Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

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Product Highlights

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Optimized Lens Coatings
  • STM AF Motor Supports Movie Servo AF
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Metal Lens Mount
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 14"
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Canon 50mm f/1.8 overview

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One of the most versatile focal lengths available, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens from Canon pairs this classic lens design with enhancements to the AF system and physical design that make it both faster and smaller. Utilizing an STM stepping motor, this lens is ideal for both still and video shooting due to its speedy and smooth operation. Further benefitting video shooters, the STM motor also supports the Movie Servo AF mode on select DSLRs for precise and near-silent focusing. An updated exterior design includes a metal lens mount and a re-located focusing ring in order to accommodate the compact overall form factor. The 50mm f/1.8 is a classic, tested lens design, and thanks to enhanced autofocus and a svelte profile, this lens is ideal for everyday shooting in a wide variety of conditions.

The optical design of this lens incorporates optimized coatings that help to reduce flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color neutrality. The f/1.8 maximum aperture is effective for low-light shooting as well as for controlling your focus plane for selective focus shooting. Seven rounded diaphragm blades further enhance the look of out of focus regions in an image, making it well-suited to portraiture and creative environmental shooting.

Standard prime 50mm lens is designed for use on full-frame EOS DSLR, however can also be used with APS-C-sized sensors where it will provide an 80mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also enables precise control over the focus plane when working with selective focus techniques. Seven rounded diaphragm blades further contribute to a pleasing out of focus quality with shallow depth of field imagery.
A gear-type STM stepping motor is incorporated into the lens' design to provide quick, smooth, and near silent autofocus performance. Additionally, this focusing mechanism also pairs well with EOS cameras featuring the Move Servo AF mode to enable continuous focusing performance when working in live view.
Full-time manual focus override is available for fine-tuning your focus position for selective focus applications.
Optimized lens coatings help to suppress lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and more color-neutral imagery.
An enhanced exterior design features a metal lens mount for durability as well as a re-located focusing ring to maintain a compact 2.7 x 1.5" form factor.
UPC: 013803256871

Canon 50mm f/1.8 specs

Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 46°
Minimum Focus Distance 14" (35.56 cm)
Magnification 0.21x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4.76
Elements/Groups 6 / 5
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Autofocus Yes
Filter Thread Front: 49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.7 x 1.6" (68.58 x 40.64 mm)
Weight 5.7 oz (162 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.45 x 4.18 x 4.15"

Canon 50mm f/1.8 reviews

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 712.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy Good for the price! I am blown away by the quality of this lens wide open. The sample picture is taken at f/2.2, but it is sharp, and the focus speed is wonderful as well. I am a full time wedding and real estate photographer, so my lens lineup consists of the best Canon L series lenses. However, this lens has a place in my bag. The build quality is great considering the materials used. It is cheap plastic, but everything works well, and the motor is quiet. I prefer the 85mm focal length, but I love this lens already. I am hoping that Canon steps up all their outdated lenses (no pun intended).
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Deferentially NOT a silent lens After recently purchasing a Canon 80D Kit w/ 18-55mm, I also added this 50mm 1.8 STM exclusively for shooting video. This is also my first Canon after 25 years of Nikon. Sadly the lens it self is great, but I should have checked more reviews here in B&H and around the web about it’s AF noise during video. With a Rode Video Micro mounted to the camera hot-shoe the 50mm 1.8 STM lens is deftly NOT silent… though more silent then a standard AF lens, still unusable with an on-camera microphone mounting. - If you use this lens, use a lav mic or boom pole mic off camera. - The motor in the 18-55 STM Kit Lens (and other STM Zooms) is DIFFERENT and IS SILENT during video!!!
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Heck Of A Lens Ok I am not a professional photographer. But I LOVE taking captures and freezing moments in time. I only wish I had done more of this at a Much younger age; I am 65 years young. But this lens is all they say and more. I have read and read many reviews on the Nifty Fifty and I wanted it mainly just for portraits and family shooting, but took it outside to a photo shoot for a small clothes boutique and wow did it perform. I can only say it is so worth the money and so worth the results I got with every shot. BUY IT TODAY!!! The only con I had was a little slow in auto focus mode but it may be that i am a little slow in my own mode.
Date published: 2015-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This lens is a must! Last year I bought my 15 year old niece her first DSLR. It was a Canon package that came with two telephoto lenses. The problem with two telephoto lenses is that they are limited for natural indoor lighting. This lens is a great compliment to her other lenses. We both immediately notice how much more control this lens gave her in lower lighting situation and when shooting close to the subject. If you have bought a camera package with only slower telephoto lenses, this lens is a must to round out your camera. Having a long heavy lens hanging around your neck makes your camera look impressive but the 50 mm is the way to go for general shooting.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens, Great Price I recently purchased this lens to do some portrait work at an event. I had read the reviews and figured I would give it a try. My camera bag is all L Series lenses so I wanted to see how well this lens would compare in image quality. I was blown away when I downloaded the photos, and couldn't believe the quality for the lower priced 50mm. Without a doubt, this lens is well worth the price. I saved a lot by buying this over the L Series and will be using this lens quite often now. Don't let the low price fool you, this is a lens you won't regret buying. I purchase all my gear from B&H and have always been satisfied with the prompt shipping and customer service. If you're looking for a 50mm, this is the one, and B&H is the place.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The latest nifty fifty is a good value - a nearly-great lens I purchased this to replace my venerable f/1.8 II lens. The new version is clearly an upgrade from a mechanical standpoint - a solid, metal mount, a larger focus ring, and an STM motor. However, the innards seem pretty much the same, and the STM motor is slow and noisy compared to some other STM lenses. But, for the price, this remains an attractive lens. Don't shoot an 1.8, though, unless you want center sharpness and a dreamy blur at the edges. You have to stop down to about 2.2 to get decent results in the corners. Put this lens on a full-frame Canon and roam the streets for casual shooting. You'll have fun, and probably surprise yourself with some great photos.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does not dissappoint! I was surprised by the quality of the lens. Even though the lens is mostly made out of plastic, the lens mount itself is metal! So if you're looking for a low-cost nifty-fifty lens, for regular to constant use, this lens adds up in terms of durability. The motor of the lens compared to other models, is also pretty quiet when Auto-Focus is in use. I generally use this lens for standard street photography and portraits, because it allows me to separate the foreground subject from the background, creating awesome bokeh effects (background blur) and play with light effects and shapes. It is overall a very good lens for a very low price.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canon EF 50mm 1.8 STM This was a replacement for my nifty 50 that I had for a few years. I had read all the reviews about how great a lens it was but I was not happy with the one I had. I kept it because it was so inexpensive. About 3 weeks ago I was testing the older nifty 50 for sharpness and it was horrible to say the least, on the way into the house it slipped out of my hand and it broke. when looking to replace it I noticed Canon released the STM version. This lens for me has been excellent. I am getting very sharp images from even wide open. the older model was not even close. maybe my older copy was a dude but this new STM 50mm has been on my 7D body a lot lately.
Date published: 2015-11-11
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