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CanonEF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
 
4.7

(based on 3537 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2579)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (827)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (81)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 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

Great lens

By Ryan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great small lens. I was going back and forth whether to get this 1.4 or the 1.2. After researching online and talking with fellow photographer friends ended up getting this one and happy with the decision. That being said I recently bought the 85 1.2 and although the quality is great, the 85 is very heavy.

 
5.0

50mm

By Gena

from undisclosed

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

Love this nifty fifty !

 
5.0

A star lens

By Luis

from undisclosed

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

A dream lens, good definition, perfect balance and very bright

 
5.0

stunning

By Marcell Sofia

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

Hello everyone should buy this lens are amazing :) I wish that I could buy it before I got them for christmas on the 26th with my new baby the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera Body Only.they work awesome :) I love it  both the lens and the camera

 
5.0

Best Economical Lens

By freckleface82

from Richmond, TX

Verified Buyer

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

Hands down, best portrait lens for the money.

 
5.0

Bang!

By samuel

from Undisclosed

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

so good.

 
5.0

Beautiful bokeh

By Fredy

from undisclosed

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

This lens is excellent. It produces beautiful bokeh when big apertures are used. And the price is unbelievable.

 
4.0

Worth asking price.

By Patrick

from undisclosed

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

All things considered, it's a keeper.

 
5.0

Sweet lens for the money.

By Photomonster

from Cleveland, Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

Using it on a body with an APS size sensor, works great for a portrait lens without a lot of light. Compared to the f 1.2, it's a bargain.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Wanted to love it....

By AB

from Tennessee

Verified Buyer

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

I switched from the canon 50mm f/1.8 to the canon 50mm f/1.4 and I wanted to love it, because I loved my 50mm f/1.8! But, what I've noticed is that this lens lacks the sharpness I was looking for and has extremely slow autofocus in low light. I rarely use auto focus, so it's not a deal breaker for me, but it's frustrating to stand there waiting for my camera to autofocus when I want to take multiple shots. The canon f/1.4 also does not seem to create the sharpness I want. I never seemed to have a problem with my f/1.8 lens, but continuously have problems with sharpness out of the f/1.4 lens. Wide open, you'll be lucky to get your shot in focus. The main reason I upgraded to this lens is for it's superior build quality over the f/1.8 lens. This lens feels nicer and the build is much more solid - the focusing ring is great in comparison to the small focusing ring on the f/1.8 lens. Overall, I don't hate the lens, I just don't love it....the lens could be wonderful if the autofocus was faster and if it produced tack sharp images every time.

 
5.0

Great Lens

By Toria

from Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

This lens works beautifully and is reasonably priced for what it offers. The perfect middle step between a 1/8 and a 1/2.

 
5.0

Great Lens!

By Jayme K

from Undisclosed

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

Great lens for the price! This was the second Canon lens I've purchased this year and have been highly satisfied with both. Would definitely recommend having this one in your bag as an option.

 
4.0

Good lens

By Chuck

from Undisclosed

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

A must have lens at the right price. Build quality is okay. Otherwise it serves every function you need. Optics are great.

 
5.0

I'm so happy about my 50mm

By Peter

from Undisclosed

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

Best thing I've ever purchased!!!

 
5.0

Best Canon Lens for the Money

By Bryan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I've been using the Canon 50mm f1.4 for over 10 years. This lens is dead sharp with pleasing bokeh. It's small and light when compared with the Canon 50mm f1.2L, and costs much much less. The only drawback to this lens is barrel extension when focusing. This exterior barrel movement makes it possible to jam the barrel and damage the focus mechanics. I've jammed 2 of them in the last 12 years, so I just bought my 3rd copy. (After buying 3 copies of this lens, I've still spent less money than buying the 50mm f1.2L once.)

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Very slow AF

By pavel

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

AF speed is a killer of this lens, it's at least twice slower than 85mm 1.8.
Optically it's definitely not bad.

 
5.0

Love it

By Ethan

from undisclosed

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

Great lens that produces sharp images and creamy bokeh.

 
5.0

Affordable 50mm

By Jeffrey

from undisclosed

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

Great intro portrait lens. Sharp images even in low light situations. I would recommend to anyone on a budget.

 
5.0

Very good

By Eduarmanuel

from undisclosed

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

Veryy useful

 
5.0

Great lens for the price

By Alan

from Undisclosed

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

Got this lens last Christmas and it quickly became one of my go to lenses, it takes a wide variety of shots from portrait to landscape.
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