02-22-2018 11:36 AM - edited 02-22-2018 11:39 AM
If it is not the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens version, I don't like it. I had three of the older version and they all failed eventually. They are throw aways, not a candidate for repair. The newer STM version seems to be a good lens but I have not used it professionally in business.
Canon is the world leader in lenses. Of this there is little debate. However, the first version of the nifty-fifty was not one of their better designs.
02-22-2018 01:58 PM
Ernie is right that you shouldn’t expect too much from a $115.00 lens but it all depends on your budget and on whether you already have any lenses other than the kit lenses that come with the cameras.
I had the old version of this lens and it did feel plasticky but it was a great intro to bright, large aperture lenses and the shallow DOF you can get with them. The new STM focuses more quietly and also gives smoother, more rounded out-of-focus highlights in the backgrounds. It also works in1/4 the light your kit lenses need so you don’t have to jack up your ISO so horribly in indoor light.
Do you have any bright lenses yet?
02-22-2018 03:41 PM
"I was told to pick up the EF 85 mm? Is that a better option?"
Is it a better option for what? We need to know what the intended purpose of the lens is. If it is supposed to be a normal all around general purpose lens, no it is not a better option. Most of the time a prime lens like an 85mil is a poor choice. Primes are more difficult to use especially since zooms have become so much better than they once were. Even the 50mil if it is your only lens isn't a good choice.
If on the other hand you need a fast constant aperture lens either of the two primes is a great choice. if you wanted to do some portraits, pretty good choice. You need to have a purpose in mind before you lay your money down.
02-22-2018 05:11 PM
What camera? On a Rebel the 85mm is too long most of the time. The 50mil would be perfect. On a FF the 85 is a better choice. This is for portraits that is.
02-22-2018 05:11 PM
Is your camera a crop sensor or full frame? Both 50mm and 85mm are ideal focal length on a cropper, with 50mm at the wide end of perfect and the 85 at the long end. The 85mm will be pretty tight/long though so the 50 will be more versatile.