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CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 3473 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2534)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (818)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (2200)
  • Consistent output (1661)
  • Easy to use (1310)
  • Durable (1301)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)

Cons

  • Slow focus (285)
  • Weak casing (69)
  • Heavy (53)
  • Blurry focus (35)
  • Difficult to clean (18)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (1754)
  • Night photography (1299)
  • General purpose (1268)
  • Low light (852)
  • Weddings (573)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (1081), Semi-pro photographer (863), Pro photographer (486), Casual photographer (452), Enthusiast (187)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (2322), Yes (165)

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.

Reviewed by 3473 customers

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4.0

Great for Portraits

By ARPhotos

from Portugal

About Me Semi-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:

This is my first lens with a fixed focal length and I have to say it is amazing. The photos, especially for portraits, come out with great clarity and some beautiful bokeh. For the price, I would highly recommend this lens.

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4.0

Great Lens

By HSPhoto

from California

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

Love this lens. This is my new favorite lens. Gives great bokeh, which I love.

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5.0

Great Value for a Great Lens

By Bud

from Jacksonville, FLA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

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

      So glad I went with the advice of B&H salesperson. This lens produces photos that are much better than the lens that comes with the camera kit -- night and day obvious difference. This is a prime lens (fixed focal length) with a big wide F-stop that makes for great background blur on portrait shots.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent Lens

      By Chris

      from corpus Christi, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Night Photography

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

        Very good for its price, versatile, perfect

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        • No

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        5.0

        The gold standard in 50MM

        By Caskieatl

        from DC

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

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

          This lens continues to be a workhorse. Worth every penny.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Razor Sharp

          By Sportsman

          from Taunton,Mass

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

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

            Fast Lens and Very Sharp . Nothing that I can Complain about very useful lens for just about anything in low light or fast moving . I use this for General Purposes and all around Photo Taking when I need a fast lens...

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            4.0

            It is what I expected...

            By Charles

            from Jacksonville, FL

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

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

              You can't complain about this lens for the price and every kit needs a 50mm. However I really wished I had bought the Sigma 50mm Art lens. The overall image quality leaves a bit to be desired.

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              4.0

              Not as sharp as I was expecting

              By ale

              from San Francisco

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use

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

                  I was driven by the fact that 1.4 aperture was on my need for un upcoming project with only natural light and during night time.

                  I did not like the 1.4 aperture but on the other hand it is a great lens for the price.

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                  5.0

                  One of the kind

                  By Marcus Chamusco

                  from Seattle, WA

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

                  Excellent product!!!

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                  4.0

                  Great lens!

                  By Andrea

                  from Rochester, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful Output
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Portraits

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

                    This was the perfect little lens to add to my collection for portrait photography. It worked great for some outdoor family shots! If you are on the fence between the two canon 50mm lower end lenses, I would recommend this over the 1.8 50mm. I work for a large production company, and we have both the canon 1.4 and the 1.8 50mm. It does cost a bit more than the 1.8 but the image quality is definitely worth the cost. Everyone should have a lens like this in their collection. This coupled with the two filters that B&H threw in and I had what I needed. Great purchase!

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                    5.0

                    First prime lens

                    By Greg

                    from CT

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

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

                      Trying for the second time to get into photography, this time with Canon. Purchased 70D and 24-105L and quickly came to the conclusion I like how bokeh makes the subject "pop". (Mostly taking pics of family memories). After researching for a long time, this lens became the obvious no brainier. I couldn't be happier. The bokeh is awesome, but you did need to practice to get the sharpness aswell.

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                      4.0

                      Great lens for the price

                      By skyvo

                      from San Francisco, Ca

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Night Photography
                        • Portraits

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

                        Lens is extremely sharp and fast! Bokeh is great and I haven't really noticed any sharp shapes from it yet. I only wish that it had IS but overall it's a pretty good lens. Doesn't really feel plastic-y but would be great for the focus to be self-contained instead of rising out of the body.

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                        5.0

                        My main prime go to lens

                        By Flash

                        from On the water. ICW

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use

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

                            My previous photo experience was 35mm film. My favorite lens then was an 85mm. This 50mm with the APS sensor gives the equilivant of an 80mm in full frame 35mm. Very close to my favorite. And it's a very fast lens for the price.

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                            5.0

                            Great lens for the money

                            By Billy C

                            from Ma

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Does Exactly What I Was E
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Night Photography
                              • Portraits

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

                              I use this lens for portraits, buildings and scenery pic's

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Worth The Money

                              By Momof3

                              from Murrieta, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Portraits

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

                                I upgraded from the 50mm 1.8 and it was definitely worth it. Love this lens!

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Very sharp

                                By drusma

                                from ecuador

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

                                great lens, its very sharp and the AF works well.

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                                5.0

                                Good lens

                                By Richard

                                from Texas

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

                                Focuses quickly, produces very sharp images, and is a joy to use.

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                                5.0

                                Great little lens!

                                By franky

                                from Portland, Or

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

                                It's a powerhouse. I get tons of love off of my images from this thing. great portraits, great stars, great low-light. great for film as well.

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                                5.0

                                Great lens for concerts

                                By GReeves

                                from Farmington AR

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    Bought this lens to photograph a concert. I was hesitant at first but the results from the lens were exceptional! I was able to get shots with low light conditions that I thought I would never be able to. I would recommend this lens as a starter lens for anyone shooting concerts.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good Lens

                                    By VideoGuru

                                    from Missouri

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        A good inexpensive basic lens.

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