Canon has made several cheap lens and one of them is the EF50mm f/1.8 which was discontinued in 1990 and replaced by the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II lens. This particular lens comes with a plastic body and metal mount and it features the infrared index on its distance window. Priced at $99 or around £60, this particular lens is a favorite option among a lot of people who are starting out in photography. Moreover, you can also buy this lens second had at an even cheaper price online

Now what makes this particular lens cheap is that its lens element and optical construction is not as impressive as the other types of Canon EF 50mm lenses. This particular lens comes with 5 blade elements thus it can only open its aperture until f/1.8. Although this may be the case, the lens also has the ability to create a very nice shallow depth of field effect (DOF) thus making it perfect  if you are shooting portrait and product photography under low light condition. On the other hand, the optical construction of this particular lens comes with six lens elements without any special elements. The lens utilizes a front extension focusing system that is powered by the AFD motor. Since it does not run with the USM motor, this contributes to the cheap price of the lens. Moreover, the lens also makes an audible noise especially when you do auto-focus. Although this may be the case, the lens is capable of taking  photos fast.   The front of the lens cannot rotate when focusing thus making it very compatible if you have circular polarizers with you.

When it comes to the image quality, this particular lens can take sharp images and sharp bokeh. Since it is a relatively fast lens, it  can also shoot photos with good color rendition.  However, the quality is not as good compared to the L-type lenses of the same focal point. Nevertheless, this particular lens is a great alternative especially if you want to own a prime lens but you don’t want to spend too much money on  it. Unfortunately, since this particular lens is out of production, finding one can be difficult these days. However, if you do find one, you will be surprised that the price is cheaper compared when you buy one out of the box.

Take a look at the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II Lens HERE 

Below are the specifications of this the ef50mm f/1,8 if you can find one :

for an old ef50 f/1.8 try here



Focal length



6 elements in 5 groups

No. of diaphragm blades


Actual price

USD $99

Max aperture


Close focus


Filter size





68.16mm x 40.4mm