In this review, we will be comparing Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and Canon 50mm f1.4 USM, two Standard Prime lenses by Canon. Both lenses have the same focal range of 50mm but different max apertures: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM has a max aperture of F1.8 while the Canon 50mm f1.4 USM has a max aperture of F1.4.
We will start with briefly looking and the main specs of these two lenses and in the section, we will start analyzing in more detail and list the pros and cons of each lenses.
What type of photography are the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and Canon 50mm f1.4 USM lenses good for?
The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and the Canon 50mm f1.4 USM for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
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|Street||Very Good||Very Good|
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Canon 50mm f1.4 USM is the longer of the two lenses at 51mm. The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM with a length of 39mm is 12mm shorter. Besides being longer, the Canon 50mm f1.4 USM also has a larger diameter of 74mm compared to Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM's 69mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM weighs 159g, which means it is 131g (45%) lighter than the Canon 50mm f1.4 USM which has a weight of 290g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the 'Standard Prime Lenses in Canon EF Mount for size comparison purposes.
Standard Prime Lenses in Canon EF Mount for Size Comparison
Both Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and Canon 50mm f1.4 USM has the same Canon EF lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Canon EF lenses are Canon 1D X III, Canon 6D MII and Canon 5D MIV.