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Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4 USM

Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4 USM
15 December 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

Originally posted 2006-04-20 on Optyczne.pl

A 50 mm lens is one of the most classic devices in the assortment of every advanced photography enthusiast or every professional photographer. In days of analogue photography it was an instrument which gave you the same picture scale as the human eye does so it was commonly added to amateur reflex cameras. Everyone who took pictures at the time of universal popularity of analogue cameras certainly remembers very well these Pentacons 1.8/50, Tessars 2.8/50 or perhaps the most popular Helioses 2/58.

In the case of Canon the situation remains the same. Even in days of the FD mount it offered 50 mm focal length lenses with 1.4 and 1.8 apertures. That tactics was repeated in the case of the EF mount and currently Canon offers an EF 1.8/50 and an EF 1.4/50 USM lens – both representing an amateur niche, because for the professionals they have an L series lens 50 mm f/1.2 (there used to be an L f/1.0 lens too but it was taken off the shelves). We tested the slower f/1.8 50 mm lens at the very beginning of the Optyczne.pl editing activity. Now the time has come to test the f/1.4 model. What can we gain exchanging the 1.8/50 lens for the 1.4/50 model ? Is there perhaps anything to lose? Is the 270 $ price difference really justified? Our newest test is going to find some answers to these and also other questions.


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The lens was lend for the tests by the Cyfrowe.pl shop.

Information about our review method can be read in our article “How do we test lenses?"


Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4 USM - Introduction



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