How to Get a Fast 50mm Lens for $50

Photographer and videographer Caleb Pike from DSLR Video Shooter has a great tip for anybody who is looking for a fast (fully manual) lens for some really low price.

This lens can be great for video (HDSLR work) and if you don’t mind working fully manual in stills it could be a good option as well (just keep in mind that you won’t get info on your EXIF and you will need to make sure your focus is dead on.

The lens Pike is talking about is the Olympus 50mm F1.8 which is sold on Keh for only $33 (but you will have to consider shipping – depending on where you live). You would also need an adapter – Pike uses a Canon camera so he is using this $15 Fotodiox EOS adapter (which you can find on Amazon), but there are similar ones for Nikon and other brands as well.

This isn’t the first time Pike takes a look at older (cheaper) lenses for Canon cameras. In the past, we published here another video he recorded looking at Canon FD lenses which are also extremely cheap and can be o.k. option if you are on a really tight budget.

You can find many more gear guides on our dedicated gear guide section here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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