Offering a natural perspective along with a fast maximum aperture, the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM from Canon is a versatile normal-length prime characterized by its bright f/1.4 aperture to suit working in low-light conditions and for producing shallow depth of field imagery. This lens also features a Gaussian optics design, along with two high refractive index elements, to control spherical aberrations and distortion for high sharpness and clarity. A Super Spectra coating has also been applied to suppress flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color accuracy when working in difficult lighting conditions. Complementing the optical design is a micro USM, which enables quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus control.
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- EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/22
- Two High Refractive Index Elements
- Super Spectra Coating
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Overview
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Specs
|Lens Mount||Canon EF|
|Lens Format Coverage||Full-Frame|
|Angle of View||46°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||1.48' / 45 cm|
|Optical Design||7 Elements in 6 Groups|
|Diaphragm Blades||8, Rounded|
|Filter Size||58 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.91 x 1.99" / 73.8 x 50.5 mm|
|Weight||10.23 oz / 290 g|
|Package Weight||0.85 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||4.7 x 4.15 x 4.15"|
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Reviews
So good, especially if your subjects are human
This was the first fixed lens I purchased and although I loved the image quality immediately, I was prompted to write this review four years later because in going through my image archive, time and again, it is the images captured with this lens that really catch my eye. I have subsequently bought some L series glass, so this 50 1.4 has been on my camera (80D) less frequently of late, but now that my archive review has reminded me, it'll be back on regular rotation. Especially excellent for flashless indoor shooting (I hate the irritation of flashes and the way they effect an otherwise relaxed social gathering), but also great in full daylight. The extra shallow depth of field is fun to play with, but the image quality is indiscernible (to my eye) from that of my precious 70-200 IS 2.8. I've never used the nifty fifty (1.8) so maybe the extra cost for this one won't be worth it to some, but the (utterly non-scientific but nonethess striking) comparisons provided by my retrospective review of about 30,000 images taken over four years lead me to recommend this lens wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to inobtrusively capture intimate, butter-smooth images, particularly of humans in social/street settings.
Canon 50mm f1.4
Good lens, have had one prior, this is the replacement for the one that was loaned and never returned. A good lens!
Lightweight, easy to travel with. Sharp, accurate focus.
Great bokeh and focus
I was having issues with my last lens focusing as it should, so I tried out another, but it still was not up to par. This lens has great focus though! It solved my issue. Also, I didn't think the difference between f/1.8 (my last lens) and 1.4 would be so huge, but it really makes the background so so buttery and gorgeous. Really awesome lens.
I always love a 50 mm and this product has provided everything I needed out of a 50 mm.
A good purchase
I'm glad I finally bought this lens. It is sharp and compact.
Sharp and fast
This lens is awesome! Produces sharp photos and perfect for low light photography. Another great thing about the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens is the price. You will not go wrong buying this lens.
Everyone needs a 50mm
While my main use of this lens is astrophotography, I do pull this out for the occasional traditional photography as well, and I agree that everyone should at least own a 50mm prime lens! The lens produces good, crisp images, and I really enjoy the bokeh this lens can create. I find the autofocus works well, quick and accurate. It keeps up with 99% of the action I'm photographing. In terms of my main focus, this works great as an ultra-widefield lens for astrophotography. As tempting as f/1.4 sounds for light gathering, I found that you need to stop it down to at least f/4 or f/5.6 to prevent the stars along the edges from losing their roundness.
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