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riteshbafna Apr 13, 2010 2:51 PM

50mm f/1.8 II
Hi folks,

I was thinking of buying this canon lens. I found a used one for about $70 and that guy has taken about 400 photos with the lens. Do you think it is a good deal? Is there a predetermined life of a lens after which the picture quality stars going down?

Thanks guys !

shoturtle Apr 13, 2010 3:53 PM

I had mine for 16 years. And it is still working. It is a good prime for the price. New the lens is about 90-100 dollars. And 60-70 is about the going price for the 50 1.8 mkII used.

riteshbafna Apr 14, 2010 9:24 AM

Thanks Shoturtle !

iowa_jim Apr 14, 2010 5:54 PM

At the risk of hijacking this post, where is the sweet-spot for the lens? f4?

shoturtle Apr 14, 2010 5:55 PM

4.5-11 is about where it is the sharpest with my copy as it may need a bit of calibration

the 50 1.4 starts at 2.8 to 11

Hards80 Apr 14, 2010 7:44 PM

there is no real lifespan on optics, provided you don't get fungus or anything in it. so it should be no problem at all.

and yea, f2.8 is quite decent, and by f4 they are about their sharpest.

maggo85 Apr 15, 2010 1:03 AM

Got a little question, maybe it fits in here: Can I put this "two-part-lens hood" on the lens "the other way round", so I can put the lens in my bag with the lens hood on? Is it possible to put the lens cap on the lens then? Thanks for your answers :)

shoturtle Apr 15, 2010 6:50 AM

Yes ye can, it will fit inverted to save some space.

maggo85 Apr 15, 2010 6:57 AM


Originally Posted by shoturtle (Post 1080137)
Yes ye can, it will fit inverted to save some space.

Sounds good... I guess I can then use the lens cap too, am I right?

shoturtle Apr 15, 2010 11:43 AM

Yes the lens cap will fit on it

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