5 Pretty Awesome 50mm Lenses(ish) Under $600 That Won’t Break Your Budget

Say no more if all you want are 50mm lenses that aren’t going to make your wallet hurt

The world of 50mm lenses can be a very pricey one, and on the other end it can be a very affordable one. Navigating and picking out which ones are the best amongst the sea of lenses and manufacturers out there isn’t so simple though. But we’ve reviewed pretty much all the 50mm lenses out (or at least the majority of them), so we went through our archives to figure out which ones aren’t going to break the bank and are still going to astound you.

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Review: Canon 50mm f1.8 STM (Canon EF)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 50mm f1.8 STM lens review product images (2 of 2)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 4.0

Of all the cheap 50mm lenses made, Canon’s nifty 50 has always reigned supreme as the niftiest thanks to both image quality and affordability. Very recently, however, the company chose to update its formula for the lens. The Canon 50mm f1.8 STM is a lens that, like its predecessors, is still priced rather affordably and also performs very well for the price point. In every single way, this lens is a step up and improvement from the previous version and with that in mind, it will surely serve a new generation of budding photographers very well.

But it’s not totally perfect.

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First Impressions: Canon 50mm f1.8 STM


It’s been years since Canon updated their 50mm f1.8 lens. The first version had a metal mount, the second version went cheaper on the build, and the new STM version includes a brand new motor, seven aperture blades, a metal mount and what otherwise seems to be the same plasticky build quality of version two. At the same time, the lens is also just a bit over $100–and it remains to be one of the best bang for your buck lenses that you can possibly get your hands on.

As of the publishing of this post, we’ve spent most of the past weekend with the lens. And so far, it’s proving to be quite the great offering.

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