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Future Shop: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II Lens $89.99 with Free Shipping (Save $30)

Future Shop: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II Lens $89.99
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If you recently bought or were gifted a new digital SLR but aren't quite sure where to start with your inevitable lens collection, Future Shop has put the popular Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II Lens on sale for $89.99 until January 3. The 18-55mm IS kit lens that comes with most consumer bodies is a decent starter lens but the "Nifty-Fifty" is a solid portrait lens that can help introduce new users to the world of prime glass.

For those of you new to the photography scene, this lens does not zoom. It is a fixed 50mm focal length but the aperture is much, much more versatile and will perform better in low light conditions when compared to kit lenses.

Normally, the lens will cost you around $120 and is a pretty hot seller when it goes on sale for $99. At $89, we don't have to tell you that stock is going to move even faster.

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  • AVATAR
    • BrianRFD
    • Not a bad price at all. Sweet portrait lens and a way to introduce new camera owners to prime glass.
      Built like a toy but a very capable lens.
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    • midget_man
    • Is this a significant improvement in image quality over the kit lens? Just bought the t2i and looking to buy a few good lenses.
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    • Kasakato
    • Is this a significant improvement in image quality over the kit lens? Just bought the t2i and looking to buy a few good lenses.
      If you have to ask, it's likely not a good idea. A prime is a different beast.
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    • ProBoner
    • Is this a significant improvement in image quality over the kit lens? Just bought the t2i and looking to buy a few good lenses.
      Yes, this takes incredible portrait photos (especially when you factor in the price)!
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    • nick182
    • Best price I saw for this lens in.. forever. If you need a cheap prime, go for it.

      @midget_man: it is a nice complement to kit lenses. Not as versatile, but definitely useful for portraits amongst other things, as others mentioned. See examples on youtube by searching 50mm t2i or t3i
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    • Importz
    • What's better? This or 40mm stm lens? In terms of picture quality.
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    • midget_man
    • If you have to ask, it's likely not a good idea. A prime is a different beast.
      I don't know what this means, but I always do find it comical when these DSLR snobs make these types of comments. I have a consumer model DSLR. Two in fact. I don't know a lot about lenses. I don't know a ton about f-stop this, and white balance that. I often use the auto setting. I rarely use the camera to its full potential. I don't care to. I have little time to read every single review, wade through millions of posts and listen to such stark differences of opinion as there is in the photography community. I don't care. I don't want to win a Pulitzer for my photograph of a Rhinos arsehole . I want to take a few nice bloody pictures of my family without using something that looks like I took the picture with a potato. You have all the latest gadgets and you subscribe to Photography Quarterly, good for you! I fail to understand why so many people seem to think that because they shell out a fortune on equipment and think they are changing the world with a picture of their parakeet in a tree against a setting sun, can't help out a newb who wants something better than a kit lens, but does not want to pay a fortune for it.

      So, to sum up, thanks for your feedback sir. Much obliged.
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    • ProBoner
    • LOL ^

      The only thing with a prime is the fact that it's always at 50mm. You physically have to move around yourself. If you have the 18-55 kit lens, set it to 55mm and leave it there as you take pics around the house, that'll give you an idea of what you'll deal with. But if that 18-55 is the lens you shoot with, then yes the 50mm prime is a nice improvement, especially if you want to give your photos more depth of field/bokeh/blurry backgrounds. Also because it's much faster lens than the kit, you can shoot without flash in more indoor/low light situations.
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    • r22yu
    • What's better? This or 40mm stm lens? In terms of picture quality.
      The 40mm, but with this sale it is twice the price.
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    • thetalldude
    • Not all photographers are snobs. This lens is loved by many because it allows you to use it in very dark situations with much better results than the kit lens. It is also capable of producing a very pleasing "artistic blur" or background blur in order to isolate the subject. Here's an example of what I mean, shot was done with this lens.

      The main reason to dislike it is that it is fixed at 50mm (around 80mm equivalent with your camera, but it is best not to worry about that). Try using your kit lens at 50mm and see if you are able to take the shots you like in the type of environments you're likely to take photos. You will find difficulty in cramped spaces.

      At this price it is a great buy. In fact I am quite upset because I am trying to sell the very same lens right now hehe.

      I don't know what this means, but I always do find it comical when these DSLR snobs make these types of comments. I have a consumer model DSLR. Two in fact. I don't know a lot about lenses. I don't know a ton about f-stop this, and white balance that. I often use the auto setting. I rarely use the camera to its full potential. I don't care to. I have little time to read every single review, wade through millions of posts and listen to such stark differences of opinion as there is in the photography community. I don't care. I don't want to win a Pulitzer for my photograph of a Rhinos arsehole . I want to take a few nice bloody pictures of my family without using something that looks like I took the picture with a potato. You have all the latest gadgets and you subscribe to Photography Quarterly, good for you! I fail to understand why so many people seem to think that because they shell out a fortune on equipment and think they are changing the world with a picture of their parakeet in a tree against a setting sun, can't help out a newb who wants something better than a kit lens, but does not want to pay a fortune for it.

      So, to sum up, thanks for your feedback sir. Much obliged.
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    • eelfliw
    • @ midget_man :

      You're best to educate yourself on attributes of lenses that differentiate one lens from another instead of relying on other people's opinion. While everyone likes to help and offer their opinion, you really need to factor in your own needs and preferences when choosing lenses because, at the end of the day, you are the one creating the picture with your own tool (camera and lens).

      People call this portrait lens. But this lens won't magically make your portraits better the one taken with the 18-55 kit lens. It simply gives you more room to do certain things than the kit lens. And if you don't know what that is and use it, it won't make the picture any better. Besides, everyone has their own interpretation of what a good portrait is. I've seen pros using 300mm lens taking portraits 15 meters away.

      So, educate yourself and be sure this is exactly the tool you want/need before buying it needlessly.
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    • BigJonsson
    • So tempting but I just got a Sigma 70mm 2.8 Macro a few weeks ago, I want to play with that more before I get another lens, hmmm
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    • browndude
    • I don't know what this means, but I always do find it comical when these DSLR snobs make these types of comments. I have a consumer model DSLR. Two in fact. I don't know a lot about lenses. I don't know a ton about f-stop this, and white balance that. I often use the auto setting. I rarely use the camera to its full potential. I don't care to. I have little time to read every single review, wade through millions of posts and listen to such stark differences of opinion as there is in the photography community. I don't care. I don't want to win a Pulitzer for my photograph of a Rhinos arsehole . I want to take a few nice bloody pictures of my family without using something that looks like I took the picture with a potato. You have all the latest gadgets and you subscribe to Photography Quarterly, good for you! I fail to understand why so many people seem to think that because they shell out a fortune on equipment and think they are changing the world with a picture of their parakeet in a tree against a setting sun, can't help out a newb who wants something better than a kit lens, but does not want to pay a fortune for it.

      So, to sum up, thanks for your feedback sir. Much obliged.
      If you just want to take a few good pics, no need in investing in a few lenses. I'm not saying the kit lens is amazing, but its far better than a p&s, so i would say for what you're looking for, you don't need this, or any other lenses.
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    • mrsamsa
    • So, to sum up, thanks for your feedback sir. Much obliged.
      It's generally considered that getting a prime lens is the best way to learn to take better photos, because you can't zoom so you have to learn to frame better. On top of that, you get lovely bokeh (depth of field blur), and great low light performance. As someone who just got a camera, and doesn't know much, you are a perfect candidate for this lens. Buy it now.
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    • chimp
    • I have this one(bought with my EOS5) but personally don't like it. It is sharp and give you the bang for the buck in that department comparing with 1.4 but the lens' 'personality'(bokeh) just doesn't feel right, comparing with all other prime lens I have used and I stop using it after my first shoot of portrait.

      It is a good travelling prime(if you insist on prime) but I would advice against using it as portrait lens(but really try it out to see if you like the result, i don't). For most head shoot, 80-105 is more suitable.
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    • escapehatch
    • I've considered buying this lens many times, but the focal length just doesn't seem very useful, epecially for the low light indoor people shots where it would excel.

      This is the lowest price I have seen, though.
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    • derekverge
    • I am a beginner with a DSLR and I usually have this 50mm prime lens on my camera (Canon T3). I do find it a bit difficult to get wide shots just because of the focal length, but the quality of the photos using this lens are usually worth the sacrifice. I bought mine used for $100 about a year ago - I would say this is a great buy for trying new lenses.
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    • Cas77
    • Worth it to try out...can be resold after playing with it for $100 pretty easily I think.
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    • alwaysbuylow
    • It's so wired BB/FS drops another $10, even cheaper than Boxing Day, what if people bought it at Boxing Day, they will then need to waste time/gas to go back to get back the $10.
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    • lg777
    • It's a must have in a lens collection and the price performance is excellent. I've had this lens since the first digital rebel came out and it's still going strong.
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    • nektario7
    • just to let you guys know i got the last 2 at the best buy on cambie in vancouver so don't bother going there to try and get it!
      great lens though
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    • Hugh Jass
    • Another +1 for this lens. I got a few months back to use with the T2i and love it. A bit tricky indoors coz of the fixed 50mm but it rocks. I paid $119 for it
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    • KINGJAMES WITNESS 23
    • FS and BB near me were both sold out on Boxing Day so I PM'd it at Staples which has it for $129.99. Thanks for posting!

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