Canon Announces 50mm STM Bargain Lens


Canon has updated its "nifty 50," and it appears to be a terrific upgrade. The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens will begin shipping on May 21 for $125. And for that reasonable price, Canon shooters will get what appears to be a quiet, fast, sharp prime optic.

  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.8
  • Optimized Lens Coatings
  • STM AF Motor Supports Movie Servo AF
  • Metal Lens Mount
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 14"

In addition to the lens being more compact than its noisy predecessor, it includes a gear-type STM stepping motor designed to provide quick, smooth, and near silent autofocus performance. The STM focusing mechanism also pairs well with EOS cameras featuring the Movie Servo AF mode to enable continuous focusing performance when working in live view.

An optional ES-68 Lens Hood ($28) and E-49 49mm Lens Cap ($9.95) will also be available later this month.

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