If there is one lens any one with Canon EOS camera should buy it is a one of their 50mm prime lens and the one I use is the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens.
Very small and lightweight the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens offers great versatility and is something I tend to use when just going for a walk.
As with all prime lenses the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM is fast, with an aperture of 1.4 it can pretty much get a picture in some of the lowest light conditions commonly faced when out shooting pictures.I have had some issues with my lens, not for any apparent reason the focusing ring stopped functioning getting stuck mid-way through its range. I sent it back to Canon UK who did repair it, and since it has been working fine.
Powered by an ultrasonic motor drive the auto focus extremely quick without making a lot of noise. The point of focus is reached accurately and maintained as the lens provides excellent holding torque and of course, the lens can be used manually.
Key Features of the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens
- Fast f/1.4 aperture
- Standard 46° angle of view
- USM focus motor with full-time manual focus override
- 45cm closest focusing distance
- Aspherical lens element
- 58mm filter size
If I use a Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens for a job, I usually mount it to Canon EOS 5D Mark II to take snaps of people in the bars and restaurants around Beverley.
Sometimes times I run into problems as if I cannot get enough distance between me and the subject for posed shots but for candid stuff it gives me a good distance and still gets some width into the shot.
You can bet a 50mm lens from about £ 70, and they give far better results than the kit lens supplied. What’s more, it is much more fun using your feet to zoom in and out when shooting, assuming you plan on shooting people then treat yourself to one, you will not regret it.
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