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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens USA

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
Environmental
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 3227 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2357)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (762)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (66)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (12)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (2071)
    • Consistent output (1576)
    • Durable (1228)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)
    • Easy to use (1171)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (271)
    • Weak casing (69)
    • Heavy (49)
    • Blurry focus (35)
    • Difficult to clean (18)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (1614)
    • Night photography (1244)
    • General purpose (1161)
    • Low light (849)
    • Weddings (573)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (1017), Semi-pro photographer (817), Pro photographer (439), Casual photographer (412), Enthusiast (187)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (2140), 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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    5.0

    I love this lens!

    By Jay

    from Los Angeles

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

    This lens is perfect for my needs. I use it with a Canon 5D Mark iii to capture experiences while working with music artists in the studio and live performances. It's perfect for creating cool depth of field results and taking quality images in low lit environments.

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    4.0

    Ef501.4

    By Pkfish

    from JH

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

    Very good in low light. Wish it had image stabilization.

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    5.0

    Great!

    By Ghuerta1

    from Edinburg, Texas

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

    Best lens so far!

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    2.0

    Really disappointing

    By dennishamm

    from Studio City, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Weak Output

      Best Uses

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

        The clarity at f/1.4 aperture is horrendous. It cleans up around f/2.8 to 5.6 but there are other economical lenses that get the same or better clarity at those apertures. I'd love my money back or to exchange for the 85mm f/1.8 with much better reviews.

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        5.0

        fun lens

        By hkim

        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use

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

          Great for everyday use on all types of photos. Light, compact lens. One of my favorite lenses to use.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Plenty of bang for the buck!!!

          By Jimmy the Riverbluffer

          from North Mankato, Mn

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • 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:

            I love the versatility of this lens.
            I have used it for portraits and some night photography and simulated night photography on my model railroad...

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            • No

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By diegopei@

            from diepei

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Night Photography

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

              It´s perfect!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great lens

              By Jeanius

              from Washington State

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

              Loving this lens. It was highly recommended. I only had one lens before and it was a telephoto, so learning to shoot a fixed focal length lens is good for mr.

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              5.0

              Amazing

              By Molly

              from DC

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

              Perfection in a lens. This is the perfect go to for everything!great for slr video.

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              4.0

              Great lens, minor issues

              By Miss Bee

              from Temecula, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

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

              I love and have used this lens for many many years. It's produced beautiful results with portraits. There are some minor issues which can be annoying at times or you can work around them. Those this lens has a higher aperture it still performs poorly in low light situations. It has a very difficult time focussing and often takes awhile to lock in the focus point. Sometimes not at all. There needs to be ample light when using this lens for tack sharp images. The center focus point is really the only one you can rely on when you have a subject that is alive, breathing and/or moving. Though you can switch around to the outside focus points they will not work hardly at all in lower light. I find the sweet spot with portraits around the 2.2 and 2.8 mark. For closer headshots at 3.2 and 4.0 it performs wonderfully.

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              5.0

              A necessity for any camera bag

              By fotosbydan

              from Bel Air, MD

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Night Photography
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

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

                This is a pretty killer lens for the price. I mainly use it to shoot portraits and I'm always blown away by it. Excellent sharpness (I usually stop it to 1.8), killer bokeh, some nice natural vignetting, and so on. Really for the price you can't go wrong.

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                5.0

                Outstanding in Low Light

                By Black Horse

                from Buffalo, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Photography

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

                  I use this for video with my Canon EOS 6D and it is phenomenal in low light.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Nice, affordable, fast lens

                  By PKB

                  from Montana

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

                  This is a great prime lens for portrait and wedding photography. It produces good quality images and is lightweight, very important. Definitely one of my favorite lenses.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome lens

                  By Gary

                  from Houston

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

                  This lens has worked beautifully. Currently on a 70d, incredibly fast. I got in for an upcoming trip to Disney World for the purpose of night time and dark ride photos. We'll put it to the test next week but so far I'm impressed with the results and of course the service from b&h was top notch

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By Candice

                  from Annapolis Maryland

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

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

                    This lens is just so easy to use and fast response.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Another look

                    By Juan Arambula

                    from Fresno, Ca

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

                    I had always used zoom lenses, for their flrxibility. I guess feeling a bit more comfortable with my camera gave me confidence to try a fixed lens. I am glad I gave the 50mm another look, and wonder what took me so long.

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                    5.0

                    I LOVE IT!!!

                    By Maliana

                    from New Port Richey, FL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

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

                      This lens is amazing and the clarity just beautiful!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Lens!

                      By Brianna

                      from Somerville, MA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      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:

                        This was the first lens I purchased after buying my Canon 6D. I read a lot of great reviews and it lived up to all of them. It takes incredible macro and portrait photos. It also works as a good walk around lens too.

                        For the price and the quality, you can't go wrong!

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                        5.0

                        nice lens with good build quality

                        By Yaju

                        from Irving

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Night Photography
                          • Photojournalism
                          • Portraits

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

                          i dont have anything to say which "aren't so great about it". Its does its work and pictures are stunning.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Excellent Lens!!

                          By NYCphotographer

                          from NYC

                          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
                            • Night Photography
                            • Photojournalism
                            • Portraits

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

                            Superb lens!! Takes beautiful portraits! Perfect outdoors, great depth of field-- a little on the soft side but nothing a little editing cant fix-- Great for crop sensors perfect for full frames-- A must for all photographers!! Great for low light as well!! Great aesthetics, beautiful pics!! Buy it, don't hesitate! (By the way,this is better than the 1.8 50mm, spend the extra $$ and get this one)

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