Canon Deal:

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

Expired
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
$99.00
(was $125.00)
Free Shipping

Shop Now ►   Amazon
More Amazon Offers

Add it to your cart to see the price.

Thanks for sharing, FatWallet member ksenn!  
Pricing and availability may have changed since this deal was posted.

  • filter:
  • Page :
  • 1
  • Text Only
  • Search this Topic »
Voting History
rated:
Amazon has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens for $99.00 with free Super Saver shipping. Must add to cart to see price.

  • 50mm standard lens with f/1.8 maximum aperture
  • Traditional Gauss-type optical design is extremely sharp
  • Focuses as close as 18 inches for extreme close-ups, Auto-focus: Yes
  • Ideal for natural-looking shots; excellent color balance
  • Measures 2.7 inches in diameter; 1-year warranty

Amazon
Get Up to 5.0% Cash Back in the Following Departments:
Related Deals   People who viewed this deal also viewed these similar deals.

Member Summary

lens (1.95kB)
Thanks BMWLVR82
Disclaimer
Most Recent Posts
Didn't get bumped enough, b/c I would have remembered this and given it green.

Hoogineer (Feb. 12, 2014 @ 12:35p) |

All lenses that auto-focus have a motor inside.  Most modern lenses for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony feature auto-focu... (more)

Hoogineer (Feb. 12, 2014 @ 12:50p) |

this lens is meant for beginners. it is a basic lens with no zoom, no fancy light filtering. no low dispersion elements.... (more)

terroralpha (Mar. 04, 2014 @ 5:13a) |

Staff Summary
Thanks for visiting FatWallet.com. Join for free to remove this ad.

rated:
Not a deal. I bought this lens for 59.99 last year. This is the plastic 1.8. The metal f1.4 is the better lens.

Haters gonna hate....Atleast one other person got the deal further down in this thread.

*edit* 

Yes I know the 1.4 is expensive. My point  was dont expect a quality lens when this one is a creaky plastic 50mm. Works fine for a while. Makes good photos.  Its a good intro to primes... Yikes! Friendly group.
 

rated:
lllclifflll said:   The metal f1.4 is the better lens.
 

  Obviously.  It's also 3 times in price.  This lens is good because it's good for this price range.

rated:
lllclifflll said:   Not a deal. I bought this lens for 59.99 last year. This is the plastic 1.8. The metal f1.4 is the better lens.
Did you buy it used, new or refurb?  For new, this is about as cheap as it gets online.  (It's also not more than what you should be paying for it new, IMHO.)  I still give it green.
Edit: I know Canon has listed this lens for as low as $80 (and possibly lower) its refurb sales, although you still have to spend $100 for FS and tax is additional.

rated:
Got it for $90 or so a while ago. Canon lenses just wouldn't drop prices over years even if inflation factor is considered.

rated:
lllclifflll said:   Not a deal. I bought this lens for 59.99 last year. This is the plastic 1.8. The metal f1.4 is the better lens.
  This was never 59.99.  Stop posting nonsense.

rated:
lllclifflll said:   Not a deal. I bought this lens for 59.99 last year. This is the plastic 1.8. The metal f1.4 is the better lens.
  Not sure this lens was Ever 59.99. Why not go all out and get the f/1.2? It's the better lens. Oh, it's an extra $1520. This is a good deal at $99.

rated:
garycook said:   Got it for $90 or so a while ago. Canon lenses just wouldn't drop prices over years even if inflation factor is considered.

$90 would be a good deal.  $80 would be a hot deal.  But $100 like this is normal price.  I usually see this lens go for $98.

  http://camelcamelcamel.com/Canon-50mm-1-8-Camera-Lens/product/B0...

rated:
This is a great starter lens, 90% of photographers will do just fine with it.

rated:
It is $95 (grey) and $99 (USA) at BandH and no tax(For those who pay taxes on Amazon).

rated:
WorkerAnt said:   
garycook said:   Got it for $90 or so a while ago. Canon lenses just wouldn't drop prices over years even if inflation factor is considered.

$90 would be a good deal.  $80 would be a hot deal.  But $100 like this is normal price.  I usually see this lens go for $98.

  http://camelcamelcamel.com/Canon-50mm-1-8-Camera-Lens/product/B0...

$100 should be normal price, but average is actually $110 (citing your link).

Having said that: I've probably posted this in the past, but (IMHO) 50mm is a better "normal prime" range for FF.  On a crop, I much prefer 30mm for indoor, close-quarters shooting.

rated:
Hoogineer said:   
WorkerAnt said:   
garycook said:   Got it for $90 or so a while ago. Canon lenses just wouldn't drop prices over years even if inflation factor is considered.

$90 would be a good deal.  $80 would be a hot deal.  But $100 like this is normal price.  I usually see this lens go for $98.

  http://camelcamelcamel.com/Canon-50mm-1-8-Camera-Lens/product/B0...

$100 should be normal price, but average is actually $110 (citing your link).

Having said that: I've probably posted this in the past, but (IMHO) 50mm is a better "normal prime" range for FF.  On a crop, I much prefer 30mm for indoor, close-quarters shooting.

  That $110 might be due to that $200 jump out liar.  I think someone or something input the data and mistake this lens for it's similar METAL version.

rated:
I have the 40 mm USM lens. Now debating if I should get this one too.

rated:
are these made in Malaysia?

I see some of the original metal rings Made in Japan f/1.8, made in the 80's, going for about $200 used.

rated:
Oh,pity! Mine is still working well, otherwise i will buy one

rated:

rated:
hkgfnt said:   I have the 40 mm USM lens. Now debating if I should get this one too.
I think you mean the 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake?  It's a trade-off: If you need f/1.8 for indoor photography, then the 50mm might serve you better (at the expense of a narrower photo).  Otherwise, 40mm is closer to normal focal length (IMHO) for crop; the 40mm also has superior build quality and (as I understand it) better IQ.  The 50mm's salient characteristic is its superior sharpness, but its bokeh is regarded very poorly.

If you shoot FF vice crop, 50mm is a more normal length, although the 40mm is designed mostly with FF in mind.

Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM review 
Canon 50mm f/1.8 II review 

Key sentence: "The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens' strongest quality is its sharpness. Sharpness performance wide open (f/1.8) is decent, but the Canon 50 f/1.8 is very sharp at f/2.8 and beyond. It is slightly sharper than even the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens. " (The Digital Picture)  If you are stopping down to f/2.8 to get max sharpness on the 50mm, you've already eliminated its main benefit over the 40mm (i.e. its wider max aperture), although a good copy of the 50mm probably will be (much?) sharper than the 40mm at that f-stop.

Note that both reviews cross-reference each other.  The two lenses are only 10mm apart, so you probably will only find yourself using one of the two lenses.  If you leaned toward the 40mm (for IQ, build quality, focusing), you might only pull out the 50mm when you absolutely must have f/1.8.

Full disclosure: I own neither lens.  I shoot a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM for all close-quarters indoor photography. I decided to spend more money to get (a) f/1.4, (b) higher build quality than Canon EF f/1.8 II, (c) HSM (Sigma's equivalent of Canon USM), and (d) full-time manual (FTM) focusing.

Note: 30mm on crop = 48mm on FF

rated:
As a side note Amazon has 50 keys to better photography free as a digital download:

http://www.amazon.com/Better-Photography-Target-Photo-Training-e...

rated:
Hoogineer said:   
hkgfnt said:   I have the 40 mm USM lens. Now debating if I should get this one too.
I think you mean the 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake?  It's a trade-off: If you need f/1.8 for indoor photography, then the 50mm might serve you better (at the expense of a narrower photo).  Otherwise, 40mm is closer to normal focal length (IMHO) for crop; the 40mm also has superior build quality and (as I understand it) better IQ.  The 50mm's salient characteristic is its superior sharpness, but its bokeh is regarded very poorly.

If you shoot FF vice crop, 50mm is a more normal length, although the 40mm is designed mostly with FF in mind.

Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM review 
Canon 50mm f/1.8 II review 

Key sentence: "The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens' strongest quality is its sharpness. Sharpness performance wide open (f/1.8) is decent, but the Canon 50 f/1.8 is very sharp at f/2.8 and beyond. It is slightly sharper than even the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens. " (The Digital Picture)  If you are stopping down to f/2.8 to get max sharpness on the 50mm, you've already eliminated its main benefit over the 40mm (i.e. its wider max aperture), although a good copy of the 50mm probably will be (much?) sharper than the 40mm at that f-stop.

Note that both reviews cross-reference each other.  The two lenses are only 10mm apart, so you probably will only find yourself using one of the two lenses.  If you leaned toward the 40mm (for IQ, build quality, focusing), you might only pull out the 50mm when you absolutely must have f/1.8.

Full disclosure: I own neither lens.  I shoot a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM for all close-quarters indoor photography. I decided to spend more money to get (a) f/1.4, (b) higher build quality than Canon EF f/1.8 II, (c) HSM (Sigma's equivalent of Canon USM), and (d) full-time manual (FTM) focusing.

Note: 30mm on crop = 48mm on FF

  This sharpness thing is very debatable.  Particularly comparing with 24-70(I own this).  I do my own sharpness measuring experiments.  This weekend I did a study to evaluate the sharpness of all 61 AF points for 5D Mk3 with 85mm 1.2 II lens at different apertures.    My baseline measurement was manual focus using live view.  I found out there was significant difference in sharpness at f/1.2 using different AF points.  Cross type center AF points were very sharp.  However as I moved to f/2.8, all AF points performed the same.   We all know that cross type center AF points are more accurate.    Moral of the story is I don't know what camera they were using, what was the methodology, did they have a sharp copy of both lenses?  Even same camera and same lens produce dramatically different results, let alone comparing two different lenses.

rated:
king0fSpades said:   
Hoogineer said:   
hkgfnt said:   I have the 40 mm USM lens. Now debating if I should get this one too.
I think you mean the 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake?  It's a trade-off: If you need f/1.8 for indoor photography, then the 50mm might serve you better (at the expense of a narrower photo).  Otherwise, 40mm is closer to normal focal length (IMHO) for crop; the 40mm also has superior build quality and (as I understand it) better IQ.  The 50mm's salient characteristic is its superior sharpness, but its bokeh is regarded very poorly.

If you shoot FF vice crop, 50mm is a more normal length, although the 40mm is designed mostly with FF in mind.

Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM review 
Canon 50mm f/1.8 II review 

Key sentence: "The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens' strongest quality is its sharpness. Sharpness performance wide open (f/1.8) is decent, but the Canon 50 f/1.8 is very sharp at f/2.8 and beyond. It is slightly sharper than even the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens. " (The Digital Picture)  If you are stopping down to f/2.8 to get max sharpness on the 50mm, you've already eliminated its main benefit over the 40mm (i.e. its wider max aperture), although a good copy of the 50mm probably will be (much?) sharper than the 40mm at that f-stop.

Note that both reviews cross-reference each other.  The two lenses are only 10mm apart, so you probably will only find yourself using one of the two lenses.  If you leaned toward the 40mm (for IQ, build quality, focusing), you might only pull out the 50mm when you absolutely must have f/1.8.

Full disclosure: I own neither lens.  I shoot a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM for all close-quarters indoor photography. I decided to spend more money to get (a) f/1.4, (b) higher build quality than Canon EF f/1.8 II, (c) HSM (Sigma's equivalent of Canon USM), and (d) full-time manual (FTM) focusing.

Note: 30mm on crop = 48mm on FF

  This sharpness thing is very debatable.  Particularly comparing with 24-70(I own this).  I do my own sharpness measuring experiments.  This weekend I did a study to evaluate the sharpness of all 61 AF points for 5D Mk3 with 85mm 1.2 II lens at different apertures.    My baseline measurement was manual focus using live view.  I found out there was significant difference in sharpness at f/1.2 using different AF points.  Cross type center AF points were very sharp.  However as I moved to f/2.8, all AF points performed the same.   We all know that cross type center AF points are more accurate.    Moral of the story is I don't know what camera they were using, what was the methodology, did they have a sharp copy of both lenses?  Even same camera and same lens produce dramatically different results, let alone comparing two different lenses.
 

Great points.  I was just trying to supply the inquirer with some helpful information.  I think I've read others criticize TDP for its testing methodology.  I think the reviewer himself allowed that the new copy of the 50mm f/1.8 II did not appear to be as sharp as the first copy he owned (which he said literally came apart on him).

E.g., some users pan the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM (vice the new Art version) for focus misfire, but let's face it: DoF of 30mm focal length at f/1.4 on a subject only 4' away (typical for me) is less than 3.5"!   I use center-point (which is the only cross AF point) of my 600d and recompose for > 90% of my shots.  (I admit that I occasionally take OOF shots, but it's by no means rampant.)

Are you asserting that the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II's vaunted sharpness is debatable?  Or just that it depends on many more variables: copy of the lens you receive, which body you're using, which AF point you're using, etc.  Would you recommend someone purchase a 40mm f/2.8 over the Nifty Fifty?  (I think that depends on whether you really need f/1.8 and whether 50mm is too long for your shooting style.)

rated:
hkgfnt said:   I have the 40 mm USM lens. Now debating if I should get this one too.
  
USM stands for Ultrasonic Zoom Motor. I don't think your fixed 40mm has one. 

rated:

rated:
Narcosis said:   
hkgfnt said:   I have the 40 mm USM lens. Now debating if I should get this one too.
  
USM stands for Ultrasonic Zoom Motor. I don't think your fixed 40mm has one. 

  You are right. Someone already corrected me. It is STM. The lens is inexpensive and takes reasonable good pictures. I am not an expert, just like to take photos.

rated:
Narcosis said:   
hkgfnt said:   I have the 40 mm USM lens. Now debating if I should get this one too.
  
USM stands for Ultrasonic Zoom Motor. I don't think your fixed 40mm has one. 

  USM stands for Ultrasonic Motor. Does not have to have zoom, for example fixed 50mm Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 has USM.

rated:
Hoogineer said:   
hkgfnt said:   I have the 40 mm USM lens. Now debating if I should get this one too.
The 50mm's salient characteristic is its superior sharpness

  
I have both and I do NOT reccomend the 50. My 40 is sharper at each f-stop compared to the 50. The 50 is unacceptable at f1.8 (for my taste).

rated:
You guys are talking way over my head. I know STM means it has a motor inside for focusing. I believe USM is a newer design and I have them on my 70-300 and 17-135 zoom lens. This 50 mm lens is probably one of those nice to have but I can do without type of deal.

rated:
heeljeff said:   
lllclifflll said:   Not a deal. I bought this lens for 59.99 last year. This is the plastic 1.8. The metal f1.4 is the better lens.
  Not sure this lens was Ever 59.99. Why not go all out and get the f/1.2? It's the better lens. Oh, it's an extra $1520. This is a good deal at $99.

  
I know what he's talking about because I bought it at $59.99 too.  It was $59.99 at dpreview gearshop using a $50 coupon.

Looks like no one cared about it when someone posted it back then.
http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/arcmessageview.php?catid=74&thre... 

rated:
b534202 said:   
heeljeff said:   
lllclifflll said:   Not a deal. I bought this lens for 59.99 last year. This is the plastic 1.8. The metal f1.4 is the better lens.
  Not sure this lens was Ever 59.99. Why not go all out and get the f/1.2? It's the better lens. Oh, it's an extra $1520. This is a good deal at $99.

  
I know what he's talking about because I bought it at $59.99 too.  It was $59.99 at dpreview gearshop using a $50 coupon.

Looks like no one cared about it when someone posted it back then.
http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/arcmessageview.php?catid=74&thre...

Didn't get bumped enough, b/c I would have remembered this and given it green.

rated:
hkgfnt said:   You guys are talking way over my head. I know STM means it has a motor inside for focusing. I believe USM is a newer design and I have them on my 70-300 and 17-135 zoom lens. This 50 mm lens is probably one of those nice to have but I can do without type of deal.
All lenses that auto-focus have a motor inside.  Most modern lenses for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony feature auto-focus.  There are some notable exceptions like Carl Zeiss (super-expensive) and Rokinon (cheap).  A cheap wide-angle lens from Rokinon doesn't need AF, b/c you probably will be using it on a tripod for landscape shots.  (Note that I have never touched a Carl Zeiss lens, so there might be some EF- or F-mount that feature AF, but I'm not familiar.  It might have something to do with just making super-high-quality glass and not  caring to reverse-engineer how the lens and body communicate.)

Sigma and Tamron lenses for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony feature AF, because they reverse-engineer the body manufacturer's lens design to get it to work.  Usually it doesn't perform as well as the body manufacturer's lenses, but the recent Sigma lenses (particularly Art line) seem to dispel this notion.

For Canon at least, there are three main types of focus: micro-motor (basic), micro USM (slightly better), ring USM (best).  If "USM" is not on the lens, it's micro-motor.  If it's labeled "USM", it could be micro or ring USM.  The Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM features micro USM, whereas the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM features ring USM.  (Note that a lens does not have to be L glass to feature USM -- e.g. the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM features ring USM -- but an L always will feature ring USM.)  Canon ring USM usually means full-time manual (FTM), too.

STM = Stepping Motor STM allows for improved, quieter AF during video recording on the newer Canon bodies (650d, 700d, 70d).

Sigma HSM performs at least as well as micro USM and roughly on par with ring USM in newer lenses.

Edit: Since you own the 40mm f/2.8 pancake already, you definitely can do without this lens.

rated:
lllclifflll said:   Not a deal. I bought this lens for 59.99 last year. This is the plastic 1.8. The metal f1.4 is the better lens.

Haters gonna hate....Atleast one other person got the deal further down in this thread.

*edit* 

Yes I know the 1.4 is expensive. My point  was dont expect a quality lens when this one is a creaky plastic 50mm. Works fine for a while. Makes good photos.  Its a good intro to primes... Yikes! Friendly group.

  
this lens is meant for beginners. it is a basic lens with no zoom, no fancy light filtering. no low dispersion elements. it makes you think about all your pictures.  that's the best part about it. manual focus would have been even better. and if you decide to give up on photography because of lack of time or interest, losing $100 on a lens is a lot less painful than losing nearly $400.

i personally have no interest in a lens like this since all my canon glass is "L" glass. 24-70mm 2.8L II, 70-200mm 2.8L IS II, 85mm 1.2L. but if a novice who was starting out asked me for a advice on a first lens, i would tell that person to get this 50mm or it's nikon equivalent, even if they had money to burn on the $400 model i would still make them get this.

  • Quick Reply:  Have something quick to contribute? Just reply below and you're done! hide Quick Reply
     
    Click here for full-featured reply.


Disclaimer: By providing links to other sites, FatWallet.com does not guarantee, approve or endorse the information or products available at these sites, nor does a link indicate any association with or endorsement by the linked site to FatWallet.com.

Thanks for visiting FatWallet.com. Join for free to remove this ad.
TRUSTe online privacy certification

While FatWallet makes every effort to post correct information, offers are subject to change without notice.
Some exclusions may apply based upon merchant policies.
© 1999-2014