Nifty Fiftys

The clas­sic 50mm prime has ad­mir­ers in almost ev­ery pho­to­graphic genre and we take a look at some of the most pop­u­lar models avail­able…

Digital Photo (UK) - - CONTENTS - WORDS BY MATT HIGGS

Dis­cover why you need a 50mm prime lens in your kit bag.

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM £97

This prime will be the per­fect next step from a kit lens for many Canon shoot­ers, of­fer­ing them all the cre­ative op­por­tu­ni­ties made pos­si­ble by large aper­tures at a highly af­ford­able price. Open­ing to f/1.8, ex­tremely shal­low depths of field can be achieved by this lens for beau­ti­fully blurred back­grounds, while it’s also an ideal op­tic for low-light shoot­ing. The ren­der­ing of bokeh is also made aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing thanks to seven rounded aper­ture blades. Com­pat­i­ble with both full-frame and APS-C de­vices, its equiv­a­lent fo­cal length of 80mm on a crop-sen­sor cam­era makes it well suited for por­trai­ture. While it’s pre­dom­i­nantly man­u­fac­tured from plas­tic, the lens’ mount is metal, six el­e­ments in five groups form its op­ti­cal con­struc­tion. Weigh­ing just 160g and mea­sur­ing a mere 4cm in length it’s ex­tremely com­pact , mak­ing it a great walk­a­bout lens. A new Step­per Mo­tor (STM) means that this lens’ aut­o­fo­cus is smoother and qui­eter than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions, some­thing sure to ap­peal to videog­ra­phers. While it dis­plays some soft­ness and vi­gnetting across the frame wide-open, by f/4 cen­tral sharp­ness is ex­cel­lent and vi­gnetting has sub­sided. Both chro­matic aber­ra­tion and bar­rel dis­tor­tion are vis­i­ble in im­ages, but mild enough to cause lit­tle con­cern. A great-value lens that will more than meet the needs of many users.

Quick­spec

Street price £97 Fits Canon Aper­ture range f/1.8-22 Di­men­sions 69.2x39.3mm (DXL) Weight160g Visit www.canon.co.uk

Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 STM is as com­pact as it is ca­pa­ble.

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