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Canon's EF50mm F1.8 STM lens

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Canon is going to release new interchangeable lens - EF50mm F1.8 STM - for their EOS cameras in late May.

The new EF50mm F1.8 STM lens is a successor model to the EF50mm F1.8 II, Canon's longtime popular EF lens - 25 years since it was released in December, 1990. The old model consistently sold approximately 70,000 units per month around the world.

The EF50mm F1.8 STM is based on the previous model's optical design. The aperture is changed to a 7-blade circular aperture. With an APS-C sensor built-in EOS camera, EF50mm F1.8 STM provides 80mm effective focal length (in 35mm terms).

Price: ¥19,500 Size: 69.2mm in diameter x 39.3mm in length Weight: 160g Minimum Focus: 0.35m Maximum Magnification: 0.21×

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More than double the old lens, though that was one of the best value lenses you can get for your EOS camera. Im sure this will be just as good or better

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I am sure it will go for less eventually, but its got some big shoes to fill. The previous 50mm 1.8 II was the best bang for the buck

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Looks good but on my Olympus Mirrorless I'm using a 50 mm legacy lens, Minolta which is about 35 years old and works great even though it's actually heavier than the actual body.

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Cannon blaaa. Bring back Konica Minolta Dyna 7D series, Something that actually feel like a camera in hand. Not some light weight plastic that feel like it, how can I say this "like a Toy"

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The reason that Canon was forced to come out with this is due to a Chinese company called Yongnuo making an excellent (and far cheaper price) knock off of their mark ii lens.

http://nofilmschool.com/2015/01/has-affordable-canon-50mm-f18-dethroned-yongnuo-ef

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The 40mm STM is really nice, low profile, but god the focusing is slow. If this one focuses slowly as well I can't see any advantage over the cheap 50 1.8 available till now, which focuses very quickly.

Canon's USM lenses focus lightning fast. I can't see the advantage of STM.

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Bring back Konica Minolta Dyna 7D series

Minolta still exists (sort of) they're just sold under the Sony Alpha badge now.

Something that actually feel like a camera in hand. Not some light weight plastic that feel like it, how can I say this "like a Toy"

Obviously you've never owned a Canon 1D, 5D, 6D, or 7D series camera. They are all rock solid cameras with a wide range of lenses. Professional grade L lenses all have metal bodies which can withstand a serious beating.

The reason that Canon was forced to come out with this is due to a Chinese company called Yongnuo making an excellent (and far cheaper price) knock off of their mark ii lens.

Canon has always had a strong aftermarket; doesn't necessarily mean that Canon was "forced" into making a new lens. The 50mm 1.8 albeit a great cheap lens, is dated and could stand an upgrade. I have the 1.8 II and the only real complaint I have is the plastic mounts, which this model addresses.

ny advantage over the cheap 50 1.8 available till now, which focuses very quickly

The metal mounts will be a huge advantage over the current plastic mounts which are susceptible to cracking over time. The new lens also has 7 blades over the current 6 for more smoother and creamier bokeh shots. I will definitely getting this. If its all that it cracks up to be, the extra 10,000yen will be worth it.

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I wonder of this suffers from the same problem that the older lens had. It is easy to damage the focusing mechanism if you turn it manually when the lens is in automatic mode. Canon actually points this out in the manual, but who reads the manual for a lens? To produce such a reasonably priced lens it seems Canon had to sacrifice mechanical strength.

Having said that, I should say that as long as you take care of it, the old lens had excellent sharpnes at a bargain price. The 1.4 is heavier, much more expensive and not any sharper.

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