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Canon To Update Nifty-Fifty With STM Motor | Rumor

By Anthony Thurston on February 4th 2015

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price makes it a go to lens for many amateurs and enthusiast photographers, but the Canon 50mm F/1.8 is getting outdated – and cloned outright.



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]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Muhammad Akbar

    shouldn’t be more than $200

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  2. Matthew Saville

    Someone on another site claimed that Canon hasn’t updated their optical formula for 50mm f/1.8’s or f/1.4’s in about 30 years? That can’t be true, but if it is, it’s highly embarrassing considering Nikon has redone those apertures collectively three or four times in the past decade alone.

    I’ve said it many times and it gets me in a lot of trouble with the die-hard Canon lovers who think their brand can do no wrong, but the bottom line is that Canon has seriously neglected quite a few aspects of it’s budget buyers, and this is one of their biggest failings; non-L fast primes. Canon has simply shown almost zero interest in improving any of them in many, many years, seemingly in an effort to aide in pushing L glass. Which is fine and dandy if you care to pony up an arm and a leg for specialty lenses that may not get used very much, and weigh like a brick in the case of the 85 L, …but for those folks who have been wanting for the old days when a pocket full of 2-3 small compact primes was all you needed, well, …Nikon and pretty much every other system out there has been running circles around Canon.

    In other words, Canon updating their affordable primes to STM is a very, very exciting thing. I’m not here to bash Canon, I’m here to encourage them to get around to serving the average joe who just wants a super sharp, $100-$200 nifty fifty that he can pop on and go out for a stroll with…

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    • Amanda Jehle

      True story. I agree with you 100% and I am a Canon shooter. I love primes. I own 1 zoom to capture kid events (sports, concerts, etc), but other than that I prefer primes. Unfortunately, to get quality primes for my Canon… it costs a small fortune. C’mon Canon… help me out here.

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    • Michael Burnham

      I have been a Canon Shooter, not necessarily a Canon lover, all my photographic life, which spans back 30 years. What Matt is saying is absolutely correct. I have a Canon (non-L) USM 100MM F/2.0 that is my go-to portrait lens. I bought it in 1994, a true work-horse lens. But, I can buy the exact same lens today, 21 years later, same with the non-L 85MM F/1.8. Really? The same goes for my USM 50MM f/1.4, I think I bought that one the year before and its still the same lens today. Any updates on any non-L primes is greatly needed and would be greatly appreciated by all who shoot these reasonably priced fast glass lenses.

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    • Jill Schindel

      Amen! I really hope someone of influence within Canon comes across a few of the comments you’ve been making in the last few years, notes the agreement and upvotes from the community and makes so changes.

      … I can dream!

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  3. Graham Curran

    The f1.8 is great glass in a cheap box and many people already have it because of it’s price. If Canon wants to attract sales away from the likes of Yongnuo they need to improve the build quality yet maintain the current price level.

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  4. Michael Burnham

    IF they in fact are going to update and add the STM AF it would be welcomed and needed but they are certainly going to up the price as well. A guess would be $149 or $169. I just hope that it has more then 5 aperture blades and they are curved for better Bokeh. That is one of the advantages of the YN 50 now, 7 vs. 5 aperture blades. However they would be more likely to keep the 52mm filter thread because its been there nifty fifty size forever and the 24mm and 40mm STM lenses both have 52mm filter threads.

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  5. Jean-Francois Perreault

    Good news. Mine front focuses. I’m limited to focusing through Live View at f1.8, maybe the STM version will be better.
    Got mine only a month ago, if only I had known….;)

    I’m guessing it’ll be between 150-200$ as the EF-S 24mm STM is 150$.

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  6. Vince Arredondo

    Quality over price always pays off. I’d rather to have a better piece of glass than a cheap one.

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  7. Eric Mazzone

    If it operates better, with better image quality than the YN (which is better than the Canon 1.8), maybe a higher price might be warranted. Otherwise, the same price point is appropriate. But I’m willing to be that Canon will price it at $250 or so.

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  8. Greg Silver

    Great update – I found the older version to be quite noisy when focusing but with the STM motor you won’t even hear it!

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  9. Basit Zargar


    Hoping some good updates !

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