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CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 3499 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2551)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (824)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (14)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (2204)
  • Consistent output (1662)
  • Easy to use (1316)
  • Durable (1303)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1177)

Cons

  • Slow focus (287)
  • Weak casing (69)
  • Heavy (53)
  • Blurry focus (35)
  • Difficult to clean (18)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (1761)
  • Night photography (1300)
  • General purpose (1270)
  • Low light (852)
  • Weddings (573)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (1083), Semi-pro photographer (864), Pro photographer (489), Casual photographer (453), Enthusiast (187)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (2329), Yes (165)

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

Great lens

By Joseph

from Undisclosed

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

Takes very sharp images. Good for star photography.

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5.0

Great lens

By Dave

from San Francisco CA

Verified Buyer

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

Great all-purpose lens--fast shutter speed and flexibility.

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5.0

Crisp pictures

By Reviewer

from Virginia

Verified Buyer

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

Always good to have a 50mm in your accessory bag. Pictures are crisp....no blurring or aberrations. Performs as expected.

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Takes some getting used to

By Patty

from Marquette MI

Verified Buyer

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

I wish I would have opted for the higher end 50mm

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5.0

Perfect pictures!

By Morgan

from Wisconsin

Verified Buyer

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

I have been beyond surprised with the quality of pictures that this lens has provided me. It is great for a number of different settings and it definitely makes getting good images easy.

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(2 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

This lens is trash or toilet paper

By PaulD

from Watertown, NY

Verified Buyer

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

Apart from letting in adequate light, this lens is pure garbage. It could not produce one usable image. I have been unsatisfied with every lens under $800 dollars these days....non-native manufacturers almost build in failure at any lower price point. I'm using the Aputure DEC to do the hand-shaking between Panasonic and Canon. The marital bed is unslept in to say the least even after so long a courtship. I attribute some of the issues to the setup. Certainly the lens was made to double as a paperweight for a newbie.

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5.0

Great mid-level lens!

By JSB Productions

from Chicago, IL

Verified Buyer

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

Great step up from the 50mm f/1.8!

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I always buy from BHPhoto

By Michele

from San Carlos

Verified Buyer

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

Delivered on time with no issue. Lens is perfectly!

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5.0

Great Lense

By Loly

from Glenview, IL

Verified Buyer

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

Beautiful crisp pictures! Great price, excellent for portraits!!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good lens

By Chris

from Estes Park, CO

Verified Buyer

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

I shoot video and stills, and this is an excellent lens for both. It seems to have a better build quality than the 50mm 1.8 Canon and has a wider focus ring which makes a big difference when manually focusing while recording video. I don't think the extra $200 is worth it if you just want 1.4 stops over 1.8, but for the better build quality, and focus mechanics, it is worth investing the extra cash, especially if you are recording video with this lens. It isn't Canon L glass quality, but all around a good lens.

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5.0

I love this product

By Alex

from Pittsburgh PA

Verified Buyer

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

I use this for fashion shoots and I love the way this product blurs the background.

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4.0

Beautiful at a great price

By JVL

from Detroit, MI

Verified Buyer

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

Love this lens for portraits and lifestyle photos. Great quality without the huge cost of the 50mm / 1.2.

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good lens, but be sure you know what camera you have

By ultramarineblue1

from Chicago, IL

Verified Buyer

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

This is a great lens, but because I have a cropped DSLR, 50mm looks more like 80mm and it was a little too close up for me to use as my prime lens.

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5.0

One word. Sharp!

By Spotdirector

from NYC

Verified Buyer

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

Light, crisp images in video and stills. Excellent lens and great value.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Haven't grown too fond of it just yet

By Lee Perez

from Fort Bragg, NC

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

I've read all the reviews of the 3 different 50mm canon lenses, so I went with the 1.4 because there wasn't much of a justification for getting the 1.2 to go with its price tag. I have used it for about two weeks now, and I am not sure if I have really grown to LOVE it. It's alright. I think I need to calibrate the lens and see where the focus is falling cause my images are not coming out sharp unless the subject is close up for a face shot. I seem to have better luck getting sharper images with my 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 ... I just hope I didn't make a mistake in getting this lens instead of just forking out the additional $1000+ for the L lens.

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(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Happy

By Promise Design Work

from Waterford, MI

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Powerful Output
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Portraits

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

This lens has taken some amazing photos and they are nice and sharp. The high aperture is great for low light and nice depth of field. The only thing I would like to see improved is that lens doesn't get longer when you focus.

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  • No

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5.0

Essential

By PhotoJ

from Washington State

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photojournalism
      • Portraits

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

      My style is more photojournalistic, as I would rather capture moments than poses. Just used this lens to document a fishing derby yesterday and was giddy with the versatility. I could capture details quickly, with beautiful bokeh and lights and then jump back to documents overall moments as well. The lens was a key piece to telling the story of the day. You definitely have to keep moving to get your shots,, but I think that kept it fun.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By KB

      from Durham, NC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          This is our 4th lens to outfit our C100 M2. It's fantastic for interviews, love wide open and f/1.4 gives us more possibilities. It's not an L lens but the quality difference is quite noticeable between this lens and the f/1.8 not only in build but optics.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Like it a lot!

          By Bruno

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

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

            I wasn't necessarily expecting such great results with a non-L lens. This lens is definitely one I plan to keep around for a while.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very good !!

            By Deeps

            from Idianapolis

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

            I am a non professional photographer... Like to take my kids pics .. I bought his lense for my canon t4i i can see a significant change in the pics I used to take w my normal lense .. The pics looks so beautiful .. Loving it

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