Canon 50mm f/1.8 “Nifty Fifty” Painted to Look Like a White L Lens

Here’s something you’ve probably never seen before: a white “L” version of the cheap Canon 50mm f/1.8 (AKA the “nifty fifty”). No, it’s not an uber-rare and expensive special edition. It’s a custom paint job by Clubsnap forum member nntenzo. After painting the lens with paint mixed from three $1 tubes, he used a laser printer and decal paper to add the lettering and decals back onto the lens. The resulting lens is one that will definitely befuddle any Canonite who happens to catch a glimpse of it… It’s a conversation starter for sure.

50mm f1.8 L (white colour) (via DigitalRev)

  • Nick Nieto

    I’m not a fan of the white lenses period real of faux.  But it’s a cool idea to change the styling of the lens to something a bit more custom.

  • Aaro Keipi

    I think this is hilarious and awesome. Personally, I find Canon’s white lenses kind of “look-at-me” pretentious–I don’t care how practical the white paint is and how awesome the optics are, I just think it looks out of place at anything but a professional sporting event.

  • Steve

    I don’t see the point in this.  My lenses are for taking photos, nothing else.  The 50mm f1.8 is a great lens, there’s no need to do this to it.

  • Jonathan Yao

    What someone should do is paint another company’s lens white.  Nikon, Sony, Pentax…

  • Joel Hempenius

    fantastic plastic 

  • DaveMax

    Looks great, but I wonder if anybody would do the same with 85L…

  • Wing Wong

    FYI, Sony 70-200/2.8 G is white. :p 

  • Canvai

    I thought the Nifty Fifty is the 50mm 1.4f, and the 1.8f is the Thrifty Fifty.

  • Ryan Doyle

    Nikon has white lens.

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  • Dz

    Euh excuse me? L primes are black…

  • Dz’s an idiot

    Your a fool then.  look at the prime telephotos.  I have a 600mm and it’s white

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  • Cid Costa Neto

    Is just for fun! Where is your sense of humor?

  • Wescraft

    You really don’t want a long black lens getting all heated up inside messing with your elements or distorting the light.

  • Racey Tay

    *drool* I want one!!

  • typoman

    typo.. it should be 0.45m not 0.45mm

  • Tyler

    Can I buy this from you… or can I send you one of my fifties to paint? 

  • Wallerus

    Someone created user name to dig at another commenter. sounds like too  much on their hands. Creativity on Petapixel, it’s what they do.

  • Gary Simmons

    It’s cool looking for sure, but when the AF sound kicks in, it won’t fool any Canon shooter!

  • Dz´s more than an idiot!

    you have the 70-200 L series, 100-400 L series, THE 600mm and so on!!!

  • Snickybastard

    Canon users in 1 picture.