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.
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Focal length||50 mm|
|Lens mount||Canon EF|
|Min focus||0.45 m (17.72″)|
|Max magnification||0.15 x|
|Weight||290 g (0.64 lb)|
|Length||51 mm (1.99″)|
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 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).