i made a post in tumblr a couple of months ago about my prime lens falling apart because i accidentally hit it on a table. well, i just got it repaired and it was pretty fast because canon had the parts in stock already. one thing that the repair guys could have done is to clean the insides of the lens and lens housing of dust before putting it all back together. i saw some particles on the surface of the glass inside the lens housing which means to take the particles out the lens has to be disassembled, cleaned, and then reassembled again. its more tedious than it sounds. i took some test shots and the resulting images didn’t show any shadows so it should be okay but i do have this small nagging voice at the back of my head when i use the repaired prime lens . ugh.
about the ef 50mm f/1.8 ii prime lens
the two very good things that’s going for this lens is that its cheap at around p4,600 [x] brand new and its big ass f-stop number at 1.8. apart from those two points there’s not much to hold on to. the lens mount is made of plastic. focusing is really slow in low light conditions especially when i use my old film camera — an eos 88. to be fair, i have to add that focusing is much, much faster using the new eos 100d. focusing has also become noisier. i’m not sure if they using a motor that’s different from the one it replaced.
if you want to get a good canon prime lens just to test or get a feel of it then this is a good buy but if you’re going to use a prime lens for the long term then get the ones with a metal mount and probably one with a bigger aperture opening.