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CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 3351 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2444)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (792)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (71)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (2137)
  • Consistent output (1625)
  • Durable (1269)
  • Easy to use (1244)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)

Cons

  • Slow focus (278)
  • Weak casing (69)
  • Heavy (52)
  • Blurry focus (35)
  • Difficult to clean (18)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (1683)
  • Night photography (1267)
  • General purpose (1210)
  • Low light (851)
  • Weddings (573)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (1047), Semi-pro photographer (839), Pro photographer (461), Casual photographer (436), Enthusiast (187)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (2235), Yes (156)

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 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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5.0

Its amazing lens

By Akash

from NJ

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

B&H was great help finding prefect lens for me. Lens is amazing.

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5.0

Great Standard Lens

By B Wilson

from New York, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Photojournalism

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

    As a photographer, professional or other wise, this is a must for your kit.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent Lens for the price!

    By Chic Stylings by K

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Photography
      • Portraits

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

      My wife recently started a fashion blog and we were in need of a solid performing lens and the EF 50mm is nothing but solid. I'm just getting into photography but it doesn't take a pro to see the differences between this lens and the standard lens that comes with your initial camera purchase. Can't wait to continue to use and learn exactly what this lens can do for us.

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      5.0

      canon lens 1.4

      By alhijress

      from bahrain

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

      It's wonderful lens really great woow

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      5.0

      Amazing image quality

      By JAB Films

      from New Jersey

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Focus Not As Smooth
      • Focus Not Entirely Smooth

      Best Uses

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

        For video I still prefer the feel of the Rokinon better, but this is so great for photography with its autofocus. The image quality is amazing.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Get this fast 50!

        By Timbo Photo

        from Savannah, GA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Photojournalism

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

          An amazing addition to any kit.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Good lens for the money

          By Photo Hunter

          from Anaheim, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Portraits

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

          This is a pretty sharp lens, that isn't flashy and gets the job done. Autofocus is a bit noisy for my liking as the front lens element protrudes as it focuses in and out. Autofocus is a bit slower than I'd like as well. The images are undeniably good, though.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Good one!

          By Jason

          from Urbana, IL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

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

            Fast focus!

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            • No

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            5.0

            TO DIE FOR.

            By Cass

            from Easton, MD

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Portraits

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

              absolutely love this lens. Favorite out of all the lens I have!! Beautiful bokeh. Fast. Light.

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              • No

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              5.0

              My first fixed length lens

              By TxSurveyor

              from The Woodlands, Texas

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  WE use the lens to photograph foster animals in our care. A great photo and bio go a long way in getting the animal adopted. She who must be obeyed likes the shorter focal length with this lens then what I received with my 24-135mm zoom. It gives a softer look to the photo. I now have to move with the animal instead of zooming in and out, get my exercise. It is much smaller and lighter than the zoom lens.

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                  5.0

                  Love this lens!

                  By Mia Cat

                  from Birmingham, MI

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

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

                    I gave 5 stars because B&H is not to blame for the problems I've had with this lens. This is my 3rd 50mm 1.4 because they are not built as well as the 1.2L. You should always keep a hood on this lens because the auto-focus ring is the first thing it break. Since I shoot weddings, everything is so fast paced that sometimes hitting it against other lenses or dropping it on accident is unavoidable but for the price, I'd rather just keep buying new ones whenever mine breaks until I can afford the 1.2L again. (Mine was stolen) Overall, I'm very happy with this product! Wish it lasted a little longer but I've had the 1.2L and there's not THAT much of a difference in my work. It's all in how you use it. ;-)

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Nice Lens for the Price

                    By Sereina

                    from Seattle, WA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Low Light
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

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

                    A good solid, quality lens that produces really sharp images at f/3.5 and above. Anything wider than that gets a little soft, though if you nail the focus it isn't usually a big deal. The bokeh at f/1.4 is beautiful though. I've heard some people have focusing issues, but I haven't had any problems myself. The focal length is perfect for everyday shooting on my 6D.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    YES!

                    By Chris

                    from Bloomfield, CT

                    About Me Casual 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:

                      Great lens. Would recommend this to any first time photographers.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great lens

                      By Jody

                      from Colorado

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

                      This is a great lens for a great price

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                      4.0

                      Good deal for the price

                      By Seydeh

                      from Berkeley, CA

                      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:

                        After reading tons of reviews about this lens, I decided to go for it. I didn't have the budget to purchase the L series 50mm so with my tight budget, this was the best I could do. I've only just begun to photograph with it but am satisfied with the results so far. You can tell it's a little flimsy compared to the L , but you get what you pay for!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        One of the best values in lenses.

                        By Scotchula

                        from Spokane, WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              I love this lens. I really don't think that spending an additional $ to gain 0.2/f for the L glass is worth it. This lens is IMO the best value in Canon lenses. It's a necessity for any Canon shooter. Obviously not the best lens for inside tight spaces, but overall its just great.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Solid Lens

                              By Jake @ HG Productions

                              from Santa Rosa Beach FL

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  This lens is great for low-light situations. It's not an L-series but for the price you can't beat it.You might loose a little sharpness going from an L-series but is that worth over $? Depends on you and your production.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Love it

                                  By Tess

                                  from Texas

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

                                  Purchased this lens to replace my kit lens. It takes beautiful pictures. I couldn't be more happy with it.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great starter lens

                                  By A Wall

                                  from Everett, WA

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

                                  I purchased this lens because I read that canon is going to discontinue this lens and replace it with a different 50 mm lens that is going to be much more expensive. I tried to purchase this from a big national retailer and they have already stopped selling it. I've heard wonderful things about this lens and wanted to experience it for myself. The lens is very light. It gives a beautiful bokeh effect at 1.4, however, the image becomes very soft, as expected. To ensure that the object remains sharp don't go below 2.8 on this lens. Overall, it's a great buy and I'm glad I purchased it before it's gone forever.

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