Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Prime lens | Canon EF

What can I say about this lens?   Above F1.8 it is sharp!  Fairly fast focus and accurate AF  Very nice images.  A nice all around lens!   I frequently carry it around as my 2nd lens if I go light and it is always in my bag.  Got the lens used for $225 2 years ago. What don't I like?  Wide open it is soft, too soft for my tastes.   If I was strictly a portrait photographer, I could probably make the softness work.   I seldom shoot below F2, so this isn't an issue for me. I have had the Canon ...

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AlexOK
 

For as long as I have shot with Canon, I have always owned a copy of this lens. Its not perfect, especially wide open, but that has bothered me little in the past. The beauty of this lens is the affordability, size, weight, and manual focus. Still after years of owning fancy equipment, I find more keepers when shooting with this 50mm over any other lens I have owned. Its due to the fact that when it is on, I am not worried about bumping into anything or "taking care of it". There is a reason ...

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Goood
 

I took a big pleasure with this lens, so sharp and bright. But it’s so delicate ! If something push a bit the front, that break the AF :’(

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axlastro
 

It's a good lens with "character", nice bokeh and outstanding color rendition. It's terribly soft at 1.4, usable at 1.8 and very good at 2 and on. Af works very quickly in live view mode, which makes it vey useful addition to my eos-m The construction fairly solid. I've had the lens for a month or so and I'm very pleased by the quality of images I'm gettin from it. That said, it's not all good. 1. The AF is bad - it's inconsistent and slow and hunts in low light. It's also prone to breaking ...

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edlc168
 

Excellent Prime Lens from Canon, L picture quality Pictures are sharp if not wide open, Autofocus ok, price is reasonable for build

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primalspy
 

I had been using the 50 1.8 & was never satisfied with the cheap build, the colors & the AF noise. I was on the fence between the really expensive 1.2 & the 1.4. I am so glad that I didn't fall for the hype over the 1.2. BTW: using FF. I found the 1.4 to have more accurate colors, sharp all the way down to 1.4, super accurate focus, & brighter (compared using same Fstop). In some cases shutter speed increased with the 1.4 vs 1.8. Just did my first shoot with it for some corporate head shots & ...

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Whoever wants to buy a prime lens must choose this over others if they are buying their first. compared to 50mm f/1.8 it is a bit pricey but it is worth it when compared to the quality that you will get. At its wide open f 1.4 it gives is soft but cheesy sweet pics but its sweet spot is f 5.6 and f 8 where it is the sharpest. AF is fast and accurate, build quality is nice and sterdy. too bad it doesnt have an IS (image stabilization) but canon 50mm f 1.2 IS may cost an average photographer ...

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8632Morrison
 

Excellent lens but now showing it's age. Canon really needs to give us a new one of these. Yet, I use it regularly for it's fast maximum aperture and nice out of focus backgrounds. I find I'm putting it into my bag more and more. It is very difficult to focus handheld at f1.4, you'll want to be very careful as there is little room for error. It's not super sharp in the corners at this aperture either. Often I find I'm shooting at f1.8 and if you're on a very tight budget I'd seriously ...

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+ Cheap. Optically fantastic, rivals L lenses. Bad build quality. - Bit inconsistent focus. Slight squeeze would deform the focusing cam making it inoperable.

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RossPeplow
 

Its cheap (as far as lenes go) sharp, fast. and ok build quality.

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