Summary

Highly Recommended awardCanon's EF 50mm f1.8 STM finally upgrades the 24 year old EF 50mm f1.8 II with smoother focusing, more rounded aperture blades, closer focusing and a tougher lens mount. Like its predecessor, it'll gather over eight times more light than a typical kit zoom, making it great in low-light, deliver a shallower depth-of-field for attractive blurred backgrounds, and capture sharper results too. Meanwhile the low price makes it the most affordable lens in Canon's catalogue and the closest you'll find to a no-brainer, whether you own a budget DSLR, a mid-range model or even a high-end full-framer. Bottom line? It should be in every Canon DSLR owner's collection.

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Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM review

Samples

The following images were taken with a Canon EF 50mm f1.8 STM lens mounted on both cropped / APS-C and full-frame bodies. In each case the bodies were set to their highest resolutions. In each case I used Auto White Balance and the standard processing style unless otherwise stated. All of the images below are JPEGs out-of-camera and are available to download in larger or their original formats for analysis. Click on the desired image to access the files at Flickr.

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/80, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/100, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/100, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/640, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/800, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/2500, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/4000, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/4000, Aperture:2.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/2000, Aperture:2.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/1000, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/1000, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 760D, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed:1/60, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed:1/100, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed:1/50, Aperture:5.6, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed:1/100, Aperture:4.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed:1/640, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:200, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed:1/250, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:400, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed:1/800, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Shutter speed:1/500, Aperture:8.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Shutter speed:1/200, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Shutter speed:1/320, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Shutter speed:1/400, Aperture:1.8, ISO Sensitivity:800, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Shutter speed:120, Aperture:14.0, ISO Sensitivity:100, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

Above: Model:Canon EOS 80D, Shutter speed:1/125, Aperture:2.0, ISO Sensitivity:1600, Focal length:50.0 mm

 

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