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Canon RF 50mm F1.8 STM

Explore your creativity and expand your photography skills with this remarkably compact and affordable prime lens that delivers more than you thought possible.

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See it in action

Watch the video with Ejiro Dafé, professional photographer and director, showcasing his work with the RF 50mm F1.8 STM lens.

Achieve sharp focus and create impact with out of focus backgrounds

Recreate that cinema look and take your photography to a new level of creativity by experimenting with different apertures.

  • More detail

    This image, shot at f/8, shows the face in focus as well as more details are visible in the background.

  • Stand out

    By f/4 the background is nicely soft, similar to a standard zoom lens.

  • Maximum impact

    At maximum aperture of f/1.8, the subject really stands out against a very soft background.

Wide aperture creativity

Create artistic and impactful images at lower ISO thanks to a wide f/1.8 aperture that achieves sharp focus on a subject yet delivers a beautiful blurred background.
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Sharp, quiet focusing

The STM (Stepping Motor) technology focuses very smoothly and in near-silence, ideal for stills and video. Super Spectra Coating on the lens elements ensure quality.
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Compact and lightweight

At 160g and 40.5mm, it is a highly compact and lightweight partner for your day-to-day shooting with EOS R-series cameras, with no adapter required.
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Considered design

Very discreet with a combined focusing and control ring for intuitive control, the lens has a 7-blade circular aperture for superb bokeh and focuses to 0.3m.
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Great lens for…

The RF 50mm F1.8 STM lens is a simple yet hugely versatile lens. Its superior sharpness, great low light performance and stunning bokeh make it ideal for many types of photography and video.

  • Great lens for everyday subjects

    Keep it with you every day and spot new photo opportunities everywhere.

  • Great lens for portraits

    Create portraits with impact thanks to the wide maximum aperture of this compact lens.

  • Great lens for creativity

    See what you’ve never seen before and express your vision.

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Get closer

The RF 50mm F1.8 STM lens focusses down to 30cm - a useful 5cm closer than the popular EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. The image on the left is taken with the EF 50mm lens at 35cm, while the image on the right is taken with the RF 50mm F1.8 STM at 30cm.


  • STM Motor

    Smooth, fast, near silent autofocus

  • Wide f/1.8 aperture

    Great for low light and stunning bokeh

  • Aspheric lens element

    Superior sharpness from centre to edge

  • RF mount

    Compact design with better performance

  • Super Spectra Coating

    Improves image quality and colour rendering

  • Creativity at lower cost

    Natural perspective and affordable



See how the RF 50mm F1.8 STM compares to its EF counterpart and the L-series RF 50mm F1.2L

RF 50mm F1.8 STM

RF 50mm F1.8 STM

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

EF 50mm f/1.8 STM

RF 50mm F1.2L USM

RF 50mm F1.2L USM



Maximum aperture


Minimum focusing distance


Lens construction

6 elements in 5 groups
6 elements in 5 groups
15 elements in 9 groups

Special low dispersion glass

PMo Aspherical element

UD element

Aspherical element

Special coating

Super Spectra Coating
Super Spectra Coating
Air Sphere Coating, fluorine coating


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Aperture blades


IS (CIPA standard correction effect)

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Filter diameter


Maximum diameter and length

Approx. 69.2 mm x 40.5 mm
Approx. 69.2 mm x 39.3 mm
Approx. 89.8 mm x 108.0 mm




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What’s in the box

Just add an EOS R full frame mirrorless camera and you’ll be up and running in no time.

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