Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
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.
Lightweight, sharp and versatile, this inexpensive prime lens is a great travelling companion for full-frame and APS-C DSLRs.
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).
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.
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 /1.4 USM is still quite good, and stopped down to /4 image quality is excellent. At /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...