Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens
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This standard telephoto lens cuts down on flares and image distortion--even at the maximum aperture--with two high-refraction lens elements and Guassian optics, so your pictures turn out perfect every time. From Canon.

  • Includes lens and manual
  • 50mm focal length
  • f/1:14 maximum aperture
  • Seven lens elements in six groups
  • Closest focusing distance approximately 1-1/2'
  • 58mm filter size
  • 46-degree diagonal angle of view
  • Overall linear extension system with USM
  • Measures approximately 2"L x 3"Diam
  • 1-year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Imported

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 100.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid value - Satisfied. It is a bit soft at f/1.4 if you pixel peep but in any normal print it is nice and sharp. Yes, there is some focus shift as you stop down, but that too is a well documented feature of this and many other fast lenses. Image quality is good, no issues. Autofocus on my 6D is fast and accurate. You're not going to do better at this price level. I've owned this lens 3 times before and used it professionally for HS basketball shoots where it worked very well. This time it joins my 35 f/2 IS and 100 f/2 to replace my 24-105L II which I found to be too heavy.
Date published: 2018-07-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Lens I purchased a refurbished unit; it was soft and focused inconsistently out of the box. Using lens calibration software, I dialed in an AFMA of -3, but images were still soft and lens would front or back focus inconsistently. I sent this back for warranty repair, it came back worse. The repair notes said electronic adjustments were made to the auto focus. This time lens calibration software recommended an AFMA of +10, but the target images were so fuzzy and focusing so inconsistent throughout the AFMA range, even with this adjustment the images are unusable. I think they were hoping for s placebo effect. I regret buying this lens, and moreso regret giving away my 50mm f/1.8 STM (which was sharp and consistent) when I ordered this.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice lens but... This produces a colorful sharp photo however is not as good as I expected in low light situations. With the large aperture (lower f stop) there is a very shallow DOF which may or may not be desirable.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I bought this lens for my daughter for a birthday/ graduation gift. She loves it and is enjoying the nicer upgraded lens.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sharp lens I have been a using this 50mm 1.4 lens since 2010 and it has delivered some of my sharpest images that I have in my portfolio to date. Great value.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent low light lens I've had my EF 50mm 1.4 lens for many years. My Canon 6D normally carries a 24-105 L series lens. The 50mm is used when I want to lighten my load or shoot photos indoors with natural light. Note that 1.2 and 1.4 lens opened to their widest apertures have a very narrow depth of field which, if focused properly, will provide the target in crisp focus and intentionally blur items in front or being the subject. My lens has been excellent at focusing on it's own and the manual override without throwing a switch is very convenient. Contrast could be a bit better. Highly recommended over the 1.8 50mm which I've also owned.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for low light Photography without a Flash. Great for low light Photography without a Flash. The big 1.4 Apager lets all kinds of photo's at night without the use of a Flash. A must have for every ptogerafer's Camera bag.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Underrated This lens does not get a fair shake on so many reviews. So much of the negative reviews I read are frankly amazing. I really don't get it. I've used this lens extensively on both sub-frame and full-frame over the years. I've had multiple copies and none have varied. This review focuses on my full-frame experience. This is an excellent all around 50mm lens. The image quality is exceptional with good color and contrast. Read the technical reviews. They don't lie. This lens only performs poorly at f/1.4. Stop it down.. By f/2.0 its a completely different lens. Center quality is very good at f/2.0. By f/2.8 its right there with the EF 50mm f/1.2 L. The 50mm L may have better artistic quality but don't expect it to be sharper. The EF 50mm f/1.4 is an impressive lens that performs very well from f/2.0 to f/18. Most of my use is for general landscape work from f/5.6 to f/18. I'm mostly using it from f/13 to f/16 for full depth of field with close foreground . Small aperture performance is killer sharp across the entire frame. Sure the build quality appears marginal but it works much better then it looks. Don't bash it against stuff and it will perform flawlessly for years. Many people complain about the autofocus. The autofocus has never given me any issues. It's always fast and accurate. I suspect most autofocus issues are due to the razor thin depth of field at this focal length at large apertures. 50mm is not a forgiving focal length on full-frame. If you have a strong understanding of depth of field and use this lens within its strengths it will make you very happy. The current price is basically free for what you get. The only negative that every technical review will agree on is sharpness at f/1.4. It's great from f/2.0 on. f/2.2 is where it really starts to shine. Depth of field is so thin at f/2.0 on close subjects. Your talking inches.. Don't get so hung up on wanting it to kill at f/1.4. Just stop it down. It works great. The low price is a no brainer. Do you care about red ring bragging rights or results? That's really the big question. Results always win in my book.
Date published: 2017-08-25
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