Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

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50mm focal length and maximum aperture of f/1.8 Great for portraitsc actionc and nighttime photography Minimum focusing distance of 1.15 ft. (0.35m) and a maximum magnification of 0.21x Stepping motor (STM) delivers near silentc continous Move Servo AF for movies and smooth AF for stills 80mm effective focal-length on APS-C camerasc 50mm on full-frame cameras

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Style: Lens Only Product Description Canons EF 50 F1.8 STM Lens is a compactc lightweight addition to your Canon camera. Attach it to an APS-C camera for an effective focal length of 80 mm. It features smooth AF and a metal mount for added stability. From the Manufacturer EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Compact and lightweight—an outstanding walk-around lens Canons EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a great entry into the world of EOS prime lenses. With an 80mm effective focal-length on APS-C camerasc 50mm on full-frame camerasc its an excellent prime lens for portraitsc actionc even nighttime photography. Its bright maximum aperture of f/1.8 helps it not only to excel in low lightc but also to capture gorgeousc sharp images and movies with beautiful background blur thanks to its circular 7-blade design. An updated lens arrangement with new lens coatings helps render images with excellent color balancec plus minimized ghosting and flare. Performance is brilliantc with a stepping motor (gear-type STM) to deliver near silentc continuous Movie Servo AF for movies plus speedyc smooth AF for stills. A redesigned exterior with improved focus ring placement makes manual focus adjustments a breeze. Canons most compact 50mm lensc the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM has a rugged metal mountc plus an improved minimum focusing distance of 1.15 ft. (0.35m) and a maximum magnification of 0.21x. Offering sharp performance for the best in movies and stillsc its a fixed focal length gem—the perfect lens for photographers and moviemakers to expand the creative possibilities with their EOS cameras. Specifications Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 50mm f/1.8 Lens Construction: 6 elements in 5 groups Diagonal Angle of View: 46° Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual Closest Focusing Distance: 1.15 ft. / 0.35m Filter Size: 49mm Max. Diameter x Lengthc Weight: Approx. 2.7 x 1.5 in. / 69.2 x 39.3mmc Approx. 5.6 oz. / 159g Sample Image Click here for larger image MTF Chart

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HIGHLIGHTS: excellent image qualityc compact form factor and affordable pricingc but with few concessions in build and AF performance. br brCONSTRUCTION: Slightly smaller and heavier than the prior modelc EF 50 1.8 IIc aka nifty-fiftyc but with significantly better build quality. Improvements include metal mountc sturdier barrel and AF/MF switchc larger focus ringc grippy matte finish and stepping motor (STM). Unfortunatelyc it has an odd filter sizec 49mmc rather than 52 or 58mm common to small Canon lenses. br brOPTICAL QUALITY: Its the same optical formula as the nifty-fiftyc but with tweaks to lens coatings and improved close focus ability. Wide open its tack sharp center framec sharper than my nifty-fifty. Corners on full framec e.g.c 6Dc are darker and softer than center but equalize by F2.8. On APS-C camerasc e.g.c 70D and Rebelc there is little corner darkening or softness since nearly half the image circle is cropped out. Optimal sharpness is at F5.6. Chromatic aberration (CA) is mild and reduced over the nifty-fifty. In shortc image quality is excellent open widec even better stopped down and one ups the nifty-fifty in both sharpness and control of CA. br brBOKEH: I love the soft whirl of a defocused backgroundc and this seven-blade diaphragm does not disappointc rendering smooth bokeh and pleasantly round specular highlights. The smooth bokeh combined with pin sharp center frame really make subjects pop at larger apertures. This a great portrait lens! br brAUTO FOCUS speed and reliability is markedly better than the nifty-fifty. Its accurate and rarely misses focus even in low light. Focus is achieved by front element extension (nested barrel. The STM motor is quieter than the prior modelc albeit not completely silent. br brVIDEO FOCUS on a 70D is not as fast as STM zooms but buttery smooth and great for touchscreen pulls and Movie Servo. Focus noisec while low volumec was recorded by my 70Ds built-in mic during quiet video clips. The workaround is to use an external mic or prefocus. br brMANUAL FOCUS is focus-by-wire: the ring merely activates the focus motor and is not mechanically coupled to the lens. Manual focus is smoothc but control isnt as good as a mechanical ring. The MF ring is thin but wider than the nifty-fiftys ring and better positioned. Like USM lensesc it has Full-Time Manual (FTM)c allowing AF override without flipping a switch: simply turn the MF ring. Unlike USM lensesc FTM is only active when the shutter button is half-depressed. br brHOOD: The groove on the barrel is for the  Canon ES-68c locking bayonet hood. It attaches to the outer barrelc protecting the protruding inner barrel from frontal impact and flare. Its pricy but a worthwhile investment. Update (8/16/2015): The  JJC LH-68c a clone of the ES-68c is now available at less than half the cost of OEM. br brFINAL BLURB: The natural perspective and fast aperture make the EF 50 1.8 STM ideal for low lightc travel and street photography with a full frame camera (6D). On a cropperc e.g.c Rebel or 70Dc its a short telephoto and perfect for portraitsc indoor sports and stage. Canon got everything right with this redesign: accurate and snappy AFc sturdy build andc most significantlyc vivid and sharp images wide open.

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