The Canon 50mm F/1.8 STM Prime Lens brings new coatings and closer focus.
If you have been a Canon DSLR shooter for any considerable amount of time, there is a good chance you have had one of their popular and economical “Nifty Fifty” 50mm F/1.8 lenses. Now, they have given that popular lens a makeover with the 50mm F/1.8 STM.
If you are curious as to what may be the price, you will be glad to know that the 50mm F/1.8 STM might be below INR 9000/-, so it maintains the dirt cheap price point that had made it hugely popular with many shooters.
Despite the price remaining low, the lens has gotten some tangible upgrades.
The body has been freshened up to make it a little more compact. The focusing ring also looks to be a little more robust, which would be a very welcome update for anyone who ever shoots any video or uses other manual focus applications. It uses Canon’s modern Super Spectra Coating, so it may not flare quite as easily, which would be a plus for many, but may not appeal as much to portrait photographers who love that dreamy backlighting. It has a seven-blade aperture and as the STM in the name suggests, a quick-focusing, silent motor to push the AF.
The new 50mm F/1.8 STM also focuses rather close, all the way down to .35m, or roughly a foot. It also now has a metal mount, which should add some durability to a lens that is sometimes referred to colloquially as “Plastic Fantastic”.
While Canon has been making the move to STM motors in a lot of its lenses, this feels like one of their most important updates. The super-cheap 50mm Canon lenses have always been rather impressive considering their usual cost, so hopefully this one will carry on the tradition.