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CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 3484 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2543)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (820)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (2204)
  • Consistent output (1662)
  • Easy to use (1316)
  • Durable (1303)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)

Cons

  • Slow focus (287)
  • Weak casing (69)
  • Heavy (53)
  • Blurry focus (35)
  • Difficult to clean (18)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (1761)
  • Night photography (1300)
  • General purpose (1270)
  • Low light (852)
  • Weddings (573)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (1083), Semi-pro photographer (864), Pro photographer (489), Casual photographer (453), Enthusiast (187)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (2329), 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.

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4.0

Very Happy

By Promise Design Work

from Waterford, MI

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful Output
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Portraits

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

This lens has taken some amazing photos and they are nice and sharp. The high aperture is great for low light and nice depth of field. The only thing I would like to see improved is that lens doesn't get longer when you focus.

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5.0

Essential

By PhotoJ

from Washington State

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

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

      My style is more photojournalistic, as I would rather capture moments than poses. Just used this lens to document a fishing derby yesterday and was giddy with the versatility. I could capture details quickly, with beautiful bokeh and lights and then jump back to documents overall moments as well. The lens was a key piece to telling the story of the day. You definitely have to keep moving to get your shots,, but I think that kept it fun.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By KB

      from Durham, NC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          This is our 4th lens to outfit our C100 M2. It's fantastic for interviews, love wide open and f/1.4 gives us more possibilities. It's not an L lens but the quality difference is quite noticeable between this lens and the f/1.8 not only in build but optics.

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          5.0

          Like it a lot!

          By Bruno

          from Los Angeles, CA

          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:

            I wasn't necessarily expecting such great results with a non-L lens. This lens is definitely one I plan to keep around for a while.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Very good !!

            By Deeps

            from Idianapolis

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

            I am a non professional photographer... Like to take my kids pics .. I bought his lense for my canon t4i i can see a significant change in the pics I used to take w my normal lense .. The pics looks so beautiful .. Loving it

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            5.0

            Excellent value

            By Rooster

            from Nebraska

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

            Just got the lens ... perfect for my use

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            5.0

            Great for portraits

            By Yvonne

            from Nashville TN

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

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

              I use this lens with the grandchildren capturing shots that are not posed.. Can get in closeups very good with depth of field..

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              5.0

              Every photographer should own one

              By Stew

              from Stone Mountain, GA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Inexpensive
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Night Photography
                • Portraits

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

                Because I'm always on a budget the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM was a great buy. It's sharp, small, light, inexpensive and with an f1.4 aperture, it's fast. I shot an indoor event and was amazed of the quality without a flash. I am a bokeh guy and love the DOF you can get with this lens. It comes with a front and rear cap, B&H also added a Luminesque 58mm UV and Circular Polarizer filter free (package deal). I also purchased a lens hood. I got all this for under $400.00 another reason I like B&H.

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                4.0

                FOR 50MM IT IS OKAY

                By RUTI78

                from LOS ANGELES CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

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

                I use this product in my wedding photography .
                it is no so expensive, and it is f/1.4 very nice , and Lightweight.
                it's a little slow.

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                5.0

                This lens is a beauty!

                By Light in the Lens

                from Seattle, WA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photojournalism
                  • Portraits

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

                  This is my first lens purchased for my Canon DSLR, and I haven't even yet tried the kit lens because this one has been great. It works great, looks great, and produces fantastic photos.

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                  5.0

                  Great lens

                  By Tc

                  from Phoenix, az

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

                  Love this lens for my getting ready portraits on wedding day. A must have!

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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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                      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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