Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Prime lens | Canon EF
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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.

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Highly Recommended
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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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Other reviews
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM review
By: Jon Tarrant, What Digital Camera (Feb 1, 2010)

For most users this lens, with its sub-£300 street price, is an absolute gem.

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Review of Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
By: SLR Gear

While it's not tack-sharp when used wide-open, the Canon EF 50mm ƒ/1.4 USM is still quite good, and stopped down to ƒ/4 image quality is excellent. At ƒ/8, it's as sharp as sharp gets. Used wide open however, the lens has some definite issues, and on full-frame, edge performance is remarkably poor. That said, it's unlikely that most users will notice or care about edge performance, and those...

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