Features of the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens

Many photographers will admit that their favourite lens would be the 50mm f1 4 canon USM Lens because its light, compact, fast and most of all inexpensive. It would be hard for any photographer, professional or not, to not like this lens.

Picture Image

For one, the image quality of this lens is amazing. even when set at f/2 or f/2.8 the lens is incredibly sharp and even sharper in the latter. You can even get a blurred background/foreground effect from the blade aperture.

Compact Size

Measuring 2.9″ by 2″ (73.8mm by 50.5mm), the small size of the Canon 50mm 1.4 Lens as well as its light weight at 10.2oz (290grams) has played a role in the popularity of this lens. It can be carried while mounted or even in a jacket pocket so it’s always ready for use. The overall quality of this lens is very good, although I wouldn’t say top of the line good. If you wish, you can also switch the lens to full time manual focusing.


Another quality of this lens well liked is its price. One of the major reasons this camera lens has become popular is because it is affordable. And for its price, it delivers great quality imagery. Compared to some of the expensive lenses currently on the market, this one actually produces a  sharper image overall.

Other Features

Besides all the mentioned qualities, the lens is also great at taking full body portraits as well as low light indoor photography. it is by far the best travel lens thanks to its light weight and exceptional image quality. No matter where you intend to venture, this lens can stay with you.

A Couple Negatives

Unfortunatly no lens is perfect and the Canon 50mm lens 1.4 is no exception. The first thing that’s easily noticeable about this lens is that it feels cheap and looks like a toy since it is made of plastic. Flaring is also a common problem when using this lens along with a harsh background blur when making use of a five blade aperture.


With all the good qualities that this lens delivers, all of its downsides are easily forgivable. For the price you can ask for a better lens. And for that, it is easy to give the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens two thumbs up.