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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    For Portrait Photography

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    Ashley2425
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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Nifty Fifty

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    rubbrchikin
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    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stunning images, well built

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    StevenS
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    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.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fast, light, clear but noisy for video.

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    ProPhotographer200
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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwmCrGVS3ZQ And here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj8d3Rgdyl4

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST SECOND LENS TO BUY!

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    Daniyal

    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING LENS!!!!

    Posted
    Anthony

    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have lens!!!

    Posted
    cavscout1991

    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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome for portraits

    Posted
    JakeNH
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    Just a beginner in the realm of DSLR photography so I appreciate the other reviews for this lens; they helped me make a decision on purchase (the price-point doesn't hurt either). So getting this lens out of the box and onto my camera was quick and fast and in no time I was snapping pictures of our dogs with a nice blurred background thanks to the low f stop at 1.8. really makes a huge difference in a picture and I am thrilled to have this lens in my inventory. True to the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words so I'll let the attached photo do the bulk of the talking!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    excellent knowledgeable support

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    joepenz
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    The Canon product is excellent. The BB team knowledgeably advised and helped determine the correct lens for our needs. They let us try out the demo version and when the store we were in did not have stock, they found a nearby BB that had it in stock, helped us make the sale, and reserved it for us to pick up at the other store. This process also included a return which the friendly staff made a very easy and reasonable process for us to do. Great in-store experience. One criticism is that the BB computer system is overall slow to implement a purchase at one store and a pick-up at another. A 'wait period' of at least an hour was recommended by the staff due to a 'slow system'. Given everything else was real-time, including finding and putting on hold the product in stock at the nearest store, it seems reasonable to expect that there should be in-company computer communication that is commensurate with comparative network inventory systems.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this lens!!

    Posted
    Court92

    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!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First lens buy

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    aroundagain
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    So you're buying your first lens outside of the standard kit lens? This 50mm needs to be it. It will help you to become a better photographer, you're forced to move around and you will notice how much deeper the colors are and the more bokeh you can get. It's a steal and it needs to be in your collection. Just remember to use different lenses for different occasions, if you're into landscapes, this lens won't do the job but tight images and portraits, its gonna be your go to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent lens at a great price

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    TiminFla
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    I'm using this 50mm STM lens with Canon 70D and it is an excellent lens, especially for the price. It focuses almost instantly and very quietly. It gives sharp images at f1.8 to f11 or so, and then gets a bit soft as all lenses on this type of camera do due to diffraction. If you haven't used an f1.8 lens before, be prepared to learn how to focus precisely on your intended subject because depth of field at 1.8 is razor thin, meaning objects even slightly closer or farther than the focus point will begin to blur. Not great for group people shots, but is great for isolating your subject and making it "pop". The lens body is mostly plastic, but it doesn't feel cheap and flimsy like it's predecessor did. I also have the Nikon f1.8 at almost twice the cost, and the Canon is equal in image quality in my opinion. Now if Canon would only include lens hoods with their lenses...

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Canon 50mm f1.8 STM is a great value prime lens!

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    saaaychowda
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    The Canon 50mm f1.8 STM lens is the successor to the 50mm f1.8 II. The sharpness is about the same between the two, and either is a great value as an upgrade over an 18-55mm kit lens. The STM version has 2 main advantages from my perspect, both due to the near-silent stepper motor (STM) focusing. First, it makes taking pictures much less annoying because it's way quieter than the previous version. Secondly, the STM comes in handy for videos so you don't hear the focusing noise in your videos - this is only true when paired with newer cameras that support this video auto-focusing (Rebel T4i/T5i/T6i, 70D, 7D Mark II, etc.). Overall, this is a great lens for the price! FYI, it will be an 80mm equivalent lens (50mm x 1.6) for APS-C cameras (Rebel Tx series, 60D/70D, 7D, 7D Mk II, etc.).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pleasant and fun

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    Celesteme
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    Aperture aperture aperture. I was so surprised at how pleasant and fun this lens is. It was recommended to me by a store employee and one day I thought why not I’ll buy it it’s only $125. Oh my goodness do I love this lens it is small and lightweight I love it because when I edit my photos I tend to zoom in dramatically on many photos that I take and when I use this lens it minimizes the amount of editing that I do since it shoots at a zoomed in position already. I love that the aperture goes down to 1.8 and I am able to achieve that desire Desired of blurred background look I am now curious at how the $300 50 millimeter lens is going to work.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding and at a great price

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    Tobin
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    I use this lens for both portraits and landscapes. It's really great to be able to get such a shallow depth of field with such an affordable lens. The wide maximum aperture also significantly reduces noise when shooting in low light, especially if using an APS-C sized sensor. Image quality isn't perfect, but it easily beats Canon's entry-level kit lenses (18-55, 18-135, etc.). It lacks image stabilization, which is something to keep in mind if you're used to shooting with IS lenses, but for the price (which is a steal, by the way), there's nothing with better image quality. This is a great lens if you're looking for better image quality as a beginning photographer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Much better than the previous nifty fifty

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    MidWestNick
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    This lens is very impressive when you consider its quality for being only just over $100. If you have a DSLR and your looking to expand your lens collection this is a great place to start. I'm content with the sharpness even at f1.8 but if you stop it down to f2-f2.8 you can get some very good results. Being a STM lens it is also considerably quieter its predecessor. Occasionally you do get a little noise when focusing but nothing that will distract you or your subject. Build quality is nice but still feels pretty cheap. You can't expect too much when after all this is the cheapest lens canon sells. If you have a spare $100 and want to take your photography to the next level with a great prime lens, this is where you need to start.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply Must Own This Lens

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    LokiVelez
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    There’s just no excuse to not own this lens. Consider it a $125 add-on to the body you’re purchasing, and thank yourself later, over and over again. The sharpness and bokeh for the price, are just undeniable. I picked this up with my 5D Mark IV body, and it’s proven to impress as much as the pro body. This lens is a steal - point blank. Must own. Just do it. 50mm is an amazing focal length. This is a great lens for a creative day when you just want to run and shoot. Images included below of shots I took in Union Square with the Mark IV body.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens for the price

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    JMC2004
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    Excellent image quality, compact form factor and affordable pricing, but with few minor issues with AF performance. Too be honest for the price you get a great lens. It works great in low light and produces sharp pictures. This lens is excellent in value for just above $100 and the new STM technology definitely makes focus noise quieter, but not as silent as 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses. Pictures come out sharp and the new version has metal mount that makes the entire lens feel much more premium with a little more weight than the previous version. The 5-blade improved to 7-blades inside the lens and has a more pleasant coating on the lens which is supposed to make light flares nicer. I think it's a little odd that the filter size went from 52mm to 49mm, but no biggie.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens!

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    Danny
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    I was recently pushed by a friend to purchase my first prime lens. I wasn't sure which one I wanted, the 35 mm or the 50 mm. I am so so so happy with my decision on the 50 mm. Its perfect for portrait photography, if that's something you are looking to use it for. I absolutely love this lens its silly. I have been using it a lot when I photograph engagement shoots and senior portraits, since it's light weight and I can carry it for great distances on a shoot - and not feel weighed down. Got to love my nifty fifty.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great lens! Great price!

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    DetroitPoker
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    I bought this lens because it was inexpensive, and also because I wanted to use the 1.8 f stop for blurry background and narrow focal range. It's great for that, great in low light. The only thing I dont like is that it zooms in a bunch on a crop sensor DSLR like my camera. I knew this though. It us a great addition to my camera bag anyways. Love it. And it will be even better on the full frame camera I plan to buy one day! Anyone looking at this lens for a crop sensor camera be aware it will be zoomed in a bunch like 80mm ish.

    I would recommend this to a friend