Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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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.

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Quick specs
Lens type Prime lens
Focal length 50 mm
Image stab. No
Lens mount Canon EF
Max aperture F1.4
Min aperture F22.0
Min focus 0.45 m (17.72)
Max magnification 0.15×
Weight 290 g (0.64 lb)
Length 51 mm (1.99)

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Our review

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.

Good for: Lightweight, sharp and versatile. This inexpensive prime lens is a great traveling 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).

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