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CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 3268 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (2387)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (770)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (69)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (2092)
  • Consistent output (1587)
  • Durable (1243)
  • Easy to use (1194)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Portraits (1640)
  • Night photography (1254)
  • General purpose (1177)
  • Low light (849)
  • Weddings (573)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (1027), Semi-pro photographer (827), Pro photographer (446), Casual photographer (418), Enthusiast (187)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (2171), 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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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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    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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      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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        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

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                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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                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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                4.0

                perfect

                By ali

                from nyc

                About Me Casual Photographer

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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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                      4.0

                      happy so far.

                      By Alejandro Pena Zuniga

                      from parma rd. Island Park Ny

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

                      I never had a fixed lenses. Because I so mostly landscaping photos.but This lenses has that sharpquality that so far is making me shoot a lot with it. So I can get used to it.

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                      5.0

                      Great Clarity

                      By TZPhoto

                      from OR

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photojournalism
                        • Portraits

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

                        I love this lens for portraits! It produces beautiful and crisp pictures. The trick is getting the right focal length so your background has blur, but your subject is in focus. With practice it will be your go-to lens!

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                        5.0

                        Awesome

                        By Lem

                        from NC

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

                        Love blowing out the background with the serious bokeh this lens has to offer!

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                        5.0

                        Awesome

                        By Lem

                        from NC

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

                        Love blowing out the background with the serious bokeh this lens has to offer!

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                        5.0

                        Love this lens

                        By Rick C

                        from Waco, TX

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography
                          • Portraits

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

                          Sharp lens. Great in low light. Great price. Also like the 58mm filter size.

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                          5.0

                          EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens by Canon

                          By nkhugs

                          from Bolckow MO

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Portraits

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

                            Been wanting a 50mm lens - just haven't bought one. It's perfect for senior photography. Wish I had bought it sooner.

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                            5.0

                            Beautiful Multi Purpose Lens

                            By Baron

                            from White Plains, NY

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use
                              • Portraits

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

                              Portraits and General Purpose

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                              5.0

                              Best lens for portraits

                              By Lauren Alice

                              from Philadelphia

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Portraits

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

                                I love this lens! It is the BEST lens for portraits to create that sharp face with a soft background. Fixed, but it only adds to the photo. 5 stars always.

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                                5.0

                                Awesome lens

                                By Tina

                                from Orlando, FL

                                About Me Pro Photographer

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

                                      I've had this lens before (the other one I dropped) But I immediately ordered it again because its that great of a lens. It's not an L series but the quality is definitely there :)

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                                      5.0

                                      Great lens

                                      By Tayo

                                      from Houston, TX

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • General Use
                                        • Photojournalism
                                        • Portraits

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

                                        Great all purpose lens. I had been using a 35mm f2 as my walk around lens and this is giving it a run for its money. Love the lightweight feel. I was expecting a slightly better build but at $ you cant really complain. Still much improved from the f1.8 model.

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                                        5.0

                                        Good Lens

                                        By Richard Reddy

                                        from Boston

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Reviewer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Fast
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Night Photography
                                          • Portraits

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

                                          Canon's fixed length lenses are generally good. This one is fast too. My lens has been to Canon for repair, but it's well worth the added expense being one of my favorite lenses over the past 20 years. Image quality is excellent. This lens outperforms heavy zoom lenses having f=50mm in the focal range and I like the bokeh too. The benefits of having a bright image in the viewfinder cannot be overstated. f/1.4 is almost as good as it gets.

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