The Canon m50 just keeps on going from strength to strength and it is constantly growing its user base amongst both the photography and videography communities and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The m50 offers some of the best image quality and versatility available for its price tag and has one of the best build quality going so we feel that its growth is just going to keep on going for the foreseeable future.
With the Canon m50 having such a large core customer base of users from multiple different niches, we have noticed more and more specific questions being asked each month around the different camera accessories that you can add to your camera accessories to improve your image quality. We have noticed a steady number of photographers reaching out and asking for advice on the best portrait lens for Canon m50 cameras recently so have decided to make this the subject of today’s article.
As the Canon m50 uses the Canon EF-M lens mount system, it can be a pain to source decent quality lenses for the m50 that will natively mount to your camera without needing an adapter. We are hoping that our article will be able to help any of our readers who are looking for a native portrait lens for their m50 as we really do feel that the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 is the best lens for the job and will make a valuable addition to your collection of camera accessories.
The Neewer 35mm f/1.7 is a very popular EF-M lens that will mount straight onto your m50 and its 35mm focal length offers some outstanding portrait photography image quality. On top of this, it is also very budget-friendly and can often be purchased or less than one hundred dollars depending on the vendor so it really is not surprising that the lens is as popular among the community as it is. Since its release, the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 has managed to earn itself a great reputation amongst the Canon EF-M camera body owning community with a large number of Canon m50 users using the lens as their go to portrait option.
Now, we know that a number of people may prefer to use the 50mm focal length for their portraits but at the time of writing, there is not a decent quality, native 50mm EF-M lens on the market and we doubt that one will be released anytime soon. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 is a solid option with a massive user base but you will have to also purchase a EF to EF-M adapter to to it using the standard EF mount rather than the EF-M mount that your m50 uses. Due to this, we feel that the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 should be the primary option for anyone looking for a portrait lens for their Canon m50 as we feel it is the best option when it comes to image quality and price point by a long shot.
Performance And Functionality
In all fairness to Neewer, we really are impressed with the level of performance and functionality that they have been able to add to the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 without having to hike its price point up. As usual, Neewer has done an excellent job of knocking out an excellent product at the lowest price point possible to ensure that you get a great product and they pass the savings on to you. When it comes to its performance specifically for portrait photography, the 35mm focal length, f/1.7 aperture, and lens elements all make it the ideal lens that will allow you to get excellent image quality with your Canon m50.
The Canon m50 has an APS-C sized camera sensor so you will be wanting a lens that has a focal range of 35mm to 50mm. With the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 being a prime lens with a focal length of 35mm, it is a great little portrait lens that is surprisingly small and lightweight too. The f/1.7 aperture offers excellent, snappy image capture as well as excellent image quality when capturing your photographs in low light conditions too.
As we touched on, the actual glass lens elements are excellent for the entry-level price point and ensure that the user gets a sharp, clear, and crisp image quality free from blue or chromatic aberration too. The lens has some of the best bokeh manipulations in the sub-one hundred dollar price point that we have seen to date, especially with the EF-M lens mount and has no real competition when it comes to portrait lenses for the Canon m50 at the time of writing.
One thing that we do want to specify is that the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 has no autofocus technology in it but for its super low price tag relative to its image quality, this is definitely to be expected. The lens is a fully manual lens meaning that you will have to adjust your focus as required but this is very straight forward and the lens is easy to focus to get the best possible portrait photographs during use.
This is why the lens has proven to be such a big hit within the EF-M mount camera owning community and sees steady growth in its user base with each passing month amongst both photographers and videographers. Many of these have opted to publish their own, dedicated, independent reviews of the lens sharing their experiences when using the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 too.
In our opinion, if you do have a few spare minutes then you should really skim over a few of those reviews to get some great, independent insight into the performance of the lens. Although they are based around multiple niches, there are some reviews specifically about portrait photography as well as some that have been published by other Canon m50 users too.
User Interface And Control System
As the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 has been designed to be an entry-level portrait lens, Neewer has been sure to keep the user interface and control system of the lens as simple as possible. This ensures that anyone who is new to using an attachable lens will quickly and easily be able to get to grips with the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 and get the most out of it without running into any issues. Although this may sound a little basic, we see so many people reaching out with questions who have upgraded from the Canon g7x to the Canon m50 who have never used a camera body with mountable lenses.
In our opinion, Neewer has done a great job with the manual focus ring on the lens too. Not only is it very smooth and easy to rotate but Neewer has also added some solid levels of resistance that allow you to accurately tweak your focus as needed to get the best image quality possible. As we mentioned earlier in the article, with the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 being a manual focus only lens this is definitely a godsend.
Build Quality And Design
The Neewer 35mm f/1.7 has a fully cast metal body that offers some excellent levels of toughness, especially considering how cheap the lens actually is. With the Canon m50 being a very popular travel camera, there is a high chance that the lens may be in your photography accessory bag while being transported around. The robust nature of the lens offers you some peace of mind that it is going to be fine when traveling and not end up braking or taking serious damage from the first few knocks it takes.
The lens is based around a construction of six optical glass elements in five individual groups that all works seemlesley together to ensure that the lens offers you the best possible image quality no matter the situation. As we touched on earlier in the article, this combined with the 35mm focal length offers some solid versatility on the lens too that offers solid image quality in a number of niches outside of regular portrait photography too.
The anti-reflective coating on the lens elements is basic but for the sub-one hundred dollar price point, this is definitely to be expected anyway. That said though, the coating technology performs very well to prevent any lens flare or ghosting in your photography while also helping to increase the contrast and color fidelity that you capture too.
Although rare for portrait photography, some of our readers may end up using the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 in some other photography or videography niches too. We just want to point out that Neewer has added a 49mm lens filter thread to the lens to allow you to mount any additional lens filters that you require when capturing your content. Thankfully, the 49mm thread size is very popular so you should be able to quickly and easily source any lens filters that you do require for your lens too.
That brings our thoughts going over what we feel is the best portrait lens for Canon m50 camera users to an end. In our opinion, any of our readers who own the Canon m50 and are looking to add a portrait lens to their collection of camera accessories should definitely be considering the Neewer 35mm F/1.7 as their primary lens of choice. Since its release onto the market, the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 has proven to be very popular due to being very cheap while offering excellent image quality earning it a large number of excellent dedicated reviews.
We just want to quickly mention the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 again that we mentioned back at the start of the article again. Although it is a solid lens, you will require the EF to EF-M adapter due to the Canon EF 50mm being an EF mount rather than an EF-M lens. Again though, we feel that the Neewer 35mm f/1.7 does stretch out ahead due to it being a native EF-M lens with a lower price tag and slightly better image quality.