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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens USA

You Pay: $399.00

Mail-In Rebate: -$50.00

Offer ends: JAN 3 '15
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
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
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 3279 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2395)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (772)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (69)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (31)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (12)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (2094)
    • Consistent output (1589)
    • Durable (1246)
    • Easy to use (1197)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)

    Cons

    • Slow focus (275)
    • Weak casing (69)
    • Heavy (50)
    • Blurry focus (35)
    • Difficult to clean (18)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (1644)
    • Night photography (1255)
    • General purpose (1179)
    • Low light (849)
    • Weddings (573)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (1027), Semi-pro photographer (827), Pro photographer (449), Casual photographer (420), Enthusiast (187)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (2176), Yes (155)

    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.

    VS

    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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    4.0

    Great Lens

    By Photos4Phun

    from New York

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

    I haven't had this lens for too long but the quality of photos is really great. The lens is great in low light and for portraits as described.

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    5.0

    Fantastic Price and Fantastic Lens

    By Roy

    from Troy, IL

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Portraits

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

      I needed a good portrait lens for my arsenal and the EF 50mm f1/4 USM met all of my expectations and more. The clarity is remarkable and the bokeh is easy to manage.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Top tier lense!!

      By Josh

      from NC

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

      Awesome lense. A much more crisp and clear picture for portraits and still-photo shots. Great for beginners and easy to adapt to. If this lense was included in purchase package, I think most people could get a much better use out of their Canons!

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      4.0

      Good lens low light.

      By Karthik

      from Cedar Rapids, IA

      Verified Buyer

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

      Most useful in low light. Really good lense. Timely delivery from B&H.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      High recommendation!!!!

      By In The Moment Photography

      from HEMET CA

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

      I have been doing photography for about a year now and I started out with carefully and prayerfully deciding to buy the canon t3i bundle from B and H and it just came with the standard 18-55mm lens. It worked out wonderfully for the first year and eventually after receiving more business I realized an upgrade from the kit lens was well needed. I spent literally months looking at reviews and YouTube videos and asking other photographers what lens would be best. Since I am a portrait photographer and one of my favorite things to get is the bokeh and blown out background, I knew that the 50mm 1.4 lens would get me exactly what I wanted and needed! So I ordered it and when I received if and started snapping photos, I fell in love! I think I will be using this lens for a long while and for the price it is very very sturdy and definitely has some weight to it where it doesn't feel like you have to be OVERLY careful with handling it. I must say the ONLY downside of it to me is that I have to learn how to set the autofocus. A lot of times, because the lens is a 1.4, it will focus on something other than the subject. Over blur on the main subject is seen a lot but it's just about learning to work with it and how to point the camera and get the angles. Also on your camera you can change the settings to the proper metering. This lens is AMAZING in low lighting for indoor parties and especially low light weddings. I would say that every photographer, especially portrait photographers, should have this lens. And for the price, it's amazing!! I totally would recommend this to everyone and to order from b and h because they are reliable and all my equipment from them is top quality!

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      5.0

      great portrait lens

      By mama quick

      from so cal

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

      I got this lens for newborn photos and small children so I could be close. Works great

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Muy bueno

      By Roberto

      from Puerto Rico

      Verified Buyer

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

      Muy bueno

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      5.0

      Love this lens!

      By Throughmybigblues

      from Indianapolis, IN

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

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

        I absolutely love this lens. It allows me to do exactly what I wanted to do with my DSLR from the beginning. I do not have a lot to compare it with other than my kit lens. The fixed length is something to get used to but it did not take me too long to adjust.

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        • No

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        5.0

        good lens for the price

        By Illumination

        from LeMars, IA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

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

          so far I am liking the lens. Haven't got to use it as much as I want. Love that I can shoot at the 1.4 aperture but noticed focus is much better at a higher aperture

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          • No

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          A disappointment

          By Jersey Tom

          from South Jersey

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

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            Cons

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

                I bought this lens to use shooting weddings and for general news low-light shooting because it is; f/1.4, small, very light weight and I already had a lens hood that would fit. I purchased it along with the Canon 28mm f/1.8 and I already own the Canon 85mm f/1.8. With these three lenses, I could go ultra lightweight on the job with my two Mark4's, the Canon 270EXII flashes (totally awesome btw) and the 70-200 f/2.8 II (killer glass)Well, the 50mm was hopeless below f/2.8, just soft, focus jumping and back focused. For me it was useless for what I intended. At f/4 and above, sure, it was fine. But so what? I thought I bought a f/1.4 lens, not a f/4.The 28mm f/1.8 was much worse, a piece of junk below f/5.6. It nearly cost me a job. I put both on the shelf for 6 months then gave them away.I've used Canon, professionally, for 24 years and spent $$$$$ on gear. They make two or three good zooms, but their prime lens (excluding super-teles)are garbage.I've seriously considered Canon Cine lenses for primes but since they start at $+ and are manual focus, I'm not jumping for the credit card.To me, Canon doesn't make a high speed prime lens for still work worth the price. Seems they can't put the quality in before they put the name on.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Captures impeccable pictures!

                By Big G

                from Lexington, KY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits

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

                  Excellent for portraits!
                  Great exposure for indoor pictures.
                  Solid quality.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  A lens everyone should have.

                  By Kade

                  from Tulsa, OK

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

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

                    Wow, what an upgrade from the kit lens! I bought the lens to use for interview-type videos and portrait photography, and I am blown away by the quality and flexibility.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great lens for the price

                    By Ralph

                    from NYC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Portraits

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

                      On a full frame it's a great walk-around lens. On a crop factor, it's a great protrait lens. At the price there's really nothing not to like.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great lens, worth the investment

                      By Jessdilly

                      from Baltimore MD

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Powerful Output

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Photography
                        • Portraits

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

                        I currently use this product with a canon rebel T2i but bought it in the hopes of investing in a 70D soon. I had the 50mm 1.8, and decided to upgrade to the 50mm 1.4. The difference is there- and with a better quality camera, I'd likely notice it more, but it IS there. Looking forward to trying it out with a new camera. I use it mostly for child photography/portraits/newborns. One thing that's great- it lets in a lot more light it seems- much brighter at the same fstop.

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                        • No

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Great lens

                        By Josh

                        from Chicago

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

                        Just ordered this lens and so far I'm loving it!

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                        5.0

                        Perfect upgrade

                        By Mik

                        from Chicago

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

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

                          Professional portraits. I love it, it's fast, sharp, great color.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great lens

                          By Emma

                          from Chicago

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

                          This lens is lovely. Compact & very sharp. The auto focus is a little temperamental. But creates beautiful images.

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                          5.0

                          The "it" lens.

                          By JP/RM

                          from Southern California

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                This lens is what you would expect it would be. It takes great pictures, the bokehs are excellent, and the price is even very reasonable.

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Affordable lens works without flash

                                By MRjXray

                                from Sweden

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Great Resolution
                                • Powerful Output
                                • Pricy

                                Cons

                                • Not Really Any One

                                Best Uses

                                • Night Photography
                                • Portraits

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

                                Wonderful lens that let´s me take the pictures more or less incognito indoor - with iso 6400 and without the flash. When using it without full sensor the effective focuslength becomes equal to 70 mm. This means it´s well suited to take personal close up photos. With a fix focuslength it´s preferable to have enough resolution since some cutting can be expected afterwards. Still a fix lens joggles your mind and makes you walk around to search for the ideal composition which turns on creative parts of your brain.

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                                (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                perfect

                                By ali

                                from nyc

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

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                                  Cons

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

                                      Sharp lens. Great in low light. Great price. I love it.

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