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Overview

Canon's (1990) successor to the (1987) EF50/1.8 (aka the 'Nifty fifty') replaces many of the older lens's metal structural parts with plastic, reducing weight.

At over 20 years old the performance still compares well with many modern lenses, particularly when you consider its low cost.

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Lens specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 50mm 1:1.8
Lens Construction 6 elements in 5 groups
Diagonal Angle of View 46°
Focus Adjustment Overall linear extension system with Micromotor
Closest Focusing Distance 0.45m / 1.5 ft.
Filter Size 52mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 2.7" x 1.6", 4.6 oz. / 68.2 x 41.0mm, 130g

Canon EF50mm f/1.8 II block diagram

Canon EF50mm f/1.8 II mtf chart

A quick guide to MTF charts (which only measure contrast and resolution. Canon's guide to their MTF charts)

Black lines reflect lens performance at widest aperture.
Blue lines show the performance at f/8

Thick lines indicate lens contrast
Thin lines indicate lens resolution

Dashed lines: Lens performance with meridional lines.
Solid lines: Lens performance with sagittal lines

Closer sagittal and meridional chart lines indicate more 'natural' out of focus areas.

Remember that MTF charts are good for comparing similar lenses, so comparing ones from the 14mm f2.8L and 300mm 2.8L won't tell you much at all, whilst comparing the EF14 2.8L with the EF14 2.8L II will show meaningful differences. Note that other manufacturers may have different ways of displaying such information that may or may not match up with the Canon figures.

EF50mm f/1.8 II reviews and articles

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Sample images

None available at present.

Product launch

No launch information available for this 1990 lens

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