Let me start off by saying I own and often use the Canon EF 50mm 1.2 L Series lens. However, I still love my 50mm 1.8 mark 1, it’s a wonderful lens and produces amazing images. The glass used in the mark 1 is exactly the same as the cheaper built “Plastic Fantastic” 50mm 1.8 mark ii. So if that’s all you can get your hands on, not to worry.
It took my quite a while to get my hands on a decently priced 50 mark 1 (can’t but them in stores anymore). When I did though, I was extremely happy, because the newer mark ii feels like a toy to me and I had broken one before. I wasn’t to happy using a lens I was afraid was going to break if I sneezed on it. The mark 1’s build quality is 10 times better and if you like to manual focus, this one actually has a proper focus ring. However, with saying that, both lens produce amazing images and that’s all that really matters.
Here is a shot I got of my son Cammy walking down a trail today with the lens above on a Canon 5D mark iii.
Thank you for stopping by, Rob