Review: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 Lens

New to a few flagship Best Buy retail stores, Best Buy is testing out additional product lines to their already elaborate collection of electronics and gadgets. In this case, it was Canon lenses within the camera aisle.

With very minimum presence of Canon lenses already in big box retail stores this was pretty exciting – I picked up a Canon EF 50mm f1.8 lens. I have been looking for this lens for awhile and never had a chance to go to a specialty camera store to pick one up – but always have time to visit my Best Buy.

After trying out the lens on my Canon Rebel, I got the effect and quality I have been looking for in my indoor portrait shots. Even with low lighting my shots came out clear and crisp. I also love the blur effect – it definitely adds dramatic depth-of-field to my shots. This lens is definitely a necessity in every photographers bag – professional or novice.

For those of you who don’t know much about the 50mm lens here is a quick turorial:

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens delivers very sharp images as inexpensively as Canon lenses get.

Build quality of the 50 f/1.8 is very cheap (as you might expect). This lens feels more like a toy than a piece of optics. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens is a good low-light indoor photography lens – especially when a flash is not appropriate or desired. It works very well in a church or gym for example. The 50 f/1.8 makes a good focal length for full-body portraits. If mounted on a 1.6x FOVCF camera, you will need some extra space to accomplish a full-body portrait and might also want to capture head/shoulder portraits with this lens.

Need to travel light? Mount the 50 f/1.8 II on a small DSLR and you have one of the smallest, lightest and least expensive low-light combinations available. Its Gaussian optics provide sharp delineation from near to far focusing distances. The color balance is excellent for a standard lens.

Here are some examples I grabbed from the web to use as inspiration for your next photography project:

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