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Canon Lens - 50 mm - F/1.4 - Canon EF

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July 2002 ∑ Canon ∑ Normal ∑ Canon EF ∑ Prime ∑ f/1.4 ∑ Autofocus ∑ Ultrasonic Motor
Canon offers an essential standard lens for EOS family. This lens starts with the optical design concept of the FD 50mm f/1.4, which has always been highly regarded for its superior sharpness and color balance. Two high-refraction glass lens elements minimize flare at maximum ...

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493 reviews
  • Ranked Second in Best Canon Prime Lens
    By Expert - December 27, 2011 - Bestcovery
    The Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Autofocus Lens provides a perspective that is very similar to the human eye. This fast lens features a maximum f/stop of f/1.4 and a minimum stop of f/22 which makes it ideal for all types of lighting situations regardless of brightness. This lens will create a desirable Ďbokehí (the out of... Read full review
  • Very good lens, but the f/1.8 a much better value
    By Doubledeej - June 22, 2013 - Best Buy
    Pros: Good but not excellent optics, easy manual focusing

    Cons: At 3-4x the price of the f/1.8, it should be better

    As a long-time user of the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, I was always envious of photographers that owned the f/1.4 version. And then I got one.

    I would never go so far as to say that this lens is bad in any way... it is, in fact, quite good. But its image quality isn't quite as high as I expected it to be, and it doesn't have anywhere near the bang-for-the-buck of the f/1.8 version. Image quality is only marginally better than the f/1.8, and while it uses a USM motor (not ring-type) to focus, it really doesn't focus that much faster and isn't terribly quiet while doing so.

    Build quality is better on the f/1.4, but only marginally so. It has a metal instead of plastic mount, but the body of the lens is still plastic. Being able to manually focus at any time is nice, but not something I would consider essential. Having a USM focusing system instead of the micro motor in the f/1.8 does give a feeling of higher quality, if focusing manually is your thing.

    So I actually have a really hard time recommending this lens to someone who already has nifty fifty. It's only marginally better, yet costs between three and four times as much.

    Image quality at f/1.4 is a little soft across the entire frame, but it is noticeably worse in the corners. It doesn't really sharpen up fully until f/2.8, but we don't buy this lens to shoot it at f/2.8 -- we buy it so we can shoot in really low light or to get maximum bokeh at f/1.4. If you don't mind some softness, f/1.4 does meet those requirements, but don't expect pictures to be tack sharp when doing so.

    For photographers looking at lens options, I'd have to recommend getting the 50mm f/1.8, and then the 85mm f/1.8 instead of the 50mm f/1.4. You'd be getting two great lenses for only a little bit more than you'd spend on just this one. The 85mm f/1.8 lens is significantly better than this one in nearly every way, and it is roughly the same price. And 85mm is much better for portrait work (especially on a full-frame body), if that is your i ... Read full review

  • Love it!
    By sjunkie - December 28, 2010 - Viewpoints
    Pros: Fast; great for low light

    The nifty-fifty or the 1.4? Thatís a question I am sure many people are asking themselves. Some even 1.4 or 1.2? I have used the 1.8 many times and loved it to pieces. You just canít beat the size, the quality of the pictures it takes, and most importantly the price. I picked one up brand new for a friend for a measly $60. Did I say it was brand new!?? Still, the 1.4 takes the cake when you compare the two and rightly so as it is almost 4 times the cost. Its amazing how the prices of the lenses go up exponentially with the aperture. The build quality is much better and the focus is fast and silent. The size is not much bigger than the 1.8 so that is also a big plus. The 1.2 is just a beast, I found that my hands were getting fatigued a bit too fast. As the 1.4 has more blades, the bokeh is a bit better with full circles. I love this little guy and donít think Iíll ever upgrade to the 1.2. If your want a more durable 50mm, get the 1.4. If you don't need the build quality then the 1.8 should be just fine. Read full review


Length2 in
Diameter2.9 in
Weight10.2 oz
First Seen On Google ShoppingJuly 2002

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Canon U.S.A. : Consumer & Home Office : EF 50mm f/1.4 USM