A simple lens: the Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM

Panos Voudouris
5 min readDec 18, 2022

I do like a normal lens. I really do. The majority of my photos are with one. Across all the formats I have used (35mm, 645, 6x6, 6x7) the one lens that served me the most was the standard lens. 4x5 is a bit of a different story though, let’s leave that out.

Here’s a list of normal, or near-normal in the 40–60mm range, lenses I have used with 35mm cameras in the last 20+ years:

  • Canon EF 40/2.8 STM, 50mm f/1.8 I & II & STM, EF 50/1.2 L
  • Nikon 50/1.8 D & G, 50/1.4 D, 50/1.2 AIS, 58/1.8G