The Canon m50 is one of the most popular mirrorless cameras on the market right now and its low price, small size, excellent image quality, ad versatility have ensured that it has grown a massive user base that is still growing at a rapid pace. We know that a number of our readers use the m50 as their go-to camera body of choice and with sales of the camera body being so high, we are confident that the m50 is going to be a popular option for the foreseeable future.
As with the vast majority of popular camera bodies on the market, we are always seeing large numbers of people reaching out with various questions on how they are able to get the best image quality possible for their camera body of choice and the m50 is no different. One of the most frequent questions that we see from people who use the m50 is based around the best 50mm lens for Canon m50 users.
As the m50 uses the Canon EF-M lens mount, there is no native EF-M 50mm lens available at the time of writing and we doubt that Canon will be releasing one any time soon. That said though, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is an outstanding little 50mm lens that offers you some excellent image quality but as it is a standard EF lens mount, you will need to also purchase a EF to EF-M adapter. Thankfully though, both of them are relatively cheap and budget-friendly and both have a number of users from the Canon m50 owning community using them.
At the time of writing, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is one of the most popular lenses amongst the Canon user community and has an absolutely massive user base. This has resulted in the lens managing to earn itself an outstanding reputation amongst the photography and videography communities that just keeps on getting better. On top of this, our recommended EF to EF-M adapter is very cheap coming in with a price tag of almost one-fifth of the official Canon one and also has an excellent reputation too.
With the 50mm focal range being such a popular option for a large number of niches in both the photography and videography space, we are confident in recommending the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 to our readers who own the Canon m50. It offers you excellent image quality without having to break the bank and performs flawlessly for portraits, action photography, low light photography as well as live events and indoor sessions too.
Performance And Functionality
Although the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 has an entry-level price tag, it definatley offers some intermediate level performance offering a sharp, crisp image quality that outright beats the compeating lenses on the market right now in this price bracket for the 50mm focal range. Although some of the entry-level price point adaptors on the market can have a negative effect on your image quality, our recomended adapter offers a seamless connection and ensures that you get an image quality from your Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 as good as if it was a native EF-M lens mounted directly to your Canon m50.
Although an f/1.8 aperture is common on a 50mm focal range lens these days, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 offers some excellent low light image quality too. This ensures that no matter the conditions you are capturing your photographs or video footage in, the lens will offer great image quality that is clear and sharp with ease. Although it may take a little getting used to compared to some of the higher price point lenses on the market, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 also offers some excellent bokeh manipulation too.
Although the usefulness of being able to tweak your bokeh to meet your needs is going to depend on the niche that you are working in and what you are actually doing ith your m50 and your 50mm lens, it is nice to know that you are able to tweak it for that blurred look. This allows you to draw the viewer’s eye to your subject and in our opinion having it directly on the lens for your original image is still much better than the post-production effects that try to artificially add it via image editing later.
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 offers a solid field of view too coming in at 40º, 27º,46º horizontal, vertical, diagonal with a minimum focusing distance of just over one foot too. This allows you to get up close and personal to your subject and capture them in some pretty unique looking angles. Although there are definatley better lenses for Macro photography out there like the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5, we have seen a number of people reporting that they use their Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 some solid macro photography image quality too.
Although the lens does use the older STM stepping motor from Canon, it is still a solid piece of technology that has aged well and offers near-silent autofocus during use. The move servo AF technology on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is only one generation behind the current latest generation and we doubt that most of our readers looking for a 50mm lens for their Canon m50 will be able to notice the difference anyway.
If you are planning to use the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 for videography or vlogging with your Canon m50 then the autofocus technology is essentially silent and the onboard microphone will not pick its adjustment clicks up. If you are using an external microphone with your m50 such as the Rode Video Micro then even with the mics higher levels of sensitivity, it will still not detect the auto-focus adjustment clicks and contaminate your videos audio track.
When you factor in all of this as well as the very low price tag on the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 then you can see why it is such a popular lens amongst the Canon community. Even when you add the cost of the EF to EF-M adapter into your budget, you are still getting an excellent little lens and a real bargain for the image quality it provides. In our opinion, this is why so many photographers and videographers have posted their own reviews sharing their thoughts on the lens that you can read if you would like to know more.
Those reviews have been published by people from all walks of life using a wide range of different camera bodies in a number of niches but are well worth skimming over in our opinion. A number of them have been left by other Canon m50 users though and offer some direct insights into how well the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 performs with the Canon m50 and gives you an idea of the level of image quality that you can expect from this solid little 50mm lens when using it with your m50.
User Interface And Control System
As the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is a pretty standard camera lens, the user interface is very straight forward and easy to understand. With its entry-level price point in the market, Canon has emphasized the ease of use of the lens to ensure that anyone in the photography or videography game can quickly and easily get to grips with the lens and how to use it. That said though, as we mentioned, it is so straight forward and easy to use that we are confident that our readers won’t be having any problems with operating the lens.
One of the main things that we do want to mention when it comes to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is that the manual focus ring on the lens is very smooth and easy to rotate as required. Although more and more modern lenses are offering this in their entry-level price point lenses, there are still a surprising number of lenses that have a stiff manual focus lens that can be a right pain. Although the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 does have a little bit of friction on its focus ring, this is intentional to offer more accurate tweaking of the focus on the lens during use.
Build Quality And Design
Although it is an entry-level 50mm lens, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is solid when it comes to its build quality and we are confident that it is robust enough to stand the test of time. We know that a large number of our readers who are using the Canon m50 are using it in a niche such as travel vlogging where they have to travel around on a regular basis. When traveling, lenses can take a ton of punishment when in your camera accessories bag so it is nice to know that this lens is going to last and not break quickly.
That said though, the lens is not as light or small as some of the 50mm pancake lenses on the market right now but on the flip side of this, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is around a quarter of the price of these super light and small 50mm lenses on the market. Due to having similar image quality to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 just with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 being slightly larger and heavier, we always recommend that our readers just save their money and go with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 over these smaller and lighter alternatives and put the money to something else.
The lens comes with a 49mm lens filter thread size allowing you to quickly and easily pick up any lens filters that you need in the future. We always recommend the Gobe filter range to our readers as the offer outstanding performance similar to Tiffen and Hoya without having their premium level price point. That said though, a large number of our readers will not need to add lens filters to their collection of camera accessories anyway as they can be niche specific although a good UV filter can be worth its weight in gold.
That brings our article going over what we feel is the best 50mm lens for Canon m50 cameras to a close. We really do feel that the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is the best option on the market right now and there really is no need to break the bank when adding it to your camera accessories as it is very budget-friendly. Just keep in mind that you will need to also purchase a EF to EF-M adapter but these don’t increase the total cost much and are well worth it in our opinion.
As we mentioned above in the article, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 has so many positive reviews going for it that we would strongly encourage our readers to check some of them out if you are yet to make your mind up. They offer some solid insight into the lens and the image quality that it can provide you with your Canon m50. As we said, there are a large number of people who use the lens with the Canon m50 sharing their experience in those reviews making them worth the time to read.