I have a post about my New Camera, New Lenses and a post about my New Lens Old Camera, so it seems fitting that I should have a New Camera Old Lens post. In this case, I’m referring to my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV outfitted with my Canon EF 50mm 1:1.8 STM lens. Granted, that lens isn’t all that old. I bought it new in March 2017, but it is old relative to the Mark IV.
I have been very pleased with the 50mm when I’ve used it with my Canon EOS Rebel T3 and my Canon EOS Rebel 2000. It was a big step up in quality from the kit lens of either of those cameras, especially considering how inexpensive it is. I was curious how it would perform on a higher end camera.
I have to say, I am likewise very pleased with the results. Although the pictures aren’t quite as sharp as they are with the lenses I bought with the Mark IV, they are acceptably sharp. Unlike my higher end lenses which top out at f4, the 50mm goes to f1.8 making it a better lens for darker situations. I had gone out on a photo walk late in the evening and had no issues with the dwindling light. And, of course, it gives me the option of a shallower depth of field.
Although one day I may want to upgrade to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens, I think I’ll be content with my current 50mm for the near future.