Canon 50mm Lens

Canon 50mm Lens Choices – Canon Lovers “Love” These Lenses

Photographers (yours truly included) love the 50mm lens for Canon lineup

There are four (4) lenses that fall into the “50mm Lens for Canon” group that are actually made by Canon, and then there are the third party 50mm lenses as well.

The Canon 50mm lens has had a long history, as it was at one time considered the “benchmark” lens in the SLR stable of lenses. The engineers got this one “right” so that all other lenses would be judged in relation to this one.

Now that we are in the digital age, and so many more people are buying cameras and lenses, there has been a strong push to diversify the lens technology. Movement toward zoom lenses with wider and wider ranges has become very popular with consumers. Even so, there are many who still lean toward single focal length, or prime, lenses as the ultimate equipment of professionals. Thus, the Canon 50mm lens remains extremely strong in the buyers’ market.

The Canon technology for single focal length lenses has remained constantly excellent. So, getting a 50mm lens is still a great choice. And 50mm lenses offer such a wide variety of usage, including regular family snapshots, street photography, landscapes. portraits, and even macro photos.

Here is the Canon 50mm Lens lineup:

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

This quote from DPReview (they tend to be very stingy in their praise) is quite a good endorsement.

“The Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II may be one of the cheapest lenses currently on the market, but its optics belie its lowly price. As befits a classic standard prime lens, it’s very sharp when stopped down (especially in the centre), shows minimal chromatic aberration, and has relatively low distortion; APS-C users will also benefit from extremely low vignetting. In most regards it comes very close indeed to its much more expensive bigger brother, the EF 50mm F1.4 USM…”

Here is the “Techy stuff”

  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Maximum aperture: 1:1.8
  • Lens construction: 6 elements in 5 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 46 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with Micromotor
  • Closest focusing distance: 1.5 feet
  • Filter size: 52mm
  • Dimensions: 2.7 inches in diameter, 1.6 inches long
  • Weight: 4.6 ounces
Canon 50mm f/1.4 pet portrait

Lizzy - taken with Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens

Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens for Canon SLRs

This 50mm lens for Canon SLRs is a fantastic pick for both amateur and pro photographers. It is obviously a step up from the cheap 50mm lens, but the extra cost buys you more high quality glass and a better build quality. The lens’s wide aperture of f/1.4 is excellent for available-light shooting.
Here’s a bonus – this lens is the only lens in the EF system to offer an extra-small Micro Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) while still providing a full-time manual focusing option.
Additionally (and this is true of all the Canon 50mm lenses) it is an excellent Canon portrait lens.



The “Techy Stuff:

  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/1.4
  • Lens construction: 7 elements in 6 groups
  • Angle of view: 46 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Overall linear extension system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 1.5 feet
  • Filter size: 58mm
  • Dimensions: 2.9 inches in diameter and 2 inches long
  • Weight: 10.2 ounces

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

This 50mm lens for Canon SLR cameras is built like the Hubble Space Telescope. Notice that it is an L lens, Canon’s finest quality lens. It is suitable for any photographic situation. It has a the best quality construction that Canon has to offer, with lens coating which is optimized to minimize the ghosting and flare that frequently occurs when lenses are used with digital cameras. With the largest aperture of the 50mm lenses, it produces a very pleasing soft background blur that photographers so love. In addition to the high-performance, it also features a weather-resistant finish. And, of course, it provides the superior image resolution and contrast you would expect from a Canon L Series lens.

More “Techy Stuff”

  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/1.2
  • Lens construction: 8 elements in 6 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 46 degrees (with full-frame cameras)
  • Focus adjustment: AF with full-time manual
  • Closest focusing distance: 1.48 feet
  • Filter size: 72mm
  • Dimensions: 3.4 inches in diameter and 2.6 inches long
  • Weight: 19.2 ounces

Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens

This next 50mm lens for Canon macro model is not as widely popular as the others listed here, yet it will still deliver the goods as far as image quality and performance.

One advantage of this lens over the others is that there is the ability to focus at about half the distance, which gives it the macro rating. The down side is the much smaller aperture at f/2.5. However, f/2.5 is still a very fast lens. And the price isn’t too shabby either, considering you get all the perks of an excellent Canon 50mm lens.

The “Techy Stuff”

  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/2.5
  • Lens construction: 9 elements in 8 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 46 degrees
  • Focus adjustment: Front group linear extension system with AFD
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.8 feet
  • Filter size: 52mm
  • Dimensions: 2.7 inches in diameter and 2.5 inches long
  • Weight: 9.9 ounces

The Canon 60mm Macro is much more popular than this 50mm macro, so you might want to check the Canon Macro lenses on this site. The reason the 60mm gets more attention is because it can give you 1:1 macro shots, whereas the 50mm macro renders 0.5:1 ratio shots.