/1.8, it offers a very shallow depth of field which is beneficial for isolating subjects against a blurred background (bokeh).

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MSRP 126 US$ Aperture (large) f/1.8
Announced 1990 Magnification 0.16x
Length 41mm Minimum focusing distance 0.45m
Weight 130gr Focal 50 mm
Filter diameter 52mm Diaphragm blades 5
Manufacturer Canon Color Black
Mount Type Canon EF Category Prime, Standard
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