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CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 3383 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2469)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (798)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (2156)
  • Consistent output (1635)
  • Durable (1277)
  • Easy to use (1260)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)

Cons

  • Slow focus (279)
  • Weak casing (69)
  • Heavy (52)
  • Blurry focus (35)
  • Difficult to clean (18)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (1708)
  • Night photography (1276)
  • General purpose (1227)
  • Low light (851)
  • Weddings (573)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (1057), Semi-pro photographer (847), Pro photographer (466), Casual photographer (442), Enthusiast (187)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (2260), Yes (158)

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

It's called Nifty Fifty for a reason

By Joshy

from Boise, ID

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Night Photography
    • Portraits

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

    I've been using the lens for months now and I absolutely love this lens! Fast auto focus, sharp images, and amazing bokeh! Great for so many different conditions; portraits, low light, close ups. Definitely would recommend to anyone.

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    5.0

    Nifty 50

    By alnsusan

    from raleigh, nc

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Photography
      • Portraits

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

      This is a must have lens. It works great in low light and is complimentary when doing portraits. It's small, light and very affordable.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Awesome lens

      By Linda H

      from State College, PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits

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

        Great lens. Fantastic for shallow depth of field shots, really brings focus to your subject.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great value

        By Forrest

        from Bardstown, Ky

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Image Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Photojournalism

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

          This is a great lens when shooting in low-light situations using available light or when isolating a subject using a shallow depth of field, thanks to its wide aperture. I purchased two of these for our photographers at our newspaper and they are used nearly every day and have proved to not only take great, sharp images but have withstood the normal abuse that comes with day-in, day-out use in the field.
          I own the 50mm L f1.2 Canon lens, which costs significantly more, and I would not trade it for anything. But the f1.4 is a fine alternative that is a great value for the price.

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          5.0

          All the bang for the buck

          By RB

          from Detroit, MI

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

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

            I have the 50mm 1.8 and this lens is much better. I've looked at a lot of reviews that say the quality of the final image is the same, however this lens is made of better materials. I shoot video as well and the ring for manual focus really makes a difference.

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            5.0

            Awesome

            By Jack Boots

            from San Francisco

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • General Use
              • Photojournalism
              • Portraits

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

              I've used this lens, the 1.8, and the 1.2 numerous times. The 1.2 L is an amazing lens, the 1.8 "Nifty Fifty" isn't worth anyones time. Unfortunately the 1.2 L costs an arm and a leg, and I don't believe is necessary unless your working big weddings, or big fancy jobs. This lens is only a bit more than the 1.8 and does a fantastic job. I borrowed one for a cross-country trip and then bought my own. It's sharp, fast, affordable and solid. I'd say buy it.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Lens..!

              By ND

              from Guadalajara, Mexico

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              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:

                Great a product at very attractive price..! Very luminous lens, I´m not a pro so going for the f1/2 was too much for me. The f1/4 covers all of my needs.

                The service at B&H was very helpful as always.

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                5.0

                Great lens for the price!

                By Silke Gabrielle

                from Sunnyvale, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Beautiful bokeh
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits

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

                  I'm a portrait photographer and I bought this lens when I upgraded to the Canon 5D Mark III. Previously I had used the 35 mm f/2.0 on my Rebel T3 and I love the beautiful bokeh from this lens. I almost regret my purchase of my 85 mm f/1.2.

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                  5.0

                  Nice product!

                  By Fernando

                  from Montevideo, Uruguay.

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  Its a good quality product. I had no problem.

                  Thanks.

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                  5.0

                  Yes and Yes

                  By Crazyeyes

                  from Orlando, FL

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Portraits

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

                    I am a beginner photographer and i found that this is becoming one of my favorite lenses. The great thing is that the pictures come out beautiful and the price of the lens is not insane, like some other lenses can be. It is a great lens for portraits and beautiful closeups with a blurred background. If you are a beginner i suggest this lens.

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                    4.0

                    Sharp, but inconsistent focus

                    By eastbaypro

                    from San Francisco, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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

                          This can be a great super sharp lens. I own the 50 1.2 ii L as well. But unfortunately I had some focusing issues with this one especially with subjects on the extreme sides. At time would just not focus, very challenging. But for the price and size is a great lens and can be just as sharp as the 1.2.

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                          5.0

                          LOVE - Great Value!

                          By Owner at Glaze Fire

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

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

                            I bought this lens to use for my company's social media and inventory needs. So far I love it. It's a great compact size. I did a ton of research before buying this lens, comparing the f/1.8 to the f/1.4 and I am really happy with my decision. For a little extra money getting the f/1.4 seems totally worth it. So far my pictures have been amazing and I'm excited to keep using it!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens

                            By www.FatherTime.Com

                            from St. Louis, MO

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

                                  Great Lens for those who can not aford the F/1.2

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great lens!

                                  By Ali N.

                                  from South Jordan, UT

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Portraits

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

                                    Works beautifully, like my 85 mm.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • Yes

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                                    5.0

                                    Nice for low light portraits

                                    By greginphoenix

                                    from Phoenix, AZ

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Portraits

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

                                      I use it for portraits and low light uses, which it is pretty much made for. I like the 1.4 feature.

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                                      • Yes

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                                      5.0

                                      Everything I hoped it would be

                                      By See What Eye See Photography

                                      from Brooklyn, NY

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Powerful Output

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • General Use
                                        • Photojournalism
                                        • Portraits

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

                                        A fantastic standard lens. It creates incredilbe depth of field. So glad I have it, and will look to use it as often as possible when shooting.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Broke my first one and had to have another

                                        By Blue Birdy

                                        from Oxford, MS

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • General Use
                                          • Night Photography
                                          • Portraits

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

                                          I broke my first lens like this, and started using my wide angle lens. Needless to say, I think I was spoiled from the sharpness of my 50mm, because I went ahead and purchased another 50mm. Hands down, my favorite lens ever for the price! It's a shame that when my other fell out my bag in the yard, it broke. Will definitely be more careful!

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                                          5.0

                                          I love this lens! Great price!

                                          By Gretation

                                          from Lafayette, LA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • General Use
                                              • Photojournalism
                                              • Portraits

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

                                              I use this lens for personal use. I am a fine art photographer. I do a lot of portraits. I have been using a 50mm f/1.8 for several years it is really nice getting a set up. Also getting this lens at such a great price makes it that much better. Received the lens really quickly as well. Overall a great deal and awesome lens.

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                                              • No

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                                              4.0

                                              B&H- Canon 50mm

                                              By Kiv

                                              from Brooklyn

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

                                              Great quality. Clean and crisp shots. B&H always carries quality merchandise.

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                                              5.0

                                              Awesome lens for the price point

                                              By OG

                                              from California

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

                                              Must have lens in every bag, no need to buy the 1.2L, unless you have money to burn.

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