Yongnuo 50 mm/1.8: Affordable Normalglugg Who Performs

How cheap is it possible to make a lens? And what good is it if it is cheap? We have checked out the Yongnuos full frame lenses 50 mm/1.8 for Nikon, which is also available for Canon. What we can say is that it performs really well for its price!

Yongnuo is the Chinese brand that produces both Flash units and accessories, but also some lenses. Since the former is already the bright normal lens 50 mm/1.8 in a variation for Canon, but now also for Nikon.

Are you looking for a very affordable option, it is possible to get over for around 700 kronor, which is comparable to the equivalent of Nikon and Canon for around 1800 pounds.

But the question is whether a lens which is so much cheaper can perform?

Build quality and design

If we look more closely at how the lens is constructed so we see similarities with its original design. Both Nikon and Canonobjektivet looks much like their models, so that the respective original lenses. Nikonobjektivet is scary like in the design of the font on the focal length and the distance window for current set focal length, which both looks like from Canon, that is a slightly confusing mixture.

The lens has no rubber edge for weather sealing as Nikons have, but otherwise appears no direct quality differences.

But once you feel the lens feels direct difference. Nikon’s focus ring is tight and has a M/A mode for direct manual focus, which do you use autofocus while you adjust the focus manually. The Yongnuo is not possible, but you must select auto focus via the built-in focus motor or manual mode.

In the AF mode, spinning only the focus ring, but in MF mode, you can adjust the focus manually without any problems. On the other hand, have a slightly larger ring games, which means that it is perceived as something more flapping and oexakt. In addition, the focus is not entirely seamless, meaning that one feels hack from the gears when you turn around to set the focus. The difference is large from Nikon’s original which is much softer and more accurate.

Depending on your taste, so the focus is the relationship differently, resulting in a smaller distance to twist to get from minimum focus distance to infinity with the sharpness. In addition, the change of focus in the opposite direction than the one shown in the distance window – you turn to the right, and ranged the numbers going to the left. On the original spinning they with each other in the same direction.


Shooting with the lens ‘ autofocus works nicely. But even here, there are some differences from the original. The largest and most noticeable difference is the sound of the focusing. Yongnuo lets part in focusing, and the engine noise can sometimes be quite loudly. The Nikon counterpart sounds basically nothing, in fact.

The speed is not directly a lot, although I feel the Yongnuo is slower and takes a little longer to put the focus, and that the difference is still noticeable. Depending on the situation, this can probably get to play the role in your photography.

100% slicer from a picture taken with a Nikon D800 and Yongnou 50 mm f/1.8 on the aperture f/3.

Excerpt from an image taken with a Nikon D800, Nikon 50 mm f/1.8 with Aperture f/3.Nikonobjektivet is slightly sharper and has a little more contrast.

Image quality

We have tested the Nikon version of the lens, but the Canon version is structured in the same way and should give the same results as the Yongnuo themselves.

We look at image sharpness as the sharpness in the Center better than on the sides, at f/1.8. Dazzle we stopped down to f/4 as it is both sharper in the Center, but mainly clearly better over the entire surface, as is the Nikon lenses.

Yongnuo is also very close to Nikon’s 50 mm/1.8 apply distortion, but has somewhat more chromatic aberration and something clearer vignetting.

Generally, it is difficult to directly see the differences if you do not finstuderar the results, even if there is a difference, mainly at full open aperture. We experience a slightly lower contrast in Yongnuo lens.


For a price tag of around 40 per cent of the original version from Nikon to get horrible very lens for the money. Can you live with the differences between the original version and the Yongnuo so this lens is clearly a competitor.

If you know that you often want to use manual focus, it is a difference in feel, with the advantage of Nikon.

Above the law actually feels less plasticky Yongnuo lens than what we thought of the money, and the lens also supplies images exceeded expectations on the pictures ‘ final score. For you as a consumer, it is important to be able to take the sound from autofokusmotorn, its speed, and the distortions we mentioned that we saw in our testing in the lab.