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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard AutoFocus Lens - Grey Market Imported

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About Canon 50mm F/1.4

Standard lens featuring superb quality and portability. Two high-refraction lens elements and Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference. Crisp images with little flare are obtained even at the maximum aperture.

The Canon 50mm F/1.4 is commonly used for Art, Fun, General purpose, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Travel and more.The Canon 50mm F/1.4 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 50mm F/1.4 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 50mm F/1.4: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily mounted, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Simple controls, Strong construction and Versatile

Canon 50mm F/1.4 Specifications

6 groups / 7 elements
Angle of view
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
0.45m / 1.5 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.9" x 2.0" / 73.8 x 50.5mm
10.2 oz. / 290g
Mfr #
2515A003 G

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Most Liked Positive Review


Incredible depth of field

I tried the 'keyboard' example that I have seen on other sights - taking a picture of a computer keyboard from the side with aperture set to 1.4 will leave only 1-2 keys in focus. Very shallow DOF, this gives you a lot of creative options. I know this is not an 'L' lens, but it is an exceptional value and a quality product. I could not be happier with the lens!


Most Liked Negative Review


Real bad @ f1.4

Missed a lot of shots, mostly portraits, at 1.4. Out of focus.[...] Much better results stopped down. Also, it crashed once, had to have Canon repair it.Used with 20D, now with XTi.

Reviewed by 293 customers


Happy so far


Great in low light. I have used it indoors without flash.DOF is tight.Nice bokeh. I'm still learning to use it, but I am happy with the results so far. Decent quality build over less expensive Canon products. Wish it came with a hood. Overall nice lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Once the focus blows, you can pay more


I am an enthusiast who is in the process of moving into the semi-pro caetgory. I bought the lens in 2012 just before spring portrait season was about to ramp up. The focus was fast, and the images were generally very good. I was able to get shots in low light on my APS-c sensor and I was getting sharp subjects with creamy backgrounds as intended. I will say that in the two years I have had the lens, some of my favorite pictures have come through this piece of glass. So why only 1 star? Because I have taken care of this lens. It sits in a well-padded, very temperate cubicle in my high-quality bag. Because I am only semi-pro, the lens doesn?t come out all that often, and the majority of my shooting is with my kit zoom lens. Given all the love and fairly little use, one would expect this lens to last. One?s expectations would not be met. I pulled this lens out for a nice self-portrait that I needed for a website. I dialed it in to f2. I focu? foc? FO!!! No focus. The ring moves. The lens is stuck. I don't have my picture. By the time I get the lens back from service, the blooms will have fallen off the trees. I will not get my shot. Fortunately this didn't happen with a client in front of me. Most days, you only get one chance to make the shot. I took my shot with the KIT LENS for crying out loud. If you buy this lens, know that even a spare body won?t help if your focus ring is in rigor. A quick web search for "canon 50mm focus stuck" reveals that this is a VERY common issue with the lens. My contact with Canon revealed that they were glad to take more of my money to fix it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


good lens but easy to break


One small impact on the front element and the lens can be focus stuck. Worst case: MF will also not work. It's a flaw in the design which bends internal parts. There is already a redesigned part to fix that problem but you never know when the design change was flown in production. To prevent damages: buy the hood and keep it always on. It will protect the lens system of any impact.


My Most Expensive Piece of Glass


I have just purchased my most expensive piece of glass yet. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens. Before owning this lens, I have owned The 50mm f/1.8 lens. I loved it, I shot my 2012 Graduation with it. However, it is a Prime Lens. So you must only have certain amount of Focal Length. Nevertheless, I opted for this lens based on my experience with the little brother of this lens. I was able to take some test shots, and immediately noticed how well it performed in low light situations. Also, this lens gets beautiful Depth Of Field. I really like how solid this lens feels, as with the former, it was mainly made of plastic. In conclusion, I am really excited about my new piece of glass, and I highly recommend it to any photographer that's serious about their pictures. This lens is a Must.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Portrait and Low Light Lens


Good value compared with the more expensive 1.2 lens. Smooth performance and sharp focus. Unobtrusive and versatile lens that is especially nice for portraits and low light situations.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Nifty Fifty


Using it for auto show presently, and will be using it more for street photography. Like it much better than the 50mm 1.8, because of the metal mounting plate and the fact that the lens hood attaches to the body and not the element. Great deal at Adorama.


new Canon 1.4 lens


for fashion photography and some beauty closeup, it's got some great bokeh and super fast focus...




I've only played with this a few times, but enjoying the shallow depth of field it offers!


i would buy this product again


fast, works well in low light condtions. would recommend this prime lens for those looking to take night photos

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Sharp photos in low light!


I am very impressed with this lens! I can get sharp, crisp photos in low light and in any light, really. It took some getting used to that I can't zoom...but the quality of the photos make up for it.


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Shopper  I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
LINDA B  Well, it depends on what you are looking for, if you are shooting low light the speed of this lens is a huge plus, and the focal length is flexible. Its tack sharp and one of the most affordable lenses around. Its build quality is why I chose it over the 1.8
Shopper  what is the difference between usa and grey market?
ERIC F  Hi there. The USA market is the lens you can buy that's coming from Canon USA. The grey market represent the same lens but coming from a different market, for example Canada market, Japan market, European market. the reason why there is a distinction is simple: The warranty will only apply from the constructor (Canon here) if you buy your lens from the market of your country (if you are in US, from the US market, etc...). The grey market warranty for the lens will then be taken care of by Adorama (or else if you buy elsewhere), not Canon (warranty not international). Why have you the choice? Only because sometime the price difference between markets can be dramatically different, so the shops are trying to have less expensive lenses like that. In one sentence, it is the exact same lens, but not supplied by the same distributor to Adorama and with a different price. Therefore you have to make sure the warranty will be the same when you buy a grey market lens. Hope it helps. Eric
John E  Is this a new lens or a used lens?
GERRI S  This was/is a brand new lens, in the box, with packaging & info. It was and is a great lens for a good price!
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