Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Review

Want to WIN the Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens? Just a few days left to enter. Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM vs the 50mm f/1.8 II, the 50mm f/1.4 USM and the 24 and 40mm f/2.8 STM lenses. new model is offered at the same price as the 50mm f/1.8 II with some important updates- metal mount, 7 aperture blades vs 5 in the older model, much smoother and quieter focus. Overall build quality feels significantly improved with the metal mount and tighter more finished looking construction.The f/1.8 II didn’t always produce the smoothest bokeh, at times it was possible to see the pentagon shape in the background created by the 5 aperture blades.   The new 7 bladed design does eliminate the pentagons and produces slightly smoother bokeh but the difference is slight.5 blades vs 7 blades apertureThe f1/.8 II version was notoriously loud in focusing and this became even more apparent when using it in live view with the Canon cameras offering continuous AF in live view. The new model offers STM technology which provides smoother, faster and MUCH quieter focusing. It is not silent like the STM kit lenses, it does still makes an audible sound that will be recorded by the on camera mic in quieter environments which is similar in performance to the 24 and 40mm STM primes. focusing distance has been improved slightly which is a nice but again the difference is slight and still not as close as the 24 and 40.[unitegallery CloseFocusing50stm2]Image Quality remains about the same - at times the new STM version looks to be a tiny bit sharper, especially as you stop down from f/1.8 but if you have the original and you are only looking to get sharper images - I do not recommend upgrading to the new lens.
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