Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM EF Review Round-Up


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The EF 50mm f/1.4 USM showed an almost flawless performance during the lab- and field-tests both in terms of optical and mechanical quality. If I had to list a few negative points it would be vignetting and low contrast at f/1.4. So if you’re looking for a lens in this class the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is a great option. READ FULL REVIEW

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The Canon 50mm f/1.4 can produce photos that are sharp from corner to corner from f/2.8 through f/16, and photos with good center sharpness at f/2. The rather poor f/1.4 sharpness performance is disappointing though, even surprising for an otherwise very sharp lens. Very acceptable chromatic aberration and vignetting performances across its aperture range and low geometric distortion add to the usefulness of this lens. Bottom line, it’s really an excellent performer, as long as you don’t care about sharp images at f/1.4. In fact, the best way of thinking about the Canon 50mm f/1.4 is that it’s an excellent f/2.0 lens, with a “special effect” soft-focus option at f/1.4! READ FULL REVIEW


So ultimately this is a lens which has its own distinct strengths; it’s ideal for users looking to buy a relatively small, lightweight prime, in order to gain image quality simply unavailable on a zoom for the same price. It’s an excellent companion to full-frame DSLRs, especially the EOS 5D (and indeed demonstrates that full-frame cameras don’t necessarily demand prohibitively expensive lenses); it also doubles pretty well as a portrait lens on APS-C cameras. Overall, it’s a strong performer, and (perhaps most importantly) optically far superior to any inexpensive kit zoom lens. READ FULL REVIEW

If you are going to limit yourself to one 50mm prime lens, this is the natural choice. It is reasonably light in weight, a joy to focus manually or automatically, has an 8-blade diaphragm so that out-of-focus highlights look natural (good “bokeh”), and takes a bayonet lens hood. READ FULL REVIEW

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