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