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CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 3203 reviews)

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    (755)

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    (66)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (29)

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    (12)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (2059)
  • Consistent output (1566)
  • Durable (1218)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)
  • Easy to use (1158)

Cons

  • Slow focus (269)
  • Weak casing (69)
  • Heavy (49)
  • Blurry focus (35)
  • Difficult to clean (18)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (1604)
  • Night photography (1236)
  • General purpose (1153)
  • Low light (849)
  • Weddings (573)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (1014), Semi-pro photographer (811), Pro photographer (434), Casual photographer (412), Enthusiast (187)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (2127), Yes (154)

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

50mm canon lens

By PC

from Georgia

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • General Use
  • Night Photography
  • Portraits

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

It's a different feel from most lenses - it doesn't have a zoom option, so it requires body movement: a technique not many people are used to. It takes getting used to, but once you figure it out it's pretty easy to use.
It's not great for a lot of movement (capturing my dogs is not easy with this lens), but the amount of light it lets in is incredible for most photography situations. I'd say it's worth the purchase.

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5.0

Excellent

By Jim

from Ft lauderdale

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

Awesome lens for the money. Great crisp images.

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4.0

Canon 50mm f1.4 lens

By Vidnut

from Arizona

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Cheap build

Best Uses

  • General Use
  • Portraits

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

A good crisp lens. The focus ring feels a bit on the cheap side for the price, but seems to work well.

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5.0

Really sharp lens

By Chuck

from Toronto, Ontario

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I was in New York, and so had an opportunity to compare this lens with the Zeiss 50mm prime which I was also interested in. For me, weight was an issue, and so I went with this one in the end. However, as far as sharpness goes, this one was VERY comparable to the Zeiss. If you need a lens with a really strong build, I would suggest the Zeiss though.

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      5.0

      love it

      By ShawnMeds23

      from Franklin, MA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

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

        Love this lens. Takes a little getting used to. Was going all the way to f1.4 a little to often. The focus point can be so on that the other half of the face or too much of the photograph can get blurred out. That isn't the lens fault. Just me being a little to greedy and trying to open up to much. Great bouquet on my Canon 70D. Would recommend. Great prime lens.

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        5.0

        Great Lens and Very Light

        By Alexis PR Photo

        from Puerto Rico

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        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

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

          I used un my Canon 6D and the images are shark and the colors superb.

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          4.0

          Very nice value

          By E

          from boston

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Sharp Value Lens

          Cons

          • Hunts
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Low Light
          • Night Photography

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

          I use it for indoor dancing parties. The 1.4 lensdelivers at 1.6. However, it does not have the best AF system as it hunts.

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          5.0

          Everything I wanted and more.

          By Michael Anthony's Photography

          from Golden Valley, Minnesota

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Fast Lens

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

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

            I needed a razor sharp prime portrait lens so my choice was the 50mm canon 1.4 lens. It exceeded my expectations the first time on the camera. For the money this lens will be hard to beat.

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            5.0

            Amazing lens for low light

            By Tim, Bickerstaff Builders

            from Chicago

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Affordable
            • Crisp Images
            • Lightweight
            • Very Fast

            Cons

            • Shallow Field Of Focus

            Best Uses

            • Low Light Photography
            • Night Photography
            • Portraits

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

            For low light indoor photography, there is no better unless you pay a LOT more money. I also shoot with the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS which is one of the best lenses on the market, and this lens takes even better shots as it is a prime lens and is incredibly fast. At under $, it is an incredible value. The only downside, a characteristic of prime lenses is the shallow field of focus. It just takes a little more practice and attention to detail.

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            4.0

            My "Go-To" Prime Lens

            By Emily J

            from Hutchinson, Kansas

            About Me Pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Low Light Photography
              • Portraits

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

              I use this primarily for wedding and portrait photography. Works great in low light and focuses fast, smooth and quiet. This lens is great for so many different scenarios. My only concern is durability.

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              3.0

              Nice lens for portraits

              By YFM

              from Cherry HIll, NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Great depth of field
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • No image stabilization
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Portraits

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

              I haven't used a prime lens in years. Due to the birth of my first grandson, I wanted a lens that would give me a shallow depth of field. This 50mm, f/1.4 fit the bill. I like the images I have shot. I will say that it tends to take a while to autofocus. At least longer than I think that it should. I am also disappointed that the lens is not image stabilized. Apparently Canon is "in the process" of upgrading and perhaps soon the new iteration will include IS.

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              5.0

              Great lens, great price!

              By T Ellis Photography

              from Lakeland, Florida

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Powerful Output

              Cons

              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

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

              It is definitely worth purchasing this lens for a few hundred more than the 1.8. Build and quality are amazing!

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              5.0

              I would buy this again.

              By earlb

              from san jose, ca

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Portraits

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

                i used this for general photography. Very light weight perfect for low light condition and love its clarity.

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                5.0

                Exellent lens at a great price

                By Mission Photography

                from Mission Viejo, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Night Photography
                  • Photojournalism
                  • Portraits

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

                  Light, fast focusing, great for portraiture work and all around carry lens...highly recommend it.

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                  4.0

                  Great Prime Lens

                  By wnshall

                  from Portland, OR

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Portraits

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

                      I use this lens for portraits, shooting indoors, etc. Images are very nice and crisp. Small f-stop lets you blur the background nicely. On a crop camera, 50 mm may actually be a bit too wide for some circumstances.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent!

                      By Michael

                      from Glarus

                      About Me Pro Photographer

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          I just opened my 50mm 1.4 from B&H, together with my newly-ordered D70. Rather than reading the manual, I headed to a nearby mountain lake and began shooting.

                          My immediate reaction was how sharp the focus, and how wonderful the bokeh. The soft background colors are significantly warmer and more varied than my earlier camera and lenses.

                          For anyone considering adding a prime to their lens inventory, particularly if money is a consideration (as well as weight)- I highly recommend this one!

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                          4.0

                          Amazing

                          By joey

                          from nj

                          About Me Casual Photographer

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography
                          • Photojournalism

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

                          This lens is efficient for any situation and offers great quality to your photos. I love the shallow depth of field and image quality. It is also very sturdy and lightweight. To be honest there is nothing about this lens that i have found to be negative.It does exactly what it was made to do for a descent price.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Lens!

                          By Josh the Videographer

                          from Marietta, OH

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Low Light
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              I bought this lens for my Canon EOS 70D and I love it! II use it primarily for video work, but it is also excellent for photos. It has beautiful Bokeh and is decent in low light situations. The autofocus is fairly quiet and works well with the 70D's follow focus capabilities. Definitely a must buy!

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                              5.0

                              Canon 50mm

                              By Darrick

                              from Portland, Or

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Soft Missed Focus

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Night Photography
                              • Portraits

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

                              Great out of the box, sharp and fast. Though the metering needs to be on center for consistent shots. I noticed some portraits the lens struggled to focus on individuals when on 1.4 or 1.8. I am sure this will be resolved with practice and familiarity with the lens over time. I generally use a 24-70L. Besides that lens was sharp and quick.

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                              5.0

                              A great investment

                              By Natalie

                              from Bend, OR

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  I finally upgraded from the 1.8 and I only wish I had done it sooner. This lens is one of my go-to's and the quality to price ratio is unbelievable. You won't regret this investment!

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