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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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|Item Dimensions||6.92 x 3.93 x 3.93 cm||5.1 x 7.4 x 7.4 cm||6.82 x 2.28 x 2.28 cm||3.9 x 6.9 x 6.9 cm||2.94 x 2.83 x 2.94 cm||8.61 x 8.41 x 8.41 cm|
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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.
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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!
It's a 50mm prime lens and you should note that on a crop sensor camera this would be around 80mm which basically means the view will be zoomed in.
This isn't perfect for in door shots unless you are in a large room but that's just a note to make.
The 1.8 F-stop is great for low light situations when compared to the starter lens kit which goes down to 3.5 (i believe) so this means you can shoot in doors or when it gets darker without resorting to a highier ISO shutter adjustments.
I shoot video so I need to stick to some rules for my ideal shot when it comes to motion blur etc.
The lens has a great focus ring because it's not right on the front like with the starter kit lens, it's set back a little and is a bit larger making it easier to pull focus.
You get a nice circular bokeh effect with this lens when doing a depth of field shot.
The downside of using this lens specifically when shooting film is the noise.
It's not terribly loud but it is noticeable.
If you are shooting outside with a lot of ambient noise from the traffic etc it might not be so bad but in doors it's not great.
So imagine you are shooting two characters and you want to rack focus between them and the primary sound is the dialogue, well you can be sure you will have to do some ADR to correct that in post so have your actors on standby.
Of course for a shot without changing focus it's really nice
For still photography it's great
I am comparing all these things to the starter lens because I would imagine most people considering to buy this lens would be looking for an upgrade to their starter lens and the variable starter lens can also reach a focal length of 50mm (18-55mm).
I guess the noise is the only thing you can complain about and that only really counts if you are filming and you are adjusting the focus through the shot.
Good: F/1.8 - Good bokeh and good amount of light let in
Bad: Auto focus is loud and crazy and focus in general is a little noisy but manual focus isn't that bad unless you are shooting quiet video
Good: Focus ring is a little thicker and it's not right at the front of the lens making it easier to pull focus
I always use manual focus but i tried the auto focus to test it out and it's horrible, it didn't work great and it makes a crazy noise when doing it.
It's not a smooth transition, imagine starting a car engine but altering the noise frequencies.
If you have a solid 'subject' in the scene like a person the sound from the lens is like a laser printer when using the auto focus.
With the manual focus it's a nice smooth transition/sound so it doesn't sound like your camera is a bag of crap.
I have really pointed out the noise but that's the only real negative and it's not that bad especially for taking stills, i just wanted to give you some idea of what to expect.
The final thing that makes this lens awesome is if you fiddle with the focus ring moving it back and fourth really fast you can make it sound like BB-8 from star wars.
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