Is This Canon’s New Nifty Fifty f/1.8 STM Lens?

May 6, 2015

Liron Samuels

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Is This Canon’s New Nifty Fifty f/1.8 STM Lens?

May 6, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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canon_ef50f18stm_002Canon’s EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens has been rumored for a while now and it seems that a first real photo and lens specs have finally leaked.

The good news is it looks like it will be available at a decent price. The better news – the announcement date could be just around the corner.

According to Digicame-Info, the same website that shared the leaked specs of the 5DS and 5DS R, the new nifty fifty specs are as follows:

  • Lens design: 6 elements in 5 groups
  • Full-Frame lens
  • Lens coating specifically optimized for digital cameras
  • Stepping motor (STM)
  • Full-time manual focus
  • Total length: 39.3mm
  • Weight: 160g

Judging by the photo it will also include a metal mount, but will lack Image Stabilization and a focus distance window.

This lens is has the same amount of elements and groups as the EF 50mm f/1.8 II it replaces, but weighs 30g more and is slightly shorter.

Two unknowns at the moment, other than the price, are the number of diaphragm blades and filter thread. I cannot confirm this right now, but I’ve heard that the new lens might feature a 49mm filter thread instead of 52mm on the old lens.

As for the blades, it will be interesting to see if this new model will continue using 5 blades as Canon’s previous model or if it will move to a 7-blade design like the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 lens.

The lens is said to be announced “soon”, so the blanks should be filled before too long.

[via digicame-info.com]

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6 responses to “Is This Canon’s New Nifty Fifty f/1.8 STM Lens?”

  1. HyperJ Avatar
    HyperJ

    The filter thread is apparently 49mm.

  2. djidji Avatar
    djidji

    why bother announcing such a lens? FF is a relatively small market, and they already have the 50L, 50/1.4 and the 50/1.8 II… a replacement? hardly worth the investment..

    1. spoonie Avatar
      spoonie

      Because the lens it replaces has a rattley old design and a noisy motor. FF is the future, and it’s a nice short tellie in APSC. This is the same design as the other 40mm/24mm/23mm STM lenses. Its a nice update to the 50 1.8. It will probably be a really good investment.

  3. Adnan Wolf Avatar
    Adnan Wolf

    Wait a second, which of the Canon FF Cameras supports STM? oO This thing could be a great “telephoto” filming lens then for the Crops which support STM!! :O

    1. spoonie Avatar
      spoonie

      All canons suppport STM. If you are referring to movie AF servo, 7D, 70D, and one of the new rebels.

  4. spoonie Avatar
    spoonie

    It has s 7 blade aperture like the 3 other STM primes.