Truland Photography

Monday, July 27, 2015

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Scenics

Canon's newest small, cheap inexpensive STM prime lens makes a really nice walk around package with a smaller DSLR like the EOS xxD series. While the field of view with this lens on Canon crop sensor bodies is equivalent to 80mm on a full frame body, I like the ability to isolate subjects and eliminate foreground clutter. For wider views there's always the smaller, and almost as cheap inexpensive, EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens which has a 38mm equivalent field of view.

In the shots below, I was shooting between shrubs along a trail looking out onto a field of Cattails. The 24mm lens would have shown some of that foreground clutter which would have needed to be cropped out. Sure, a 24-70mm zoom would provide the needed flexibility in a single lens but Canon's 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens weighs almost three pounds while the 50mm and 24mm STM lenses together weigh 10 ounces. And, since the STM lenses are so cheap inexpensive, there's no reason not to have both options available.

These are all five image handheld bracketed shots at +/- 1EV processed with Photomatix Essentials 4.0.

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