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CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 3248 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2371)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (766)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (2084)
  • Consistent output (1580)
  • Durable (1234)
  • Easy to use (1185)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Portraits (1628)
  • Night photography (1249)
  • General purpose (1171)
  • Low light (849)
  • Weddings (573)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (1022), Semi-pro photographer (824), Pro photographer (442), Casual photographer (415), Enthusiast (187)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (2157), 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.

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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

Great performer in good light

By British Guy

from London

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Price
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Performance In Low Light

Best Uses

  • General Use
  • Portraits
  • Video

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

It is early days for me with this lens.I love the 50mm prime but regret slightly not having the money for a f/1.2 as the 1.4 is found wanting in lower light conditions.

In good light and with a flash for portraits results are excellent. It is a good lens for the price but not a great lens.

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5.0

Great Prime Lens

By photolola

from Sisters, Oregon

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Portraits

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

    I used this lens on some quail under a bush on a cloudy day and was suprised at how bright the subjects appeared! I almost bought the f/1.8 but decided to go ahead and spend the extra money on the 1.4 and now I'm so glad I did. What a difference!

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    3.0

    Fast lens, lightweight construction

    By DakotaKid

    from Rochester, Michigan

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Photojournalism

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

    I had to return the first copy of this lens after a month. The focus ring locked up. The second copy works fine. B&H was gracious and let me exchange it even after the thirty time period was up since I was out of town on a shoot. Pretty bokeh, very fast. But the construction feels flimsy to me, after getting used to the build quality of the L series lenses. As a throw-away lens, it's not bad. And the price is right. But I'd be careful with it in an outdoor setting. Good for indoor, portraits, video use.

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    5.0

    Classic / Must have

    By Justina

    from New York, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

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

      Perfect for wider portraits, small groups and low-light situations. It's small and light-weight. This is a lens every photographer should have and usually does have in their kit.

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      5.0

      is a great item

      By mike

      from San Luis Az

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Photojournalism

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

        canon is always the best!

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good Prime

        By FARRIER

        from San Diego

        About Me Casual Photographer

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Portraits

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

            This is my everyday lens. Using a prime has showed me some unique perspectives to capture family images. Cons, I had one go bad after about 20 uses but was covered under warranty.

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            5.0

            Justsaying

            By Just me

            from St Francis

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

            Beautiful that's all.

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            5.0

            An inexpensive and wonderful prime

            By X-Restivo

            from orange county, 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:

              I'm a semi-professional photographer and do both portrait and product photography. I also like to photograph my travels and everyday life. I love this lens because it is lightweight, wonderful low aperture with beautiful bokeh. On my crop sensor it is a bit more limiting, but love it nonetheless.

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              5.0

              Great lenses, light, sharp and fast!

              By Carla Schmidt

              from Elm Grove, WI

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Night Photography
                • Portraits

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

                Great for newborn photography. No need for flash or strobes. Lightweight.

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                4.0

                Great Lens

                By Miami Sam

                from Miami, FL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Price
                • Sharp

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

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

                Purchased this lens a few weeks ago and absolutely love it. I shoot a lot in studio and this lens is super sharp when used for portrait work. Would not recommend it for street photographers however. Took it out one day and auto-focusing seemed a bit slow on my 5D Mark III. But overall I am very happy with the lens.

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                5.0

                Great for the money

                By Alyssa

                from Sarasota, FL

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

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

                  This is the second 50mm 1.4 I've had, and I absolutely love it. I sold my other one when I bought the 35mm 1.4 and after a while knew I needed to buy it again. I thought I would get the 1.2 but after thinking about it, knew I would save a ton of money getting this one again instead. It is consistent and I love it for portraits and weddings!

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                  4.0

                  Great lens for the price!

                  By Jared

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Bokeh
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Sharp Images

                  Cons

                  • Slow Focus

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Street

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

                  This lens is my first lens I've ever bought. Aside from my kit lens that came with my camera; which is a great lens too. But this prime lens is just a lot more sharper and the wide aperture really is just amazing; Bokeh is stunning as expected. A little bit plasticy and no weather sealing but you would expect that for the price The focusing system is a little bit slow, but I almost use manual every time anyways. Night/indoor shots are also superb. Overall its a really great lens for the price. I was looking at the L 1.2 lens but that is just too much for my budget right now. I think this lens is a great lens for starting photographers like me.

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                  5.0

                  Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens

                  By Monkey56

                  from Centreville, Virginia

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

                  My first fix lens, I love it, excellent bokeh .

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                  5.0

                  Nifty 50

                  By Oma

                  from Nashville, Tn

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Sharp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

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

                    I love the lens so far. Still playing with it, but have gotten some really nice shots. The 1.4 aperture is very narrow and gives great background blur, but is going to take practice.

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                    3.0

                    Solid Lens

                    By rabumgarn

                    from Roswell, GA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful Output

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Portraits

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

                    This is a great starter prime lens. Delivers amazing photos. Very impressive.

                    If you are short on funds, don't consider this one over the 1.8. This is essentially the same lens and the differences aren't worth the bump in price.

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                    5.0

                    Nice Product!

                    By LC

                    from Sunny State, CA.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

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

                      Soft images at wide aperture but it makes portraits look good anyways.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Lens

                      By Steve

                      from NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Photography
                        • Portraits

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

                        Using on a 7D crop sensor, great for portriats and candids in low light. Getting used to the fact that there is no IS. Not a problem as long as SS is at least 1/80 or more.

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                        5.0

                        A Great Lens for Low Light

                        By Ryan

                        from North Royalton, Ohio

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Noisy Autofocus
                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Lowlight Video

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

                        I bought this lens so I could shoot video with my Canon 70D in low light and it works amazingly for that! Very little light is needed to get a clean noise-free image, though I don't recommend pushing it too far. On an APS-C sensor like the 70D the field of view is pretty tight, but not ridiculous. The bokeh is beautiful. A must-have lens in my opinion, money well spent. The only possible con is that the continuous autofocus when shooting video is pretty noisy and not as accurate as an STM lens, but for stationary subjects or if you're good at manual focus, the lens can't be beat.

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                        4.0

                        The Nifty Fifty is a great deal

                        By M

                        from Atlanta

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

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

                        This lens is really a solid deal. A good general purpose, walk-around lens. Not quite as nice as an L lens but a great bang for your buck. Performs well in low light and at a great price point.

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                        5.0

                        Great Lens. Great Price

                        By AbiRoad

                        from Nashville, TN

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Portraits

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

                          I bought this product within the past 6 months, and I absolutely love it. I have a Canon 5D Mark ii, and this, so far, is the only lens I have used. It's lightweight and produces clear images. I would definitely recommend this lens over the 1/8, even if you must invest a little more. Hope to buy another lens similar to this one soon!

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