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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Review

Looking to find more information regarding the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM? Read our latest review to learn more about the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, its specifications, and if it’s a good camera lens for you. 

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Specifications

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM was first announced on 11/05/2015 with a Canon EF mount type. Below is a summary of this lenses specifications: 

Indicative Price: $125

Focal Range: 50

Aperture: F/ 1.8

Filter Diameter (millimeters): 49

Maximum Diameter (millimeters): 69

Number Of Lenses: 6

Length (millimeters): 39.3

AF Motor: STM

Stabilization: None

Zoom Type: N/A

Tripod Mount: None

Colors Available: Black

Manual Focus: Yes

Weight (grams): 159

How Does Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Score? 

Below are the lens metric scores we’ve measured for this specific lens: 

  • Sharpness: 4.3/10
  • Transmission: 6.3/10
  • Vignetting: 0.5/10
  • Chromatic Aberration: 7.3/10
  • Distortion: 8.2/10

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Performance

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM exhibits sub-par performance when it comes to sharpness, which is the most important metric for lens performance. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM’s sharpness score of 4.3 is the second lowest among the lenses we’ve tested at Michigan Photography. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM’s sharpness score of 4.3 is in the same class as the Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED (4.3), which received a rating of “Below Average,” and the Sony 50mm f/1.8 (4.3), which received a rating of “Below Average” as well. 

Overall, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM has exceptionally weak performance when it comes to transmission and vignetting and this isn’t too much of a surprise considering that the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a budget-friendly camera lens. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM’s vignetting score of 0.5 is the worst among the lenses we’ve tested at Michigan Photography and its transmission score of 6.3 is tied with that of the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G (6.3), which received a rating of “Below Average,” and the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 G ( 6.3), which also received a rating of “Below Average” as well.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Pros and Cons

Below are some of the pros and cons regarding this lens. 

Pros: 

  • Lightweight
  • Low cost to buy this lens

Cons: 

  • Not as sharp as other lenses in Canon’s line up
  • Vignetting and transmission scores are also subpar for this lens.