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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens

B&H # CA5014EF MFR # 2515A003 Imported
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Product Highlights

  • EF Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Two High Refraction Lens Elements
  • Gaussian Optics Eliminate Astigmatism
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Infrared Index
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 17.8"
  • Filter Thread Diameter: 58mm
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This EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens from Canon is a standard length lens featuring superb quality and portability. Its f/1.4 maximum aperture makes it very effective in low light situations and able to provide shallow depth of field focus. Two high-refraction lens elements and new Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference. Its ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) enables fast, smooth and silent autofocus action and full-time manual focus override allows for the precision of manual focus even in One Shot AF mode.

Standard focal length 50mm lens is effective in a multitude of shooting situations and ideal for day-to-day shooting.
An f/1.4 maximum aperture provides clear imaging in low light situations and shallow depth of field.
Ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) operation is fast, smooth and virtually silent.
Performance
Focal Length 50mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 46°
Minimum Focus Distance 1.5' (45 cm)
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 7/6
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.9 x 2.0" (7.37 x 5.08 cm)
Weight 10.23 oz (290 g)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
  • E-58 II 58mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 3370 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2458)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (796)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (72)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (13)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (2148)
    • Consistent output (1629)
    • Durable (1272)
    • Easy to use (1255)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (279)
    • Weak casing (69)
    • Heavy (52)
    • Blurry focus (35)
    • Difficult to clean (18)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (1699)
    • Night photography (1273)
    • General purpose (1222)
    • Low light (851)
    • Weddings (573)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (1053), Semi-pro photographer (844), Pro photographer (462), Casual photographer (441), Enthusiast (187)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (2250), Yes (158)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great indoor lens

    I bought this lens for the holidays to take pictures of our family and guests at each of our gatherings. I have a 50D and I take mostly sport shots. Indoor, non-moving targets...Read complete review

    I bought this lens for the holidays to take pictures of our family and guests at each of our gatherings. I have a 50D and I take mostly sport shots. Indoor, non-moving targets are new to me. I have 3 kids that all play hockey and lacrosse so I have the 2.8 70-200 usm II and the 2.8 24-70 both L series and both incredible lenses. I didn't go for the 1.2L series because one of my friends is a professional wedding photographer and she knows people with both and found the difference slight. Please keep in mind when talking to my friend I was referring to non-professional use. It has done quite a nice job. I have been using it with a 580ex flash, so the pictures really do "pop". If you are in the market for a reliable, decent - indoor lens - I would recommend it. I have also taken some really nice sunset shots. The colors are very true. This lens is perfect for the price and the results. In this case - you may actually get a little more than you pay for...One thing - in low or filtered light, you better have a good flash, a tripod or a ridiculously steady hand - even at 1.4.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great Optics, Poor Motor/Engineering

    While the auto-focus of my copy was working well, this lens very rarely came off of my 50D. The Bokeh is beautiful, the soft focus and background blur around 1.4/1.8 is dreamy,...Read complete review

    While the auto-focus of my copy was working well, this lens very rarely came off of my 50D. The Bokeh is beautiful, the soft focus and background blur around 1.4/1.8 is dreamy, and wonderful for child portraits.

    Now that the AF motor is on the fritz I'm looking for a different lens that I can afford. I called a Canon Repair shop and was quoted $170.00 to replace the motor, and the guy said it was quite common...Just to have it go out again? No thanks!

    Since my wife and I are still on crop sensors, I think I'll go with Sigma's 35mm 1.4, to get right around 50mm. I will keep this lens and use it manually, though if I had done more research and found that it had such issues, I would not have purchased. I love my AF.

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    5.0

    Great lens!

    By Ali N.

    from South Jordan, UT

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Recycling
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful Output
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

      Works beautifully, like my 85 mm.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Nice for low light portraits

      By greginphoenix

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

        I use it for portraits and low light uses, which it is pretty much made for. I like the 1.4 feature.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Everything I hoped it would be

        By See What Eye See Photography

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Powerful Output

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

          Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

          A fantastic standard lens. It creates incredilbe depth of field. So glad I have it, and will look to use it as often as possible when shooting.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Broke my first one and had to have another

          By Blue Birdy

          from Oxford, MS

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

            I broke my first lens like this, and started using my wide angle lens. Needless to say, I think I was spoiled from the sharpness of my 50mm, because I went ahead and purchased another 50mm. Hands down, my favorite lens ever for the price! It's a shame that when my other fell out my bag in the yard, it broke. Will definitely be more careful!

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I love this lens! Great price!

            By Gretation

            from Lafayette, LA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

                Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                I use this lens for personal use. I am a fine art photographer. I do a lot of portraits. I have been using a 50mm f/1.8 for several years it is really nice getting a set up. Also getting this lens at such a great price makes it that much better. Received the lens really quickly as well. Overall a great deal and awesome lens.

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                • No

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                4.0

                B&H- Canon 50mm

                By Kiv

                from Brooklyn

                Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                Great quality. Clean and crisp shots. B&H always carries quality merchandise.

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                5.0

                Awesome lens for the price point

                By OG

                from California

                Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                Must have lens in every bag, no need to buy the 1.2L, unless you have money to burn.

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                5.0

                EF 50mm F/1.4

                By T. Edward Cripe

                from Goshen, IN.

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Photojournalism
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                    I've only used this lens for a few weeks, but I am very impressed
                    I'm looking forward to using this lens for portrait photography and If I would say one thing about this lens it has pushed me to be a better photographer.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Lens at an excellent price!!!!

                    By Colin

                    from Norfolk, CT

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful Output
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                      People say it's not sharp enough and you might as well go for the 1.2. WRONG! the 1.2 is probably better but for the price this lens is AMAZING. Check out pictures i attach.

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Returned

                      By Adam

                      from Philadelphia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Weak Output

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                      This was my first and only copy of this lens, so please take this review with a grain of salt.

                      After having my nifty fifty's AF motor die 2 months into ownership, I decided to purchase a more reliable lens in the 50mm range. Hastily, I ordered this lens (50mm f1.4) expecting it to blow the obviously cheap 50mm f1.8 out of the water.

                      The image quality was better but not 3x better as the price suggests - not even twice as good as it's plastic little brother - and the build quality, while not bad comparitavely still felt a little flimsy. The focusing ring in particular was adequately dampened, but kind of creaked as it spun around the barrel.

                      The image quality at 1.4 through 1.8 was almost too soft to be usable, which was the real deal-breaker. Even the nifty fifty was sharper at f1.8. Stopped down to f2.0 and above, the images were exceptionally sharp however.

                      Perhaps returning this lens for another copy would have solved the softness issue, but I instead returned this lens in favor of the larger and admittedly heavier Sigma version and haven't looked back.

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                      4.0

                      Great little lens for the $$

                      By jerid7

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Photojournalism
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                        For the money, this is a great lens to add to your kit. Having used the L-series 50 mm lens that I'd borrowed from a friend, this 50 mm obviously doesn't compare, but again, for the money it's a great 50 mm prime.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Lens !!

                        By tpant

                        from Fremont, CA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                            Portrait Photography

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Purple fringe monster ...

                            By zanypoet

                            from Richmond, VA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                            • Excessive Purple Fringing

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Night Photography
                            • Photojournalism
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                            Sharp, deliberate, meaning not that fast but fast enough focusing speed and silent. Good bokeh and overall performance BUT atrocious purple fringing under certain conditions. Could be a deal breaker for some ...

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                            5.0

                            Great Portrait Lens for my Canon 70D

                            By Dr. Alan

                            from Plant City, Fl

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Great in low light

                            Cons

                            • Can Be Soft Wide Open

                            Best Uses

                            • Night Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                            I bought this lens primarily for portraits and low-light photography. I considered the 50mm f/1.8, but I tend to keep things a long time and was concerned about the build quality.
                            I've only had the lens for several weeks, but I put it on the camera and left it for a while. It has turned out to be exactly what I wanted, especially in low light situations. I took some photographs of my in-laws celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary in a dimly lit restaurant. The pictures are great and were taken without a flash.
                            Wide open, the pictures can be a little soft, but I've found I can tweak the focus manually and still get great sharpness. Stepping to f/2.0 or 2.2 relieves the need to make any manual adjustments. I'm very happy with this lens.

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                            4.0

                            good choice for this price

                            By Julia G

                            from Ukraine

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                            Sharp focus lens, lightweight and good for its cost.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens!

                            By J Watts

                            from North Hollywood, CA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                              For the money I really love what this Lens gives me. Of course it's not an L Series lens, so the Bokeh won't be as amazing but I'm still very pleased for what it gives me.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great Lens

                              By Doddson

                              from Dallas, TX

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Night Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                                I bought this on recommendation of professionals and instructors. They said when you buy this "move your feet" It does require you to move. I love the quality of the photos.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                My New Favorite Lens

                                By Shot by Stephen James

                                from West Hollywood, CA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                                  This is great for portrait and artistic shots.

                                  I'm just upset that I didn't purchase this lens sooner!

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  First Prime

                                  By Noam

                                  from NYC

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                                    This is my first foray into prime lenses. I have a little baby girl, and have, since her birth, naturally started doing a lot more portraiture. Until now I have worked with a flash, but this lens's high speed provides quite amazing results with natural lighting. I am very happy with it.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great lens for the price

                                    By KatieL

                                    from Kentucky

                                    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens:

                                    Great little portrait lens for the price.

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