Yongnuo releases new 50mm f/1.8 II: better image quality and closer focusing distance

May 14, 2018

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Yongnuo releases new 50mm f/1.8 II: better image quality and closer focusing distance

May 14, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Yongnuo is known for dirt cheap lenses, and they have just added another one to their line. The company has released a new 50mm f/1.8 II lens. It’s almost as cheap as the old model, but with some improvements.

Just like the old model, the new one is also AF lens with maximum aperture of f/1.8. It lets you upgrade the lens firmware through the camera instead of using USB port, but note that this function needs to be supported by the camera you’re using.

What’s new is the mechanical structure of the lens, which promises improved AF accuracy and speed. Yongnuo has also used a new coating technology on this lens, and it promises better control of ghosting and glare. The focusing distance is also changed compared to the old model. The new 50mm f/1.8 lens from Yongnuo can focus at 0.35m.

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The new Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 II is listed on eBay at the price of $75, which is $20 more than the old model. For now, it’s only available for Canon mount, but there’s no word when and if the other mounts will be launched.

Yongnuo has added a couple of new products to their line over the past couple of days. They have announced a 60mmf/2macro lens, as well as an odd MFT camera module for iPhones. Generally speaking, the experiences with these cheap Yongnuo lenses are different. Some photographers have embraced them and recommend them, while the others prefer using original lenses. Which group do you belong to? Have you used Yongnuo lenses and would you add their new 50mm f/1.8 to your gear bag?

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4 responses to “Yongnuo releases new 50mm f/1.8 II: better image quality and closer focusing distance”

  1. Michael Lombardi Avatar
    Michael Lombardi

    What’s the current lens lineup look like from them? The article only mentioned a 60mm macro. Are there others?

    1. Stewart Norton Avatar
      Stewart Norton

      They have 35mm F2, 50 mm 1.8, 60mm F2 ?, 85mm f1.8 ,100mm F2. I think that’s right off the top of my head !

    2. Stewart Norton Avatar
      Stewart Norton

      I have the 35mm F2 great fun lens.

  2. Joshua Boldt Avatar
    Joshua Boldt

    I think they could make a killing with inexpensive, wide aperture, auto-focus lenses for Fuji X-Mount. Fuji’s lenses range from somewhat expensive to darn right exorbitant and they don’t have a nice cheap nifty-fifty like a lot of their competitors. There are a bunch of options for cheaper, third-party, manual-focus primes, but nothing with auto-focus.