All things about Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

EF 50mm f/1.4 USM quick review:
– Quality: Good
– Released: 1993
– Price: ~ 300$
– Used for: Multi purpose, especially dim light condition.
– Who need: All level from entry to professional.

Other versions of EF 50mm f/1.4 USM:

– Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
– Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
– Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
– Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L
– Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM


Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Introduction

Canon developed quite a lot Lens with 50mm focal length. But one of the most popular is EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, even Lens was first release in 1993, it is continue producing today. This lens is the most used lens for all level, you can easy to see it come with an entry level to professional photographer. And from the release day until now the price of Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM almost no change.

The first experience when using this lens is how sharpness it delivered, the images are sharpness from corner to center. Beside, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM also deliver true color as human’s eyes, that’s really a great point for professional photographer who need the true color of subject to control the light. The sharpness is more excellent at aperture f/5.6 to f/8, even some small subject in the frame, when you zoom-in you can see it very clearly. Although Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM can’t compare to 50mm f/1.2 L but it’s more qualify than the others same price.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

At biggest aperture f/1.4, It’s a little bit difficult to get clear and sharpness images, subject with few meter distance the Depth of Field is only about 1-2cm. Example when you photograph a near distance person , it’s sharpness at the eyes but the ear are blurring out. To solve this problem you have to have strong experience in photographing. When you know how to control, this Lens with help you create many great images.

In an environment with complex source light Lens work quite well but the purple fringing may happen.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Advantages

– Clear and sharpness
– Dilivering true color
– Good performance in dim light condition and complex light source.
– Good price

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Disadvantages

– Chromatic aberration, Purple fringing.
– Out of Focus problem: Quite a few lens of this model have focus problem, the focus point is not exactly the point we focusing, it may a little bit backward or forward. you have to check carefully before purchasing.

EF 50mm f/1.4 USM for Architecture/Scenery/Interior Photo

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is quite good for scenery, architecture, interior and long exposure photography. The focal length 50mm is suitable for these fields. However, for scenery this lens is not as good as L-serial like 17-40mm L or 16-35mm L. And if the subjects are big like huge architecture or high building, EF 50mm f/1.4 USM won’t get all the view inside a frame, you have to go far away if you want to get all in a frame.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

8 points star effects:

This Lens provide 8 points star effects when you photograph the strong light. By the way, it’s not as good as 50mm STM which provide very beautiful 14 points star effects.

EF 50mm f/1.4 USM for Sport Photo

This Lens is not quite suitable for pro sport photo but in some case it can deliver nice image because this lens is fast and have large aperture. In day time with sunlight, it work very good at f/5.6 – f/8. In Sport event at night,  EF 50mm f/1.4 USM can also provide good quality image at f/1.4 (recommend speed at 200, ISO 800-1600).

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

EF 50mm f/1.4 USM for Animal Photo

Certainly, It isn’t good for animal photography. However, sometime you can get a nice frame with some birds :))

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

EF 50mm f/1.4 USM for Product/Macro Photo

As the introduce above, Lens deliver true color and sharpness images so it work very well for product photo.


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