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

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 479 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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

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    Doubledeej
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Versatile Lightweight Bokeh

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    Victor
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    This lens is a great investment, especially for beginners. I began my journey with photography using a Canon T3i and the kit lens that came with it. I wasn't satisfied with the low light capabilities of both the lens and the camera itself. With this lens you can stop down to 1.4 which is more than enough for most situations and perfect for portraiture. This is the first full frame lens I've purchased - and love it! *******************************Crop Users***************************** For full frame cameras you will get the field of view as specified, however for a crop sensor camera like the Canon Rebel T3i, the view would be similar to the view of an 85mm on a full frame body (1.7x the focal length). Just something to keep in mind when purchasing this lens - for all the beginners out there. If you want the same field of view on a crop sensor look for a wider lens like a 30mm (30 * 1.7 ≈ 50). Another lens I'd recommend for crop sensor cameras is the Sigma Art 18-35mm f 1.8 lens, which is absolutely phenomenal. ************************************************************************ Anyways, this lens practically lives on my 5D Mark IV and is absolutely versatile for portraits,street photography, architecture, and event photography. I have noticed some chromatic aberration in some backlit scenarios, but overall the sharpness and quality is great! For video, the AF is a bit noisy and gets picked up with the built in microphone, so if you are purchasing this lens for video, just keep this in mind and invest in sound recording equipment (off camera). PROS Build is a little bit of plastic and metal which helps it stay lightweight. Great Focal Length for various categories of photography Great for Low Light! (It's a fast lens - duh!) Bokeh is nice! CONS Photography: Occasional Chromatic Aberration in Backlit Scenarios Videography: AF Motors are a bit noisy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Shoot above f/2.2 for best results

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    TJDeRinger
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    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

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    Jazzman
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    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

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    a2Dave
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    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

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    Keyan
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    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

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    FunkMasterT
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    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

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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Much improved lens over the 50 mm f/1.8

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    gggator2001
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    I love the 50mm prime. It gives an incredibly soft background and really accentuates your subject. The question is, why would you spend an extra $300 to get the f/1.4 rather than sticking with the f/1.8? The reason is quality. I had a problem with my f/1.8 where it became stuck to my DSLR body. I did some research on the internet, and it seems to be a common problem. The only way to get it off is to break it; the problem is, you can also risk damaging the body as well. Luckily for me I was able to dismantle the lens without any damage to the body, but I knew I wouldn't be getting the f/1.8 again. The issue seems to be the plastic ring in the inside of the lens, you can read more here: http://www.theroastedroot.net/removing-a-stuck-canon-50mm-f1-8-camera-lens/ Save yourself the trouble, get the f/1.4 instead. Plus, you can get even more light with the 1.4 and the quality of the pictures is even better. Win-win.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    canon ef 50mm f/ 1.4 usm standard camera lens

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    Squire52
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    Great lens, last saturday , went out with my grandsons , was able to take pictures very close up , and all around , the pictures all were perfect, with very bright sunlight, not any work at all, did not have to work hard, to get that great picture, did not have any shadows, was taking pictures very fast, as not to miss the one great shot, was very pleased, with the lens, can't go wrong for the price i, have other len's for my mark ii ,that cost 4 to 5 time's more and i am just as pleased with this one, all the shots where all action, the kids rolling logs and non stop action. Like having the fixed len's this is a new frontier for me ,really fun!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of My Favorite Canon Lenses

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    JeffatTheCreek
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    Every now and then I bring out all of the Canon lenses and just randomly shoot a bunch of shots with each of them and then review the pictures without ever touching them up. This happens to be one of my favorite lenses and I know this because I always have so many more pictures with this lens than a couple of the others I just had to have, which I also like too. I have to say, there is only one Canon lens I probably didn't need and it is the Fisheye lens. Cool lens but I still have two-three pretty expensive lenses on my wish list I would rather have than that Fisheye one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Pictures

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    GeorgiaD
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must have 50mm prime lens

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    shutterclick51
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    I upgraded from the Canon 50mm 1.8 to the 50mm 1.4 in this purchase based on the improved build quality and reputation of the f1.4 lens. While the 'thrifty fifty' f1.8 is a great lens and hard to beat the f1.4 lens is a step up. Hard to describe but the subtle differences in glass, construction of the body and overall build quality but it is an exceptional lens and worth the upgrade. I ordered the lens online and had it delivered to the store... it arrived a day earlier than projected! The Best Buy staff was great and I'm totally pleased with the transaction.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Its a good lens

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    StreetShoot
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    This is a very good lens. I shoot with a Canon 7d and T2i as my back up. I use this lens primarily for street shooting and for portrait work.. I can't use this lens as often wide open as I would like to due to color fringing and other issues associated with wide open shooting, however it is just as good the 1.2L or the 1.8 when stopped down beyond 1.8. Bokeh is a bit hash, but not annoyingly so. The main reason to get this lens is the build quality over the 1.8 or as we lovingly call it "fantastic plastic." I used the 1.8 for years and is what people say it is, A fantastic lens for the price, but when you are ready to have an actual focus ring that is useable, the extra 3/4th stop option and the better build quality, This will work a lot better for your system

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    In Love with this Lens!

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    Glitterbird
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for low-light and indoor conditions

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    Achint
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    If you are looking for a perfect indoor lens, this one is for you. It works well everywhere too. Two most common indoor photography challenges are lighting and clutter (stuff you don't want in your pictures). This prime lens solves both problems, It's 1.4L aperture is great to capture stunning photos in minimal lights and prime focus blurs everything but the subject. Its ultrasonic motor is fast, gives amazing results with pet photography.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great portrait lens

    Posted
    BriarRose1891

    I actually ended up having to return this lens because of a focusing malfunction- but I have it great reviews because sometimes, you just get a lemon. It doesn't mean every lens is bad, and my new lens performs beautifully. It is my go-to lens for 90% of my work- especially young children because it allows me to be a little further back- and if you've ever worked with kids- you know how easily distracted they can be when they see a camera!! I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a good quality portrait lens without the huge price tag!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Very, very soft lens. Not recommended.

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    AZFOTO
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    I have shot 5 other "fast" 50mm lenses from 3 manufacturers. This is by far the worst iteration of a 50mm f/1.4 lens that I have ever used. The lens is way to soft wide open - at least twice as soft as the Canon f/1.8 which is far less expensive. This lens also back focuses when shooting subjects further away, and front focuses when shooting subjects close up. Micro adjustments will not help. All of my photos looked like I smeared vasoline or crisco on the front element. Otherwise, the lens is built fairly well and focuses at a decent speed. I returned this lens. I guess I'll wait until Canon releases a refresh of the 1.4 like they did for the 1.8....

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great lens, a bit soft when shooting wide open.

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    hmeckler
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    This is my second copy and it is a bit better than my first one when it comes to sharpness when shooting wide open. Color saturation is great, built quality is also really good. My fist copy lasted around five years using it 4 times a week and about 500 shots every time as it’s my go to lens when shooting street runners.

    I would recommend this to a friend