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Yongnuo YN 50mm F1.8

Source:   At its best, the YN 50mm f/1.8 is capable of producing extremely sharp, detailed images Canon EOS M50, 1/200sec at f/8, ISO 100  

We all love a bargain, but sometimes one comes along that seems too good to be true. At first sight, the Chinese-made Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 fits right into this category, because it's a fast AF prime for Canon DSLRs that costs a mere £45 or so on eBay. How can this possibly be real?

Superficially, the answer is simple. The YN 50mm f/1.8 is a near-direct copy of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, which at well under £100 was the cheapest lens in Canon's line-up until it was replaced by the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM. By cloning a design that's presumably fallen beyond patent protection, Yongnuo hasn't had to do much R&D. It's cut costs further by manufacturing the lens in a country where skilled labour is cheap. With no official distribution system in the UK, you don't pay for service or support

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