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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
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- Standard focal length 50mm lens is effective in a multitude of shooting situations and ideal for day-to-day shooting
- Elements/Groups: 7/6; Diaphragm: Blades 8; Filter Thread: Font 58mm
- An f/1.4 maximum aperture provides clear imaging in low light situations and shallow depth of field
- Ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) operation is fast, smooth and virtually silent
- Two high-refraction lens elements and new Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference
- Minimum focusing distance: 17.8 inch
- This large aperture standard prime lens has superior peripheral brightness even at the maximum aperture
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|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ES-71II|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||2.91 x 2.91 x 2.01 inches|
|Item Display Weight||290 grams|
|Item Weight||0.64 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||8|
|Number of Groups||6|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||40 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1 pound|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||49 millimeters||58 millimeters||72 millimeters||52 millimeters||77 millimeters|
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
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, and a one-year warranty.
what's in the box
Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Autofocus Lens, E-58U 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap, Lens Dust Cap E (Rear) and 1-Year Warranty.
- 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
- Warranty: 1 year
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The f/1.4 setting takes simply beautiful photos but it's a bit prohibitive due to the extremely shallow depth of field. If I focus the lens on my dog's nose, her eyes are totally blurred out. This makes it a great setting for artistic use (especially awesome when capturing insects, flowers and other macro images) but not as useful when taking photos of people or scenery.
Crank it up to around f/2.5 or so - still below almost any other stock lens available - and the options explode. Kids, animals, bugs, flowers, wildlife - the photos are beautiful, the depth of field is still dramatic enough to assist with making your photo's subject stand out clearly against the fore/background and the lens still lets in enough light to take crisp, low-noise photos in low-light environments. It also has very little lens and color distortion compared to the lenses that came with my camera.
I strongly, strongly recommend this lens and shooting exclusively in RAW. The photos you get after a bit of post processing will be suitable for 3-5' wide canvas prints.
For the price, there's no excuse not to own this lens. Buy it and you're guaranteed to love photography even more than you already do.
FYI I have a Canon T3i body and until this lens used a stock/kit 18-55mm zoom and 55-250mm zoom lenses. Neither compare to this one, though I still have to use the 18-55mm when I need the wider angle (family shots indoors mostly). That's the only real "con" with this lens - which you know you're getting if you know what a 50mm lens is - it is very difficult to get complete shots indoors. This is not the lens you want if you're taking photos at a party or taking a lot of family photos indoors.
Fast-forward to 2011 and I was no longer on staff as a photographer and became freelance. I had to open up what I shot and began shooting landscape, portraits, and bands. I have a 85mm 1.8 that quickly became my favorite lens of all time and decided it was time to move on the 50mm with USM. If a lens doesn't have full-time manual focus, I won't even consider it these days.
First impression: well-built. It's a fairly small lens that has tight tolerances and an appropriate weight for the size. Sliding it onto my 7D, it felt solid as the connections mated on the camera. Focus on the 7D is already on of the best for any dSLR, but with this "bright" lens, the camera can really snap onto anything very quickly. Of course I took the first shot at 1.4 and started laughing at the dreamy background. Finding how to work with the 1.4 has been a pleasure. The aperture is very good at isolating a subject but I find myself using it at 2.8 a lot because at that aperture it may be the sharpest lens I've ever used, and my back is filled with L.
Overall, $300 makes this a 100% no brainier to ANYONE with an interest in photography. It's fun and it's nearly perfect.
What would I improve? Probably the fact the front element moves outward (at least it doesn't rotate) under focus. I wish it were an internal focus...but can't complain for $300.