Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

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THIS small ‘nifty fifty’ im­proves upon Canon’s older de­signs and has been brought up to date by in­cor­po­rat­ing a Step­per Mo­tor (STM) for smoother and qui­eter AF. Com­pat­i­ble with full-frame and APS- C DSLRs, it be­comes a highly prac­ti­cal and cre­ative short tele­photo lens that’s equiv­a­lent to 80mm when it’s at­tached to the lat­ter. If you en­joy shoot­ing por­traits or any sub­ject where you’d like to cre­ate at­trac­tive back­ground blur, this lens al­lows you to do it with­out break­ing the bank. It has a smaller 49mm fil­ter thread and im­proved build qual­ity over Canon’s older EF 50mm f/1.8 II, but pro­duces re­sults of sim­i­lar qual­ity. Stop­ping down from f/1.8 to f/2.8 im­proves sharp­ness and all trace of cor­ner shad­ing dis­ap­pears by f/4. It’s one of the most pop­u­lar lenses for those who feel they’ve out­grown a kit zoom.

The petite size of this lens al­lows you to slip it in a small bag com­part­ment

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