It is usually one of the first lenses that gets recommended to you as an upgrade from your basic kit lenses, the Nifty Fifty. Its good image quality and budget friendly price makes it a go to lens for many amateurs and enthusiast photographers, but the Canon 50mm F/1.8 is getting outdated – and cloned outright.

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According to a new report out of Canon Rumors, Canon has taken notice, and will update their Nifty Fifty this year. Not a ton of details about the lens upgrade is available, other than that it will feature Canon’s new STM AF motor technology and likely have a 49mm filter thread.

The timing is not surprising, as I mentioned in the initial paragraph, the current 50mm f/1.8 has been cloned by Yongnuo and is being sold for quite a bit less. Canon needed to respond with a new version of the lens to reinforce the reason to buy name brand. As it stands, other than brand recognition, there is no real reason to buy the Canon 50mm F/1.8 over the Yongnuo version, according to most of the reviews I have read.

It will be interesting to see how Canon responds, and if this new Canon 50mm F/1.8 will still be an affordable option or if they opt to do what Nikon did with their 50mm f/1.8G and make the lens build a slightly higher quality at the cost of the cheap, cheap price. Only time will tell.

What do you think Canon will do with the next 50mm f/1.8? What would you like to see? Leave a comment below and let us know!

[via Canon Rumors]