Should you use Canon 50mm f1.8 with Canon 800D?

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If you own a Canon 800D and want to buy a lens for portrait photography, then you may want to know whether or not Canon 50mm f1.8 works on Canon 800D. Let me give you a short version of the answer: it works.

However, if you want to use a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens on Canon 800D, then you might as well need to know a few things.

What most of the beginners do when they buy a new camera is that they opt for the kit lens for photography. The kit lens is the lens that comes inside the camera box. The kit lens which comes with the Canon cameras is usually an 18-55mm f3.5/5.6 lens. After using the camera with that lens for a while, beginners tend to blame the brand for producing mediocre cameras that produce mediocre photos/videos, which isn’t fair.

When I was about to get my first ever DSLR camera, I spent more than a month on research and figured out that I should ditch the kit lens and go for a portrait photography lens. My main purpose for buying the camera was to make YouTube videos and to click good photos sometimes. I researched and found out that I can go with the Canon 50mm f1.8 STM lens. I knew that the lens has a fixed focal length and a zoomed-in frame. Another reason for buying this lens was that it is one of the cheapest lenses that Canon sells. So it turns out, everything worked fine.

canon 50mmNow, I have been using the Canon 50mm with Canon 800d for more than 2 years. Keep in mind that Canon 800D is a crop sensor DSLR camera which means if you put 50mm on it you have to multiply it by 1.6 which will result in 80mm. In short, the 50mm on a cropped sensor camera will be an 80mm. But on a full-frame camera 50mm will be 50mm.

Let’s discuss what Canon 800D with 50mm f1.8 is capable of doing so that it becomes easier for you to decide whether or not you should get a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens for your Canon 800D camera.

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Photography: Canon 50mm f/1.8 on Canon 800D

Portrait photography

Whenever this lens is mounted on any compatible DSLR camera becomes a dope kit for portrait photography. The fixed focal length of the lens allows the aperture to open way wider. A wide aperture helps in producing photos full of bokeh, meaning portraits of a person standing as a subject while the background is all blurred out; it looks like a photo taken by a professional photographer. Besides, the 800D body is small and light-weight enough that you can easily shoot photos. The same goes for the 50mm lens as well.

Product photography

I have shot quite a few product photos using this kit. With decent lighting, this lens does the justice needed for product photography. Huge objects such as cars and small products such as a wristwatch all can be shot using this lens. The lens does a pretty good job of separating the car from the background so the car stands out and the camera captures every little detail. In product photography, the lighting plays a vital role so make sure to get your light source right, or else the resulting photos will look pretty average.

Long exposure photography

Long exposure photography is one of my favorite genres of photography. If you have not tried long exposure photography, let me tell you what it is. We keep the shutter open for quite some time which captures all the activity happening in that span of time and after the camera is done processing the photo, the photo that appears is out of this world.

Unfortunately, the Canon 800d only allows you to keep the shutter open for not more than 30 seconds. Although you can exceed this limit by holding the shutter button for as long as you want. I have kept the shutter speed to 30 seconds and took some photos. Unfortunately, the photos that I took didn’t come out the impressive because I tried to capture light trails of ongoing traffic during rush hour so the trails got distorted.

Pro tip: For capturing perfect looking light trails of traffic, always choose the time in which traffic is less than average on the roads. Drivers drive in a straight line when roads are relatively empty so that way light trails will come out very pleasing, unlike the photo I took.

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Videography: Canon 50mm f/1.8 on Canon 800D


An a-roll is the video shot that leads a story. Most of the A-rolls we see on the internet are a person talking to the camera. Now because of the fixed focal length of the lens, you have to get a little far away from the camera but once you get used to it, the resulting footage is worth the extra effort. The 800D can shoot videos at 24, 25, 29, 30, 50, and 60Fps. With so many options in the frame rate to choose from, you have the ability to make an A-roll look filmy by shooting in 24Fps or to make it smoother by shooting at 60Fps. When the Canon 50mm lens combines with Canon 800D can shoot a wide variety of A-roll footage. The setup is relatively lighter which means you can mount this on any tripod. All of the A-rolls in my YouTube videos are shot using the same setup along with a Boya BY M1 mic.

Cinematic shots

With this kit, even having basic knowledge about how to shoot cinematic B-rolls, you can produce some jaw-dropping footage. You can make some good in-camera transitions. Also, the lightness of this kit helps you to keep shooting for much longer without getting tired. I particularly use this kit for the B-rolls. I am a fan of the sharp image quality produced by the lens and camera combined. And as mentioned above, you have a wide variety of frame rates to choose from depending on the type of video you will be making.

Low Light Video

I shouldn’t tell you straight away to get a Canon 50mm f1.8 lens and Canon 800D camera to shoot awesome lowlight videos. No! Although, the 50mm lens has a wide opening aperture which is 1.8, ideal for low light conditions. But that does not mean that you can overlook the focal length. The longer the focal length, the challenging the stabilization becomes in low-lighting. A small shake in hand movement can make the footage look horrible. Getting a gimbal or using the in-body image stabilization on the 800D might help (I have not used the in-body image stabilization ever).

What are your thoughts on Canon 50mm f1.8 with Canon 800D?

I’ve shared what I have learned or experienced by using a Canon 800D with Canon 50mm f1.8 len.

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