Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

$ 299.95


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Canon EF 50mm F/1.4 USM Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

  • EF Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4-22
  • Two High Refraction Lens Elements
  • Gaussian Optics Eliminate Astigmatism
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Infrared Index
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 17.8″
  • Filter Thread Diameter: 58mm

  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
  • E-58 II 58mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)

The 50mm f/1.4 standard lens is a terrific choice for both casual and professional photographers. The lens is outfitted with two high-refraction lens elements and new Gaussian optics, which combine to eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference. As a result, the lens obtains crisp images with little flare even at the maximum aperture. The lens’s f/1.4 speed, meanwhile, is perfect for available-light shooting. And as a bonus, this lens is the only lens in the EF system to offer an extra-small Micro Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) while still providing a full-time manual focusing option. Other features include a close focusing distance of 1.5 feet, a 58mm filter size.


  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/1.4L
  • Lens construction: 7 elements in 6 groups
  • Angle of view: 46 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 1.5 feet
  • Filter size: 58mm
  • Dimensions: 2.9 inches in diameter and 2 inches long
  • Weight: 10.2 ounces


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An Excellent Portrait Lens on a Crop Sensor!

This is a beautiful lens with beautiful results! It is the equivalent to 80mm on a crop sensor like my 70d, which makes it a great portrait lens. At f1.4, it is fast and great for low light and natural light. Auto focus is fast, quiet, and accurate.
I purchased this lens at a bargain price due to a damaged focus cam. Fortunately, I was able to repair it without purchasing parts. This leads us to the one weakness of this lens; Since the entire optic group moves out when focusing on a near subject, it is susceptible to damage if something bumps into the objective end. This is easy to avoid with a little care. I recommend storing the lens with the focus ring turned to infinity. This is quick and easy to do, as the manual focus can be turned regardless of switch position. Another plus is that the focus ring does not rotate when auto focusing, so no worries of interfering with auto focus when holding onto the lens.
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The perfect everyday lens, and more!

I bought this as an upgrade to the Canon 50mm 1.8. In two years, I may wish that invested in the 1.2 L instead- but for my specific need, I wanted a 50mm better than the 1.8 and I wanted it fast!!>
All around, this is an amazing lens for daily use. It's quiet, compact, and the focal length is great for a magnitude of uses on a full-frame body. I do a lot of weddings, and it's really a great length for group portraits and single portraits, but also can be used for a medium-wide all over shot. Perfect for prime candids, too. The images are sharp, and you can definitely shoot at 1.4 without much concern...except for the purple fringing is a little extreme at 1.4 . It really lightens at 1.8 and 2.0, and IS recoverable wide open, but it's definitely something to be aware of.Read full review...


One sweet lens...the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4

I purhased this lens specifically to shoot indoor weddings, where using a flash can be distracting and sometimes not allowed. I love the light that this little lens lets through...with an ISO of about 400 you can achieve an excellent indoor shot without using your flash. If you want less noise, dial the ISO down to 250...depending upon the amount of available light in the setting, you may have to photoshop your brightness/contrast levels at ISO 250, or filter out a little bit of noise at ISO 400.

With that said, it's a good little lens if you can't get your hands on the f/1.2, which would probably shoot at ISO 200 with no trouble, thus eliminating the need to adust photo lighting or remove noise from higher ISOs. This lens is very well built, light in your hands with just a little bit of stable 'weight.'

The cons: I had hoped to have better close range wide angle option. To shoot the group photos I have to move beyond the 50mm range, thus loosing light and "focability." I have switched back to shooting groups with either my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L glass or my 70-200mm f/2.8L glass, depending upon how large the group is.

My conclusion, the 50mm f/1.4 is fabulous for shooting portraits and head shots, but not versatile enough for weddings, at least not for my needs. I've found my 24-70mm to be a real all-around camera lens, and highly recommend it for weddings. I also use the Canon 85mm f/1.8 on occasion with wonderful results. In fact, I've heard from several of my fellow photographers that the Canon f/1.8 50mm is a top notch lens, almost comparing to the 50mm f/1.4 at about $200 cheaper.

Thanks for reading and I hope this advise was helpful, but remeber it is only MY's your opinion that matters, and everyone has their own preferences. Be sure to visit me on the web at

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Great bang for the buck

It is well known that a 50mm prime lens is a near essential piece of gear even for amateur photographers like me. This is a well built, solid lens that is a step up from the $100 "nifty fifty" Canon f/1.8. I've used it primarily for indoor sports photography so far with good results, though I stayed away from the f/1.4 limit so as not to overly narrow my depth of field. I have some upcoming portrait work, so I may push the aperture limit for that. But my prelim test shots at 1.4 look great so far. Would certainly recommend this lens.Read full review...

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I have both the 50mm 1.8 and now the 1.4. The Bokeh on the 1.4 is noticeable. It is less noisy and seems to pick up focus slightly faster. Is it worth the upgrade from the 1.8? I think so. The lens is more robust and just looks more professional; I don't mind the added weight. If you are becoming a more serious photographer, this lens is worth the upgrade if you can't afford getting into the L lenses. I can't.

The benefit of sticking with the 50mm 1.8 is still a great lens if you're starting out and can save you some money so you can get another pancake lens. I may even keep the 1.8 to keep on me and let that take the beating from everyday use vs. carrying the 1.4 and also to maybe save weight. Hope this helps.

In summary:The 1.4 is worth it. If you need a wide lens, purchase the 1.8 and also get the 24mm pancake.
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Verified purchase:  Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: warriordynamics


Wonderful prime lenses for portraits and photos at night

Amazing performance in night mode! This is my first prime lens and I would recommend it to others who are looking for a lightning fast focusing lens with a huge aperture, without breaking the bank.>
For video recordings, you may want to use an external mic, as the lens makes clicking sounds when focusing. This is normal for all lenses, but is picked up by the in-camera microphones.

I'm shooting on a Canon 80D.Read full review...

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Grreat value with excellent performance to last me for years to come!

This is my first lense purchase ever and I am very satisfied with it! I had read many reviews and I am glad I made this purchase. The quality that this lense produces is exactly as described by many others. The lense is easy to use and the pictures are very crisp. I was debating on buying the 50 mm F/1.8 USM lense but spend the extra money and bought this one instead. What a great lense!Read full review...


Canon 50mm 1.4 is a great value lens

I have had the 50mm 1.8 (with the metal ring), and I believe the 1.4 is much faster focusing, sharper image, and not as noisy. Yes at 1.4 the corners are soft but this lens will produce beautiful photos. I highly recommendRead full review...

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Excellent results, but not the cheapest product of this category.

Overall I love it. The only complain is that sometimes it seems to have a hard time locking focus. You'd think this is camera related, but I haven't witnessed it with any of my other lenses.

The portraits you can take with this puppy are outstanding, as is anything that can benefit from subject separation (i.e. flowers, bugs, etc).

The only reason I gave it 4/5 for value for money is because people say that the Canon 50mm f1.8 is "almost" as good for much less money. I personally don't have experience with the f1.8 lens though.
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replacing the 50mm f/1.8 non usm lens

I had purchased the cheaper 80mm f1/8 to see what it was all about. Well, turns out having a prim lens of that nature really takes good looking portrait shots even in low light by comparison to a kit lens or zoom lens.
I liked it well enough to spend 3x the money on the 50mm f/1.4.
The questions then becomes: Is it worth 3x the money. I would say that it is worth buying right from the get go instead of getting the cheaper 1.8. 50mm with micro usm and full time manual override on focus is a nice thing. The build quality is far superior.
The picture quality is also improved.
I'm very pleased with the lens....some day I'll spend the $1300 or so and get the L version. :)

I highly recommend this lens if you want to take good portrait shots.
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Información adicional



Focus Type

Auto & Manual

Camera Type


Focal Length


Focal Length Type



Telephoto, Standard, Telephoto Zoom



Compatible Brand



EF 50mm

Camera Technology


Maximum Aperture



Canon EF