Is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM still worth buying in 2022?

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
(Image credit: James Artaius)

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, for years, was Canon's essential lens. The must-have prime, the camera bag completer, the one that everyone should own. Is that still the case in 2022, though? 

The answer, to me, is a big fat yes: the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is as essential now as ever it was. And that's even in the age where it has been replaced by the Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.