Canon have today announced the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens.

This promises to be a fine lens I am sure.

No other focal length in any system has had so much development over the decades as a 50mm lens.

However, a couple of things that I will pick up upon and comment from a photographers perspective, and also one who has a good technical background.

In photography and the larger world, marketing and PR people who play such a big role in peoples lives, can live in a ‘bubble of bliss’.

That increasingly leads to vagueness, inaccuracy and a complete ignoring of anything that is not ‘on message’.

So when I read in this release that this lens can make a good ‘second’ lens, I presumed Canon PR mean after a standard or ‘kit’ zoom lens?

Not sure if any of them are into photography, but they should really have said a good ‘first’ lens as it will very likely out perform any standard zoom in optical performance in a number of ways.

When we used to learn photography before zoom lenses were good enough, we also acquired a far more useful photographic skill set with fixed focal length lenses such as this one.

The other thing that caught my eye, and is typical of PR departments at so many companies, was the ‘hey we great as a metal lens mount is now used’.

In reality, don’t use a plastic one in the first place on earlier lenses would be my comment to the Canon’s and Nikon’s of this world on their cheaper lenses.

But, before you think I am negative about this new Canon EF lens I am not. I think it looks good, not just the fast aperture, number of aperture blades and background rendition, but also the closest focus distance and other aspects also.

Good price as well.

Here we are with the official details:



United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 11th May 2015 – Canon today unveils the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, a new prime lens that enables you to capture images with subjects that pop from the scene, or create impact with beautiful background blur.  The successor to the incredibly popular EF 50mm f/1.8 II, and an ideal second lens for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level, the EF 50mm F/1.8 STM excels at portraiture, low-light photography, and adding an artistic edge to everyday objects and settings, thanks to its wide f/1.8 maximum aperture and 50mm focal length.

The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM now features an improved design, Canon’s super spectra lens coating, a 7-blade aperture and STM technology for smooth, near silent focusing. Compact, lightweight and affordable, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a welcome addition to any kit bag for people who want to create more impactful imagery.

Explore creative portraiture and low-light photography
It’s easy to capture superb portraits, or bold, artistic photos and movies with the new lens – the wide f/1.8 maximum aperture provides precise control over depth of field. It gives you the creative freedom to pinpoint focus on your subject and let the rest of the frame blend into a smooth blur – instantly allowing you to draw the viewer’s attention to a specific area. Additionally, the aperture lets more light into the lens, so you can comfortably shoot in darker conditions.

As a prime lens, the fixed 50mm focal length provides high quality results, with enhanced visible sharpness and contrast. When paired with an APS-C EOS DSLR, the lens is ideal for portraiture, helping you capture the perfect head and shoulder composition. It’s also a useful every day ‘standard’ lens for full frame DSLRs and is great at shooting a diverse range of subjects with a natural viewpoint and perspective.

The lens also provides a minimum focusing distance of just 0.35m, allowing you to get even closer to subjects and achieve a greater level of magnification, while the 7-blade aperture delivers beautiful blur and out of focus highlights. Providing enhanced image quality when compared to its predecessor, the lens features Canon’s Super Spectra Coating, which minimises internal reflections, as well as ghosting and flare.

The perfect addition to any kit bag
The lens has a compact and lightweight design, weighing a mere 160g, and easily slips into your bag adding very little to the overall weight of your kit. The lens’s new external design compliments both Canon’s consumer and mid-range EOS DSLRs, while the new metal mount provides a more robust connection to camera bodies. Additionally, the lens’s manual focusing ring gives you added freedom to control the precise area in focus in your photos and movies.

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM key benefits:
·         A fantastic lens for portraits
·         Fast, virtually silent focusing
·         A great performer in low-light conditions
·         Super-sharp image quality
·         Compact ‘go-everywhere’ design

Pricing and availability
·         The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM will be available from May with an SRP of £129.99/€189.99

End. (11/05/15).