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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
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  • Super Spectra coatings
  • Aspherical lens element
  • 8 aperture blades
  • Metal mount
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Overview

Description by Canon:

With its fast maximum aperture and rapid focusing system, the compact, high performance EF 50mm f/1.4 USM standard lens can be relied on for superb performance in any field of photography.

  • Fast f/1.4 aperture
  • Standard 46° angle of view
  • USM focus motor with full-time manual focus override
  • 45cm closest focusing distance
  • Aspherical lens element
  • 58mm filter size

The ultimate mixture of versatility and image quality.

Versatile, compact standard-lens design
Gaussian optics, combined with two high-refraction lens elements allow photographers working in all fields to capture crisp, clean images, even wide open at f/1.4. The lens is ideal for photographing landscapes and travel scenes as well as portraits and reportage.

Ultrasonic focusing
A ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.

Smooth background blur
A virtually circular aperture diaphragm gives out of focus regions a softer, more uniform feel. Sharp foreground objects stand out against a smooth blurred background.

Super Spectra coating
Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.

Reviews

"The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM was introduced back in June 1993 sitting as an affordable alternative in-between the extremely expensive (and now discontinued) EF 50mm f/1.0 USM L and the cheapo EF 50mm f/1.8. On an APS-C DSLR the field-of-view resembles a 80mm full-frame equivalent. Regarding the ultra-

Post date: 08/02/2012 - 15:31

"The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens falls in the middle of the three 50s I am discussing in many ways. It has the middle price, the middle build quality, the middle weight, the middle size ... It delivers the middle background blur quality - much better than the f/1.8 but not as good as the f/1.2. It shows the middle amount of CA, but often shows strong halation at f/1.4. It also shows the middle amount of

Post date: 01/02/2012 - 20:58

"As we've noted in our sample variation testing, the specific results in testing for sharpness depend somewhat on the ''generation'' of lens that you have, but there are some general consistencies.

The first observation is that the lens isn't terrifically sharp when used wide open at ƒ/1.4. There is a small
Post date: 24/09/2011 - 00:00

"Weighing only 290g the size and weight of this optic is pretty much what you'd expect of a standard prime. The lens barrel is made from satin-finished black plastic, which may show marks easily if abused.

Being an ultrasonic lens, full time manual focus is available, which means you can grab the focus ring at any time to adjust focus. The focus ring is located halfway up the lens barrel and has a nice grippy

Post date: 19/08/2011 - 00:00

"The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM was introduced back in June 1993. Price-wise it sits in-between the extremely expensive EF 50mm f/1.2 USM L and the "cheap" EF 50mm f/1.8 II. There have been calls in forums out there that the lens is outdated by now (e.g. due to the non-circular aperture) but so far Canon had different priorities. However, the lens has received excellent scores in our APS-C test

Post date: 22/11/2010 - 00:00

Specifications

DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
15.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
1.6 TStop
Distortion: 
0.40%
Vignetting: 
-2.1 EV
Chr. aberration: 
10.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
Micro USM
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
50mm
Internal zooming: 
No
Angle of view: 
46°
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.2x
Lens construction: 
7 elements in 6 groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
8 aperture blades
Maximum Aperture: 
f/1.4
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
No
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.45m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
74.0mm
Length: 
50.0mm
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
Filter Diameter: 
58mm
Lens Hood included: 
No

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