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Canon Launches Its Smallest Nifty Fifty

Melville, N.Y. — Canon USA introduced its most compact EF 50mm lens in history.

The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM standard lens, which measures just 1.5 inches in length, has an effective focal length of 80mm when attached to an EOS camera with an APS-C sensor. It is ideal for creating portraits with soft-blurred backgrounds and for low-light photography and night scenes, said Canon.

Featuring the company’s proprietary STM stepping motor technology, the lens supports Canon’s EOS Movie Servo autofocus (AF) function meant to provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording and still photos. 

Other features include a new focus ring placement; a metal mount for additional stability; a seven-blade circular aperture, up from its predecessor’s five-blade non-circular aperture; and a minimum focusing distance of 1.1 feet vs. the previous 1.5 feet. Maximum magnification is 0.21x.

It will be available at the end of this month for a $125 suggested retail.