Among Canon DSLR owners, one of the most commonly owned lenses is their ultra-affordable 50mm f/1.8 aka the “Plastic Fantastic”, a true bargain at $110. While it suffers from a plasticky mount and cheap overall build, optically the lens performs far beyond most expectations considering its cost.
A few weeks back, rumors circulated that the Canon camp was working on a successor to their current Nifty Fifty. As of today, this revised model has been officially announced and is now available for pre-order. The new version is dubbed the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM.
Unlike the previous version, this variant offers a metal lens mount as well as an STM autofocus motor to allow for quiet servo autofocusing on models like the 70D or 7D Mark II.
Other small yet notable changes include:
- Redesign moved focus ring back to a more traditional spot on barrel
- Seven diaphragm blades instead of five
- 49mm filter thread instead of 52mm
- “Super Spectra” lens coating
- 1.15ft minimum focus distance (previously 1.5ft)
- 160g weight (130g previously)
Those interested can place their pre-orders now from B&H at a $125 price-point although units aren't expected to ship until May 21st.
Source: B&H Photo
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