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Canon EF 50 mm 1.8 STM Lens - Black
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- Blur the background behind your subject to help them stand out -it's a great look for people pictures.
- Near-silent STM focusing works quickly when shooting photos and more smoothly when capturing video.
- The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lets in lots of light, so you can keep shooting when things get dark -capturing the atmosphere of the occasion.
- As a fixed, non-zooming lens the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM delivers great image quality -enhanced sharpness, more contrast, and less distortion.
- Weighing in at just 160g, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a lens you can always have with you.Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 40º, 27º,46º
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An affordable, high quality lens that's perfect for creative portraits and low-light photos. Blur backgrounds to make your subject stand out, and enjoy smooth near-silent STM focusing when shooting movies.
Canon EF 50mm 1.8 STM Lens, Lens cap E-49, Lens dust cap E, Instruction Manual, Warranty Card, EAC Leaflet
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A wide aperture lens for high quality portraits and low light photos
With the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens you can easily produce more artistic and impactful photography thanks to a wide f/1.8 aperture that produces sharp focus on your subject and a beautiful blurred background.
A classic re-born
The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM replaces the popular EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens which was affectionately known for giving outstanding picture quality at an affordable price. This latest version gives the same stunning photo quality but with a fast, near-silent focus motor and a more robust build that belies its price.
The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is great for:
Perfect for capturing expressions on the faces of friends and family, ideal for weddings, events and parties.
Perfect when you find yourself in darker conditions capturing nightscapes, firework displays or interiors.
Capture life as it happens in front of you from the streets of your town to capturing the emotions of events.
Artistic and impactful photography
The wide f/1.8 aperture of the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM gives you the ability to bring your subject into sharp focus and blur the background. Photographers refer to this as a ‘narrow depth of field’ and makes your subject stand out which is great for portraits, as people become the clear focus of your shot.
Let more light in
The wide f/1.8 aperture lets in more than 8x the amount of light compared to the standard zoom lens that is provided with your EOS*. This results in sharper images with less motion blur and reduced need to use flash in dimly lit conditions so you can easily capture the atmosphere of a low light environment.
For portraits and everyday use
The 50mm focal length allows you to fill the frame with your subject from a comfortable distance making it a great lens for portraits. A similar perspective to the human eye and its compact size make the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM a great everyday lens to always carry with your EOS camera.
Sharp focus for photos and videos
The near-silent STM (Stepping Motor) technology focuses extremely quickly when shooting photos, so you can react suddenly to capture fleeting moments. Creating high quality movies is easier with STM as it delivers steady and quiet continuous focusing, so your movies are smooth, and soundtracks only capture the surrounding sounds and not the noise of a focusing motor.
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I was lucky enough to have a kind friend to let me try out his EF 50mm 1.8 MK II (the predecessor to the STM version of this lens) and I was pretty impressed with it, although the build quality of that pervious version leaves a lot to be desired (all plastic including lens mount and the focus drive is clunky, noisy and a bit hit and miss).
This new STM version though, is nothing short of superb value for money!! Using the centre-only focus point on my Canon 77D, I was able to capture beautifully sharp images, time and time again. The focus is smooth, quiet and most important accurate and although not quite as rapid as the USM focus mechanism, still more than adequate and impressive for a lens of this budget. The bokeh on this new version is also lovely and circular, thanks to an additional 2 aperture blades compared to the previous version.
It does suffer from a little CA and fringing in areas of high contrast (backlit detail near the edges of frame for example) but even my L glass exhibits this and with Canon's Digital Photo Professional 4 software (or the appropriate lens profile uploaded to the camera), this can be well controlled.
I've seen good reviews of the cheaper, Chinese brands that compare with this lens and I'm sure they can produce good results. But for me, I prefer to stick to a brand I know and trust, and generally I've been happy with Canon lenses and did not want to diverge from the brand. I'm glad I didn't as this new version of an already great value lens ticks all the boxes, and for me, solves all the shortcomings of the previous MKII version.
With the exception of focus speed, I also think the STM focus drive has almost all of the advantages of the USM mechanism, hence why I didn't consider the more-than-twice-the-price 1.4 50mm USM from Canon, which seems to get mixed reviews.
The focus ring on this lens is fully electronic, which means there is absolutely no mechanical connection between the focus ring and the focus drive mechanism. Instead, the ring sends a proportional focus control signal to the camera body, which then in turn proportionally drives the auto focus gear in accordance with the ring movement. This makes the focus ring beautifully smooth, seamless and continuous, and also means it can be complete disabled in the camera software (assuming your body supports turning off manual focus override) which means you cannot bump the focus whilst handling the lens during shooting.
If like me, you want a lens to take beautiful portraits with, I can only sing this lens's praises. As the cheapest lens I own, it also now ranks as one of my favourites and it's very easy to forget how inexpensive this lens is, when you see the quality of images it can produce!
First of all, this is a tiny lens. It can easily fit in your pocket if you wanted to swap with your walk about lens whilst out and it makes using a 7D Mark II much easier given its minuscule weight.
The pictures it captures are just awesome. Of course, there is some vignetting wide open but nothing that cannot be fixed in Lightroom. Similarly, the sharpness improves from around f2.2 onwards but even wide open you get the most beautiful pictures thanks to the size of the aperture. I am always impressed with the quality of the bokeh which is much better than the f1.8 II thanks to the rounded 7 aperture blades (up from 5 in the previous version).
In terms of price:performance ratio, you probably cannot beat the 50mm STM with any other lens. As much as I enjoy shooting with L lenses, there is huge satisfaction in being able to get great images with something a lot of people would even consider disposable.
One thing to bear in mind is that at f1.8, your depth of field can become very small. You need to be quite precise about where you want to focus and ensuring that your subjects remain within the focus field to avoid shots looking like the camera missed focus.
Overall, if you want to get amazing pictures with lovely out of focus areas, you have to pick up this lens. And for less than £90, it is an absolute steal.
I’ve wanted this lens for ages as I love the smooth edges of subjects and totally blurred background.
I have already taken lots of photos close up (see attached of my celebratory beer!) but I have found that this lens is equally beautiful when used on long shots.
For the price you can’t go wrong and it’s given my old 450d a new life (having existing for 10 years on just the kit lens).
I waited a long time to buy this and I am so glad I did. Don’t wait. If you want it, get it!!
I can only agree with the majority of other reviewers. It is a very sharp lens indeed. and I have had - or at least the lens has had, some amazing results during the week I have owned it.
When I first started in photography with my Pentax Spotmatic many years ago, it came with a 50 mm lens, as I think all cameras did back then. And now I am realising what a brilliant focal length lens it really is in this day and age.