Canon - EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard Lens - Black

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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.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard Lens
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (394 out of 404)

    Features


    Compatible with most Canon EOS cameras

    For use with your existing Canon EOS DSLR camera.

    Lightweight standard lens for everyday use

    This small and ultra-portable lens is an unobtrusive option for day-to-day pictures. Its compact design makes it ideal for use in large crowds.

    50mm focal length

    A versatile focal length for capturing crystal clear shots throughout a variety of shooting situations. Effectively mimics your own eye view.

    f/1.4 maximum aperture

    Produces clear images even in low-light situations, including indoor settings and on overcast days.

    1.5' minimum focusing distance

    Accommodates 58mm filters

    Accessories included

    Comes with lens cap and rear lens dust cap.


    Customer rating

    4.8
    98%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    4.1

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    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very good lens, but the f/1.8 a much better value

      Posted
      Doubledeej
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Shoot above f/2.2 for best results

      Posted
      TJDeRinger
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I love this lens and recommend it for professionals and casual shooters both. I shoot a lot of weddings and this year I decided to use primes over zooms for my wedding work and I haven't looked back. I got this lens at Best Buy in Yonkers, NY and I recommend this Canon 50mm f1.4 over the f/1.8 version. Faster and better bokeh. The 1.4 is also built better than the 1.8 version and is the better alternative if you don't have the Cheddar Chee$e for fork over for the King of Kings 50mm f/1.2L. Some reviews on the internet don't give this f/1.4 great ratings because it is soft at f/1.4 to f/2.0. It certainly can be but I don't find that to be the case in all situations. If I'm shooting a portrait of one person and use fill flash, the results from f1.4 to 1.8 are quite excellent. If there's more than 1 person in the frame you want in focus, you should be stopping down anyway, no question about it. This lens is best used at f/2.2 to f/8 IMO.Be aware that this lens doesn't come with a hood, but third party hoods are available for cheap. I always used a lens hood when shooting professionally or personally.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good build quality, good IQ

      Posted
      Jazzman
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Better Than Some of the Reviews Out There

      Posted
      a2Dave
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Based on other reviews I had read, I had one concern buying this lens, but went ahead because I wanted a good quality prime lens for portraits. The main gripe I had read was that the autofocus is poor, particularly at full open aperture and using center focus area. I immediately ran some tests at f/1.4 with autofocus set to focus in the center of the field of view. Images made both in LiveView and viewfinder modes, at various subject distances, had crisp focus in the area I had selected. I have to conclude that there is not an inherent flaw in the lens design and how it interacts with the camera for focusing. Perhaps other reviewers didn't understand how aperture affects depth of field. At full aperture of f/1.4, the depth of field for focus is quite narrow (one reason I wanted the lens) enabling the user to blur out distracting backgrounds in portraits. I also like the metal camera mount (unlike the plastic used on Canon's 50mm f/1.8 lens). One minor drawback is that you can hear the USM focusing mechanism (compared to the silent STM focusing in my other lens). Not an issue unless you are shooting video and don't want to hear the lens focusing. Overall, the lens is everything I expected and does not suffer from issues I have read about in other reviews.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Prime lens

      Posted
      Keyan
      • Top 10 ContributorTop 10 Contributor

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great 50mm Prime

      Posted
      FunkMasterT
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Tack sharp images

      Posted
      Brett2009

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing lens for the price

      Posted
      Drjones6801

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 9 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about design, size, usability and price.
    • photodo.comRating, 3.5 out of 5photodo.com on April 8, 2011
      REVIEW: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
      Gary Wolstenholme takes a look at Canon's mid-range 'nifty-fifty'. Standard lenses such as this are popular due to their lightweight and bright maximum aperture.Full Review
    • ePHOTOzine (UK)Rating, 3.5 out of 5October 14, 2010
      Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Review
      A standard 50mm lens with a bright maximum aperture of f/1.4 and silent ultrasonic focusing.Full Review
    • whatdigitalcamera.comRating, 4.8 out of 5Jon Tarrant on February 1, 2010
      Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM review
      Available at a fraction of the price of its f/1.2 brother, how does this sub-£300 prime compare. Read the WDC Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM review to find out.Full Review
    • LensTip.com (UK)Szymon Starczewski on December 15, 2009
      Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4 USM
      A 50 mm lens is one of the most classic devices in the assortment of every advanced photography enthusiast or every professional photographer. In days of analogue photography it was an instrument which gave you the same picture scale as the humanFull Review
    • TechRadar (UK)Rating, 4.5 out of 5Rod Lawton on August 13, 2009
      Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM review
      If you need a fast prime lens for a Canon body, your choice is clearFull Review
    • Practical Photography (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5June 13, 2009
      Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM
      Canon's 50mm f/1.4 USM lens is a well built piece of glass and the very large maximum aperture of f/1.4 means you can both shoot in dim conditions and get some pleasingly shallow depth-of-field effects in your pictures.Full Review
    • Digital Photography ReviewAndy Westlake on September 2, 2008
      Canon EF 50mm F1.4 USM Lens Review
      The EF 50mm F1.4 USM is Canon's mid-level offering in a range stuffed full of 50mm primes, covering all budgets from the ultra-cheap 50mm F1.8 mkII through to the stratospherically-priced 50mm F1.2 L USM. Although it was introduced in June 1993,Full Review
    • photozone.deRating, 4.5 out of 5Jaroslaw Komasinski on August 17, 2005
      Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
      The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM was introduced back in June 1993 sitting as an affordable alternativein-between the extremely expensive (and now discontinued) EF 50mm f/1.0 USM L and the cheapoEF 50mm f/1.8. On an APS-C DSLR the field-of-viewFull Review


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