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Canon vs Yongnuo 50mm f1.8: Save $60 on the Fantastic Plastic

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Yongnuo recently released their first autofocus lens, and it’s half the price of the Canon version. We test it to see if we can recommend it for beginning …


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  1. Hi, Tony I am one of your subscribers. I have a YouTube channel but don't know much about photography and have used your channel as a source of learning. I am currently using a Yongnuo 50mm and a Yongnuo speedlight you recommended for all the pictures I upload as thumbnails however based on some research I think the Canon 85mm 1.2 lens will give me better results for the pictures of food that I take. Do you think this premise is correct and if so, what would be a good cheaper alternative to the Canon 85mm 1.2 lens. Thank you!

  2. I'm from Philippines and I just started photography. Does this lens work well with Fujifilm XT-20 with Canon to Fuji adapter on it? Any needed changes on the settings or recommendations? Cheers.

  3. Hi T&C. I'm pretty new to the DSLR world. I mainly do YouTube videos which I used to use a GoPro clone for and want to use my Canon 800D more. Would the Yongnuo be suitable for making videos? I don't do 4k. As I live in Thailand, Ali Express is good for me and I can get one of these for £35 ($45). I have started doing stills too as the GoPro isn't great for that so I didn't bother too much before.
    EDIT: Just been on Ali site and it seems a Mk II version was released a few months ago with better image quality and less noise when focusing. This I can get for about £50.

  4. I have youngnou 50mm 1.8N version and I think I must get 75mm equivalent in DX(d3400) due to crop factor of 1.5 but ironically it turn out to b only 50mm in DX body
    I M confused can anyone help me . Thank U

  5. Can someone tell me what is best 85mm manual focus lens for Canon portrait photography? I figure since I do not shoot video, I can do without the autofocus feature. I've also been told that not using all those automation tools will make me a better photographer. I would appreciate any suggestions and thank you in advance.

  6. The Youngnuo 50mm 1.8 has improved since you made this review. We have bought one some weeks before and it performes much better as it is rated by you. We also mounted the Youngnuo 50mm with the Fringer adaptor EF to FX to Fujifilm cams. Unfortunately AF didn't work because Fringer hasn't registered this lens to the adaptor. It will be a great pleasure for Canon and Fuji users who have both systems if Fringer make this lens work with the adoptor. We were astonished to see the images we made with the Yongnuo and Fuji cams. Some of this images are – depending to subject, light and situation – very cool and bluish compared to images made with Fujifilm lenses. We made some reproductions of book sides – text sides only – to sell the books on eBay. And this repros were much more clear and realistic as images taken with three times more expensive Fuji lenses. Fantastic plastic is an issue of environmental and not on usebility. A review of the 2019 made and sold Youngnuo is upcoming in our channel as soon as we gathered much more footage, stills and bideos with our newer lens.

  7. Would you guys please test the new Yongnuo 50mm 1.4 against the Sigma 50mm 1.4 Art and against the Canon R 50mm 1.2, (and maybe against the Sony Zeiss 50mm 1.4 and the old Canon 50mm 1.4). Curious to see how such a cheap lens performed against the much more expensive options. Thanks!

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