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Final Clearance Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens

  • Model #: 50MM F1.8
  • Web Code: 10082166
(65 ratings)


Looking for a lightweight, portable, and inexpensive lens for your entry-level DSLR? Look no further than the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. Portrait-friendly and great for street photography, it sports a 50mm fixed focal length and Gaussian optics for crisp delineation from near to far focusing distances to give you the perfect shot every time.

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The Nifty Fifty

  • The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II prime lens works well as a standard 50mm on a full-frame DSLR or as a portrait-friendly 80mm equivalent on an APS-C camera. Featuring a lens construction of 6 elements in 5 groups, it's a great companion to Canon's entry-level DSLRs.
  • Ideal for portraits, close-ups, and street photography, this lens sports a lightweight and portable design, making it super easy to bring along with you on your adventures. So whether you're snapping random pics around the city or capturing a beautiful sunset, you'll love having this lens as part of your arsenal.

Impressive imagery

  • The EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens is equipped with Gaussian optics for sharp delineation from near to far focusing distances. So whether you're up-close taking a photo of some beautiful flowers, or farther away capturing the city skyline, you'll enjoy vibrant colours and sharp contrast.
  • This 50mm fixed focal length prime lens is great for a day out and about, and does well in low-light conditions thanks to its f/1.8 maximum aperture. Starting to get a little dark during a family BBQ? No problem. Your pics of the kids enjoying their ice cream cake will still turn out great.

Stay focused

  • In terms of autofocus, this lens features the overall linear extension system with Micromotor so you can quickly and quietly focus in on your subject. So when your kid suddenly springs free on a breakaway, you can capture the triumphant moment in crisp detail. If your camera's autofocus isn't getting the job done, or you prefer to be totally hands-on, you've always got the option to switch to the full-time manual focus.

What's in the Box?

  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Manual
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Manual

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)
  • Labour - 1 Year(s)

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4.5 / 5
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  • from Québec, QC
  • Aug 28, 2015

Great lens

This lens is really great to take pictures in bad lighting or of fast moving target.

  • from Coquitlam
  • Aug 02, 2015

Great for portraits

I am a hobbiest photographer, this lens is excellent for pictures of animals and people. I am amazed at the quality for such a cheap price. The low aperture settings create such nice blurred backgrounds with subjects in focus for people that doesn't have an editing system to work with as well. Such a good little lens!

  • from Mississauga, ON
  • Jun 25, 2015

Beautiful lens but broke on me 1 year in

My boyfriend bought me this lens and I loved it, but it came apart after a year or so (and I am pretty careful with my lenses). I would definitely recommend it because of the amazing price and beautiful photos that I got out of it, however, it's just a shame that I will have to buy a new one.

  • from Prince George
  • May 18, 2015


I'm in love with these lens it could be a huge step in my photography! It is worth the money and it fits well on my SL1

  • from Prince George
  • May 18, 2015


This lens is awesome. People think the bigger the better but really the 50mm lens is the, takes nice Sharp crystal clear photos! It shoots like a canon eos 7D, I have the cannon sl1 and it fits amazing with this lens

  • from West Island of Montreal
  • Mar 16, 2015

This is a must have!

Had this lens for a little over six months and let me tell you, for the price you can't go wrong. I am 16, just starting out photography. If you are starting out, this is the best lens for you. It teaches you to take your time, but beware. No zoom here, you gotta get closer or further. I use this lens on a Canon 60D and it works out perfect. Very sharp when stopped down, a little soft wide open. Only complain is the pentagon shaped bokeh (out of focus background) when this lens is stopped down. Perfect lens for low light, and for portraits. Will make you not want to go back to your kit lens. Now once you finish reading this review, go out and get yourself one now!

  • from Montréal, QC
  • Feb 11, 2015

Great ans inexpensive prime lens

I got this one at discounted rate. It has great image quality. On a crop sensor camera (ex t5i) the field of view is quite narrow. Not a walkaround lens.

  • from London, ON
  • Jan 20, 2015

Excellent Buy

This lens is great for portraits and low light situations. Excellent quality for the price - perfect if you're beginning to experiment with different lenses.

  • from Canmore, AB
  • Jul 11, 2014

Meets Expectations

This is a great lens, regardless of the price. While you give up some flexibility without a zoom, the ability to shoot high quality pictures in low level light is well worth it. With the stock Cannon lens, shooting inside an arena, the best i could do was shutter speed 1/200th, on iso 3200, now can get 1/200th on iso 400.

  • from Markham, ON
  • Jun 05, 2014

Love this Lens!

This lens has taken my portraits to a new level. Clean crisp subjects with soft blurred backgrounds! So effective and affordable! Love it!

  • from Chatham, ON
  • Apr 23, 2014

Amazing product for an amazing price.

This is my go to lens. Impressed to get such great results at the price.

  • from Victoria, BC
  • Mar 17, 2014

Best buy from best buy

This is an awesome's all we really need after our stock lens bit the dust. I wish we would've purchased this for our newborn's pictures it seriously is that good and we are total rookies when it comes to photography. Just buy it, you won't be disappointed. Also if you're Ordering online it was the fastest shipping I've ever seen. Will buy more lenses as they go on sale from here :)

  • from Cranbrook, BC
  • Feb 12, 2014

Nifty fifty

First off a friend recommended the lens. As always I read all the reviews before I purchased. Do not wait just buy it you won' t regret it

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Feb 07, 2014

Great lens

I don't know much about cameras or lenses, but this lense is great.

  • from Mississauga, ON
  • Jan 31, 2014

A Must Have!

I purchased a Canon T3i from Best buy that came with a 18-25 lens and another 75-300mm lens. I tried them both and already was happy with it... until I discovered this 50 mm lens. That changed the pictures completely! It's a must have for portraits for blur background. If you are starting out in photography I really recommend this. Deserves 5 out of 5

  • from Barrie, ON
  • Jan 22, 2014


I love my lens :) It's great for up close quality photos :)(:

  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Jan 19, 2014


Perfect value point when on sale.

  • from ON
  • Jan 13, 2014

Absolutely Incredible Lens

I just purchased this lens two days ago and out of all the lenses I own this is by far my favourite. It's my first ever telephoto lens and the picture quality has blown me away. The depth of field is astounding and the blur of the background is beautiful. The colour quality of the photos is much more accurate to real life as well. The only problem anyone may have with this lens is since it's f/1.8 anything that isn't in focus will have a blur to it. With that being said if you know how to manual focus you will not have a problem. Overall I am blown away by the image quality this lens produces, and for the price it is there's no reason not to purchase it.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Dec 30, 2013

Great Bang for Buck

This is a great lens to throw on the camera and walk around with, it's cheap and replacing it is not a big deal. But the best thing about this lens is its ability to shoot in low light, portrait photos shot with good lighting are amazing the only thing is the motor is a bit on the noisy side but it is very fast at auto focusing. It's cheap, it feels cheap, but does the job of much more expensive lens's including the Canon EF 50mm 1.4 which costs 3 times more than this lens.

  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Nov 12, 2013

Great lens!

I love this lens! Recently bought a T3i with 2 lenses, then bought this one. Of the 3, this is my favorite, and the cheapest! It lets in a ton of light, helping to get fast shutter speeds. Build quality is a little cheap, but for the price, this lens definitely worth it.

  • from Hamilton, ON
  • Sep 15, 2013

Nice for a inexpensive lens

A little big for an APS-C camera, will be getting a 35mm or a 28mm to put in the bag but the price is right. Takes decent low light shots, bokeh is fairly pleasant however can start to show signs of polygons when blown up due to the blade shape. For the price you really cant go wrong..

  • from Oakville, ON
  • Mar 21, 2013

Great lens

Can't go wrong for the price you pay. Great quality pictures would purchase this lens again.

  • from mississauga, ON
  • Feb 10, 2013

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II Lens

this lens good for portraits on medium distance subjects.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Jan 27, 2013

M4H 1J2

Excellent on my new choosen hobby , this len's good in macro shots .

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Jan 04, 2013

Happy for the price

After I had a chance to finally open it at night. I was thrilled to see the result of the lens in low lighting. The sharpness as well blows the standard kit lens away. I know the lens is loud as it tries to focus and also the lens is made of plastic, but that's why it's so affortable. Can't wait to try it outside. So far 5 outta 5. Just like any other len, take care of your investment.

  • from Montreal, QC
  • Nov 03, 2012

Perfect portrait lens!

Fantastic lens for portraits and medium distance subjects. Would recommend this to anyone starting out in photography who wants to take excellent photos on a lower budget.

  • from Milton
  • Aug 20, 2012

Good portrait lens!

Although it is not as good as other quality lens yet it Takes dramatic portraits! The f1.8 feature shows your subject more intensely. Great for starters! Without IS and slow calculations it is quite difficult to take sharp pictures. But once you get the hang of it, this lens could take beautiful pictures.

  • from Guelph
  • Mar 13, 2012

LOVE this Lens

After reading the reviews on this site and others, I purchased this as my first lens for my Canon T3i. The lens that came with the camera was fine - but I am thrilled beyond expectation at the shots I am now getting, it seems sometimes without even trying. I am a beginner photographer, and the comments I get on the photos take with this lens are awesome. This lens is worth every penny, and if it breaks as some reviewers have comments (after dropping it), I will immediately purchase another. My subjects stand out and look stunning. I love this lens!

  • from NL, Canada
  • Jan 03, 2012

A Must Have For Your DSLR!

I'm far from a pro. I just got a Canon Rebel T2i for Christmas 2011. My first DSLR. The lens that came with the camera took great pictures, then, after reading many reviews, I got the Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II Lens. The difference over the kit lens is very noticeable. Sure, it's a plastic body, but the glass is great quality. If your on a budget or just starting out like me, read the reviews and then pick up this lens, you won't regret it.

  • from WINDSOR
  • Dec 03, 2011

should be in your bag

this lens has been known to photographers as the "nifty fifty" for quite some time....and for good reason....its cheap , forces you to be creative...and it has the image quality of a much more expensive lens.....can't go wrong with this one

  • from Burnaby
  • Aug 27, 2011

Value priced but delivers good results

I bought this as my first fixed focus lens and I am very happy with the results I have been getting with this little lens. Canon has made an affordable entry level fixed focus lens that can deliver very acceptable results for the amateur photographer. If you are a beginner this is a great lens to start with and learn on without having to outlay huge cash. Sure there are limitations, but if you do your research you know what they will be.

  • from Golden, BC
  • May 17, 2011


While the optics are passable, mine only lasted 13 months. It was just outside of the warranty period when it fell apart in my hands. Remember: you get what you pay for.

  • from Crystal Beach Ontario
  • Feb 11, 2011

Affordable and a great picture

I wish Canon could manufacture more of their lens like this one. A great price and fantastic pictures. I have had mine over two years and it is also tough enough to hit trees and brush without breaking. Great for portraits too. A must have lens for the beginner or casual photographer like myself. You will use this lens when you see the results.;

  • from Cambridge
  • Jan 22, 2011

Canon 50mm

Purchased this lens just as a spare for my T2i, well I was shocked at how well it preforms. Great pictures under low light & close-up's, using my HD movie mode with low light street lighting, it was awesome. Don't let this light weight plastic lens fool you, for the money it's a great little lens.

  • from StCatharines
  • Jan 16, 2011


I purchased this lens to go along with my 18-55mm kit lens. I have found myself using this one much more often now in most shooting conditions. Although best for Portraits and creating a bokeh effect on things, it actually does landscape photography quite well, if you are willing to move around a bit to get a good shot. Where this lens truly shines is in low light situations. With the kit lens, I needed a tripod in order to shoot useable pictures in the early morning or later evening. Now I don't need a tripod in order to take decent pictures outside at night or morning. Same applies for indoors as well. I've read complaints about the af motor being loud, though not sure why. Although mine makes noise, I never notice it. The downside I find is the auto focus in low light conditions or close up shots. I'm not aware of any lens (esspecially for this price) that can auto focus in low light. Having said that, if there are even dim light sources around it should do fine. As for close ups? Simply take a step or two back and it does well. The quality on video mode truly surprised me. I found it exteremly clear. Although I had some doubts about buying this lens at first, I'm happy I did.

  • from Ottawa, Ontario
  • Oct 10, 2010

You need this lens

One of the best Canon lenses for the price. Don't let the fact that it's plastic and has noisy auto-focus fool you; this is worth every penny. The pictures it takes are amazing.

  • from Toronto
  • Sep 26, 2010

The "step up" I needed

I read the reviews and decided to go for it. So happy I did. The quality of my pictures have stepped up from the 18-55 lens that came with my EOS Rebel Xsi. I thought it would take big bucks to do that. The only draw-back I've found is that I have to stand back more to take the picture.

  • from Windsor, Ontario
  • Jul 01, 2010


It's a very well known fact amongst photographers that you get what you pay for when it comes to lenses. This lens is pretty much the only exception to this rule. The image and colour quality of this lens is spot on. As soon as you shoot your first picture the shapness of this lens will blow you away. There are only two cons to this lens. The build quality is very good, however it is all plastic and will most likely break if dropped, and the motor is weak for the auto focus. When I say weak I mean it takes slightly longer than more expensive lenses to focus and it is louder than any other lens I have ever used. Good news is that its cheap so you could break 2-3 of them before you hit the price of another lens similar to this. BOTTOM LINE. BUY THIS LENS, OVERALL YOU WILL BE VERY HAPPY YOU DID. JUST DONT DROP IT!!!

  • from Pickering, ON
  • Jun 14, 2010

Everyone needs this lens

For the people who are saying it's a cheap lens. Well its $129.....what did you expect? It is made of plastic, and the motor isn't an USM. But the pictures it takes are fabulous. Perfect for portraits.

  • from Toronto
  • Feb 11, 2010

I LOVE it!

A friend recommended it.... I bought it and used it right away. Absolutely worth the price. Quality of pictures is great. Just takes a little experimenting to get used to how shallow the DofF is at the 1.8f/stop. But the portraits I took were incredible... everyone just leaps off the backgrounds.

  • from kitchener
  • Nov 26, 2009

poor quality but great value

You paid what you get.Similar output as 50mm 1.4 usm,but really poor quality. Made of full plastic. The motor sounds like a toy motor. misfocus sometimes.Having best value but poor quality.I dont think it'll work more than one year longer.Better to purcahse extra warranty.A good choice for a beginner.

  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Nov 25, 2008

Everyone should have one

To many people who are just getting into SLR photography get caught up needing a telephoto lens. This lens teaches you to be creative with your camera forcing you to find the correct angles and lighting to take the appropriate photograph. The 50 will make you a better photographer mark my words.As for the lens itself the price is amazingly cheap, the construction is a little cheap with a lot of plastic but if you look after your equipment you will never have a problem. If you are a more experienced photographer and you want some versatility you might want to got to the 85mm, i myself have both for my D80.

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