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Cheap 50mm Lens for Canon

Updated on April 16, 2012
Cheap 50mm lens for Canon - f/1.8
Cheap 50mm lens for Canon - f/1.8

50mm Lens for Canon

It hasn't been too long (and it is still the case with many photographers) that a 50mm lens was standard equipment.

This cheap 50mm lens for Canon is well worth a peek. This is especially true if you are on a budget with a Canon Rebel or even the mid-level 50D or 60D.

This lens is totally amazing when all things are considered.

On a personal note, it was one of the first lenses I purchased when I got my very first digital slr, a Canon Rebel 300D. That little 6-megapixel camera performed like a pro when paired up with my 50mm lens. All images were tack sharp, despite my knowledge of photography basics at the time.

That is the main drawing card for all Canon 50mm lenses - sharp, crisp images and great image quality.

If you are an amateur, you will be surprised at how sharp your shots will be even in low light. Think about taking pictures at night under the streetlights.. ever tried it? If so, you will know that those photos are typically tossed into the the trash because they are too blurry unless you used a tripod. With an aperture of f/1.8, the Canon 50mm lens takes those shots with ease, even hand-held.

Other areas that you have probably struggled with are restaurants at night for family get-togethers and kids' school productions or recitals. Everyone always depends on you as the "professional" photographer. Well, you will feel professional with the images that result from this cheap 50mm lens.

Compared to the "other" 50mm lens for Canon

There are actually two other models.

First there is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4. This lens is also amazing, but it is an additional $200. Think about it... you could just buy a new cheap 50mm lens three times before you spend that much money.

The f/1.4 lens is better built. It is made with a metal casing instead of plastic. It also has a few extra glass elements. Of course you noticed that f/1.4 is a larger aperture so it will be a hair faster, but, again, if you are an amateur, you will not notice the difference.

Finally there is the big gun, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L. This one has the coveted "L" standing, Canon's finest. It is much larger, faster, and built like a spaceship. It has more glass elements and is weather sealed just in case you leave your camera out in a hurricane.

With the differences listed, you will obviously get a better built lens for an extra $200 or $1200, but, once again, the image quality is still king, and the cheap 50mm lens for Canon rates right up there.

My personal experience with the cheap Canon 50mm lens

As mentioned above, I bought this little gem as one of my first lens acquisitions for the camera case. I used it for all types of photos as I learned how my Canon Rebel worked. My main lens was, and still is, the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, but that cheap 50mm lens kept finding its way onto the camera.

I discovered it was the best portrait lens I had. I had no idea what focal length was good for portraits, but I later found out that about 85mm is really good. It turns out that a 50mm lens attached to a Canon Rebel is equal to 80mm on a full frame professional camera... Score!

I also found out that you could take a 50mm lens and use it in a reversed position and in conjunction with any other lens, and it becomes a super-charged macro system. That turned out to be quite a challenge, but quite an interesting expansion of camera lens knowledge.

Basically, the 50mm f/1.8 was doing a lot of great stuff and doing it well in spite of the lack of expertise of the photographer (your truly). It helped to build my confidence.

Then one sad day, I picked up my camera bag and slung it over my shoulder, not knowing that I had not completely zipped it shut. The Canon 50mm lens went flying gracefully through the air and landed quite abruptly on the concrete walkway, shattering the plastic casing.

It was a sad day in my life as a photographer as I stood over the carnage that was once my favorite lens.

The good news is that I was able to replace that Cheap 50mm lens for Canon cameras for LESS THAN $100! PTL!!

I love my Canon equipment.

Canon 50mm lens attached to a Canon 30D makes for a super portrait lens.
Canon 50mm lens attached to a Canon 30D makes for a super portrait lens.

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