Canon Nifty Fifty Mark II?

The rumour mill has been awash with information and today Canon has shared the latest lens to get the STM treatment. An update to the awesomely cheap and popular Canon nifty fifty prime lens in the shape of the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM.

Canon nifty fifty EF 50mm f1.8 STM

Canon nifty fifty mark II | EF 50mm f1.8 STM


Key advances over the old lens includes the silent STM focus motor, and a 7-blade aperture. While the weight is up a little the lens has got a little fatter but shorter. One “specification” that has increased quite a lot is the price, Canon UK lists the new lens at £129, the old lens being fifty pounds cheaper.

The lens mount is metal for more durability, just like the original EF 50mm f/1.8 (which still carries a premium price on ebay) and I’m sure that the new lens closer focus will make for more macro photography fun too.

Before seeing the lens in the flesh I’m thinking that it’s a better fit for me than the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens which I also considered in the past for video with the EOS 5D Mark III.

Canon nifty fifty lenses compared

SpecificationEF 50mm f/1.8 IIEF 50mm f/1.8 STM
Angle of view (horizontal, vertical, diagonal)40°, 27°, 46°40°, 27°, 46°
Lens construction (elements/groups)6 / 56 / 5
Number of diaphragm blades57
Minimum aperture2222
Closest focus distance (m)0.450.35
Maximum magnification0.150.21
AF motor typeMicro motorSTM
Filter diameter (mm)5249
Max diameter x length (mm)68.2 x 4169.2 x 39.3
Weight (g)130159

If I had one wish… it would be for Canon to also post a photo of the lens on one of their cameras with the press release. This lens on the EOS 760D or similar would be ideal.


Canon press release:

Canon launches the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM – for popping portraits and beautiful background blur

Canon today unveils the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, a new prime lens that enables you to capture images with subjects that pop from the scene, or create impact with beautiful background blur. The successor to the incredibly popular EF 50mm f/1.8 II, and an ideal second lens for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level, the EF 50mm F/1.8 STM excels at portraiture, low-light photography, and adding an artistic edge to everyday objects and settings, thanks to its wide f/1.8 maximum aperture and 50mm focal length.

Canon nifty fifty EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM


The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM now features an improved design, Canon’s super spectra lens coating, a 7-blade aperture and STM technology for smooth, near silent focusing. Compact, lightweight and affordable, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a welcome addition to any kit bag for people who want to create more impactful imagery.

Explore creative portraiture and low-light photography

It’s easy to capture superb portraits, or bold, artistic photos and movies with the new lens – the wide f/1.8 maximum aperture provides precise control over depth of field. It gives you the creative freedom to pinpoint focus on your subject and let the rest of the frame blend into a smooth blur – instantly allowing you to draw the viewer’s attention to a specific area. Additionally, the aperture lets more light into the lens, so you can comfortably shoot in darker conditions.

As a prime lens, the fixed 50mm focal length provides high quality results, with enhanced visible sharpness and contrast. When paired with an APS-C EOS DSLR, the lens is ideal for portraiture, helping you capture the perfect head and shoulder composition. It’s also a useful every day ‘standard’ lens for full frame DSLRs and is great at shooting a diverse range of subjects with a natural viewpoint and perspective.

The lens also provides a minimum focusing distance of just 0.35m, allowing you to get even closer to subjects and achieve a greater level of magnification, while the 7-blade aperture delivers beautiful blur and out of focus highlights. Providing enhanced image quality when compared to its predecessor, the lens features Canon’s Super Spectra Coating, which minimises internal reflections, as well as ghosting and flare.

The perfect addition to any kit bag

The lens has a compact and lightweight design, weighing a mere 160g, and easily slips into your bag adding very little to the overall weight of your kit. The lens’s new external design compliments both Canon’s consumer and mid-range EOS DSLRs, while the new metal mount provides a more robust connection to camera bodies. Additionally, the lens’s manual focusing ring gives you added freedom to control the precise area in focus in your photos and movies.

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM key benefits:

  • A fantastic lens for portraits
  • Fast, virtually silent focusing
  • A great performer in low-light conditions
  • Super-sharp image quality
  • Compact ‘go-everywhere’ design

Pricing and availability

The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM will be available from May with an SRP of £129.99/€189.99

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