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Canon EF 50mm - f/1.4 USM Lens

by Canon
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 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: 129.5 x 188 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 (153 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

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    141 of 145 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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    59 of 61 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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    261 of 275 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
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    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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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    I have to say I absolutely love this lens, I think its amazing and I spent a great deal of time contemplating which 'first' lens to get for my Canon 550D based on a very limited budget (the camera body alone wiped me out financially which didn't leave me with much choice naturally). After pouring over the web endlessly I chose to buy the 550D (body only) as I wanted to establish the best quality initial system I could afford (naturally) and as I love portraiture and have a keen interest in video; a fast prime lens made the most sense. Unfortunately I was initially seduced by the ridiculously cheap 'Canon 50mm f/1.8 mk ii' after reading great reviews, but sadly I had nothing short of a total nightmare experience with its appalling build quality primarily due to the abysmal quality control of Canon. To provide some perspective; I purchased 3 lenses in a row and each and everyone of them was either unsatisfactory or failed in some way shape or form (i.e. dust/debris inside the lens from new, lens element wiggling loose et al).

    As such, in the end I snapped, gave up and bought the 'Canon EF 50mm - f/1.4' version instead, and the difference was literally night and day - astonishing; I just wish I'd had the foresight to chose this version in the 1st place, but you live and learn! With regard to the f/1.4 version the difference in build quality is huge, naturally its not as lush as the all metal Luxury f/1.2 version, but from my experience its very well constructed, the focusing ring feels very smooth (on my copy) and importantly the optics are stunning. I can't believe just how sharp this lens can be when stopped down a little, its truly amazing the degree of detail you can see in a portrait (tiny pores, fine hairs et al) its hard not to be impressed by this lens.
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    65 of 69 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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    48 of 51 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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    35 of 38 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 You wont regret owning this lens.
    Fantastic lens all over. Build quality is brilliant.
    f1.4 is fantastic and the quality of the images it produces is superb. Sharp and clear! Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Mathew Jones
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, love it
    Love it, love it, love it... the pictures I got with this AMAZING lens its unbelievable, recommend it to everyone who has a canon ef dslr
    Published 24 days ago by byteShadow
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value.
    Light durable lens. You'll have to spend almost 1000 more to get to f-stop lower to f1.2. Unless you're a pro who can fork out the cash, this will do you just fine.
    Published 25 days ago by customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
    I had always wanted a 50mm lens and was trying to decide between the Canon f.18 and the Canon f1.4
    I have to say I am very glad I went with this piece of glass. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Alex Robinson
    5.0 out of 5 stars It's more than Nifty
    This is an amazing lens with a price tag to compliment it. I would have loved to try the 1.2 but from what I have read in the million reviews I have studied this will do perfectly. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Brian Higgins
    5.0 out of 5 stars Grab it
    what can I say it is a gem. I love it in every way possible. The price you pay is well invested
    Published 2 months ago by Jos Marqs
    5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!
    1.4f lens are one of the best lens of canon prime. I recommend these to all those canon ameture users who want a good lens but don't want to spend too much.
    Published 2 months ago by Iram Shabbir
    5.0 out of 5 stars This lens is gold
    Upgraded from the 'nifty fifty' ef50mmf1.8 which was too plastic and light, not sturdy, but with excellent image quality and a very faithful business partner for many years, to... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Demetris Christodoulides
    5.0 out of 5 stars Not a camera connoisseur but we like this lens
    My husband and I both researched portrait lenses before Christmas and brought each other this one (so had to return one! Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Drawtag1982
    3.0 out of 5 stars Works fine
    I can't comment on this as I bought it for my son but he has no complaints .. Shame it wasn't cheaper lol
    Published 3 months ago by fee
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