Monday, May 9, 2011

The 50mm Canon 1.8 EF Lens – Where to Find the Best Deals

Are you looking to buy a 50mm Canon 1.8 lens? Well, looks like you’re not the only one. A simple search on Google will tell you that people from all over the world are searching for great deals on this particular DSLR (Digital SLR) lens. The primary reason I wrote this article is to show you where to get really good deals on this lens.

Is This the Right Lens For You?
These lenses were created by Canon as a group of ‘normal prime lenses’ with the same focal length. They have an ‘Electro Focus’ (EF) mount and can be fixed on any Canon EOS DSLR camera. There are at least six different EF lenses developed in this category, within a very diverse price range. The cheapest of the lot is the Canon 50mm EF 1.8 II lens.

So, what are the advantages of using a 50mm Canon 1.8 lens in your DSLR camera? The three major points in favor of this type of lens are:

  • Its ability to match the field of view as seen by the human eye
  • Its proficiency in turning a 50mm focal length into an 80mm field of view
  • Its compact and lightweight nature
  • Its affordability factor
While the above factors add to the popularity of this type of lens, there are a couple of disadvantages as well. The plastic build quality of this lens is on the lower side. In addition, you must use a ‘crop factor’ (i.e., a focal length multiplier) if you want to get the equivalent of a 35mm field of view. However, most buyers find these disadvantages to be negligible when compared with the affordable price tag and the corresponding picture quality of this lens.

So, Where Can You Get the Best Deals on a 50mm Canon EF 1.8 II Lens?

There are several stores like B&H and Adorama where you can get decent deals on this lens. Some others offer discounts or have comparatively lower prices. You need to find these stores (from the thousands of stores online), compare them individually, and then handpick the one store that will give you the best deal.