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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens


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4.91 / 5 based on 66 Reviews

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Canon U.S.A, a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the new lightweight and compact Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM standard lens. Featuring a large maximum aperture of f/1.8, this single focal length lens (which has an effective focal lengt see more...

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
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Ali S.
East Amherst
41 reviews
Techie Expert Level 1
The NIFTY FIFTY like other 50mm F1.8's is a must have lens. This is a very affordable and tack sharp lens. Perfect for light weight walk-about, street photography, portraits, and general photography. For beginners to pro's the 50mm has been a workhorse of a lens. Canon's version is just about as good as any 50mm F1.8 out there. Optically it is distortion free and contains quality optics. At F1.8 it is good for lower light photography. 
Ericka B.
Brooklyn, NY
98 reviews
This is my go to lens for portrait shoots! There is just now way to beat the price and quality combo this lens packs. It exceeds all expectations delivering sharp images with beautiful and creamy blurred backgrounds with gorgeous bokeh plus it is incredibly light, making it easy to take everywhere. 
Caitlin C.
6 reviews
This lens has allowed my photos to have so much more depth to them. It has such a beautiful boca to it as shown in the photo. In addition, every detail is so much crisper and finer the before! I love my nifty fifty.
Kari H.
Butler, PA
76 reviews
I am loving this lens. It’s a lot different than the kit lenses I am used to. It takes amazing photos. It is a bit of a learning curve, but I’m catching on fairly quickly. I purchased mine from amazon for less than $150. I would definitely recommend this lens.
N E S T O R M.
Carrollton, TX
239 reviews
Techie Expert Level 1
The nifty fifty 👌🏻 I remember it being super inexpensive, and I used it for a really long time! It focuses really quick and it a little more noisy than the 18-135mm but it’s still reliable. I mainly use this whenever I am filming something that I need to get up close to
Michelle G.
73 reviews
One of my favorite lenses that I Own it stays on my canon very often. I’ve been using for different types of sessions from cake smash, maternity and even mini fam sessions.
Kara E.
169 reviews
Techie Expert Level 2
I would highly recommend this lens to anyone. It's a great price for beginners and also a great price for those who are seasoned in photography and videography.

HIGHLIGHTS: excellent image quality, compact form factor and affordable pricing, but with few concessions in build and AF performance.

CONSTRUCTION: Slightly smaller and heavier than the prior model, EF 50 1.8 II, aka nifty-fifty, but with significantly better build quality. Improvements include metal mount, sturdier barrel and AF/MF switch, larger focus ring, grippy matte finish and stepping motor (STM). Unfortunately, it has an odd filter size, 49mm, rather than 52 or 58mm common to small Canon lenses.

OPTICAL QUALITY: It's the same optical formula as the nifty-fifty, but with tweaks to lens coatings and improved close focus ability. Wide open it's tack sharp center frame, sharper than my nifty-fifty. Corners on full frame, e.g., 6D, are darker and softer than center but equalize by F2.8. On APS-C cameras, e.g., 70D and Rebel, there is little corner darkening or softness since nearly half the image circle is cropped out. Optimal sharpness is at F5.6. Chromatic aberration (CA) is mild and reduced over the nifty-fifty. In short, image quality is excellent open wide, even better stopped down and one ups the nifty-fifty in both sharpness and control of CA.

BOKEH: I love the soft whirl of a defocused background, and this seven-blade diaphragm does not disappoint, rendering smooth bokeh and pleasantly round specular highlights. The smooth bokeh combined with pin sharp center frame really make subjects pop at larger apertures. This a great portrait lens!

AUTO FOCUS speed and reliability is markedly better than the nifty-fifty. It's accurate and rarely misses focus even in low light. Focus is achieved by front element extension (nested barrel. The STM motor is quieter than the prior model, albeit not completely silent.

VIDEO FOCUS on a 70D is not as fast as STM zooms but buttery smooth and great for touchscreen pulls and Movie Servo. Focus noise, while low volume, was recorded by my 70D's built-in mic during quiet video clips. The workaround is to use an external mic or prefocus.

MANUAL FOCUS is focus-by-wire: the ring merely activates the focus motor and is not mechanically coupled to the lens. Manual focus is smooth, but control isn't as good as a mechanical ring. The MF ring is thin but wider than the nifty-fifty's ring and better positioned. Like USM lenses, it has Full-Time Manual (FTM), allowing AF override without flipping a switch: simply turn the MF ring. Unlike USM lenses, FTM is only active when the shutter button is half-depressed.

HOOD: The groove on the barrel is for the Canon ES-68, locking bayonet hood. It attaches to the outer barrel, protecting the protruding inner barrel from frontal impact and flare. It's pricy but a worthwhile investment. Update (8/16/2015): The JJC LH-68, a clone of the ES-68, is now available at less than half the cost of OEM.

FINAL BLURB: The natural perspective and fast aperture make the EF 50 1.8 STM ideal for low light, travel and street photography with a full frame camera (6D). On a cropper, e.g., Rebel or 70D, it's a short telephoto and perfect for portraits, indoor sports and stage. Canon got everything right with this redesign: accurate and snappy AF, sturdy build and, most significantly, vivid and sharp images wide open.
Leen X.
13 reviews
This is one of my favorite lens to use, the clarity of the lens can capture really beautiful and clear images.  The cool part is you can have auto focus on this lens if you wanted to take selfies.  The only bad thing about the lens is that you can zoom in, but ofc its not that kind've lens so you should know that ahead of time. This is a huge recommendation for a starter lens and for anyone who wants more clear images rather than using the standard lens that comes with canon.  
Matt H.
Raleigh, NC
52 reviews
This lens is incredible for the price! It's so inexpensive yet takes amazing pictures comparable to that of thousand dollar lenses. The images come out looking crisp and they have a nice blurry background to them, making them look incredibly aesthetically pleasing. I love this prime lens because it's nice and simple and well worth the money. It's perfect for it small form factor, as it easily fits into your camera bag taking up very little space. I highly recommend it to everyone who owns a DSLR!
Angie R.
Bay City, OR
122 reviews
This lens has done such a awesome job! This lens changed the game for me. The quality of the lens and price point is a perfect buy! Especially if you have a small budget. The only thing I don't like is the crop on the lens. Here's a photo I took using the lens, of my previous vox box. That's my logo on the image.
Johana D.
78 reviews
Hi! Is this a good lens for YouTube videos? Thanks!
Alana Z.
Tustin, CA
11 reviews
What is the warranty for this lense?

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