Canon vs. Yongnuo: 50mm f/1.8 – Which is The Better Lens?

On this video photographer Tony Northrup and his wife Chelsea take a quick  look at the new Yongnuo: 50mm f/1.8 lens for Canon and compare it to the (good?) old Canon 50mm f/1.8 – which one takes the first place – check out the video.

This is not the first review of the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 online. To be honest other reviews have been more favorable towards the Yongnuo, which might simply mean that there is more variability between samples than we would like to see.

On this review however Tony found quite a few problems with his Yongnuo sample, including weaker AF performance when compared to the Canon, more chromatic aberration and less sharpness wide open (which is more or less the main reason you would buy such a lens typically.

So what is our recommendation? well, if Tony’s review is indeed indicative of the actual performance of the Yongnuo, we would still suggest that you would stick to the Canon unless budget is severely limited. With that said, we would really like to see more lenses from Yongnuo – it has been years since we have seen a new player in the DSLR AF lens market and it is so important that we will have more options – especially lower cost ones.


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