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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Imported

B&H # CA5014EF Mfr # 2515A003
You Pay: $399.00
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

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 3139 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2303)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (736)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (63)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (11)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (2020)
    • Consistent output (1544)
    • Durable (1201)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1176)
    • Easy to use (1120)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (258)
    • Weak casing (68)
    • Heavy (49)
    • Blurry focus (35)
    • Difficult to clean (18)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (1562)
    • Night photography (1206)
    • General purpose (1119)
    • Low light (846)
    • Weddings (572)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (999), Semi-pro photographer (783), Pro photographer (423), Casual photographer (406), Enthusiast (187)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (2071), Yes (151)

    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 at great price

    By Carrie in SC

    from New Ellenton, SC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Portraits

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

        I really like this lens, lightweight, and nice bocah, and great in low-light. I know it will be great for portrait shots. So far have just used it on flowers.

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        • No

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        5.0

        New Lens

        By Janny

        from Southgate, MI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

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

          I love it

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          • No

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          5.0

          Greeeeat!

          By Keymab

          from Mexico

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

          Great product great price great service.
          The lens I needed I found it. Love this lens! 5d3 and 50mm 1.4 best match ever.

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          5.0

          excelente decisión

          By henry_barrera

          from Medellín, CO

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

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

            Tengo una 60D y la uso para producción de video, este lente me ha sido muy útil para espacios donde la iluminación es poca. También es excelente para entrevistas ya que permite restar profundidad de campo en los planos medios.El lente ofrece un plano muy cerrado y eso dificulta cualquier uso diferente. No hay forma de hacer planos generales o panorámicas. Para mi no es problema porque lo combino bien con un 18-200

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great glass, great buy, Great Company

            By CharliePeepers

            from Stoneham MA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Recycling
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                This was my first lens purchase from B&H. I had a great experience. This is an awesome lens and a very good price Thank you B&H

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                5.0

                Great Affordable Lens

                By Marshall Arts Media

                from Dallas

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

                This lens works great for shooting interviews on my Canon 5D. I don't need a larger aperture because any shallower depth of field causes my interviewees to move out of focus too easily. I usually shoot at 2.8 and it is sharp and pretty.

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                5.0

                Excellent Service at B&H

                By Chuck

                from Austin, TX

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use

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

                    New lens did not allow for auto focus. B&H accepted the returned lens and exchanged it for a new one. Service was friendly, efficient and timely.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good Lens

                    By sonofg

                    from MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          Good product, fast focus, great photo's

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Excellent quality for the price

                          By H. L. Ávalos

                          from Concepción, Chile

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Smooth Focus

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits

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

                            I wanted to get the Sigma 50mm but it wasn't on stock, so I decided to go for the Canon. Using it on a 1000D I found it better than I expected. Replaced the old 50mm f/1.8 and the change is really noticeable.
                            It has a really nice bokeh and the AF is quite silent. The lens feels sturdy and quality built.

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                            5.0

                            Worth Every Penny

                            By Jboe

                            from Houston TX

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

                            This was my first prime lense purchase. It is great in low lighting situations and it gives me a large depth of field.

                            I was thinking about getting the 1.8 but the quality of materials that are used to make the 1.4 are better. Quality over quantity any day. That being said the 1.2 was way out of my budget. Hope this is helpful.

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                            4.0

                            Small but Mighty

                            By ChelseaTX

                            from San Antonio, TX

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Rare Soft Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Photojournalism
                            • Portraits

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

                            This is a great affordable lens for professional work. It is very small, performs well in low light, and creates some beautiful bokeh. Fast focus, but occaisionally misses focus. A good addition to my bag for portrait work and even for travel.

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                            5.0

                            Opens a whole new world of possibilities

                            By dbouchon

                            from Cupertino, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Powerful Output

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Inside Photography
                              • Night Photography
                              • Portraits

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

                              This is my fastest lens so far - my other lens only opens at f/4. And this means a tremendous difference.This lens allows me to now take most of my inside photos without the flash, and to get great light and colors. I am now using it most of the time, and am getting awesome picture.One the flip side, obviously, at f/1.4, the depth of field is quite short, so making sure the focus is perfect is essential. Also, in many of my portraits with it, it is just not possible to get the whole face in focus. This makes some interesting effects though.Last, this lens makes me want to have all of my other lens open that much too!!

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                              4.0

                              Fine low light lens. Smooth focus.

                              By Wes

                              from Iowa

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • Bulky

                              Best Uses

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

                                I use this lens with an adapter for my Panasonic GH3 DSLR. The adapter interrupts communication between my camera and the lens, so no auto-focusing available; which doesn't seem to matter because of this lens' smooth manual focus. I got great creepy alley shots for a short film project. Not as great in low light as my 30mm pancake lens, but still a great low light choice.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                If you don't have one, get one

                                By Tristan

                                from Northampton, MA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Economical
                                • Fast
                                • Sharp

                                Cons

                                • Twice The Price

                                Best Uses

                                • Everyday Use
                                • Full Body Portraits
                                • Indoor Photography
                                • Night Photography

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

                                I upgraded to the 50mm 1.4f from my old 50mm 1.8f, which abruptly broke in half. Clearly, it was time for an upgrade. I'm using this lens on a full frame camera for candid images in low light situations and for outdoor night scenes. I'm a fan of the razor thin depth of field, and boy is it thin. It's so thin that when I first got the lens I found out that my camera has a slight back focus problem. I went back to other lenses and noticed that my camera has been back focusing the whole time, ever so slightly. The 1.4 aperture lets in another stop of light than Cannon's 50mm f1.8, which I have found to be a game changer in dark alleys and dimly lit party situations. The 1.4 performs better than the 1.8 at 1.8. I was disappointed to find however that the image quality wide open isn't quite as good as the 1.8 wide open, so be aware that your shooting habits have to adjust if you're transitioning from the 1.8. The 1.4 aperture also makes for better autofocus in low light situations.
                                If you're thinking about buying a lens and you don't have a prime lens yet, do yourself a favor and just buy this lens. You can't go wrong. I gave this advice to a friend, and he thanked me over and over again later. If you are on a budget you can get by just fine on the 50mm 1.8f, but keep in mind that this is now my second 50mm lens because the 1.8f broke.

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                                5.0

                                Great lense!

                                By KateG

                                from Illinois

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

                                Great lense, good quality and takes great pictures!

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                                5.0

                                Great lens

                                By RNJoyce

                                from St. Louis, MI

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

                                Love this lens! I have taken some beautiful pics of kids and animals with this. The f1.4 allows for that sharp picture with nice bokeh. So glad I bought this lens.

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                                5.0

                                Very fast shipping and easy ordering!

                                By Ramsey

                                from Tallahassee, Fl

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits

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

                                  I went back and forth over whether to order the Canon 50mm 1.4 or the Sigma and decided to go with the Canon. I LOVE the lens! Very sharp and lightweight (which I wanted, since I was using the 1.8 previously). B&H had the best price and I completely trust the company. The shipping was very fast and I had no problems whatsoever receiving my equipment!

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                                  5.0

                                  Love this lens!

                                  By Jesse

                                  from Texas

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

                                  I'd been waiting a while to buy this lens. I'm glad I finally forked over some $ for this amazing lens! It has super fast focusing and the pictures are sharp. The background blur it creates is fantastic. The build quality seems great too.

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                                  5.0

                                  Good for Low Light

                                  By Gloworm

                                  from Bronx, NYC

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Slow Focus

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Portraits

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

                                  Low light photography

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Nifty Fifty, indeed

                                  By TheSaxfiend

                                  from Phoenix, AZ

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Low Lit Music Clubs
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Photojournalism
                                    • Portraits

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

                                    I purchased this in replacement for my former f1.8 and it's head and shoulders above my previous lens.Sharper, quicker and locks onto target with ease.I would recommend this to all.

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