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[Amazon.ca] Canon "Nifty Fifty" EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - $149 - ($21 off)

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[Amazon.ca] Canon "Nifty Fifty" EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens - $149 - ($21 off)

Lately the Canon "nifty fifty" lens has been priced at $169, but now it's "on sale" at the old regular price of $149, in case anyone has been waiting for it to go back down.

Luke-warm at best.

Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00X8MRBCW
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Sep 29, 2015
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This is a great lens - had it for portrait shots on my DSLR before I sold it.
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Oct 27, 2003
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HardWorkPaysOff wrote: If I have the 24- 70 L II lens should I still consider this 50 stm?
Yes, it's much smaller and lighter and is L series level in image quality.
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Nov 5, 2014
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Hmmmm...I'm tempted to get this and the RP+adapter deal from Vistek to scratch the FF itch.
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HardWorkPaysOff wrote: If I have the 24- 70 L II lens should I still consider this 50 stm?
If you use 50mm focal length then yes. I assume you have a full frame so 50 prime is a standard lens to have in your kit. Just know that this is not a sharp lens at f1.8 so don't go pixel peeping. Otherwise it's an easy recommendation.

Also you may find that the STM motor on the 50 is smoother for autofocus in video then your 24-70's USM motor.
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Yes, I have Canon EF 24-70 L II and I still bought this Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 STM.
It's a very compact lens that when you feel lazy to lugging your 24-70, this lens will be a good choice.
You can also consider used EF 50mm F/1.8 STM, some are selling really cheap on FB market or Kijiji (If i didn't remember wrong, the lowest i saw was $90 or something)
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HardWorkPaysOff wrote: If I have the 24- 70 L II lens should I still consider this 50 stm?
For me it is a no. I have the Nikon equivalent and found it too annoying to change lens and carry it around. I used to carry a bunch of lenses around ended up taking the zoom over the primes for more flexibility.

Just a personal preference.
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The "EF 50mm f/1.8 STM" is marked at $149.99 on the Canon estore; although it is sold out there. It is probably that price at most retailers, if you would rather patronize another retailer.
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HardWorkPaysOff wrote: If I have the 24- 70 L II lens should I still consider this 50 stm?
No offence, but you own 24-70 L and asking this question..Lol
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Feb 24, 2020
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Great lens, bought it on July 7th this year, paid $135 before tax at the time.
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Nov 8, 2005
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Halifax
If you want a good deal on this lens, buy it at Shoppers Drug Mart on 20x points day. It will be cheaper than this offer.
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Stewx wrote: If you want a good deal on this lens, buy it at Shoppers Drug Mart on 20x points day. It will be cheaper than this offer.
The only Canon lens on their website is the 55-250mm. Do they have more lenses in store?
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Yes. Typically they sell the 50mm and 75-300mm.
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HardWorkPaysOff wrote: If I have the 24- 70 L II lens should I still consider this 50 stm?
There are some give and takes if you look @ the specs :
- 24-70 is L lens. Much better build.
- 24-70 is heavy and bulky compared to 50.
- 24-70 is more versatile since it is a zoom lens.
- 50 is 1.5 stop faster. This may be critical for low light photography.
- 50 will be sharper.

I bought one of these a few years ago when it went down to $99. It felt plasticky compared to the 24-70. But very light. I like the f/1.8 too. As for being sharper, it is really a moot point if you shoot everything hand held and at f/1.8 (sharpness drops at f/1.8).

Personally, I still have the 24-70 mounted all the time. I use the 50 only in situations if I really need the f/1.8 and the scene is suitable for 50mm perspective. If you really like the 50mm perspective and want to get serious into shooting with a 50, I suggest you go for the f/1.4 version. Or the f/1.2 if you have the money.

Finally, if you are curious what you can do with 50mm lens but don't want to commit almost $200 doing it, just duct tape your 24-70's zoom ring to 50mm and shoot a few days at 50 only.

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