The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM: Will the new Nifty 50 trump the old one?

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The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II is legendary for its price/performance ratio. Really, pretty much unbeatable — until very recently.  Sure hope the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is that much better, because it now needs to be. I'm betting Canon has gotten it right.

I can attest to the wonders of Canon's original “plastic fantastic” nifty 50, having acquired one after dropping my Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 [B&H | Amazon].  
On paper, the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is exactly what Canon prime fans (especially those doing video work) would want: an upgrade to fast, silent stepper motor technology; seven aperture blades from five for nicer bokeh; a more robust mount; and better lens coating to combat flare and ghosting.

With a pre-order price of $125 [B&H | Amazon], it’s priced right, too.

It's so nice when a company gives its customers what they want!

I just hope –for both Canon's and Canon shooters' sakes — that it really is all that and a bag of potato chips, and that Canon refreshes their entire lens line-up very, very soon.

Here’s looking at you, kid.

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The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

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5 years ago on planet5D!

South African Suzuki shot on Canon EOS 7Ds

The other day, Marc from Unleashed contacted us about this cool South African Suzuki Canon EOS 7D commercial – and he's gone into great detail about the making of the commercial – which really gives you more appreciation of how things like this are accomplished (especially for those of us like me who aren't in the commercial business). Thanks for sending all of this in Marc!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II and EF 50mm f/1.8 STM (Simple Test)

This is a test we found on youtube showing the older Nifty 50 and the new one – (older one is first).

Note how quiet the focus is and it doesn't seem to hunt!

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh Brownstone

Hugh is the founder of Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions. He and the team write, direct, shoot, score, and edit web-centric films; conduct photo shoots; and write copy, white papers and blog posts. Hugh also writes screenplays (he recently optioned a TV pilot) and just published his first eBook (Apple's iPhone: The Next Video Revolution). If it's about telling stories, it's in their wheelhouse.

And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
Hugh Brownstone

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