I chose to purchase the Canon 50mm f/1.8 IS STM lens, because of all of the good ratings I saw and the reviews I read online. I figured I would need a prime lens, eventually, but I also chose this lens because of the focal length, which is 1.8, and I’m able to get closer to the subject I’m taking a photo of, compared to a f/4-5 lens, where I have to be at a further distance. It has a minimum focusing distance of 1.15 feet, and a maximum magnification of 0.21x.
From the time I received the lens, to this date, I can really say this is my favorite lens to use, so far. The price was very reasonable, and the quality of the lens feels well worth the price value. I have been extremely happy about this lens, and the photos I have taken with it, so far.
There has only been 2 downsides to this lens, as I can tell, and it’s just minor flaws. The first downside is that the lens has a photo filter thread size of 49mm, which means the lens cap, and lens accessories (such as UV/CPL/FL filters, Macro lens, etc.) won’t fit unless they are 49mm. So, you’ll have to replace any accessory that you want to use on this lens, but luckily, most of the accessory filters and close-up lenses are pretty affordable. So, it’s not a total loss, but just means more buying and more items in your bag to carry around with you. The normal photo filter size is typically 58mm. So, if you plan on buying this lens, you might want to pick up any filter/close-up accessories that you might use, along with it, to save you some time. There is also a bundle, which gives you the option of adding the filters and other accessories, at Amazon.
The second downside, if you even want to call it a downside, is that there is only a focus ring for adjustment. You can only adjust the focus area, but not zoom in or out. After using it for a while, you get use to it, but it’s just those small moments you wish you had a zoom in/out option. When you are using the focus ring, the lens does extend but not much.
This lens is great for taking portraits, night time photography, getting closer to the objects or subjects you are taking photos of, and great for when you want to just bring out the foreground and blur out the background. It makes a great prime lens, and a great addition to any photographers lens collection. Also, for the price, you can’t really complain too much, because for the quality and the images it produces, it was well worth the investment.