Dustin Abbot has completed his full review of the Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM, Canon's most affordable RF lens. Sometimes dubbed the “nifty fifty” or “thrifty 50”, it usually finds its way into ever Canon shooters bag at some point in their photographic journey.
For the $199 USD price tag, you really are getting a lot of lens for your money. However, don't confuse it with the RF 50mm f/1.2L USM, it's definitely nowhere near as good optically or autofocus wise.
Even with some caveats, Dustin came away quite impressed by Canon's newest little lens.
So, in conclusion, the Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM is not only worth buying because it is cheap, but also worth buying because it is competent. No, it’s anywhere near the class of the RF 50mm F1.2L, but that’s to be expected. But, because of its affordability, there will be more great photos taken with the cheap F1.8 version than the expensive F1.2 lens. The RF 50mm F1.8 will not be a credible impediment to producing top-notch photographs. It’s the photographer, after all, who makes the images. A lens is just a tool…and, in this case, it’s a pretty good tool, and one most anyone can afford. More of this, please, Canon! Read the full review