Should I keep my 50 1.8 II lens?

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by robert_thommes|1, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. I know that your first response will be "yes. Since it's so inexpensive, why sell it." I have a very capable Tamron 28-75 2.8 that is actually very decent wide open 2.8(which is where the 1.8 lens needs to be to do as well). But, more important than that is the fact that with 2 lenses having the same focal length, I would need to make decisions as to which to use(which I don't like having to do), and would likely pick the zoom for it's versatility over the prime anyway. So, based on this comment, my decision has been made. However, should I be looking at any other reasons as well before parting with my 50 1.8? Is there some way that the prime can fill a void that I am not aware of right now? All too often I've gotten rid of lenses only to repurchase another for whatever reason. So I want to be sure that I want to keep it or set it free before acting on that. Thanks
  2. Simply your life. You're obviously someone who worries a lot about which lenses to own judging by your numerous posts asking us what to buy and what to sell. The fewer you own the less worrying you will do. Get rid of it.
  3. So you're indirectly stating that the 50 1.8 has NO viable uses that the Tamron wouldn't be able to cover as well, then? If that's true, out she goes. Thanks for the comment.
  4. I keep mine "in case", but realistically there's no point in keeping it if you're not going to use it.
    I think the dpreview assessment of the lens says it needs to be around f4 for best results.
  5. I'm not really saying that. I would keep it, but then I'm not the sort of person who stays up nights worrying about what lenses I have, if I have to many, if I have enough and if I have the right ones. I think you probably are, so you may well be better off ditching it and have one less decision to make, which you say is a problem for you.
  6. 50 1.8 resale value so low as to be a non-issue. (do you really need the extra pocket change)? recommend putting it away and pretending you sold it. that way, should you need a fast prime, or want to do low dof work, or want to try an extension tube + 50mm lens combo, or need to shoot in 'available darkness', or... whatever, you'll have the 50 1.8 laying around gathering dust
    and, since you are pretending you sold it you will no longer be torn as to which lens to use.
    i suppose if you were talking about a 50 f 0.95 you wanted to sell so you could buy a used porsche things would be different. but, selling the 1.8? who has the time/energy?
    (by the way -- a prime and a zoom that covers the same focal length are not redundant)
    ps -- learning how/why/when to use primes is very valuable (if) you want to improve your photography.
    pps -- learning how/why/when to use primes can also be of little use -- it all depends
  7. I like mine too much and like someone else said in the post the resale value is low and you would probaly be better off keeping it. I know I would probaly buy this lens new if I didn't own one already since it is so inexpensive.
  8. Like Bob said, I would keep it. It has 1+ stops faster and is a nice small lens.
    It's sharp at f/2.8 to my standard, and if you're not pixel peeping you could get a good use of it wide open.
  9. I enjoyed my 50mm 1.8 until it took a small fall. Bad news. It fell apart , attracted dust, lost the red dot and has never been the same. Cheap is right but, it worked well. I then purchased a 50mm 1.4 and i use it often. Super in low light conditions, much better build and very fast. My suggestion is to keep it and don't drop it.
  10. How about the issue of size. Sometimes its fun to go out with just a small prime and 1 1/3 stops is a lot when you need it. FWIW I own 4 primes all in the focal range of my zooms but thats me, I think Bob has a point, you seem to really worry about this judging from your past posts. If it bothers you that much and you don't want it dump it or upgrade to a 1.4.
  11. Try to use it... and keep track of how many times you did in the next 2 months. If you hadn't used it at all. I say sell it. Not like it will depreciate anymore. Just don't drop it :p
  12. [[The fewer you own the less worrying you will do]]
    Even a casual reading of the OP's posting history proves this to be completely wrong. This is someone who's only goal in life is to worry about photography equipment.
  13. Keep it, get a reverse macro ring adapter and you've got a whole new use for it. It doesn't weigh much, is very small and you won't get much for it so I see no reason to sell. Per Rob's post, maybe try not to stress over which lenses you have so much?
  14. Reasons to hold onto a 50 f/1.8 prime when you already own an f/2.8 zoom covering that focal length:

    1) You have a backup camera that you will sell one day soon (or pass it on down the family) and you might do better packaging it with your 50.

    2) You have a child or other relative to whom you will lend an SLR from time to time and you don't want them using your more expensive f/2.8

    3) You don't want to take your more expensive lens to the beach, the ski slope, out in the rain etc so you take the 50.

    4) You remember that in a museum or a church or other low light venue you still need a flash more than you thought you would (and they are not allowed) so you are flad to have the 50 f/1.8.

    5) You get better bokeh with the 1.8. Maybe.

    6) You want to travel light.

    7) You are taking shots in a venue where you do not want to attract attention with a larger lens.

    8) You realize you'll get $50 for the lens if you sell it and figure it's not worth the trouble.
  15. [[The fewer you own the less worrying you will do]]
    Even a casual reading of the OP's posting history proves this to be completely wrong. This is someone who's only goal in life is to worry about photography equipment.​
    But the more lenses you have, the more choices you have to make, plus you have to worry about if you have too many lenses and if so, which ones to sell.
    Of course if you only have a few lenses, you have to worry about whether they are the right few lenses and then you have to second guess yourself about whether you should have sold the ones you did sell or whether you should have sold all of them and bought some new ones. But which ones?
    Either way I guess you're screwed.
  16. Try putting a red stripe on it to increase resale value. Drafting tape works well.
  17. I'm not sure why people seem to treat their lens like employees: underachieve and you've got to go...
    Just hang on to it, it's good for back-up, you might find it useful down the road or could lend it to someone, and it would get next to nothing if sold.
  18. As the OP explains...
    But, more important than that is the fact that with 2 lenses having the same focal length, I would need to make decisions as to which to use (which I don't like having to do), and would likely pick the zoom for it's versatility over the prime anyway​
    So (in his particular case) why keep it? Too much choice isn't always a good thing (for some people).
  19. Well, you'll be happy to note(maybe not Bob A.)that I've decided to keep it for now. I know. Some of you are shuddering; knowing that this very same post might reappear in the future.
    I'll try and be a good boy(old man) and not subject you to such a thing.
    I played with the lens around the house on this very sunless day; forcing it to strutt it's stuff under poorly lit circumstances(no interior lights on). The darn thing does produce. And I think I may have proved to myself what many of you have been trying to tell me. The difference between 1.8 and 2.8 can be quite significant.
    Thanks for contributing all.
  20. gr


    I would say, "Hell, Yes". I would keep it for the following reasons:
    • This is the fastest lens in my EOS system
    • Quite possibly the sharpest despite having a couple of L lenses
    • Definitely the lightest - easy to carry around
    • I can handhold the camera at 100 ASA 1/8th of a sec with this lens on
    • Forces me to zoom with my feet
    • Range overlapping is a minor consideration for me because different lenses have different characteristics and each has its own charm
    6 reasons for me to keep it.
  21. Robert,
    Photograph the same scene with both the 50MM and the Tamron zoom at F5.6 and compare them side by side. I think you'll likely find the contrast and color from the 50MM is much better.
  22. Someone help me if my math is off here but isn't the 50 1.8 more than 1 Full Stop faster than the Tamron F2.8? In any case, I would much rather shoot at 50 F2.0 ISO 3200 than 50 F2.8 ISO 6400. The Image quality or the 50 1.8 @F4.0 (sweet spot) vs F2.0 or faster will be less notible than the noise difference you will notice between ISO 3200 and ISO 6400.
    PS - true story I was shooting a wedding with my Tamron 28-75 F2.8 and it just broke for no reason. I went to take a picture and my camera LCD went black made a weird gear grinding noise then I got Error 99 on my 5D Mark II. My heart stopped beating until I went to my bag and got my trusy 50 1.8 and saved the day. If you have a Tamron lens and shoot anything important I would strongly recommend having a backup. On another occasion all of my flash batteries went dead, no store nearby no place or time to recharge. Again, the 50 1.8 saved the day. To me the 50 1.8 is like a spare tire never leave home without it.
  23. A Tamron over a Nikon, give me a break. The 50 1.8 is so small you could put it anywhere. Keep them both you'll never regret it.
  24. I just got my new 50mm 1.8 in the mail today...everyone's been having so much fun with theirs, I decided I had to have one, and it's a lot of fun!
  25. I'm busy trying to earn a living as a photographer. I have been for years. I have to tell you that I have any number of lenses that duplicate at least some of what other of my lenses do. Here is the deal. I have never taken a seminar or workshop that didn't make me a better photographer. So if you promise to sell the 50 and buy some lessons go ahead. Otherwise it doesn't matter at all.
  26. Oh man! The 50 mm focal length is my favorite. I've got at least 6 of them, from the AI f/2, to the early f/1.4, and they are the most used lenses I own. I know they're not sexy and none of them attract attention. They're also among the sharpest lenses in my kit and have the least distortion.
  27. Hi James. Welcome to the Canon EOS lens forum. ;)
  28. Keep it. it's fast, sharp, cheap, prime lens...what more could you want? As soon as you get rid of it you'll wish you still had it.
  29. jam


    How much is it, 90 bucks? Why bother thinking?
  30. Perhaps using the lens for a few weeks would help you decide whether you should keep it. The 50 f1.8 is an awesome lens for the price but I sold mine after using it for almost 2 years because I realized it was an awkward focal length for me - too long for a standard lens on 'full-frame' (Elan 7) and too short for a medium telephoto on 1.6x crop FOV (XTi).
    I find the 35 f2 much easier to use on 'full-frame' (paired with the Tamron 90mm macro). I use the Tamron 17-50 and 28-75 zooms on the XTi and I don't miss the 50 f1.8 at all. YMMV.
  31. I'd certainly keep it. I do a lot of walking and always bring a camera with me. Sometimes it's the 5D with the 24-70L, or the 50 1.8 or the 17-40L or the 70-200 2.8 IS or the Zenitar 16mm Fisheye or the 300mm 4 IS or the 100mm Macro.
    OR I grab the 50D with one of those. One lens for the walk and of course whatever I take a picture of that day has to fit with that camera/lens combination. I find the challenge of using what I have in hand to be very entertaining and a good learning experience.
    Either body with the 50 1.8 is a compact and very useful combination. If I always took the 24-70 I'd get mighty lazy and a lot less creative.
    So my answer is: Keep it.
    Just put it on the camera and take pictures of the kids/dogs/wife/trees.
    Zoom with your feet!
    Play with the f/1.8.
  32. I have golf clubs that are capable of scoring a 66 for 18 holes ...yeah right ;)
    Have I used them lately?, no, should I sell them? probably.
  33. Where it around your neck as a cheap bauble or curio reminder of supreme photo geekiness. It's a plastic junk lens with crappy focus and still so silly that Canon (still?) manufactures the 1.8 (and they badly need to fix their 1.4).
  34. For sure you should keep it, a $100 dollar lens that can produce outstanding results. I recently took a panoramic of the Detroit skyline at night with this lens. I shot it with 2 different lenses. 1 attempt with the 50mm f/1.8 and another with a Canon 28-135 f3.5/5.6 IS @ 50mm. My reason for doing this was similar to yours - shall i sell it?
    The answer - NO WAY!
    The results from the 50mm were far superior in my opinion compared to the same shots taken with the 28-135 @ 50mm. The sharpness and level of detail was outstanding.
    I have not post processed the results from the 28-135 but you can see the results of the 50mm in my portfolio. I obviously cannot compare it with results you can achieve from the Tamron, but you should try the test. Same settings on your camera in same light at various apertures.
  35. As the OP explains...
    But, more important than that is the fact that with 2 lenses having the same focal length, I would need to make decisions as to which to use (which I don't like having to do), and would likely pick the zoom for it's versatility over the prime anyway
    So (in his particular case) why keep it? Too much choice isn't always a good thing (for some people).​
    Well, that's like the guy trying to quit smoking (or overeating, drinking, or whatever), who rids his premises of the offending substance, only to get into a vicious cycle of purchasing more, ditching it again, and so on.
    If I'm not enamoured of a lens I can always just put it in the "bad lens box" for a while, ie: shelve it, don't use it. Often I'll come back to it, or if I pick up another body, either for myself or as a gift, that extra lens will come in handy.
    Especially in this case, considering the peanuts you could recoup by selling it.
  36. keep it , is cheap and is great lens for backup lens, is hard for me to tell the diferents is image quality
    i say keep it
  37. yes , my answer is yes....
  38. if you break off the front barrel, it turns into an awesome reverse macro utility and it shoots awesome macro :D

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