Being relatively inexperienced with DSLR’s, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is my first prime lens and after spending a few hours playing around with the shallow depth-of-field and the feeling of not having a zoom to replace my lazy legs; I am very happy with my decision to add this little lens to my camera bag.
Starting with the basics aesthetics and ergonomics, the lens – being a prime 50mm – is a fantastic, portable and tactful size; making it easy to take wherever you wish and providing a discreet look to your camera.
Price wise, I don’t think there is any lens on the market that is better value than Canons EF 50mm. It’s a bold statement I know, but for just under £90 this lens has allowed me to step up my photography after just a day and provided me with the ability to capture sharp and artistic images with ease.
I am a huge fan of shallow depth of field images. Which, of course, is probably why I’m such a fan of my new purchase. With a max aperture of f/1.8, the focus of the photo is crisp and the aperture grants a fantastic bokeh to an image – providing you get the focus just right!
After heading to nature reserve, Ferry Meadows, I gave the lens a good run for it’s money. Only for it to display even more benefits of having such a low aperture, the most prominent of these being having the ability to rise the shutter speed to a nice, quick speed; leading to sharp photos.
Being a prime lens, the lens is limited in terms of versatility. However, although it’s not a jack-of-all-trades, it definitely is good at what it does and for the low price it’s certainly worth buying to step up your photography.
Have you tried the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM? Let us know what you think in the comments.