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Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM Review

Dustin Abbott has released his review of the Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM.

Canon's new RF 50mm F1.8 STM is pretty much a must-have in anyone's RF lens kit.  It's small, light, and most of all, not that bad optically for a mere $199.  Key features include;

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating

Dustin wrote up the following pros and cons in his comprehensive review and also concluded;


  • Significantly improved build quality over previous EF 50mm F1.8 lenses
  • STM motor is much more refined and faster than EF STM version
  • Focus accuracy is very high
  • Stable AF tracking during video capture
  • Improved close focus performance
  • Good center sharpness even wide open
  • Bokeh quality quite good in most conditions
  • Outstanding price point relative to performance


  • Very heavy vignette
  • No lens hood included
  • Wide open contrast not exceptional
  • Corners aren’t sharp at wide apertures

So, in conclusion, the Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM is not only worth buying because it is cheap, but also worth buying because it is competent.  No, it’s anywhere near the class of the RF 50mm F1.2L, but that’s to be expected.  But, because of its affordability, there will be more great photos taken with the cheap F1.8 version than the expensive F1.2 lens.  The RF 50mm F1.8 will not be a credible impediment to producing top notch photographs.  It’s the photographer, after all, who makes the images.  The lens is just a tool…and, in this case, it’s a pretty good tool, and one most anyone can afford.  More of this, please, Canon!

Read Dustin's full review here

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