Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens

Product summary


The EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is a 50mm prime lens designed for the Canon EF series cameras. It is compatible with the entire Canon full frame, APS-C and the APS-H DSLRs. Using an EOS M mount adapter the lens can also be used with an EOS M camera. At a retail price of $400 this is one of the cheapest 50mm primes that Canon offers. The other being the EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens.

The EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is a fast lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4. This basically allows you to shoot with a much faster shutter speed and much smaller ISO in available light. The lens has USM (ultra-sonic motor) technology which ensures that the lens is very quiet when auto-focusing. The lens vignetting is present in wide f/1.4 aperture and improves when one stops down to f/2 or more. For a wide lens such as this it is quiet normal.

There are a total of 7 lens elements arranged in 6 groups. The diaphragm of the lens is made up of 8 blades which create a small aperture of f/1.4. It can also stop all the way down to f/22. The minimum focusing distance of the lens is 1.5 (0.45 meters) and has a reproduction ratio of 1:6.66. The diagonal angle of view is 46˚.The dimensions of the  lens are 2.9″ x 2.0″ (diameter x length) and the weight of the lens is 290 grams. The lens uses a filter size specification of 58mm.

This is ideal for street photography and low light photography enthusiasts looking to take advantage of the full frame AF points of a professional Canon DSLR.

Sample Images by Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM on Flickr

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Specifications

Angle of view H:40°, V:27°, D:46°
Construction (elements/groups) 7/6
No. of diaphragm blades 8
Min aperture 22
Closest focusing distance (m) 0.45
Max magnification (x) 0.15
AF Motor Micro USM
FilterSize (mm) 58
Max. diameter x length (mm) 73.8 x 50.5
Weight (g) 290
Magnification – Extension Tube EF12 II 0.39 – 0.24
Magnification – Extension Tube EF25 II 0.68 – 0.53
Lens hood ES-71 II
Hard case LHP-C10
Soft case ES-C9/LP1014

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