March 9, 2013

First Impressions: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II Camera Lens (PICTURES)

Two weeks ago I ordered my first "real" camera lens--a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II from DigitalRev.com. It came highly recommended from fellow photogs because of its economical value and excellent bokeh.

Pictured above are a couple of test shots I took with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II in low light conditions.  As you can see, it performs wonderfully; I didn't have to bump up the ISO to get a good, clear picture.

Here's what DigitalRev.com has to say about this camera lens:

Compact and lightweight, with a total length of only 41mm and a weight of 130g, and with orthodox 6 elements in 5 groups. The 50mm f/1.8 Mk II produces high image quality with a good balance. Aberration correction is possible throughout the entire focusing range, from the closest focusing distance of 0.45m to infinity. The lens also features a micro-motor operated AF system. The 50mm f/1.8 Mk II was improved to become the model II by simplifying the focusing distance window and manual focus ring.

For the price ($104.00), you're getting good quality here--sharpness that easily surpasses the Canon kit lens and improved performance in low light conditions.  Its ability to create the portrait blur effect (focus on the face with smooth background blur) is also lovely.

My lovely 12 string guitar (I play my organ more than this, though) captured in odd angles thanks to my Canon 50mm f/1.8 Mk II lens.
On the downside, it's really, really noisy during autofocus.  Like "Is something wrong with your car?" noisy, except it's coming from your lens.  It's also not ideal for close portraits shots--you'll need to stand a good distance away for a proper focus.  That also means you can't take good selcas with this lens, unless your arm is cah-razy long, which I'm betting it's not.

Whoa, did I totally rate a lens by its ability to take selcas?  Oh boy...

XOXO,

Minsooky


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