Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard Lens: This Canon 50mm lens has an unusually large maximum aperture so you can get detailed pictures even in low light without needing a flash. It's excellent for basic portraits and scenic shots, especially at night.
Great Prime lens
Posted by: Keyan from: on
This lens is a great fixed (or Prime) focal length lens. It has a huge aperture that can let on an enormous amount of light, and also allows for very smooth depth of field blur (or bokeh). It is suited mostly for more artistic shots and portraits or when low light without flash is required. The fixed length means that you have to move the camera to compose the shot, or crop the image in post, however the trade off is the huge aperture (F/1.4) and the great image quality you get from a prime lens.
I would also suggest a hood when shooting outdoors or near bright light sources - I have picked up some lens flare from the sun even when it is not in the frame. It will also sometimes have trouble getting a focus lock if the aperture is set closer to wide open and the subject is moving due to the narrow depth of field and the subject shifting out of focus.
Overall I would recommend this lens, especially if you want the artistic depth of field effect and particularly for portrait and natural light work.
64 out of 67 found this review helpful.
Tack sharp images
Posted by: Brett2009 from: Orlando,FL on
This little beauty shines! I have owned the $100 50mm F/1.8, and it is a usable and good starter prime. I have also shot with the 50mm F/1.2 L, which will run you $1600. I purchased this lens as a fine cost/value compromise. Beyond f2.8 I cannot see any difference between the "L" glass and this lens. It is excellent for portraiture on a crop sensor body such as the 60D or 7D. I love the ability to create extremely shallow DOF with very nice bokeh. The USM is fast and quiet. This lens is my choice for ambient light portraiture. You will not regret this lens at this price, unless you are getting paid a small fortune and shoot only with L series glass anyway. The other 99% of us could not reach the limits of what this lens can produce normally.
51 out of 53 found this review helpful.
Amazing lens for the price
Posted by: Drjones6801 from: Baltimore, MD on
I can't say enough good things about this lens. The price is fairly inexpensive for the quality of the image you receive. The bokeh is amazing. I'm sure there are better portrait lenses on the market for Canon, but you can't beat the quality you get from this lens for a mere +/- $400. The large aperture creates an extremely shallow depth of field and allows for easy handheld night shots. My only complaint with this lens would be the focus itself. With the aperture wide open it can be very difficult to get the focus exactly where you want it.
41 out of 44 found this review helpful.
Very good lens, but the f/1.8 a much better value
Posted by: Doubledeej from: Orem, UT on
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.
29 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Best Bang for your Buck!
Posted by: VonJose from: Austin, TX on
I have tried the Canon 50mm F1.8 II for 2 weeks and was happy with results.
I have also tried the Canon 50mm F1.2 for a day and fell in love with it completely but not my wallet.
With the Canon 50mm F1.4, I was able to get the same quality on the F1.2 for a fraction of the cost yet not a toy like F1.8 II.
I am very happy with my purchase.
29 out of 29 found this review helpful.
In Love with this Lens!
Posted by: Glitterbird from: Texas on
This is my new favorite lens. It performs excellent in low light. I shoot completely natural light with this lens. No flash, Every image is clear, crisp and clean. I would expect it's best to have a nicer end camera that can handle the high ISO if you plan to shoot completely with natural light. I shoot Manual which also pulls the best out of this lens.
For the money, it's performance is top notch.
19 out of 19 found this review helpful.
must have lens
Posted by: leftyguns from: Denver, CO on
i cant believe no one else has added a review of this lense. the price has come down so its more affordable now. this is a must have for anyone with a camera. it takes good pics and is light weight and the auto focus is good. the range of f/stops makes it good all around prime lense
72 out of 91 found this review helpful.
Perfect Lens for Beginning Photographer
Posted by: msviss from: California on
I bought this lens to replace my Canon 50mm f/1.8 that got dropped and broke. I'm so glad I upgraded. This lens is made much nicer than the other and I feel its much better quality. Don't get me wrong f/1.8 is a steal for $100. But if you are looking for something that is a little better quality without breaking the bank this lens is for you.
17 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Posted by: GeorgiaD from: California on
I really like this lens. We got our camera in a kit with a lens that was versatile with zoom and all but I was looking to take pictures of my kids that had a more "artsy" look. This lens did just that. It automatically makes ordinary pictures look more constructed and professional. Mind you I am a total amateur and dabbler photographer and have taken only one photography class but I get compliments on my photos because they look more abstract than others I've taken. I don't know much about the technicality of it all but I really love the results that its given me.
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Most have lens for any level of photographer.
Posted by: israelagm from: San Jose, CA on
Ordered this lens to build upon my starter kit of my Canon t2i that I have had for over 2 years now. Great addition and I am satisfied with the quality/clarity of the photos it is able to capture. The bokeh effect it gives to my shots are even better than before and this is definitely something that you should consider buying if all you have is the standard kit that came with the camera.
An obvious recommendation.