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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Standard Lens: Capture important moments in your life with this standard lens, which works with your compatible Canon DSLR EF-mount camera. A circular aperture with 7 blades helps you add creative background blur.

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    What's Included

    • EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Standard Lens
    • Lens cap (E-49), lens dust cap (E)
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1814 out of 1822)


    Compatible with most Canon DSLR cameras

    Works with cameras with Canon EF mounts.

    50mm focal length

    A versatile focal length for capturing crystal-clear shots throughout a variety of shooting situations. 80mm effective focal length when used with an APS-C camera.

    f/1.8 maximum aperture

    For optimal light gathering capacity, resulting in clear, highly-detailed images.

    Smooth, quiet autofocusing

    A gear-type STM (stepping motor) supports the Movie Servo AF function.

    Create beautiful, soft backgrounds

    Features a circular aperture with 7 blades.

    14" minimum focus distance

    Accommodates 49mm filters

    Accessories included

    Comes with a lens cap and a lens dust cap.

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1822 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      For Portrait Photography

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is an item every photographer needs in their camera bag. From beginner level to advanced, the nature of this lens is for all types of photographers. After receiving my Canon T6i as a gift, I was steadfast in finding the best selection of lenses to add to my lens collection. While researching favorable lenses, I noticed a common topic mentioned by multiple photography bloggers and posted articles; they all mentioned about the “nifty-fifty”. After exploring further, I discovered that this was the nickname for the 50mm f/1.8 lens. Soon enough, I decided to purchase this myself. Due to purchasing this item from the BestBuy store, I can say the customer service was impeccable. The gentlemen from Genius support who assisted me in my venture to find an additional lens for portrait photography was very informative, and he truly guided me through the process of what my camera will need for the different types of photography. After reading prior to visiting BestBuy, I already had an idea of the lens I was looking for. As an Intermediate photographer, I was focusing on Portrait style to expand my skills. And of course, to have a lens that blurs the background for me, so I can skip the most laborious step in Photoshop while editing. After purchasing the 50mm f/1.8 STM, I can write with great satisfaction that this lens is one of the best purchases I have made. The lens itself is durable and locks firmly with ease on the Canon. With an effortless lens change, I was swiftly out the door with my Golden Retriever to try it out. Almost immediately, I noticed that many invariable settings did not work with this lens. As well as lighting changes, I made metal notes on what are some need-to-know basis for prior and following the purchases of this lens. 1) Apply Manual setting when using this lens. It is encouraged to research how to adjust Manual so that is accommodates for your individual needs. 2) When photographing objects from farther away, I found that focusing on an object was more challenging than a lens that has zoom capabilities. This is a primarily for portrait use. 3) The blurred background is excellent, but if you are a professional photographer, I would highly suggest purchasing a Canon 50mm f/1.4 or even with f/1.2. This will add additional clarity to the object and obscure the background further. 4) For those who have photography as a hobby, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 is less expensive with just as exceptional quality as the f/1.4 and f/1.2. Overall, I would highly recommend this lens for purchase. It can be used by those looking for the perfect Instagram Portrait, those who have years of photography behind them and are looking for an intriguing change, and for the “just starting out” photographers who wish to expand their knowledge of photography; this lens is perfect for all craving that perfect portrait. Purchasing this lens will not only make taking photos more appealing, it will help make your final product extraordinary.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Nifty Fifty

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This lens, with its massive f/1.8 aperture, is quite possibly one of the best things for shooting in low light or indoors without blurring. Of course with big apertures the other thing that comes is depth-of-field, and oh boy does this ever have it. Cranked wide open, it very nicely separates the background from the subject with puffy, well-defined bokeh. For focus, it uses the Canon STM (stepper motor) drive, which is quite fast and accurate. It is a prime lens, meaning it is fixed and does not zoom. 50mm is a good focal length for portraits though, and this lens can focus on something as close as a foot away from the camera so you can get some good closeups. While the focus motor is relatively quiet, it makes a very distinct sound, which others have noted is distracting in video. It is much, much quieter than the kit lens that comes with entry-level Canon cameras though, which is the camera most likely owned by the person wanting to use this lens for video. I don't recommend this lens for video at all, as still photography is where it shines. On autofocus, it snaps right in. Press the shutter and you're practically already taking the picture, only a split second of autofocus lag. Manual focus is a little strange at first, as the ring just tells the focus motor where to turn to, but it is quick to get used to and now I really like it. The focus steps are very small so I can get an extremely sharp lock on most anything. Overall I recommend this to any budding photographer as a good first "second lens" to purchase for their brand new Canon Rebel camera. The price is right and it does great things.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Stunning images, well built

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I am a professional photographer. I needed a 50mm prime. Several publications said that the 50mm 1.8 STM, though the cheapest of Canon's 50mm lineup, is actually the sharpest and best, even better than the coveted 50mm 1.2L which commands $1,200. So glad I made the decision to get the STM. After several test shots, I am absolutely convinced that this lens packs a wallop for its price tag of $125. Open it up to 1.8, and it produces a glorious bokeh. Stop it down just one or two stops, and it's razor sharp. Autofocus is precise and rocket fast. Though this isn't the $330 USM (Universal Silent Motor) model, the autofocus is actually really quiet. It has full time manual override, so you can fine tune or focus manually without worrying about stripping the gears. Some publications criticized it for the "fly by wire" manual focus (the manual focus ring actuates the focus motor), and I didn't think I'd like this feature. I decided it was a small sacrifice, since I use autofocus about 99% of the time (I don't trust my 50 year old eyes). But I actually really like this feature. It actually makes for more precise manual focusing. Though this lens is very light weight, the build quality is actually quite good. The bayonet mount is metal (the older version, the 50mm 1.8 II, had a plastic mount). This lens really should be in the gear bag of every professional and serious amateur Canon shooter.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fast, light, clear but noisy for video.

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      It is a light, clear, bright, fast and accurate focusing lens, even in dark shots on my DSLRs (EOS5D Mark II) But for video users without an external microphone it is nosy. I use it for both, studio shots and outdoors, Photo and video. Manual focus ring could be better to grab with one finger, (the outher lens ring is on the same level as the focusing ring so it doesn't allow your finger to get a good grip with it) the MF-AF button is very slippery too it does not move easily with one finger. This button and the MF ring are flush with the surface of the lens. Maybe some people prefer them this way to avoid moving them by mistake, but for me they are there to be used! Bear in mind the manual focus does not work with the camera off. I shoot with my eyes on the wiewfinder all the time, not with live view or looking at the screen. I am a Professional Photographer with more than 25 years of experience. I have a Nikon equivalent and it is easier to use, but it is 20 years old, So It is only works completely manual on my Canons with an adapter. Want more tech info and comparisons? Look here: And here:

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      I bought my 70D in a bundle so it already came with the 15-85mm and the 75-300mm, so I don't consider those lenses I bought. I did some research before buying my second lens. Everything I looked at pointed me towards this lens for a second lens and I'm so glad I listened. The f-stop going all the way down to 1.8 is great for focusing on a single subject and blurring out the background to the point where you can't even tell what it is. I am a paid photographer and I use this lens in lots of my portrait shoots. To my clients it looks very underwhelming, but then they don't question the lens once they see how the photographs turned out. I would like to say I'm an advanced photographer and even I use this lens. This lens is in no way only for beginners. This lens has some uniqueness to it that can not be replicated by any other lens. It is a must have in any photographer, or non-photographer's, gear bag.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      AMAZING LENS!!!!


      just bought the canon SL2 and decided to buy this lens as well based on the reviews here. When I first put the lens on I immediately decided I was going to return it as everything seemed zoomed in. To get a good picture you have to stand back a bit to catch the entire body of the subject. However I decided to give it a try later on in the day and boy was I blown away!!!! The quality of the pictures and the bokeh effect are AMAZING. So glad I didn’t return it. Takes some getting used to if your accustomed to zoom lenses and capturing wider shots. But the purpose of this lens are for up close portrait shots and this thing exceeds my expectations. Video: no good. Focus is too slow so don’t expect much for video.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A must have lens!!!


      I have had this lens for several days now and I'm beyond impressed with its capabilities. I've been looking for a good prime lens for a while now and I finally decided on this one. I'm having a blast with it! I'm currently using it on my Canon Rebel SL1. I have gotten some of the best photos that I have ever taken with this lens. The quality of the images is incredible!!! I can't wait to use this lens on trips that we have planned this summer. I can already tell that this is going to be my go-to lens that I will use probably about 95% of the time. I still have my 18-55mm lens as well as my 75-300mm lens, but this "nifty fifty" lens is definitely my new favorite. Whether you're an amateur/hobbyist photographer or a pro, you absolutely need this lens in your camera bag! Below is one of the many photos I have taken with this lens since getting it last week.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I love this lens!!


      I am by no means at all a professional photographer! I just recently bought a cannon camera to take pictures and to start getting into photography, and quiet frankly I don't know much about photo taking or camera's at all! I bought this lens because it had great reviews and was a decent price. Since its all new to me I didn't want to invest in a super expensive lens since I don't know much about them. I love how great this lens works and how my photos turn out and cant wait to play around with this one! I would absolutely recommend to new photographers or someone just wanting to get good pictures!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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