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Canon EF 50mm - f/1.4 USM Lens

by Canon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
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  • Focal length and maximum aperture: 50 mm 1:1.4
  • Lens construction: 7 elements in 6 groups
  • Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.45m / 1.5ft
  • Filter size: 58mm
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm ; 290 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: 2515A003
  • ASIN: B00009XVCZ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 Oct 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

Standard lens featuring superb quality and portability. Two high-refraction lens elements and new Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference. Crisp images with little flare are obtained even at the maximum aperture.

Box Contains

  • Canon EF 50mm - f/1.4 USM Lens
  • E-58U 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • 1-Year Warranty

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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade from my 50mm 1.8 lens 9 Feb 2010
    I was looking for an upgrade to my 1.8 lens. Something that was as light and small as it was, but with better build quality and resolution. The 1.4 has really delivered for me. The extra bokeh at 1.4 is great and at f4 and beyond the sharpness is as good as anything I've seen. I like the physical size of the lens as it's light and neat on my 5dmk II. The build quality is far superior to the 1.8. The only downside to the lens is when using it in manual focus. The focussing ring seems to take 1.5 full turns to focus from near to far. What would be way more convenient would be maybe a quarter turn, like with my 16-35L lens. Besides that though, I would give this a 5 out of 5. Wish I had bought it earlier.
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    137 of 141 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Far better than the 50mm f1.8 3 April 2006
    By A Customer
    I've tried all of Canon's 50mm lenses from the cheap, plasticky f1.8 to the hyper-expensive f1.0. This is the best compromise and allows decent shutter speeds in low light without flash. It ia sharp all the way to the edges (upto A3 at least) and doesn't seem to be affected by flare even without a lens shade. If all you have used is the zoom that came with the camera kit, I suggest you try this and see what a difference a decent prime (single focal length) lens makes. At nearly 300, however, it is quite an investment, but worth it.
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    257 of 271 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Prime Lens 11 Oct 2008
    By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Verified Purchase
    This is the first prime lens I have bought and I didn't know whether to go for the f1.8 or this one. After much research I went for the f1.4, the build quality is much better, the focussing is improved and that extra stop counts for a lot.

    The simplicity of this lens is such an eye opener, you have to work for your shots now instead of standing still and zooming in on everything. Your legs become your zoom and because of this you are much more likely to raise or lower your normal eye-level view of the world to find a more interesting angle on a subject.

    This lens is purely about quality of image, there are no gimmicks, no image stablisation or anything you don't need, you have a focussing ring and an AF/MF switch. That's it.

    Like every lens the sharpness is improved by stopping down from maximum, at f1.8 the 50mm is like a razor, even wide open at f1.4 the pictures are still pretty usable. But its the image, the colours are beautifully captured, the contrast is excellent, sharpness outstanding and the bokeh (out of focus areas) are so soft and creamy its like gazing into a pan of melted butter.

    This is the lens you've been looking for, it frees you creatively, lets you make those images you could only dream about before. Sure, it takes a bit of work to get the most from this lens, but the effort will repaid tenfold when you see the results possible with this little cracker.

    Sure, the f1.8 is a step in the right direction but the f1.4 is the grownup version, built to last and deliver the results time after time.

    I am not exagerrating when I say that this lens has reinvigorated my photography.

    If you own a Canon DSLR, you need this, its that simple.
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    61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sharp with great colours 18 Jun 2007
    I've had mine for 8 years and it delivers sharp pictures with great colours every time. If I could only own one lens, this would be it.
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    45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely lens! 21 July 2007
    This lens is great for low light conditions. The focus is sharp and the background blur dreamy & creamy when wide open. Brilliant results with my 5d.
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    126 of 139 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag 5 Aug 2010
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    You get a bit of a mixed bag with this lens. There are definitely some positive sides to it, however there are also (for me) an unacceptable amount of negatives, and as such I don't quite think this lens is worth the ever climbing price.

    First off the image quality. It's good - as long as you're up above f/2. Below f/2 (lower f/ number), all of the lens' faults become visible. Spherical abberation (hazy effect), some chromatic abberation, horrendous vignetting (this can be used to creative effect, but it's beside the point) and loss of clarity in colours/detail. really, it's not much better than the f/1.8 version when you start to compare them both at around ~f/2.8. By f/4-f/5.6 both lenses are fantastic.

    The colour rendition of this lens is very good, near perfect I'd say when you've stopped down a bit. The f/1.8 version seems to add a magenta tinge to photos - the f/1.4 does not. The bokeh off the f/1.4 is more rounded and supposedly more smooth as it has 8 aperture blades, as opposed to the f/1.8's 5 aperture blades. In practise though this doesn't make *all* that much difference unless there are out of focus points of light in the image; which with the f/1.8 will appear as pentagons, with the f/1.4 they will appear nearly as circles. I have still had many occasions where bokeh off the f/1.4 was surprisingly harsh, though.

    The build quality *is* better than the f/1.8, but quite frankly, fisher price toys still beat the f/1.8 lens in build quality. There is a placebo effect that Canon have created, whereby people upgrade from the f/1.8 lens to the f/1.4 thinking how great the build and AF is when in reality, the lens isn't much better built than Canon's 18-55 IS kit lens. Clever marketing or coincidence?
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    33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars great for concert photography 16 Nov 2008
    I have recently bought this lens being a recent convert to Canon, and is already one of my favourites! I specialise in music photography, which means high ISO, no flash and low light conditions.

    This lens comes up trumps in all departments and for small / midsize venues, Crisp, fast and solid, this really is the only lens you will need.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars fast dilvery
    quite good, tried it once I got it, nice fix lense and nice pictures. quite enjoyable, this lense derseve the price~~
    Published 15 days ago by sena214
    4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful portrait lens that doesn't just have o be or portraits...
    Great lens, sharp pictures, with crisp detail. I use it for a lot more that just portrait photography. Read more
    Published 25 days ago by Barry Robinson @ New Street Photograpohy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens
    Good quality lens with metal mount. Easy to use and produces good results. Well worth the extra cost against the cheaper plastic mount Canon lenses.
    Published 29 days ago by Alasdair T. Kelman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Should you upgrade from the f/1.8?
    I have owned for some time the plastic fantastic Canon 50mm f/1.8 and despite the flaws it can without doubt produce some great images. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by R.E. Viewer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
    Use it on 5Diii and it gets great results. I micro adjusted the focus so that I can shoot at f/1.4 to f/2.0 and get sharp focus (as long as my technique is good). Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Molo
    5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning quality!
    I know it might be tempting to go for f/1.8 as it's 4 times cheaper, but trust me - you are paying for a stunning quality! Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Russell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good product!
    im a green hand in photography, this is my first fixed-focus lens. this is really a late comment as i have been using it for more than half year. it works perfectly ever since!
    Published 1 month ago by YAO YAO
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
    I use this primarily for portraiture or for filming solo acting performances. I think it's an excellent lens, and the improvement over the 1.8 nifty fifty is easily discernable. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by The Fat Arab
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good decision purchasing
    I had seen the 1.8 version and loved it so I was hunting for one, then with some research I had a toss up between this 1.4 and 1.8 (the 1.2 was out of my budget). Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Sugar Pill
    5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding photos with this lens
    I bought this as an additional lens to the 18-55mm kit lens purchased with my Canon 450D camera. The sharpness and overall quality of the results are outstanding. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Revd David R Buckley
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