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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM : Specifications and Opinions


Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is a standard lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 1993. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (micro-USM), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 349 €;
207 users have given it an average vote of 8.8 out of 10.


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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   50 mm
 Angle of view   46.8°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/1.4
 Aperture blades   8
 Lenses/Groups   7 elements in 6 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.45 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.15x

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (micro-USM)
 Internal AF   No
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   58 mm
 Lens hood   Yes (not supplied)
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   290 g
 Dimensions   74 x 51 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on February 21, 2013

Pros: Lightweight, construction, fast and silent AF, very sharp when stopped down, great bokeh

Cons: Soft wide open (but some may also like it), lens hood not included, CA wide open

Opinion: This is a great lens to carry around, I wanted a fast lens and this was the one. Very useful on low light conditions, excellent for portraits (specially on APS-C bodies). You have to stop it down to get a sharper image. The AF motor is very silent and you have full time manual (this is great specially on low light conditions to help to the AF system). The construction is great, much better that the 50mm f/1.8, with a metal mount. It's not as cheap as the f/1.8, but you pay for better construction and quality. Not outstanding, but still a great lens.

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avatarsenior
sent on July 19, 2020

Pros: "Plastic is always better than metal, less weight and lasts longer, autofocus, made in japan.

Cons: fixed focal

Opinion: in the average stat virtus recites a Latin proverb, it is the case of 50mm f 1.4, not a ciofeca like the 50mm f1.8 smooth or stm, not even exaggerated just as a price compared to the 50mm f 1.2 or f1, for just over 200 euros in the used market you bring home a dreaming lens. In the catalogue now since 93 has been the starting point for all the other 50mm canons placed on the market in the years to come. Shooting at full opening is the lens that makes wow exclaim!!! becomes etherea, at f1,4, but you just have to close to f2 to see images without loss of illuminatzine or sharpness, at f 2.8 are almost ok,the best of itself anyway this lens returns it between f4 and f6.3, I fixed it at f 5,6,a f5,6 and f6.3 the images are super sharp. It is a lens that does not need to close the diaphragm already to f8 becomes very soft, besides it is not necessary to go. The optics have conventional type diaphragm blades such as the 50mm f 1 which means a better yield in the backlight or fill in, the 50mm f1.2 has coiled slats. Compared to an f2.8 allows a shooting time 4 times faster and 4 times less iso sensitivity,always said that it is better to invest in a lens than to machine body, compared to a f 4.5 the shooting time is about 10 times higher as well as the iso sensitivity needed is 10 times less. The maximum qs lens for me from the portrait or on the American plane, the portrait is always soft, which always pleases women unless you give it in with the sharp correction in the car, on the American plane or whole subject manages to hide even the small defects and does not distort as certain zooms, the proportions of the subjects filmed are perfect and truthful, the naturalness of the subject taken is always top, as well as the three-dimensionality. Be careful, however, not to be misled, given the opening/brightness you do not have to give confidence is a moment to find images completely burned and devoid of detail as well as dark without contrast. Autofocus is really fast. One thing I like about this lens anyway is the three-dimensionality of the subjects filmed and that bokeh that is never annoying and intrusive as in so many other lenses, does not have a bokeh pushed like certain lenses that I hate that do not make you understand if a subject taken in the street was taken in new york, tokyo, or London because they blur in a brutal way flattening and making lose every detail in the background. Here is the 50 mm f 1.4 is propio this in the middle stat virtus, the virtue lies in the middle and, without bleeding the buyer's heswer.

avatarjunior
sent on June 25, 2020

Pros: wow effect in photos given by optical rendering, colors, blurry, compactness, lightness

Cons: I would have liked a less cheap construction (especially the af ring, although almost useless, not fluid and with a few too many games)

Opinion: In my opinion it has all the advantages of a dreamy, vintage rendering, with powerful bokeh and all the other features that you read in the forum and in the comments. It is NOT an optics for those who expect sharpness from board to board already at full opening, for that you have to close at about 2.8. If you are looking for this parameter it is not the optics for you (maybe take a sigma art...). Instead it is the optics that is right for you if you are looking for the magic yield that this lens can give you (as well as so many other vintage lenses, here you also have the fast and precise af - if well calibrated). I prefer this lens to 1.8 by far, not because they are not good, but because it is the TA yield that makes the difference! The sharpness in my opinion remains more good, what drops a lot is the contrast, they appear aberrations and fringing, which however are part of the dreamy yield (and possibly remove without too much problems). The only thing I would have appreciated, would have been a build quality just superior (especially the dial and its games). What could be better? Staying in Canon the L 1.2... same optical philosophy, push further! In this case it also greatly improves the build quality, but also doubles the weight!

avatarsenior
sent on June 25, 2020

Pros: Lightness, image quality, price used

Cons: Construction not comparable to an L

Opinion: Taken used at a low price (200th), and found far superior to the f1.8 models of various generations I had. I did not compare it with the stm version of which you read well because I do not think optically makes much difference and especially because I prefer the focus dials not by wire. This small and cheap lens surprised me: it has a much more pleasant blur than the 1.8, it is very sharp and a general rendering of the image very good, especially in colors. I just regretted listening to all the criticismS I had read and never considering the second-hand market. At the price at which it is recommended, despite the fact that at 1.4 it loses a bit of sharpness and, with strong contrasts, you see a bit of aberration, but nothing compared to 1.8 in TA.

avatarjunior
sent on May 06, 2020

Pros: Color Yield, Autofocus

Cons: Yield at full opening good but not excellent.

Opinion: Taken used in very good condition, I find it to be a really good goal, with a color rendering that I like very, very sharp, although at full opening it is not excellent, however the lens has its own peculiar performance that makes it lovable. Light, compact (although with the lampshade of course it becomes more cumbersome)... I find it great as the only lens to take for light outputs. I recommend it, especially at current prices in the world of used.




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