The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM: A classic lens that still shines today

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM: A classic lens that still shines today

When it comes to lenses, one that often finds itself in the spotlight is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM. This unassuming piece of glass is a true classic, and it has earned its place in the hearts of photographers for several compelling reasons.

To see my full lens review of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, be sure to check out my YouTube Video:

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Review – How Nifty is This Fifty?

Affordable excellence

The Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM, often affectionately dubbed the “Nifty Fifty,” offers a fantastic combination of quality and affordability. It’s a prime lens with a wide aperture, making it perfect for low-light situations and creative depth of field. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, this lens won’t break the bank.

Versatile 50mm focal length

The 50mm focal length is often hailed as the closest to the human eye’s natural field of vision. This makes it an excellent choice for various photography genres, from portraits to street photography, and even landscapes. Its versatility means you can carry it around and be ready for almost anything.

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 on Canon 6D Mark II

Wide aperture for beautiful bokeh

With a maximum aperture of f/1.8, this lens is a master at producing that dreamy, creamy background blur known as bokeh. Your subject pops beautifully against a soft, out-of-focus background, which is especially great for portrait photography.

EF 50mm f1.8 photo of flower
Canon EF 50mm f1.8 photo of flower

Compact and lightweight

One of the joys of the 50mm f/1.8 STM is its petite size and weight. It’s so compact that you can easily slip it into your camera bag or even your pocket. This portability factor makes it a go-to lens for those who love to travel light.

Speedy and quiet autofocus

The “STM” in its name stands for Stepping Motor, and this lens utilizes this technology for near-silent and precise autofocus. It’s not just fast; it’s also incredibly smooth, which is a boon for video recording.

The only caveat with this lens is that I did hear some autofocus noise, I have a section in my video review where you can hear the noise so be sure to check that out.

Durable build

Don’t be fooled by its low price; this lens is built to last. The metal mount and sturdy construction are surprising bonuses, and they ensure it can endure daily use.

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 metal lens mount
Canon EF 50mm f1.8 metal lens mount

Time-tested quality

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a successor to the older EF 50mm f/1.8 II, which was already known for its optical quality. Canon has taken this legacy and improved it, delivering better image quality and features.

Great for learning

If you’re learning photography, this lens is a superb teacher. Its fixed focal length encourages you to move around and frame shots creatively. You’ll become more skilled at composition, and you’ll appreciate the importance of light and perspective.