Compact, lightweight, and close-focusing, the Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a sleek normal-length prime offering a classic, versatile field of view and an especially compact design. An ideal lens for every day, walkaround shooting, this 50mm f/1.8 is characterized by its bright design for available light shooting and apt depth of field control. The optical design incorporates one aspherical element, which reduces spherical aberrations and distortion, and also sports a Super Spectra coating to minimize flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy. Also, an STM motor affords impressively quiet and smooth autofocus performance and full-time manual focus override. Additionally, a configurable Control Ring lets you adjust exposure settings, including ISO, aperture, and exposure compensation, from the lens itself.
- Full-Frame | f/1.8 to f/22
- Compact, Lightweight Prime Lens
- STM Stepping AF Motor
- Customizable Control Ring
Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM Overview
Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM Specs
|Lens Format Coverage|
43 mm (Front)
|Lens Format Coverage|
|Angle of View|
|Minimum Focus Distance|
11.8" / 30 cm
43 mm (Front)
|Dimensions (ø x L)|
2.7 x 1.6" / 69 x 40 mm
5.6 oz / 160 g
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
5.3 x 4.4 x 4.3"
Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM Reviews
Nifty 50 RF version
Picked this up on sale! it's an even sharper lens than the previous EF models. Becomes a nice portrait lens on my RF10 as well.
Great price and very sharp
This lens (especially for the low price) is really lite, sharp, and produces nice colors.
Nifty Fifty for EOS R50, etc.
I am completely satisfied with the item. It does just what is described on the Amazon site as well as the Canon USA site. The quality and workmanship is excellent. See sample photo.
Best Budget Lens
If you're just starting this a lens to start with. Sharp and light to bring everywhere.
For the price, GREAT!
Simple 50 mm lens for EOS mirrorless systems. Works great! Not the same quality as the faster lenses, but a great basic prime.
Darn Good Nifty-Fifty For The Price
I had the EF version of this little guy for many years and used it on both my Canon dslr and mirrorless bodies. I will say the RF version does seem to have a better build quality than the EF version and it's nice not having to use an adapter on a mirrorless body. Center sharpness is great at f/1.8 up to f/11, and corners sharpen up from f/2.8 to f/11. The lens is noisy when focusing so keep that in mind if you're going to use the lens for video. As always my friends at B&H processed my order quickly...I do recommend the Canon RF 50mm f/1.8!
best build and sketchiest rendering of all the 50/1.8's
Over the years, I've owned and used multiple copies of all the autofocusing Canon 50/1.8's: mark I, mark II, STM, and RF. The RF has the best build and AF (though I'm sure the R series cameras have a lot to do with that too). Optically, they all produce similar pictures, except the STM and RF seem better coated for improved contrast, color, and flare resistance. More weirdly, though, the RF feels subtly but noticeably more prone to nervousness in its bokeh. And it's not just the case of having had a bad copy. Take a look at the sample photos by other photographers, and you'll see plenty of examples here and there of blurred backgrounds that give off a strangely mottled and lumpy feel, at least to me. My theory is that the contrast may have increased to the point where it's starting to accentuate the boundaries of the bokeh balls and not letting them blend as smoothly. Personally, once I noticed this, I couldn't stop seeing it, to the point where I had to stop using the lens. It's too bad, because the rest of the optics are as good as it gets among the Canon 50/1.8's. As much as I love the physical smallness and overall optical quality of this lens, to be honest I personally can't recommend it any more. The price and size are still very attractive, but be sure to check out the sample photos to see if the nervousness might bother you. For me, I realized that the portability doesn't matter if I don't like the photos, so I got rid of mine.
I was excited to see this lens on sale as it is already a great value lens. Great for standard portraits and video with its light weight, large aperture, and quiet focusing.
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