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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens USA

You Pay: $399.00
Mail-in Rebate: -$50.00 (see details)
Offer Ends: AUG 30 '14
Price after Rebate: $349.00
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 3193 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2334)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (752)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (66)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (12)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (2052)
    • Consistent output (1562)
    • Durable (1215)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)
    • Easy to use (1152)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (267)
    • Weak casing (69)
    • Heavy (49)
    • Blurry focus (35)
    • Difficult to clean (18)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (1597)
    • Night photography (1232)
    • General purpose (1149)
    • Low light (848)
    • Weddings (573)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (1013), Semi-pro photographer (807), Pro photographer (431), Casual photographer (411), Enthusiast (187)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (2118), Yes (154)

    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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    3.0

    Nice lens for portraits

    By YFM

    from Cherry HIll, NJ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great depth of field
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • No image stabilization
    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Portraits

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

    I haven't used a prime lens in years. Due to the birth of my first grandson, I wanted a lens that would give me a shallow depth of field. This 50mm, f/1.4 fit the bill. I like the images I have shot. I will say that it tends to take a while to autofocus. At least longer than I think that it should. I am also disappointed that the lens is not image stabilized. Apparently Canon is "in the process" of upgrading and perhaps soon the new iteration will include IS.

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    5.0

    Great lens, great price!

    By T Ellis Photography

    from Lakeland, Florida

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful Output

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Portraits

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

    It is definitely worth purchasing this lens for a few hundred more than the 1.8. Build and quality are amazing!

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    5.0

    I would buy this again.

    By earlb

    from san jose, ca

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Portraits

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

      i used this for general photography. Very light weight perfect for low light condition and love its clarity.

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      5.0

      Exellent lens at a great price

      By Mission Photography

      from Mission Viejo, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Night Photography
        • Photojournalism
        • Portraits

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

        Light, fast focusing, great for portraiture work and all around carry lens...highly recommend it.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Great Prime Lens

        By wnshall

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Portraits

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

            I use this lens for portraits, shooting indoors, etc. Images are very nice and crisp. Small f-stop lets you blur the background nicely. On a crop camera, 50 mm may actually be a bit too wide for some circumstances.

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            5.0

            Excellent!

            By Michael

            from Glarus

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I just opened my 50mm 1.4 from B&H, together with my newly-ordered D70. Rather than reading the manual, I headed to a nearby mountain lake and began shooting.

                My immediate reaction was how sharp the focus, and how wonderful the bokeh. The soft background colors are significantly warmer and more varied than my earlier camera and lenses.

                For anyone considering adding a prime to their lens inventory, particularly if money is a consideration (as well as weight)- I highly recommend this one!

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                4.0

                Amazing

                By joey

                from nj

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Photojournalism

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

                This lens is efficient for any situation and offers great quality to your photos. I love the shallow depth of field and image quality. It is also very sturdy and lightweight. To be honest there is nothing about this lens that i have found to be negative.It does exactly what it was made to do for a descent price.

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                5.0

                Excellent Lens!

                By Josh the Videographer

                from Marietta, OH

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Low Light
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I bought this lens for my Canon EOS 70D and I love it! II use it primarily for video work, but it is also excellent for photos. It has beautiful Bokeh and is decent in low light situations. The autofocus is fairly quiet and works well with the 70D's follow focus capabilities. Definitely a must buy!

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                    5.0

                    Canon 50mm

                    By Darrick

                    from Portland, Or

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Soft Missed Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

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

                    Great out of the box, sharp and fast. Though the metering needs to be on center for consistent shots. I noticed some portraits the lens struggled to focus on individuals when on 1.4 or 1.8. I am sure this will be resolved with practice and familiarity with the lens over time. I generally use a 24-70L. Besides that lens was sharp and quick.

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                    5.0

                    A great investment

                    By Natalie

                    from Bend, OR

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        I finally upgraded from the 1.8 and I only wish I had done it sooner. This lens is one of my go-to's and the quality to price ratio is unbelievable. You won't regret this investment!

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                        5.0

                        Great lens for college students

                        By Elsa (not the Ice Queen)

                        from Salt Lake City, UT

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Powerful Output

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

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

                          This lens is great - I used to own the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens because I wanted a cheap deal, but this lens is a much better deal. The focus is sharp, the functions are great, and it creates beautiful images. The student pricing option helps to make the purchase a little easier and I think this is a great stepping stone towards higher level lenses.

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                          5.0

                          Must Have Lens

                          By rengading

                          from Coral Gables, Florida

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Night Photography
                            • Photojournalism
                            • Portraits

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

                            I bought the this lens because the tutorials I watch said it is a must have lens.
                            I'm glad I did. It's super sharp, wonderful for low light and portraits. I'm a photography enthusiast, though my wife would describe me as obsessive. My goal is to take professional quality photos and this lens, I believe, will help me get a little closer to that goal.

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                            3.0

                            Good lens for the price

                            By Viktor

                            from New York, NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Slow Focus

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Night Photography
                            • Portraits

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

                            Good and bright lens. BUT, cheap plastic build for the price, also not super fast and no IS.

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                            5.0

                            Great walk-around Lens

                            By PhotosBySteve

                            from Beaverton, OR

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Night Photography
                              • Portraits

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

                              Great compliment to my Canon 6D

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Good lens

                              By Vane Gallegos

                              from Quito, Ecuador

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Night Photography
                                • Portraits

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

                                the 1:4 aperture is definately a pro for this lens the light in the photos is amazing!

                                What I dislike about the lens is the lack of sharpness it has when shooting objects or persons at a distance

                                Overall a great lens to buy for beginners!

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                                5.0

                                Awesome lens!

                                By jakechris

                                from San Antonio, TX

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

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                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                      Great lens for video, really captures a cinematic feel. The detail and bokeh are great, a must buy over the 1.8 if you're serious about a long term investment.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Lens

                                      By ryspring

                                      from Boulder, CO

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      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 am using the lens for fashion and glamour shoots. It has a great depth of field.

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                                        • Yes

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                                        1.0

                                        A fiasco

                                        By Luis

                                        from Fair Lawn nj

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                        Pros

                                          Cons

                                          • Slow Focus
                                          • Weak Output

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Night Photography

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

                                          Slow focus. When I try to focus 3 people It does not focus. My Canon 85mm f1.8 is 3 times better.I bought itfor my son's graduation ceremony. It did not focus.

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                                          5.0

                                          My favorite lens

                                          By Atomic77

                                          from New York, NY

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Output
                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Fast focus
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Quiet

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General Use
                                            • Night Photography
                                            • Photojournalism
                                            • Portraits

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

                                            I love this lens. I also own two other primes 28mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.8 which I use regurlarly, but I find myself using this lens the most. If you are in the market for a 50mm don't think it twice. You won't be dissapointed.

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                                            5.0

                                            Great Bokeh

                                            By Kelly L

                                            from Eugene Oregon

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Night Photography
                                              • Portraits

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

                                              light, easy, love it.

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