5 Things about Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM – to buy or not to ???

Review: Canon EF50MM F/1.8 STM Lens also called Nifty Fifty

In past I have written so many posts about how great and gorgeous (and images using it) this little piece of glass is. All  my old 50mm posts are below:

50mm Prime Lens – Latest Entrant In My Quiver

Diwali Celebration 2017 @ Pune

More I Click, More I Fall In Love…

Today I finally decided to write down all about it as a review. Which means it will have all small details about it and if its good to be bought.

Before I start just a heads up that I love this lens in everything it does (I guess you must be knowing it already seeing so many posts about it in past).

And here I’ll cover 5 points to explain whether this lens suits your requirement or not:

1. Specification,

2. Body Design,

3. What it does,

4. Who should buy it,

5. Benefits.

So lets dig deeper into the topics and see what you un-earth by the end of this post:

1. Specification:

Product: Canon EF50MM F/1.8 STM Lens

Lens Type: Prime Lens (Fixed Focal Length)

Mount Type: Metal Mount

Blades: 7

Dimension: 6.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 cm

Weight: 159 g

MRP: 8449 INR (can be purchased at Amazon) (non affiliate link)

2. Body Design:

a. This is one very Tiny, Lightweight and Handy lens. It can very easily fit in any of your camera bags or even handbag (for ladies).

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b. On the very top of the lens printed specification can be seen. At one side about its fixed focal length 50mm and maximum aperture i.e. f/1.8, which means you can have beautiful shallow depth of field in your images (I’ll share the images at the end of this post)

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c. On other side of the top thread size is printed as 49mm. So if you want to purchase an UV or Polarizer filter for this lens then make sure to select 49mm one.

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d. Besides these this lens has Metal Mount unlike its predecessor having plastic mount, which makes this lens more durable and sturdy.

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e. You can also find minimum Focal Distance, 0.35m or 1.1 ft, printed at side of the lens. So thats also an upgrade from older version as it had focus length more than this version.

f. And also the focus ring is pretty smooth and easy to use. Its focus ring has not start or end point. And its can be rotated without any stopping, so that’s make it little tough to get used to at start.

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3. What it does:

a. Being 50mm lens it gives effective focal length of 80mm on APS-C sensor DSLR (like mine Canon 700D). So here it will work perfectly as a Portrait lens. On full frame bodies it will be exactly of 50mm. and will be a great partner for Street Photography or wherever you want a spacious frame.

Professional Look
f/3.5, 1/60 sec, ISO 800 @50mm

b. Besides this having maximum aperture of f/1.8 enables this lens to click images with super shallow Depth of field, and that’s exactly the reason why I bought this lens. As I always wanted to play with DoF and both of my kit lens were not letting me do that. So I had to buy this one 🙂

Just look at this image…how shallow the background is. I clicked this one on widest aperture of f/1.8.

Tiny Totes
f/1.8, 1/200 sec, ISO 100 @50mm

c. I already mentioned at start it has 7 aperture blades, which gives creamy smooth Bokeh in final images (see image below). This was the another reason why I bought this lens, I love Bokehlicious images. And I feel empowered (talk about women empowerment.. yayyy) having this lens in my bag 🙂

Bokehlicious Diwali
f/2.5, 1/60 sec, ISO 800 @50mm

d. Best part about this lens its sharpness and crispness. Each and every image is perfectly focused and looks exceptionally great, thanks to its Top Class optics quality.

f/4.0, 1/60 sec, ISO 160 @50mm

Thats all about how the lens looks and what it does.

4. Who should buy it.

Anyone who has just (or an year back) bought their very first DSLR and already practiced a lot with kit lens. And whats next..? a new lens… ? if yes then look no further than 50mm prime. Its going to be perfect partner in your journey of learning Photography.

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Or anyone else who hasn’t have this prime in their kitty already, and dont want to spend a fortune to buy high end 50mm Primes. This Nifty Fifty is one inexpensive body with top quality performance. Its worth every single penny you spend on it (oh yeah lens hood also to be bought)

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5. Benefits

What are the benefits of buying a 50mm Prime Lens (or any Prime Lens in general):

The first and most important thing, Being Fixed Focal Length lens, it will make you practice composition basics (which you would have learnt  theoretically by now) more and more. Cause whenever you will try to click anything you will have to move around instead of having the privilege of zooming of kit lens.

So instead of relying on your lens to do the zooming you’d think before clicking the shutter to make your image look perfect.

Greener Grass
f/4.0, 1/60 sec, ISO 400 @50mm

 

And the answer to my question in the title of this post is…

YES… A BIG YES….

everyone must have this lens in their bag at least once in lifetime.

This lens is with me for last 4 months and I have clicked so many images with this lens that I cant think of going out without this. I am so used to of having it mounted on  my camera. I just love love this lens….and until I get hold of any other glass it will remain my most fav one.

That’s all for this review. And hope you like it. In case any suggestion or inputs feel free to share in comments.

Do you have any favorite lens, if yes which and why.. let me know in comments below.

Bye for now…C U in next blog soon.

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