Yongnuo is a bit of an enigma to me. On one hand, I absolutely love their speedlights and radio triggers for their overall reliability and very low costs. But, on the other hand, you have things like the Yongnuo 50mm F/1.4, an obvious clone of the Canon 50mm f/1.4.
It seems that our favorite Chinese brand is at it again; instead, this time, they are knocking off the Canon 50mm F/1.8. It looks like the Canon (minus the branding, of course), in every way. What is worse, they are selling it on Amazon for $69, just a little over half the price of the Canon model.
Yongnuo YN50mm F/1.8 Lens ‘Features’
- Auto Focus or Manual
- 2 Inches in Length
- 0.15 Magnification
- 46 Degree Maximum Angle of View
- 6 Elements in 5 Groups
- Accepts 52mm Filters
- View-angle Coverate Diagonal 46 Degree
- Vertical 27 Degree
- Horizontal 40 Degree
- Lens Structure 5 sets, 6 pieces
- Minimum Aperture F/22
- Minimum Focusing Distance 0.45m
- Maximum Magnification and Sight Range 0.15X / 160x240mm ( when the distance is 0.45m )
- Filter Diameter / Auantity Available 52mm / 1
- Maximum Diameter and Length 73*55mm
Personally, I think it is funny that they chose the ONE super affordable Canon lens to knock off. I mean, really, why not rip off a nicer lens, something people can’t just run to the local shop and find for $100. Baby steps, I guess.
I wonder how long until Canon gets this shut down. I can’t imagine it would take much to prove these are virtually identical products, or at the very least that the Yongnuo is breaching a Canon lens patent. Then again, Chinese courts are notorious for siding with Chinese companies…