Yongnuo 50mm F1.8 Lens Under $100?

YBLTV Review: Yongnuo 50mm F1.8 Lens

Photography can be an expensive hobby or even, a career choice. People new to DSLR photography can sometimes lose their drive or passion of taking pictures with a DSLR, by becoming overwhelmed with the idea that they must keep spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars to procure other lenses to get a good quality image. Today, I come with good news.

This is the Yongnuo 50mm F1.8 Lens. It is available for Canon cameras that use EF mounts and its available at a measly price tag of $51.99, complimenting those who are budget conscious. It is a replica of the Canon F1.8mm lens at half the price! Those that shoot in studio and portrait will love this prime lens because it features a 1.8 aperture; good for showing depth of field. Shooting as wide as 1.8 will create smooth bokeh, blur out the background and foreground for creative effects (depending on the distance between you and your subject) and keep your subject sharply focused. From a standard aperture of 3.5-5.6 used by basic lenses, the 1.8 helps capture more light in darker areas. This lens does feature autofocus and the choice of shooting with manual focus. The minimal focusing distance is 1.5 ft if it is to be used for macro photography and features a rubber focus ring to keep your grip steady and precise to get the most out of it.

In comparison to the Canon counterpart, image quality is slightly less sharper on the edges, when shooting wide open. They both share an exact same exterior and interior design meaning it’s just as light of a lens to carry around.

If you shoot videos with Canon cameras, this might not be the lens for you. When changing focus, the autofocus motor creates a loud sound that the boom mic or regular camera mic will pick up. If image quality is a priority for you, get the Canon as it is sharper on the sides and edges (which is unnoticable unless zoomed in by 50% into the image) by a minuscule amount in addition to not having a loud autofocus motor.

“You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to get good camera quality with Yongnuo 50mm F1.8 Lens.” - Daniel Vasquez Murillo, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer

Final Thoughts

After using the Yongnuo 50mm F1.8 Lens personally for months, I can confidently recommend this to anyone who is starting stills photography such as macro, portrait and even studio, to give this a try. It’s honestly a steal coming in at less than $100 for what use you can get out of this replica lens.

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