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    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens

    I recently published a review of the nifty fifty - the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens on my blog.



    Great value for money, and a fun lens. Anyone with a Canon SLR should have a 50mm prime lens (f/1.8, or if your budget stretches a bit further, the f/1.4 or f/1.2L versions).

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    I appreciate your effort in publishing the review and wholeheartedly agree with your viewpoint. That's a very useful resource for anyone contemplating the plastic fantastic (Nikon have a version as well, i understand). Makes me want to dig mine out and use it more than I do at the moment.

    Thanks for the link.

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    yep bought this one a couple of months ago, got a great deal, less than the ebay second hand price, brand new and local. Very happy with the results. And being so light it works great with extension tubes for anyone interested in macro
    Cheers David.

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    I think the 50mm f1.4 should be in everyone's kit.

    It's a little more expensive than the f1.8 variant; but after testing and using both; the benefits are certainly there. So much so that I intend to keep the f1.4 version when I buy the f1.2L due to its small size and weight.

    I completely understand that the f1.8 is in everyones price range; but when it comes to usability and quality, its lacking for what decent photography needs.

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    Great review - I think it is time to get me one of these, I went to get one about a month ago at three popular camera shops and were all sold out and said they are very popular. Must ry again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twofruitz View Post
    I think the 50mm f1.4 should be in everyone's kit.

    It's a little more expensive than the f1.8 variant; but after testing and using both; the benefits are certainly there. So much so that I intend to keep the f1.4 version when I buy the f1.2L due to its small size and weight.

    I completely understand that the f1.8 is in everyones price range; but when it comes to usability and quality, its lacking for what decent photography needs.
    I would like to hear your reasoning for why the F1.4 is much better than the F1.8, taking into account the price difference etc. As myself and other pros who work at Photographic Wholesalers tend to think otherwise, and we have all shot professional works and products with all of the versions ie. F1.2 L.

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    hmmm.. been contemplating on getting one of these but never got the chance to do so.. time to head of to the nearest camera shop

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    Hi Draco-

    I picked one up for 140.00 at Teds Camera Warehouse on Friday, tried it over the weekend and am very happy with the results.

    I accept the 1.4 or 1.2 is probably going to be better but for an amateur with less demanding expectations the 1.8 II costs next to nothing and can be used as a backup lens in my kit (takes up very little space) even if I decide in the future that a 'better' lens is the go.
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    I bought my nifty fifty last dec as a backup....it's now the lens I use 90% of the time.

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    yup i use one, great little lens, makes camera look a lot smaller though

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    Ah the nifty 50 was my first lens (on a digital slr). It's served me well over the years but the slower and hunting focus and lack of distance scale, not to mention cheap build quality means it gets little use these days. I find 40mm or 70mm usually suffice, and only drag out the 50 where the narrow DoF or extra light is needed.
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    first lens of mine apart from the kit has been the nifty fifty. i use it 90% of the time too, and love it to bits

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    There is actually a few review on the net comparing the 1.8 to 1.4 to 1.2.

    Most will rate the 1.4 as the most bang for you bucks.

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    I'll be getting a Canon 50mm 1.8 II for sure, I have read nothing but raving reports from people here & elsewhere so I think I am going to have to go out & get myself a nice lil' 'Nifty Fifty' to add to the collection!

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    Gonna go pick one up tonight for father's day. Should be good
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    Just got mine, and had my first experience with F1.8 in a dimly lit church for a wedding rehersal Friday night. WOW! the large appature opens up a whole new world for me to play in!
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    yeh i own the 50 1.8 love it on my 5d mkII

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    Tested the new 50mm and Canon 40D. Great lil combo, except the plastic make is a bit of a let down.

    Nonetheless, great pics, sharp and beautiful bokeh.

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    Canon must be pleased with the sales of this lens, I purchased one last Tuesday & am quite happy with it.
    One thing I noticed, after using zooms exclusively for a few years a fixed focal length lens sure makes you walk around a lot more.
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    Is the f/1.4 worth the extra coin...??

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