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CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 3307 reviews)

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    (2415)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (779)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (70)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (2110)
  • Consistent output (1606)
  • Durable (1254)
  • Easy to use (1216)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)

Cons

  • Slow focus (277)
  • Weak casing (69)
  • Heavy (50)
  • Blurry focus (35)
  • Difficult to clean (18)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (1662)
  • Night photography (1259)
  • General purpose (1192)
  • Low light (850)
  • Weddings (573)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (1036), Semi-pro photographer (832), Pro photographer (453), Casual photographer (427), Enthusiast (187)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (2201), 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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4.0

Small and lightweight

By Albert

from Orlando, FL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use

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

    Short, small and lightweight. Focus is sharp and fast making for easy shooting.

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    • No

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    5.0

    AWESOME 4 THE BUCK!

    By AK

    from Northampton, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

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

      Bought this lens on here a while ago (2 years ago?) & I haven't STOPPED using it since! Great for portraits! Love the performance in low light and the DOF.

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      5.0

      Great for low light shooting

      By Mark the teacher

      from Laredo, Texas

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Low-light Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • No-flash Situations
        • Photojournalism

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

        This gives us a tool that we've not had before, when we need to shoot in low light situations and cannot use a flash. We use these lenses in a high school journalism program. To date the lenses seem rugged enough and allow us to produce quality photographs in poor lighting that our kit lenses are not suitable for.

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        5.0

        Great lense

        By Mike

        from Atlanta Ga

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

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

          We use this lens in our photography and videography department. Love using it and have gotten great results.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great lens!

          By Kelly

          from Lexington, NC

          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:

            Great lens that takes phenomenal image photos!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great - does exactly what we expected

            By High School Photo Teacher

            from Overland Park, Kansas

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gyms
              • Photojournalism

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

              I bought this lens for a high school newspaper and yearbook staff. It gets passed around often. The kids who have experience shooting in gyms prefer using this lens. Obviously they miss being able to zoom in and out, but they realize the huge aperture is worth the tradeoff.

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              5.0

              My go-to

              By Marge

              from United Kingdom

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • General Use
                • Photojournalism
                • Portraits

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

                This is the lens that lives on my camera.
                It has been stolen in Beijing and replaced. Stopped autofocusing after some hard years and been replaced. I can't image life as a photographer without it. It is sturdy and reliable, and provides a striking depth of field.

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                5.0

                Good lens

                By Zanne

                from NM

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

                I researched lenses for my new canon eos sl1 camera. Reviews showed this lens as being a solid basic lens that would work well with my camera. Great photos..good speed.

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                5.0

                Fast and reliable

                By Paco

                from Jersey City, NJ

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Photography
                  • Photojournalism

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

                  primary for video. very good responde focus time.
                  excellent in low lighth situations

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                  5.0

                  Love it -- learning to see all over agai

                  By Bobochoco

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Casual Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Powerful Output

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography
                    • Photojournalism
                    • Portraits

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

                    I recently decided to return to photography, and to focus on making my images match what I see. I have a Canon 28mm-135mm f/3.5 lens, but it wasn't getting the job done, and my pictures reflected that.

                    Now I'm back in my first photography class in college, and I'm learning all over again how my 50D and my old Rebel bodies work! This lens is a great help in reminding me how to make great exposures. The composition will come later; right now, it's all about knowing how to make the image look as great as possible, before the burning, dodging, and computerized enhancing.

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                    4.0

                    Great lens

                    By Will

                    from NYC

                    Verified Buyer

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

                    Great bokeh for the price. Way cheaper than the 1.2L, better bokeh than the 1.8.

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                    4.0

                    Excellent high aperture for portrait

                    By The Big Nick

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Weak Output

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

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

                    Great for portrait with blurred background.
                    At high aperture, it lacks sharpness a bit.
                    Also fixed 50mm zoom forces you to be pretty far from your human object.

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                    5.0

                    Amazing lens

                    By Jana

                    from California

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

                    I bought this lens for my eos 5d and its amazing! It is my first lens but it makes every picture look flawless and perfect.

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                    5.0

                    Love this lens!

                    By sugarlandnana

                    from Texas

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

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

                      Had no idea this lens would make such a difference in my photos. Love it!

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                      5.0

                      Very nice Lens

                      By yoglez

                      from New york

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

                      Very nice lens for the price.

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                      5.0

                      Good for the Money

                      By B-Rice

                      from Fort Worth, TX

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus
                      • Slow Recycling

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

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

                      Great lens for the cost of it! Defiantly worth the money...

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      So good I bought it twice!

                      By Ron the Enthusiast

                      from Denton, TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

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

                        I am an amateur photographer who wanted to take great photographs without spending a fortune. This lens takes in an amazing amount of light and gives me pictures that get compliments every times I show them to someone-and I never talk about the camera or ask leading questions such as "what do you think about these awesome new photos?" Or "Isn't my lens amazing?"

                        So why did I buy it twice? My daughter loves to take photos and she does do it professionally, so I bought her this lens. When I asked her a while ago what lens she uses the most, she told me this one, saying, "It creates beautiful depth." I couldn't agree more!

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                        5.0

                        Great lense

                        By Runman

                        from New York City

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durablility
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Photojournalism
                          • Portraits

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

                          Product is great. I bought it as my first lens outside of the kit 18-135 that came with my Canon 60D. I took it on a ski trip and walked around and took such great pictures. It's a great price for a great lens. I highly recommend this lens especially to those newer photographers looking to add a good but not overly expensive lens to their gear.

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                          4.0

                          Good step up from the 1.8

                          By Dana

                          from College Station, TX

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Powerful Output
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Not Calibrated Correctly

                          Best Uses

                          • Photojournalism
                          • Portraits

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

                          I mainly do portrait photography, so I wanted to upgrade from the 50 mm 1.8 to this lens for a sharper, more accurate focus. Out of the box, this lens was not calibrated correctly to my DSLR and was front-focusing (making all of my photos slightly out of focus) so I had to take it to a camera shop for microadjustment. Now that it's calibrated correctly, it's great.

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                          5.0

                          Great Prime Lens.

                          By Grandpa

                          from Pullman, WA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Portraits

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

                            As a new owner of a Canon 7D, I needed a basic telephoto that will help me learn the advanced functions of the camera. This lens came highly recommended by both professionals and amateurs alike. Even though I am new to DSLRs, I have enough experience as a hobbyist to know quality manufacturing and precision engineering. I have four other lenses all of which are zoom telephoto. My next lens will be a dedicated macro.
                            I have taken some great Christmas pics of people, animals, ice, snow, and landscape. This camera, equipped with this lens, has produced some of the best pictures I have ever taken.
                            If you are looking for a fast prime lens for a Canon DSLR I highly suggest you give this lens a try.I don't think you will regret it.

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