Canon EF II 50mm f1.8 Drop Test.

April 1st, 2010

I was shooting a music video on a rooftop with Director Darcy Fray for Reagan Browne’s new song “Goodbye L.A.”
Jason Wawro and I decided to drop Canon’s cheapest lens. The 50mm EF II f1.8 onto a concrete floor to see if it would break apart.  A valid test for cinema applications. Gear gets banged around quite often on film sets. This lens is notorious. It’s plastic mount, noisy focus motor and overall plastic construction, makes this one cheap lens. At around a hundred bucks, you get what you pay for. However, it is a very useful lens. A fast fifty mill is almost a kit essential. I have owned two in my time. After the drop, we found a great use for the parts. It ended up working like a lens baby with in camera aperture control. The Bui Brothers Lan and Vu came to our set to shoot the test. Hunter Kerhart hooked up the edit and shot  “B” Cam for the landing. I would not recommend doing this with any of your own gear. But it worked out well for us, we had fun dropping it and got a cool speciality lens in our kit.
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February 21st, 2011

It’s a camera lens, not a rag doll. Also, they had no lens hood or filter on it so I’d say it wasn’t a very accurate test. Not to mention… it wasn’t even attached to a body…

Things fall and break; yes, but for $100 bucks if you treat that lens more gently, it can be a gem. I will say, however that I’d rather Canon make it $110 and put a metal mount on it…

Savedloot
Savedloot
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May 30th, 2010

I was thinking of picking up this lens and now I won’t.
Thanks guys.

Chris Mills
Chris Mills
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April 14th, 2010

Sounds more like you dropped the mike… lousy audio dudes.
where is the respect for clean sound???

next up, drop the camera and see if it will record

Pekkah
Pekkah
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April 11th, 2010

I’ve dropped mine once(with my old, heavy rig attached to it), the same thing happened, but I managed to fix it(really easy).

Matt Needham
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April 5th, 2010

I dropped my EOS 50 f/1.8 from a little higher on to a stone floor. It bounced high enough for me to catch it. It was undamaged and completely functional. Still works three years later.

greengoddess
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April 5th, 2010

You two guys need something better to do. I’ve seen a 70-200mm f2.8L IS dropped onto concrete from the same height and that was smashed to pieces too. If you like wasting money, try dropping the 1200mm f5.6L next time.

Dirk
Dirk
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April 4th, 2010

you guys are total douches

James Leaburn
James Leaburn
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April 4th, 2010
Reply to  Dirk

What! Everybody? I suppose it’s the fairest method.

Edd
Edd
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April 3rd, 2010

Really, guys? What’s up with the negativity? How do you guys think stuff get invented/upgraded? It’s not even your 100 bucks. Doesn’t matter how good the lens is(although it’s better that they used the cheapest lens instead of a $5000 lens).

I don’t mean to complain, but I’m sure you’ve all had your projects. Taking stuff apart to see how stuff works, or to see if you could enhance it. Maybe not the plastic fantastic lens, but sure something of value.

And how do you know they’re not giving way more than you to charity even though they dropped that lens on the floor?

Just skipped a night of sleep, so don’t take it too offensively as I’m not thinking too clear. I just prefer other views about a case like this.

userx15
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April 2nd, 2010

i REALLY REALLY hate when people call F1.8 lens or any other lens with a standard F-stop rating a ‘T’-something lens.

People. ‘T’ stands for light Transmission, which to measure, takes alot more variables into the equation. An ‘F-stop’ rating is simply a divider in which the proportions the focal length of the lens to diameter of it’s opening.

An F1.8 lens doesn’t let is as much light as a T1.8 lens! You need to measure things like how much light is reflected off glass elements and the efficiency of coatings to get a proper ‘T’ value.

ivan123
ivan123
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April 2nd, 2010

Two spoiled brats trying to impress … who?
What a waste! Why don’t you drop your 7D or whatever you had there, and get right out of this business. Shame on you!

jjw
jjw
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April 4th, 2010
Reply to  ivan123

hey now…. spoiled bratts???…I take offense to that! I’v been working my ass of for the last 15 years here in LA to support my lovely wife and newly born child!!! Anyone who knows me will tell you the same. It was a test to push the lens to the limit. We did. Then we picked it up put it back together and used it in new and creative ways. Get right out of the business? What are you talking about. We turned a $100 lens into an artful tool that has more upside than you closed mind will ever envision. Shame on you for your negativity and lack ability to see the bigger picture.

2bcool2
2bcool2
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April 2nd, 2010

i didnt like the effect of the broken lens, id just throw it away :-)

Tom Sugnet
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April 1st, 2010

Let see what would happen if 50 1.2 L were dropped on the floor?
Would its glass survive? Let’s see.

rogerws
rogerws
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April 1st, 2010

Two stupid guys who lost the sense of value. They just put on the floor the amount of money the majority of human being on earth does not get in an month. Hate such idiots…..

Chris
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April 1st, 2010
Reply to  rogerws

Don’t hate on the wrong people. This is a useful test with some shock value and entertainment. Keep the drop tests going!

James Leaburn
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April 1st, 2010
Reply to  rogerws

They are not two stupid guys. This is a legitimate test to see how destructable the lens is. This would be useful information for people thinking of purchasing the lens. I’m not sure if Canon would be showing off this video to potential customers, so you are getting to see something about this lens that you probably would never get to see without buying the lens and dropping it.
Every penny that someone has does not have to be sent off to charity. Why not complain to car manufacturers that crash cars to test their safety because that is a hell of a lot more money to waste.
Or maybe just an apology?

Math
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April 2nd, 2010
Reply to  rogerws

Absolutely agree with you ROGERWS

jjw
jjw
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April 4th, 2010
Reply to  rogerws

No doubt we spent money. It was a test to stretch the limits of the lens. We did. The real value is that we proved that the lens could be repurposed as a new visual tool. As for what the majority of human being on earth does not get in a month is absolutely the most asinine statement I have ever read. What if anything does that have to do with a lens test. Think before you post….. seriously!

James Leaburn
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April 4th, 2010
Reply to  rogerws

Absolutely agree with you JJW

Viv
Viv
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April 1st, 2010

Come on guys. Stop making fun of f1.8. This is a great lens.

In fact it has less barrel distortion than f1.4 which is 4 times more expensive.

Edd
Edd
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April 1st, 2010

Actually, after dropping it like that it’s not really broken. I dropped mine from a gorillapod in motion on a dolly. Inner lens part fell out, and just like you, I thought it wasn’t useable any longer. But it still is as long as no parts were broken. It usually just falls out. I spent 20 minutes trying to fit it back in, and after analyzing the patterns on the mechanism, I managed to stuck it in there. Just like new. Nothing wrong with it. Everything works as it did before. Just takes some patience.

The lensbaby effect looked cool though. Not sure if I’d want to break it once more for the effect, but good to know in case it really breaks(in a way you can’t stuck it in again). ;)

jared
jared
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April 1st, 2010
Reply to  Edd

Yeah, it’s just keyed plastic parts. We are planning on putting some other glass in there or something else to get a cool effect. The iris control is the key factor. Thanks for the comment.
Jared

jijilafrite
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April 1st, 2010

Woaaa, it looks like exactly my own 50 mm 1.8 after a crash, now I know what to do with it !!!

jared
jared
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April 1st, 2010
Reply to  jijilafrite

Send pics! Thanks for the comment.
Jared

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xcm
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April 1st, 2010

crazy guys

jared
jared
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April 1st, 2010
Reply to  xcm

Wait until we do Drop Test #2. We have some fun stuff planned for this segment.
Thanks for the comment.
Jared

sanj
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April 1st, 2010

I was getting ready to accuse you folks of conspicuous consumption / wastefulness, but that effect at the end was really neat, definitely as good as a lensbaby. If I weren’t on such a tight budget, I might also take apart my 50mm!

jared
jared
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April 1st, 2010
Reply to  sanj

Cool. Thanks so much for the comment.
Jared

vision
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April 1st, 2010
Reply to  jared

How about testing a new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM :-)

jared
jared
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April 1st, 2010
Reply to  vision

Send me one.
Thanks for the comment.
Jared

jjw
jjw
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April 4th, 2010
Reply to  sanj

actually better than lens baby…the electronic iris was still workin’. With the lens baby adjusting the iris is a real hassel…

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