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New Canon 50mm F/1.8 to Replace 50mm F/1.4?

By Anthony Thurston on October 9th 2013

The rumor mill has spit out another interesting rumor that I thought I might make some mouths water (ha!). The latest rumors are saying that Canon has completed work on a new 50mm lens that could be released sometime in early (Q1) 2014.


The new lens would likely be a new f/1.8 and would fall in line with the other new line of Image Stabilized lenses like the 24mm, 28mm and 35mm lenses. At this point the rumor is not much more than that, we don’t have specs or pricing, or anything fun to think about. On the pricing though it is thought that this lens would run for more than the current Canon 50mm f/1.4, which this new 50mm f/1.8 would be replacing.

Am I the only one that would much rather see a new 50mm F/1.4? I understand the thinking from Canon here, three different versions of the 50mm is a bit much and the difference between f/1.4 and f/1.2 is not huge.

I guess that the other angle here is that this would basically put and end to the Canon “Nifty Fifty”. This new 50mm f/1.8 would probably be 4 to 5 times the cost of the current model. Which is enough to price it out of the “first lens after the kit lens” for most beginning photographers, well maybe not price it out but definitely make it much less appealing than the current $100 Canon 50mm F/1.8 II.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Are you happy to see a higher end 50mm F/1.8 model or would you rather see a new 50mm F/1.4 model. Let us know in a comment below!

[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. Anne P.

    I learned to shoot with a normal lens on medium format. Shot almost everything with it. I would love to see a high quality, super sharp 50 mm. Simply that. I like the 85 mm ( as I should for almost 2,000 ) but I want a 50!!!

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  2. marc osborne

    This lens is designed for video. Its not an “end to the nifty fifty,” or a replacement for the 50 1.4. All the Cinema cameras use the EF mount and IS is extremely important for video professionals.

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    • Jed

      Nobody using a ‘cinema camera’ will use a Canon 50 1.8 IS. Firstly proper lenses for filming need to have an aperture ring for total control over the aperture when filming. Secondly they need to be manual focus in order to get a longer focus throw for better control over focus. Also whilst cinema cameras can have a canon mount, it is more common to see a PL mount which acceps a wider choice of lenses, with adapters of course.

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  3. Ben Perrin

    I think it is rumored to be a 50mm 1.8 IS. So there will be some advantage to the new lens if the talk is true. Doesn’t bother me though, I got rid of my 1.4 ages ago to a friend starting out in photography. Just found that it wasn’t a focal length that I loved.

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  4. Will Barnes

    I’d hate to see the end of the f/1.4, this lens taught me such much about photography when I was learning the basics, such a great lens that I recommend to all beginners.

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  5. Ricardo Gonçalves

    I really hope for a new 50mm f/1.4.

    I own one and it really sucks! I want a sharper 50mm!

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  6. Mark

    I understand what Canon is doing. Why sell a 50 1.8 for $100 when you can sell a 50 1.8 IS for $500. Good news for Canon’s bottom line, bad news for the consumer’s bottom line. I guess Canon is not interested in having entry level lenses that everyone can afford.

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  7. David

    Although I love the f/1.4 I also hope they have improved the build quality of the f/1.8. That said they need to retain a sub £100 50mm lens.

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  8. wayne

    Canon seems to be raising the f/stop on its midlevel lenses… Wonder if they are trying to force folks to newer bodies that have less noise at higher ISO’s. just a thought… like, 24-105mm f/4

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    • Florin Musetoiu

      Don`t think that`s the case. The 50mm at 1.4 is quite soft and has some CA, i usually use it from 2.0 and above for best quality, given that in video is almost impossible to keep focus below 2.0 when the subject is close.

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