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

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July 2002 · Canon · Canon EF · 50 mm · f/1.4 · 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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679 reviews
  • Good build quality, good IQ
    By Jazzman - June 18, 2015 - Best Buy
    I already had the Canon nifty fifty (50mm f/1.8) prime lens and it still works great. But the build quality leaves a lot to be desired and i wanted this better quality Canon 50mm f/1.4. Besides being a faster aperture (should be a tad better in low light) the build quality is much better and it has good IQ. I debated on getting the "Newer" 50mm f/1.8 STM upgrade. My thoughts were that...that upgrade may be a better buy since the price is the same as the old one. But looking at all the comparisons in specs, this lens (on paper) should have better IQ and build, and it seems to. I like the auto focus, quiet and fast. The bokeh and sharpness is great for a mid level lens. Not the build quality and IQ of the Canon 50mm f/1.2 L, but it's about a 5th the price, and much easier to use for a non Pro. One of the reasons I wanted this upgrade is the metal lens mount it has. My nifty fifty has no metal mount, all cheap plastic. I've read reviews where it may stick to your camera and be hard to get off. The nifty fifty has decent IQ but I didn't think it would hold up over time, or heavy use. But I will keep it as a backup since it so compact and doesn't take up much room.. If one is buying a 50mm prime lens for the 1st time and are looking for a good low cost lens, I'd recommend the "New" Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM upgrade. If one wants a better quality 50mm prime lens with better IQ, and willing to pay a little more, I highly recommend this Canon 50mm f/1.4 prime lens. Read full review
  • Great 50mm Prime
    By FunkMasterT - March 7, 2015 - Best Buy
    I have been shooting with this lens for a little over a year now. I love the metal mount, solid construction, and near silent AF. The bokeh, as someone else noted is exceptional. The biggest drawback from the lens is when you are shooting down in the F/1.4-2.8 range. The off-center sharpness drops off dramatically down in the range. If you are unaccustomed to it, you can get overly "creamy" or dream-like pictures that may be unsatisfactory. The upside is, at least you can get a clean shot in low-lighting at 1.4. The lens is razor sharp in the F/5.6-7.8 range, and truly excels in this area. At this aperture, the lens rivals its L series big brother (sort of...).

    Bottom line: Buy the lens, be considerate of sharpness loss in low aperture settings.
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  • Very good lens, but the f/1.8 a much better value
    By Doubledeej - June 22, 2013 - Best Buy
    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 intent. If you're looking for a lens for portrait work, just skip right over both 50mm options and go right to something at 85mm or longer. 50mm is a poor choice for portraits.

    Bottom line, if you're shooting portraits, just get the 85mm instead. For anyone else, unless you need full time manual focus, you've got money to burn, or you're really set on getting the f/1.4 for its slightly better build quality, I'd recommend getting the 50mm f/1.8 instead. It's 90% of what this lens is at roughly a third the price. Then invest what you would have spent on this one into the 85mm f/1.8. But as far as the difference between the f/1.8 lens and this lens, there really isn't that much of a difference. This lens is very good, but so is the f/1.8.
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Length2 in
Diameter2.9 in
Weight10.2 oz
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