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March 12, 2017
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Prime Plastic Fantastic

Based on the questions I get asked about kit there seems to be an underlying assumption that good photographs can only result from costly photography equipment. Many amateur photographers have been pressurised into purchasing more expensive kit than they need. High-specification, high-price equipment obviously has its place. However, the axiom that good photographs can only result from pricey kit is a fallacy. Of course, a lot depends upon what is being photographed and under what conditions as well as what the image is to be used for. For example, a double-page magazine editorial requires a higher-quality image than an image for a website. Even so, every now and then a gem appears in terms of a budget lens that performs just as well as a premium lens. One such lens is the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II.† Whilst I own this 'prime plastic fantastic' (alongside the far more expensive 50mm f/1.2 L USM) I don’t use it professionally.

The Canon 50mm f/1.8 II is the lens that the influential US photography blogger Ken Rockwell referred to as Canon’s ‘biggest secret’. It is the one glass that I never hesitate in recommending to students on bokeh photographic Training Courses due to an unbeatable combination of versatility, performance and price. The key to appreciating this lens is to forget about its plastic build which help keep price, size and weight to a minimum. Fully open the aperture allows four times the light of a standard kit lens. At the other end of the scale it closes down to f/22. Although the motor drive can be noisy this gem delivers exceptional sharpness and fast-focus with very little optical distortion.

As mentioned despite these impressive specifications I don’t use my Canon 50mm f/1.8 II professionally. It’s a long story but my lens once dropped into a lake when on a landscape shoot. It was submerged for at least 10 minutes before I was able to retrieve it. A Canon Professional Service repair wasn’t an option as this would have cost far more than the price of the lens. After a bit of research I managed to disassemble the components, dry out the electrics, polish out the water marks and reassemble the lens to fully-functioning status - probably impossible with the more sophisticated f/1.2 glass. Nevertheless, just to be on the safe side I now only use my Canon 50mm f/1.8 II for personal photography. In case you are wondering the water in the picture isn’t the lake that the lens went for a dip in. It’s Wicken Lode within the National Trust’s Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve. And yes I made sure I was standing well back from the water when taking the shot!

† To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its budget 50mm model in 2015 Canon discontinued the 50mm f/1.8 II (RRP £75) and replaced it with the 50mm f/1.8 STM (RRP £105) which, despite offering a ‘less-plastic’ body, metal mount and electronic focus-by-wire rather than mechanical focus ring, hasn’t won over fans of the older Mk II.

   
     

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