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Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:35:22 PM »
     I need a 50mm lens for general everything and just don't know what to get.  I do like my primes and am very particular, but would the 50 1.8 STM be the one to get until something really jumps out (that maybe isn't yet out)?
     Almost got the 50 1.2 today, but said "I don't know."
     It'll be my primary street, travel, daily, etc. lens.
     Thanks.
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Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:35:22 PM »

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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2018, 09:09:44 PM »
The first lens you should pick up without second thought is the 40mm f2.8.
That was my most used lens when I had an old 5D2. Having just a pancake on the front practically transforms the Full Frame body into an “Über Advanced Compact”.

Only the 6D is even lighter than any 5D, chances are if I had got a 6D instead of the 5D I never would have gone back to the Rebels.

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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2018, 09:23:24 PM »
The 50F1.8 is not well known for AF consistency on any body...…

I'd also suggest the 40mm pancake as a small and cheap prime...
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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2018, 09:26:36 PM »
     I need a 50mm lens for general everything and just don't know what to get.  I do like my primes and am very particular, but would the 50 1.8 STM be the one to get until something really jumps out (that maybe isn't yet out)?
     Almost got the 50 1.2 today, but said "I don't know."
     It'll be my primary street, travel, daily, etc. lens.
     Thanks.

I use the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for my general everything lens, it weighs about the same as the Canon 50mm f/1.2 but has stabilization, which works rather awesome. The lens is really sharp wide open and stays that way down to around f/11 or f/16.
It's almost always on my 6D2, an amazing lens to say the least.
B&H has it right now for 400 bucks, best 400 bucks I've spent in a long time!
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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2018, 09:34:28 PM »
I used the 50 f/1.8 STM lens on my 6D. No problems.

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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2018, 09:38:59 PM »
I used the 50 f/1.8 STM lens on my 6D. No problems.

I have the 50mm f/1.8 STM also but never use it anymore since I got the Tamron 45mm f/1.8.

The Canon 50 STM is a darn good lens but the Tamron blows it away....
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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2018, 10:40:43 PM »

I have the 6D and the 50 1.8.  It is an decent lens, especially stopped down a stop or two.  But I never use the 50 1.8 anymore, because I use the Canon 85mm 1.8 (usually at F2.8 ) for almost all of my portrait photography (80% of what I do is portrait).  In my opinion, the 85mm is far superior to the 50mm, but I realize it is about triple the price and you may want something with a wider angle.

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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2018, 10:40:43 PM »

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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2018, 10:55:22 PM »
I’ve owned the Tamron 45 f1.8. It is a very good lens. Sharp, nice bokeh and it makes your subjects stand out with nice background separation. Focusing with the center AF point on my 1DXII was great, but the outer focusing points was back focusing. On a 6D, I would believe that it will do very well.

The 50 f1.8 STM is a bargain. Small and light, focus is good but a little slow. Sharp and ok bokeh. Not as good as the Tamron.

The 50L has some issues with CA, and isn’t that sharp wide open, but it takes fantastic looking images, especially when stopped down to f2-f4. My copy focuses better than any other 50-ish lens I have owned, but that is  with a 1DXII and 5DIV, but still AF isn’t as good as the other L primes. Focus and recompose (which you often will do when using a 6D) will not work well. The 50L doesn’t have a flat field of focus.

The 40 STM is slow in aperture and focus. I tried it but didn’t really like it. Colors and contrast is a bit meh.

If you plan on keeping your 6D for a while, I recommend the Tamron 45. If you plan on upgrading to a 5DIV anytime soon, go for the 50L, or the 50 f1.8 STM if you have better things to spend your money on.

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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2018, 12:56:36 AM »
I'd agree with most of these posts, the 40mm f/2.8 Shorty McForty or the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 would be great choices, well ahead of the EF 50mm f/1.8. My daughter lucked out with a second hand one for $40 which is a genuinely decent copy. The 50mm Canon is certainly a cheapie, and you might get lucky with a good one, but somewhat random copy variation might play a negative position for you.

If budget constraints are tight, go for the Shorty McForty pre-owned. They're a rock solid little lens with a huge following.

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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2018, 02:18:41 AM »
I'd agree with most of these posts, the 40mm f/2.8 Shorty McForty or the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 would be great choices, well ahead of the EF 50mm f/1.8. My daughter lucked out with a second hand one for $40 which is a genuinely decent copy. The 50mm Canon is certainly a cheapie, and you might get lucky with a good one, but somewhat random copy variation might play a negative position for you.

If budget constraints are tight, go for the Shorty McForty pre-owned. They're a rock solid little lens with a huge following.

-pw

If I recall correctly, Lensrentals has found the 50 f1.8 STM to have excellent, almost non excisting, copy variation.

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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2018, 03:10:31 AM »
I'd agree with most of these posts, the 40mm f/2.8 Shorty McForty or the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 would be great choices, well ahead of the EF 50mm f/1.8. My daughter lucked out with a second hand one for $40 which is a genuinely decent copy. The 50mm Canon is certainly a cheapie, and you might get lucky with a good one, but somewhat random copy variation might play a negative position for you.

If budget constraints are tight, go for the Shorty McForty pre-owned. They're a rock solid little lens with a huge following.

-pw

If I recall correctly, Lensrentals has found the 50 f1.8 STM to have excellent, almost non excisting, copy variation.

+1 You are absolutely right that it is incorrect to imply a large copy variation for the 50mm f/1.8 STM as the opposite is true. This is what Lensrentals writes: "Remember, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM is the standard against which all other lenses are measured. It’s amazingly consistent." https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2016/05/sony-fe-50mm-f1-8-mtf-and-consistency/ (they have the MTF variation of the Sony compared with the Canon 50/1.8)
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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2018, 07:26:38 AM »
I'd agree with most of these posts, the 40mm f/2.8 Shorty McForty or the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 would be great choices, well ahead of the EF 50mm f/1.8. My daughter lucked out with a second hand one for $40 which is a genuinely decent copy. The 50mm Canon is certainly a cheapie, and you might get lucky with a good one, but somewhat random copy variation might play a negative position for you.

If budget constraints are tight, go for the Shorty McForty pre-owned. They're a rock solid little lens with a huge following.

-pw

If I recall correctly, Lensrentals has found the 50 f1.8 STM to have excellent, almost non excisting, copy variation.

+1 You are absolutely right that it is incorrect to imply a large copy variation for the 50mm f/1.8 STM as the opposite is true. This is what Lensrentals writes: "Remember, the Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM is the standard against which all other lenses are measured. It’s amazingly consistent." https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2016/05/sony-fe-50mm-f1-8-mtf-and-consistency/ (they have the MTF variation of the Sony compared with the Canon 50/1.8)
Let me correct something I said earlier.....

The OLD version of the 50 F1.8 has terrible AF inconsistency.... the STM version is much better. The old version can be found used for almost nothing, and is not worth the price.
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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2018, 07:37:14 AM »
My gf has 50 STM for her 100D and it's good for the money (and size), but it's not going to measure up to lenses like the 16-35/4L IS and 135L I see in your signature.  The thing I most dislike is the bokeh as soon as there is a bit going on the background (although to be fair, it's a definite step up on the old 50 1.8 II).  I'll be sticking to my 50 Art. It's bigger and heavier than I'd like for a 50mm prime but it's fantastic :)

I assume you want a 50mm rather than an 85mm. but if 85 is a possibility for you I agree the others who have said the 85 1.8 is miles better than the 50 STM.
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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2018, 07:37:14 AM »

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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2018, 07:54:28 AM »
Speaking of the 85 1.8 do you think that this screw-on hood might make sense? -

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1079792-REG/sensei_lhm_58_pro_58mm_aluminum_lens.html/pageID/accessory

Thanks for the responses.

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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2018, 08:37:11 AM »
I have 40/2.8, 50/1.4, 50/1.8 STM - and use them on a 5D3 (not 6D). In  your situation I would definitely go for the 50/1.8 STM. More than worth the small price. And solid/enough to withstand non-pro, non-rough real life use.   

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Re: Anything Wrong with 50 1.8 STM on a 6D?
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2018, 08:37:11 AM »