Canon EF 50mm F1.4 USM Review

Prime lens | Canon EF | 2515A003
dpreview conclusion

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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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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