The EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is Canon’s mid-priced 50mm fast prime, sitting between the inexpensive F1.8 and high-end F1.2 lenses. It offers excellent optical quality, especially when stopped down a bit, and offers a generally more-refined experience than the cheaper lens. It performs very well as both a ‘normal’ lens on full frame cameras, and a short portrait telephoto on APS-C.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
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“ It delivers a significantly better optical performance than all but the most extensive zooms, in a small, light and relatively inexpensive package.”
- 50mm focal length
- 80mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
- F1.4 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
- Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- 58mm filters
- 0.45m/17.72" minimum focus
- Canon EF mount for full frame, APS-H and APS-C DSLRs
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||50 mm|
|Lens mount||Canon EF|
|Number of diaphragm blades||8|
|Special elements / coatings||Two high-refraction lens elements and new Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference|
|Minimum focus||0.45 m (17.72″)|
|Full time manual||Yes|
|Weight||290 g (0.64 lb)|
|Diameter||74 mm (2.91″)|
|Length||51 mm (1.99″)|
|Materials||Plastic barrel, metal mount|
|Filter thread||58 mm|
|Hood product code||ES-71II|
|Optional accessories||Hard Case LHP-C10 Soft Case ES-C9/LP1014|
Scoring is relative only to the other lenses in the same category at the time of review.
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This is a lens which has its own distinct strengths; it's ideal for users looking to buy a relatively small, lightweight prime, in order to gain image quality simply unavailable on a zoom for the same price. It's an excellent companion to full-frame DSLRs, and also doubles pretty well as a portrait lens on APS-C cameras.
Lightweight, sharp and versatile, this inexpensive prime lens is a great travelling companion for full-frame and APS-C DSLRs.
Not So Good For
Shooting 'wide open' the dreamy softness at F1.4 won't appeal to everyone, and corner sharpness isn't great at the widest apertures (not that it matters much).
Great fast standard 50
Excellent lens but now showing it's age. Canon really needs to give us a new one of these. Yet, I use it regularly for it's fast maximum aperture and nice out of focus backgrounds. I find I'm putting it into my bag more and more. It is very difficult to focus handheld at f1.4, you'll want to be very careful as there is little room for error. It's not super sharp in the corners at this aperture either. Often I find I'm shooting at f1.8 and if you're on a very tight budget I'd seriously ...
Mixed bag but I will keep it.
+ Cheap. Optically fantastic, rivals L lenses. Bad build quality. - Bit inconsistent focus. Slight squeeze would deform the focusing cam making it inoperable.
Its cheap (as far as lenes go) sharp, fast. and ok build quality.
Perfect yet flawed
I tried to replace this lens 3 times with Sigma 50 1.4, but thats just not possible. All 3 sigmas ended up having horrible focusing issues. Just gave up trying. This lens is perfectly sharp, somewhat quiet, other USM lenses tent to me more quiet. Some people report that focus motor can break in this little lens, as long as you take good care of it it won't happen. Very good in low light and quick to ACCURATE focus, not like the Sigma.
50mm f1.4 vs 50mm f1.2 @ 1.4
Hi all, new to Canon forum, am thinking about upgrading to FF and going for broke on 5D MkIII and a couple of lenses. I'm pretty sure I want the 135mm f2 L and a standard, and am tempted by the idea of the 'L' standard because I'm a big fan of shallow depth of field, but I'm disappointed by its performance at f1.2 (from what reviews I've seen). The f1.4 on the other hand seems remarkably good wide open. My question is: if you have both the 50mm f1.4 and the 50mm f1.2, and shoot both at f1.4, how would you describe the differences between both images? Worth an extra thousand pounds? Thanks a lot, Al
At 1.4, I'd say they have similar resolution, but the 50mm 1.4 has a low-contrast veiling haze that reduces acutance. It has somewhat diminished microcontrast compared to the 1.2, and less saturation, too. So I'd say, overall, that the 50mm 1.2 gives a more striking image at wide apertures. Once you get to f/2.8 or so, I'd say the 50mm f/1.4 is actually sharper and has similar contrast, although a bit less saturation. In addition, the 1.2 seems to have better focus at infinity. Both great lenses. Whether the 1.2 is worth the extra money is very difficult to say. I have both lenses and like both. As the previous poster mentioned, Sigma is set to release a new 50mm Art lens. I have a feeling this will be a new class leader (other than the Otus, but that one comes with a huge price tag). Continue Reading
Agree, but that is because the front element of the 1.4 is quite recessed behind a poor quality blacked front. Get a decent matte black paint and spray it over that front (yes, mask off the glass and the rest of the lens!) and you can improve the 1.4 wide open veiling glare significantly. It doesn't need to be expensive paint (though I used 3M Nextel) just more matte than Canon's semi-silk finish. The end result can be as good as the f/1.2 for a few cents. Continue Reading
Complete upgrade or add to the bag?
Hi, I'm here to get some second opinions on my desire to upgrade or add to my bag. So far I own a Canon Rebel T3i with a Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6. I have been shooting for long enough and I don't see myself staying within crop sensors any longer. I used to shoot film completely so I need the full frame to fulfill my cravings. However, I also want to have video capability so that I can produce videos as well. Right now, with the T3i and Sigma, I can probably sell the T3i for around $400-500. As for the Sigma, maybe around $300-350. So I can potentially have $700-850 by selling all that I own. I am also a sneakerhead and maybe willing to sell some of shoes for up to $500. So, if I'm willing to sell all of my stuff, I can have up to around $1100-1350. So here's my dilemma. With that potential $1350, I can purchase myself a used Canon 5D Mark II for around $1200 (maybe less if I can haggle). Which means I can potentially have maybe around $200 left. I can then buy a Nifty Fifty or save up a ...
Sell some (useless :-)) sneakers for $550. Spend $450 for a 5DC and another $100 on a 50mm f/1.8 and keep your T3i. Now you have wide angle, portrait, and video capabilities with the T3i, and full frame "normal" with the 5DC. Buy a 6D with kit lens as an upgrade for the 5DC when prices for that camera fall below $1000 (give it a year or two). Continue Reading
joejack951 wrote: Sell some (useless :-)) sneakers for $550. Spend $450 for a 5DC and another $100 on a 50mm f/1.8 and keep your T3i. Now you have wide angle, portrait, and video capabilities with the T3i, and full frame "normal" with the 5DC. Buy a 6D with kit lens as an upgrade for the 5DC when prices for that camera fall below $1000 (give it a year or two). That's what I was exactly thinking as another option! I somewhat can't part with this little T3i, it's my first DSLR. Wow, I never thought about the 6D ever. Thanks joejack! Continue Reading
Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L IS i or 24-70mm f2.8 L i
Hi folks, I am a new member and starting to get more and more serious with photography there is just a question that I want your guy's opinion on. My current gear: Canon 6d 50mm f1.4 Battery grip I shoot weddings (mainly) and events *Now I know you're probably wondering how do I cover a wedding shoot with just 1 prime lens. I do tag along as a second shooter for my buddy we are good friends and he would lend me his lens since he has a huge collection of them. Mostly primes 85mm f1.4 is what he let me borrows then I also get to use his 70-200mm f2.8 non IS L version Now I want to get my own glass and I am very torn between a 24-70mm 2.8 i L or the 70-200mm 2.8 i L IS. Suggestions please! Thank you!
Looking back on all the events you've done so far, ask yourself, "Which shots did I miss because I didn't have xxxx lens?" Your desicion should be based on your shooting style, and approach . I like a photojournalistic style, so the 70-200 was the lens for me. Also, the 70-200L make for a wonderful portrait lens too. r/Mike Continue Reading
The most popular wedding lens is the 24-70f/2.8 and it's very advantageous when you are in closer proximity to your subjects prior/after the ceremony and at the reception, however many also use the 70-200f/2.8 in those situations where longer reach is required such as inside the church. Btw, you'd get more responses in the appropriate Canon lens forum. Continue Reading
Hank3152 wrote: The most popular wedding lens is the 24-70f/2.8 and it's very advantageous when you are in closer proximity to your subjects prior/after the ceremony and at the reception, however many also use the 70-200f/2.8 in those situations where longer reach is required such as inside the church. Btw, you'd get more responses in the appropriate Canon lens forum. Yeah I love the versatility of the 24-70mm, but I already have a 50mm 1.4 which I can use to take pictures during prep and reception. Yes you do have a point having that 70-200mm reach is really crucial during the ceremony. Thanks! I reposted it over there! Continue Reading
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