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By | 03/11/2022

Is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM still worth buying in 2022?

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

(Image credit: James Artaius)

The Canon EF 50mm f/ane.8 STM, for years, was Catechism’s essential lens. The must-have prime, the camera bag completer, the ane that everyone should own. Is that still the case in 2022, though?

The answer, to me, is a big fatty aye: the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
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is as essential now every bit ever information technology was. And that’s even in the age where it has been replaced past the Canon RF 50mm f/i.viii STM
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Let me explicate. First of all I firmly believe that every camera possessor should, in fact, ain a 50mm f/1.viii prime number lens. Even if every other lens you own or intend to buy is a zoom, y’all should have a nifty fifty.

The reasons are obvious and well worn at this point, merely in short it’s the ‘standard’ focal length, it’s incredibly versatile and can be used for a multitude of all-purpose everyday shooting situations, blah blah apathetic portraiture, apathetic blah blah same perspective every bit the man eye and and so on.

Why the Catechism EF 50mm f/1.8 STM in particular, though? Particularly as a Canon EOS R5
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user, shouldn’t I be pushing the newer, meliorate RF version?

Hither’s the affair: faster autofocus and increased sharpness aside, there’south nothing the RF version does that my EF version didn’t. I look at pictures shot on both lenses and I can’t actually tell the difference. Nosotros get swept upwardly in GAS and the chase for the newest thing, but the truth is that the EF 50mm didn’t suddenly go rubbish just considering a newer lens came out. It’s still great.

And in that location’due south i matter the EF lens does that the RF lens doesn’t: suit.

I can use the Canon EF 50mm f/1.viii STM on my full-frame Catechism EOS DSLR. I can use information technology on my APS-C Canon EOS DSLR. I can use it on my APS-C Canon EOS M mirrorless camera. I can use it on my total-frame Canon EOS R mirrorless camera.

Hell, I tin utilise it on my Olympus cameras
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, my Panasonic cameras
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, my Sony cameras
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… I can use an adapter and mount it to about any photographic camera I own. The RF version won’t practise that.

Then, is the Canon EF 50mm f/i.8 STM still worth ownership in 2022? Unquestionably. Information technology performs also as it ever did, and you can shoot with information technology on more cameras than ever before. It is quite simply the most versatile lens I own.

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a mag and spider web announcer and started working in the photographic manufacture in 2014 (every bit an banana to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients equally diverse every bit Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and 50’Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, too equally industry assay, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine
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, PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine
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, N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine
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, Digital Lensman
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and Professional person Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show
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. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.

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