Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Full Specifications

Image properties

Max Format size
Focal length, 50
Maximum magnification0.15
Image stabilisation


Aperture max1.4
Aperture min22
Aperture ring
Number of diaphragm blades8


Special elements / coatings2 High refraction glass elements, Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism, Suppress astigmatic difference


Focus methodUnit
Autofocus motor typeUltrasonic
Full-time Manual focusing
Closest focusing distance17.72 in


Lens typeNormal
Lens mountCanon EF
Body materialsPlastic, Metal
Colour of productBlack
Weight0.64 lb
Diameter2.91 in
Length2.01 in
Filter size2.28 in
Filter thread
Hood supplied
Tripod collar

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Online reviews

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Review
Is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens right for you? Learn all you need to know about the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens in's review!Read more

Canon EF 50mm F1.4 USM review: Digital Photography Review
The EF 50mm F1.4 USM is Canon's mid-level offering in a range stuffed full of 50mm primes, covering all budgets from the ultra-cheap 50mm F1.8 mkII through to the stratospherically-priced 50mm F1.2 L USM. Although it was introduced in June 1993, fully seven years after the birth of the EOS system, it can actually trace its roots back much earlier, being based on the classic manual focus FD 50mm F1.4 design of 1971. As such, it's designed as a 'standard' lens for the 35mm full-frame format, with an angle of view offering none of the 'perspective distortion' associated with wideangle or telephoto lenses. More recently, with the popularization of APS-C as the dominant DSLR sensor size, it's taken on a new role, and behaves like a short 'portrait' telephoto on this format.Read more

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Review
Looking for a Canon 50mm lens review? Read on to find out what we uncovered in our objective optical lab tests.Read more