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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard Lens

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard Lens

Product Code: 1240161


Compact, lightweight and fast, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens is a superb performer in many situations, with super spectra coating for reduced flare and ghosting as well as fast, quiet autofocus.

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  • It's both compact and lightweight
  • Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture gives precise depth of field control
  • Focusing is fast thanks to the ultrasonic motor

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens

A brilliant combination of image quality and versatility. With fast focusing and the fast f/1.4 maximum aperture makes this a superb performer for any assignment.

  • Bright f/1.4 maximum aperture ensures great shots in low light
  • Fast, quiet autofocus with full-time manual focusing
  • Circular 8-blade diaphragm helps produce attractive background blur
  • Super spectra coating reduces flare and ghosting
  • Minimum focusing distance of just 45cm
  • 58mm filter diameter
  • Optional Lens Hood ES-71 II and Soft Case LP1014

This lens uses a Canon EF mount, click here for our full offering of Canon EF Lenses.

Full Details

Versatile, compact standard-lens design

Advanced optics, combined with two High-refraction lens elements allow photographers working in all fields to capture crisp, clean images, even wide open at f/1.4. The lens is ideal for photographing landscapes and travel scenes as well as portraits and reportage.

Ultrasonic focusing

The Ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.

Smooth background blur

Virtually circular aperture diaphragm gives out of focus regions softer, more uniform feel. Sharp foreground objects stand out against smooth blurred background.

Super spectra coating

Super spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting - common problem caused by light bouncing off camera 's sensor.


angle of view (horizontal, vertical, diagonal)

40°, 27°, 46°

Lens construction (elements/groups)


No. of diaphragm blades


Minimum aperture


Closest focusing Distance(m)


maximum magnification (x)


AF actuator

Micro USM

Filter diameter (mm)


Max. diameter x length (mm)

73.8 x 50.5

Weight (g)


Magnification - Extension Tube EF12 II

0.39 - 0.24

Magnification - Extension Tube EF25 II

0.68 - 0.53

Lens cap

E-58U / E-58II

Lens hood

ES-71 II

Hard case


Soft case


Offers: N/A
Offer Category: Camera Lenses
Offer Product Type: Canon Lenses EF mount
Autofocus: Yes
Aperture ring: N/A
Constant Aperture: Yes
Lens CIPA Image stabilization rating: N/A
Colour: N/A
Diameter (mm): 74
Length (mm): 51
Weight (g): 290
Distance scale: N/A
DoF scale: N/A
Elements: 8
Environmental Sealing: N/A
Focus distance limiter: N/A
Focal length: 50 mm
Focus method: N/A
Filter Thread: N/A
Full time manual: Yes
Groups: 6
Hood supplied: N/A
Lens Image stabilization: N/A
Lens mount: N/A
Lens Materials: N/A
Maximum focal length: 50
Maximum magnification: 0.15
Maximum aperture (number): 1.4
Maximum aperture (text): N/A
Max Format size: N/A
Minimum focal length: 50
Lens Minimum focus distance (m): 0.45
Minimum aperture (number): 22
Minimum aperture (text): N/A
Motor type: N/A
Number of diaphragm blades: 8
Power zoom: N/A
Special elements / coatings: Two high-refraction lens elements and new Gaussian optics eliminate astigmatism and suppress astigmatic difference
Tripod collar: N/A
Lens type: N/A
Zoom lock: N/A
Zoom method: N/A
Notes: N/A

Our Verdict

A 50mm prime lens perfect for low light shooting, the ultrasonic motor ensures focus is achieved quickly and quietly. It's not far off being an appropriate lens for most situations, performance is strong in many an environment.

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  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements or dust within the lens
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

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