Canon 50mm f/1.4 EF USM

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This the best 50 mm lens that Canon has made to date, both optically and mechanically. It is compact, solid, and with a good feel to it. Optical performance (resolution, contrast and bokeh) is excellent. Its weakest point is CA and flare when it is used wide open.

The focus motor in this lens is micro-motor USM. However, it still lets you use manual focus override when set to auto-focus. Auto-focus is fast, consistent and accurate, but not as quick and silent as ring-motor USM lenses. The front of the lens does not rotate, but does extend when focusing.

Rating: Ed: -, User: - (normalized, 0=useless, 50=average, 100=excellent).

Mount: Canon EF.
Format: FX/135.
Aperture range: f/1.4 to f/22.
Focus: AF (built-in, gear-type).
Groups/elements: 6/7.
Filter diameter: 58 mm.
IR: Poor IR performance.
Approximate street price: USD 370 (new, w/o tax).
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Established: 1937
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
Web: Global, EU, US, man

Canon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in the manufacture of imaging and optical products. Its products including cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, photocopiers, printers and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1937 as Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory and renamed Canon Inc. in 1947.

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