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CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 3558 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2596)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (829)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (82)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (15)

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 (1762)
  • Night photography (1300)
  • General purpose (1270)
  • Low light (853)
  • 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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5.0

Quality lens

By doublenickel

from north central texas

Verified Buyer

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

Small light weight option for your travel bag

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Chromatic Aberration

By Ceilih

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I'm getting a lot of chromatic aberration from this lens and having a hard time getting sharp focus. For the focus issue, I took it to my local camera shop to have it calibrated to my camera for fine focus adjustment. They said no focus adjustment was necessary: it was spot on. I feel I should have saved my money and gone with the canon 1.2 or the Sigma 1.4. I will do my research more carefully from now on.

 
5.0

Love this Lens

By William

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Fantastic lens!

 
5.0

Amazing Lens

By Reed

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Using this on a Canon 7D Mark II and this lens is beautiful. Takes amazing pictures. It is a little more zoomed in than I would like because of the 7D cropping but the pictures are clear and beautiful and perfect. Great background blur and amazing clarity. A must have lens for all photographers.

 
5.0

Love it!!!

By Sandra

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This was a gift for my brother, who is starting in the media field, he is so happy !!

 
5.0

Portrait Photography

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

As much as I enjoy using my Canon 100 mm macro lens, this Canon EF 50mm portrait lens is my go-to lens. This is the lens I keep on my camera all the time to capture nearly every photography moment. I highly recommend this lens for portrait as well as general landscape photography. If you don't want to bother to actually use your macro lens, this lens works pretty well for macro photography as well. You can't go wrong adding this lens to your collection.

 
5.0

Bokehlicious

By Pete

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The smaller the f-stop/wider the aperture, the more isolated your subject can be. This makes some beautiful shots. The extra stop also is a noticeable improvement over the 1.8 50mm... in low light situations. Impressed with the obvious increase in build quality over the 1.8.

 
5.0

Great Quality!!!

By Maria

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Just Love it! Bought it for the Canon 5D Mark III, and the quality of the images is amazing!!! Even in the most darker scenario, because the aperture for the light is huge. Definitely recommended for professional photographers who are seeking more sensibility or ISO for natural light photography.

 
5.0

Really incredible lens

By Bill

from Undisclosed

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

This is a very fast lens with great optics.  The usm focuses super fast and allows for manual override, so satisfied.

 
5.0

Great budget lens

By Cinema

from Undisclosed

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

If you don't have the budget for the 1.2 this lens is perfect for a replacement. It's just a well rounded lens. I use it during low light situations during wedding receptions. Perfect for capturing details and dancing.

 
5.0

Excellent lens and value

By Chris

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

excellent focus and bokeh

 
5.0

I would buy this product again

By Charles

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love this camera lens.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent & underwhelming

By daniel

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I bought this lens a few years ago, after going through many Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lenses that I kept breaking (that lens' construction is understandably its weakest point.)
Even though I've had it for quite some time, I have failed to fall in love with it, and even though it is reliable, decent, well built, I do think often of the plastic magic 50 1.8 with its quirks and imperfections. 
The 50 1.4 isn't pin-sharp (esp at wide apertures), and mine has bad chromatic aberration, bad edge  performances especially in low light on my full frame EOS 1Ds Mk III.
I preferred the bokeh produced by its (much) cheaper little brother the 50 1.8, which also felt sharper in the center of the image when shooting wide open.
I expected a spectacular lens from Canon, given it is a standard prime at around $400, i am underwhelmed by its performances.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Lens!

By Hope

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is better that anything I expected. It works great for portraits and landscapes! I have no complaints. I don't know why I didn't get this lens sooner!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for its value.

By Nelson

from Long Beach, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Good standard lens

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Entry Portrait Lens

By Sherwin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love it. I bought this instead of the L version because of budgets concerns, but the bokeh effect out of this lens is great. Great for a entry portrait lens.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As above

By Nelson

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Not L quality, but good.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

working great in NZ

By Mary

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

My daughter is a professional photographer on assignment in NZ she states its working great!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Lens for the Price

By Ryan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is a great companion to my Canon 80D. The lens is smlla, light, and is tack sharp when using center-point focus.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic lens for the price!!?

By Martine

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love love this lens!!! I use it for boudoir shoots and it's perfect!!!

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