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The Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM lens features superb quality and portability. Two high-refraction lens elements and new Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference. If crisp images with little flare are important to you, they can be obtained even at the maximum aperture with this robust lens. Suitable for use with full-frame and cropped sensor (APS-C) DSLRs. More
Versatile, compact standard-lens design
Gaussian optics, combined with two high-refraction lens elements allow photographers working in all fields to capture crisp, clean images, even wide open at f/1.4. The lens is ideal for photographing landscapes and travel scenes as well as portraits and reportage.
A ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.
Smooth background blur
A virtually circular aperture diaphragm gives out of focus regions a softer, more uniform feel. Sharp foreground objects stand out against a smooth blurred background.
Super Spectra coating
Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.
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High quality low light prime
This lens was originally designed as a fast 'standard' prime lens for 35mm film SLRs and is now used in the same role on full frame DSLRs. It also finds favour as a...Read complete review
This lens was originally designed as a fast 'standard' prime lens for 35mm film SLRs and is now used in the same role on full frame DSLRs. It also finds favour as a short, fast telephoto on crop DSLRs. On a 1.6x crop camera this lens has an effective focal length of 80mm which many people use for head and shoulders portraiture work.Canon produce three 50mm lenses - a f1.2, the f1.4 and a f1.8. The 50mm f1.4 is the one from of Canon's 'mid-range' line up. It feels well constructed but does not come supplied with a lens hood. Unlike it's less expensive cousin, the 50mm f1.8, it has a metal lens mount, a focus scale with depth of field markings and a USM motor for faster focussing. The USM motor in this lens is a bit unique. It's a 'micro' motor rather than a 'ring' motor. It still focusses quickly and reliably but there have been some reports of fragility. My copy has been fine and faultless.The wide maximum aperture allows shooting in very low light conditions but care is needed as the depth of field at these settings is narrow. Wide open it is a little soft but the look is not unpleasant and has been described as dreamy. By f2 it seems to be sharp and is very sharp by f2.8. Out of focus highlights (bokeh) are very pleasantly rendered.Compared to the 50mm f1.8 lens this one costs about 2.5 times as much. For that you get a lens that doesn't hunt so much when trying to focus in low light, is noticeably better built and which has a slightly wider maximum aperture. The f1.4 lens is roughly 1/5th the price of the f1.2 lens and for the extra money you again get an improvement in build quality and maximum aperture. For me the f1.4 had the right balance of reasonable coost with very good performance.In conclusion, it is small, sharp, has a very wide aperture and is relatively inexpensive. If you need a 50mm lens I'd highly recommend it.
Most Liked Negative Review
Great optics - bad mechanics
This is my third prime lens, I'd previously owned a 50mm 1.8 mkII and then a 35mm 2.0 – both great lenses, but with slow and noisy focusing systems (non USM)I...Read complete review
This is my third prime lens, I'd previously owned a 50mm 1.8 mkII and then a 35mm 2.0 – both great lenses, but with slow and noisy focusing systems (non USM)I had owned and used my 50mm 1.4 for two happy years, right up until the focusing system jammed just recently. This is a real shame as it takes fantastic pictures, but after looking at various internet forums I have found that lens jam on is quite a common problem on the 1.4. The 1.4's USM is not the standard Canon 'ring type' and this, apparently is one of the reasons why it has a tendency to jam. This lens is great for portraits and is discrete enough to use for reportage type photography. Sadly, I have now sold this lens on[...] (as a fixer upper) which means that my search for a nice prime lens continues....... Next on the list is the Canon 28mm 1.8, I will update accordingly.I cannot recommend this lens as ultimately it is unreliable.
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Comments about Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens:
I was originally after the Sigma 1.4 50mm. Sent 2 back because they missed focus 90%. This lens always hits focus and is quick and reliable, shame it doesn't have the same quality bokeh as the sigma.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
my first non-zoom lens, still practising with it but results so far have been promising / pleasing.
Good general purpose, compact lens
About Me Semi-Professional
I bought this to complement my zooms, but in a small, lightweight unit. I also wanted the large aperture for low light, but more particularly to obtain differential focus. Low levels of distortion are also useful. The lens is somewhat disappointing at full aperture, giving a rather hazy effect on bright objects and indifferent edge definition, but from f/2 onwards it is very usable and by f/8 it is extremely sharp across the frame with no vignetting, etc. On my Canon 5D II this lens needed quite a lot of micro-focus adjustment (+8) to obtain sharp autofocus at wide apertures, but now this has been applied I cannot fault the accuracy of focus. Speed of focus is pretty good too.
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By Tony Smith Photography.
from Wirral, England.
I bought this lens as an upgrade on the 50mm f1.8. I had heard mixed reviews about whether it was worth it or not. I had a little spare cash, which was burning a hole in my pocket, so thought why not.I can honestly say I am not disappointed with it. I've bought from WEX before, and always had great service, this was the same. Very fast delivery, and at a decent price.Loving the low light applications for this lens, and the portrait images I've shot so far.If you can afford the upgrade, I'd say do it, and enjoy a cracking lens on your camera.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Very sharp lens, great for portraits! Very pleased with my purchase.
Getting used to it
I had hoped to be able to use this lens for low light photography without a flash but so far I have not been able to master this. I am not sure whether it is me missing something but when I look on the internet I see that I am not alone. It is early days in my purchase so hopefully I will figure it out.
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Used mainly for nature and portrait photography.lovely shallow depth of field at 1.4,
Bought this with my canon 6D as L lens equivalent too expensive and 1.8 lens too cheap. Wanred faster aperture lens for low light and portraits. 50mm mimicks human eye view so great to get those shts right. No disappointments.
from Reading UK
The 50mm is a great versatile lens. Sharp and light I carry it everywhere with me.
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Sydney Opera House
i would buy this product again
upgraded from the f1.8. from the few pics ive taken it seems a good lens, very pleased so far.
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