10Best Budget Prime

Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 Lens


  • Good image quality
  • Max aperture of f1.8 
  • Low price


  • Image soft wide open
  • Narrow focus ring

Lenses are a major investment and not everyone can afford to shell out over a thousand dollars for a high-end option. If you’re a hobbyist looking for a more affordable alternative, the Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 Lens may be a perfect fit. It lacks some of the more advanced features of its expensive rivals, but for everyday shooting, there is little this lens can’t do. 

The Yongnuo YN 50mm is very similar in design to the Mark II version of Canon’s famous “nifty fifty” with the body and lens mount made of plastic. The narrow focus ring is at the front of the lens body and you would struggle to attach a focus gear for use with a follow focus.

With a maximum aperture of f/1.8, this lens works great in low lighting. Plus, its seven blades iris means it will operate admirably with selective focusing techniques. The image is a little soft when the aperture is wide open but closing down a stop or two brings good quality and sharp image. 

Priced reasonably, this is the ideal starter lens for the amateur photographer.

Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.