Group DescriptionThis is for photos taken with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM or discussion about the lens, advice, etc.
This is the little fella we're talking about:
It's a good weight, well-built (much more so than the cheaper f/1.8), is superb in low-light, and produces gorgeous bokeh when opened way up. It's extremely sharp, particularly between about f/2 and f/4, and is rarely off my camera.
Canon's info page
The Digital Picture
Ask a bunch of photographers what their favorite lens is - and you will likely hear the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens mentioned. It is sharp, small, light, inexpensive and with an f1.4 aperture, fast. [...]
The image quality of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens is similar to that of the far more expensive Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens at 50mm at the same aperture settings. In fact, I would give the edge in corner image quality to the 50mm f/1.4 from f/2.8 to f/4.0.
This is probably my favorite lens, or one of them, at least. It's the one I turn to for portraits or candid shots of people. I prefer zooms for walk-around fun, but I absolutely LOVE this lens. It's much faster than the 50mm 1.8 and, IMHO, worth the extra cost. The build seems very solid & it feels substantial in your hands (compared to the 1.8).
[Provides] a significantly better optical performance than all but the most exensive zooms, in a small, light and relatively inexpensive package. And let's not forget the advantage offered by its fast and quiet autofocus. [...]
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.
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