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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens

Standard lens for Canon EOS SLR cameras

Item #: 280EF50USM

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Pair your Canon digital SLR with this high-quality 50mm lens to capture crisp, sparkling-clear images. Its large maximum aperture of f/1.4 gathers lots of light to give you an ultra-bright view through your viewfinder, plus it means you can use faster shutter speeds to "freeze" moving subjects. This lens is also ideal for taking great-looking photos at twilight, or indoors without a flash. Its 50mm focal length also makes it an excellent choice for portraits and all-around picture taking.

Product Highlights:

  • 50mm f/1.4 standard lens
  • compatible with Canon digital and autofocus film SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 50mm with film and full-frame sensor Canon digital cameras
    • 80mm with APS-C sensor Canon cameras
  • large maximum aperture (f/1.4) for better low-light shooting and depth-of-field control
  • Micro USM (Ultrasonic Motor) for fast autofocusing
  • auto focus system allows full-time manual focus override with lens still in AF mode
  • minimum focus distance: 18"
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 7 elements in 6 groups
  • diaphragm blades: 8
  • attachment/filter size: 58mm
  • lens is 2-15/16" in diameter, 2-5/16" long
  • weight: 10-1/4 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

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  • EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens
  • Lens cap (installed)
  • Back cover (installed)
  • Instructions
  • Limited Warranty Card

Features and Specs

General
Brand Compatibility Canon
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 50mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.4
Weight 10.2
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

Overview: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is a standard/medium telephoto lens featuring superb quality and portability. Two high-refraction lens elements and new Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference. Crisp images with little flare are obtained even at the maximum aperture. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is an ideal lens to accompany a zoom when shooting in low-light conditions. It is the only lens in the Canon EF System line-up to combine the extra-small Micro USM and still provide full-time manual focusing.

Compatibility: The EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is an EF Canon lens which means it is compatible with all Canon digital SLRs (those that accept EF and  EF-S lenses, plus those that accept EF only; which would be the Full-frame EOS 5D Mark II), as well as Canon EOS film SLRs.

Lens Construction: The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens features a lens construction with 7 elements in 6 groups.

Diagonal Angle Of View: This Canon standard telephoto lens provides a diagonal angle of view of 46°.

Ultrasonic Motor (USM): With the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), you can expect fast and quiet focusing capability.

Auto/Manual Focus: To shoot in Autofocus mode, set the focus mode switch on the lens to "AF". To manually focus the camera, set the switch to "MF", and focus by turning the focusing ring. The focusing ring always works, regardless of the focus mode.

Optional Accessories: You can attach optional filters to the filter mounting thread on the front of the lens. You can also attach an optional lens hood.

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Reviews

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Love my 5mm f1/4 lens

Written By Coldshooter, Spring Branch, TX on Sunday, October 26, 2014

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Nothing else to say -- I love the lens.

Buy a 50mm F1.2L

Written By Anonymous, Upstate,N.Y. on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Evidently the folks who are reviewing this lens never had any "L" glass. Save your money and buy the F1.2L. I had to give it one star to post the review. It doesn't deserve any stars.

Pros: It functions.

Cons: You get what you pay for.

One of the best bang for the buck Canon lenses

Written By Igor, Brooklyn, NY on Friday, March 08, 2013

This lens may be older and yes, there is always the 50mm f/1.2L to salivate over, but this is a fantastic lens for the money. It's relatively small and light, it's fast (or let's call it bright), the auto-focus is sufficiently quick and it's very easy to work and learn with. I frequently recommend this lens to people who already shoot Canon and are looking to ditch their cheap kit lens or people who are looking to get into DSLR photography and want a good inexpensive lens they can hold on to for a long time.

Pros: Large aperture, size, weight, image quality, price

Cons: Obviously, not as well constructed as the 50mm L lens and well, it's not the 50mm L lens. Otherwise, none.

The goldilocks lens

Written By bendistraw, ny, ny on Thursday, February 07, 2013

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There an expensive 1.2 and a cheap 1.8. This one is just right. So happy with it and I recommend it.

Pros: light, fast focus

Cons: some plastic construction

Canon Lens EF 50mm

Written By Luv Wins!!, Tulsa, OK on Monday, December 24, 2012

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Excellent company!! The item we purchase came well packaged, quick and speedy service. I can't say enough about this company. We are very pleased and will order again from them. Solid lens came highly recommended.

Pros: Great for close up pics!!

Cons: It was a bit pricey, but worth the cost.

Great Prime Lens

Written By IAS, Farmington, MI on Sunday, July 29, 2012

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This is one of the best lens from Canon, if you want best indoor pictures (portrait etc) in low light conditions with out flash this is the lens to get. It will take some time to get used to it as it requires more steady hands in low light conditions. there is a cheaper 1.8 lens out which I tested first but went for this one because the build quality is very good, 1.8 has problem focusing quickly and some times there is no time for it specially with kids photos. I suggest go for 1.4 lens.

Pros: Excellent pictures, focus quickly,

Cons: kind of expensive, but worth the price

Superior Lens

Written By JTS, VA on Saturday, July 21, 2012

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Perfect lens for taking close up shots of the kids. So crystal clear and excellent for indoor natural light. Crutchfield service continues to amaze me. One day STANDARD shipping in Virginia. Cant beat their support either. Looking forward to capturing many memorable shots with this excellent lens.

Pros: built solid, perfect for close up shots if you have the room, amazing for low light shots

Cons: didnt include a lens hood!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens

Written By Anonymous, Nacogdoches,TX on Friday, February 10, 2012

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Very Good product and price. I would recomend it to a friend.

Excellent Prime Lens!!!

Written By Moe, Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 15, 2011

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I wanted a nice portrait lens just for casual, leisurely use. I am an amateur
photographer who loves taking photos of friends and people and after several
talks with some friends, I decided on this 50mm lens.


Man, I have never been disappointed with this lens. All my shots, even in low
lighting conditions, come out much more crisp than before and the focus and
clarity is mind-blowing. A must-have for all photographers!!!

Incredible

Written By John DOH, The USA on Monday, April 11, 2011

Really? I'm the only person to review this sweet lens? Well I'm glad I get to
be the first.

Deciding between this lens or the 1.8 canon 50mm?
1.4 if you
Value great quality build
Value better bokeh (background blur)
Want sharper pics?
Want a reliable lens that feels like its not going to break
WANT A LONG TERM INVESTMENT + RESELL VALUE (incase you want to upgrade!)

1.8 if you
Don't mind the higher likelihood of the lens breaking
Want great sharp pics but NOT AS SHARP
Want a lens that feels flimsy
Want to be in fear of your lens breaking

If you are deciding between these two just buy the 1.4. Seriously. Look if
you're trying to capture memories of your life it's just a couple more hundred
for capturing those moments of life and sharing them with others for the rest of
your picture taking days.

Written from personal experience. I bought the 1.8 used it for a month and said
goodbye I personally couldn't keep it bc I wanted reliability and an even better
picture!

Honestly the price is reasonable ESPECIALLY ON CRUTCHFIELD, they have great
competitive pricing, quality customer service, incredible support and overall
customer experience. I will choose crutchfield whenever I can (I promise they
dont pay me they're just that great to their customers they make you feel your
patronage is valued it was the icing on the top of buying this lens)

Amazing Lens & Amazing Seller!

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This lens is ideal for taking great-looking photos at twilight, or indoors without a flash. Its 50mm focal length also makes it an excellent choice for portraits.

Bright and sharp

Written by Zak Billmeier, Staff Writer - Creative, on 2/3/2012 3:38:00 PM

This is a fantastic portrait lens if you shoot with a Canon crop camera (60D, 7D, Rebels, etc). The 50mm focal length looks like 80mm on the small sensor.

The f/1.4 maximum aperture lets you shoot in dim rooms. It's great for grabbing candids at parties and weddings where a flash may be out of the question.

It starts getting sharp at f/2, and by f/2.8 it's quite sharp. Just an outstanding lens for a good price.

Focus is fast and silent. All Canon's "USM" lenses are.

It's a great "normal" lens on full-frame and film cameras. And it's fairly compact and lightweight.

If I could only have one lens for the rest of my life, this one might be it.

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