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Is the Yongnuo 50mm F/1.8 any good?

Yongnuo YN 50mm F/1.8

So, you may have heard of Yongnuo,  a Chinese manufacturer who have been making a splash over the past few years making high quality compatible flash guns for the major camera manufacturers… At ridiculously low prices!

Actually on a personal level, this bothered me… I’ve always bought manufacturer made flashes and lenses. I can’t help but feel that the Canon is always going to be better than a third party Chinese manufacturer.

However, once you actually buy one of their flashes, you realise that they are in fact exceptionally well made and really do the job well.

Yongnuo has now moved into making lenses and one of their first attempts is the Yongnuo 50mm f1.8, which comes in Canon and Nikon fitting.

This lens looks almost identical to the Canon 50mm f1.8 Mk II. It weighs in at just 120g and you can barely feel it in your hand. This is of course because of the fact that the lens is almost completely manufactured from plastic.

While a completely plastic lens makes it sound like it’s going to be fairly easy to break, I think if you did happen to drop this, it’s so light that it may just float to the ground!

Seriously though, I’m not sure that this lens will take a huge amount of abuse, so if you do go for it, treat it with kid gloves!

The autofocus on the lens is relatively quick but not the most accurate I’ve ever used. The far bigger issue here is that the manual focussing ring is permanently engaged and will rotate even if you’re in AF mode… Make sure you keep your fingers clear.

In terms of quality, well… It’s not bad, but frankly it’s not perfect either, let’s say it’s inline with the cost of the lens.

While shooting at f8, the lens is reasonably sharp towards the edges and at f16, quality is very good indeed.

Unfortunately at the faster end of the spectrum things aren’t quite so good, while shooting at f1.8 there is noticeable darkness towards the edges of the lens. Sharpness at the centre of the lens is still very good.


Probably the nicest thing about this lens is the sweet Bokeh that this lens offers. Many users are buying it for this reason alone.

Let’s be serious, this lens is not the best 50mm lens that you can ever buy… However this is probably the cheapest 50mm you can buy.

If you’re on a budget or you just want a cheap lens to have a play around with, you really can’t do better than this.

This is a lightweight, inexpensive 50mm f1.8 that produces very reasonable results.

No, it doesn’t have the best build quality and the focus can be a little hit and miss, but frankly for £50 this is a really, really great lens for the money.

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Yongnuo YN 50mm F/1.8 AF/MF Large Aperture Auto Focus Lens for Canon EF Mount EOS Camer

YONGNUO YN 50mm F1.8 Standard Prime Lens Large Aperture Auto Manual Focus AF MF for Nikon DSLR Cameras

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