Canon May Eventually Replace 50mm f/1.4 With A 50mm f/1.8 IS

Some rumors are more far-fetched than others, and while this may be one of those it’s still worth mentioning. According to Canon Rumors, some preliminary talk has come down the wire that Canon might be replacing the current EF 50mm f/1.4 with a smaller form factor 50mm f/1.8 IS.

The idea that Canon is working on a replacement for the 1.4 is likely, and it’s probable that the next iteration will include IS, but changing the lens from a f/1.4 to a f/1.8 may not sit well with owners of the current lens. It also bears noting that amateurs need not worry, even if the rumor turns out to be true, the current cheap favorite 50mm f/1.8 would remain part of Canon’s lineup.

(via Canon Rumors)

Image credit: Canon 50mm f/1.4 by RodGSilva

  • Pr

    How does it upset current owners of the 1.4 ? They are happy, they have one. A wonderful lens that doesn’t need replacing !

    Maybe if it stopped being produced I can imagine those who don’t have one who now can’t get a new one being upset, but current owners ? Doesn’t make sense.

  • DL Cade

    We were referring to the current owners who were hoping for an f/1.4 IS replacement that they could upgrade to. Sorry for any confusion :)

  • bayek

    I love my f1.4 lens.. so how can it be replaced? Let me think… Perhaps I can spend the same money for the f1.2 version? :)

  • Namu

    You could use “bears noting” or “worth mentioning”, but not “bares noting”. Also, “may not sit well”, not “may not sit will”. Finally, “It’s also worth noting” not “It’s also worth nothing”.


  • DL Cade

    Sorry for all of the typos, they’ve all been fixed :)

  • BeJay

    Grammar Nazi… Sigh.

  • Colleen Principe

    why would such a short lens need IS?

  • Julian Maytum

    Canon *may* one day make a lens that you can fly on to the moon. Canon *may* one day create a robot army that takes over the world. Does that count as newsworthy too?

  • Jesse Yardley

    Video in low light I guess

  • will hall

    never hear anyone complain about it on the 18-55IS, 17-55IS, 24/2.8IS etc.. on the other hand there were a lot of complaints about the lack of it when the 24-70II was announced, especially just after tamrons VC’d version had just come out

  • jdm8

    I wonder how many that would be. I know it’s not a perfect lens, I’m not happy with the chromatic aberration for one, but I’d think the discriminating folk would be using the /1.2L

  • Mansgame

    I think this is more for the benefit of video shooters than still photo people. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love IS/VR in all my lenses even my ultra wides, but I can live without it for the 50 1.4. If I shot video handheld however, 50mm would be a very useful focal length but much harder to hold still than say 20mm. Smart move by Canon I hate to admit.

  • Mansgame

    Definitely video. And really, 50mm is NOT that short.

  • Knur

    Is not a big difference between f/1.2 and f/1.4. (Except price ;) )

  • Scott Scheetz

    I really hope that Canon upgrades the 50mm f/1.4. I decided against getting one when I read all of the horror stories about the auto-focus dying. The current micromotor auto-focus has such a short life. They really should upgrade it to a ring-type auto-focus like the one in the 85mm f/1.8. I personally don’t care if it has IS, i just want a more reliable auto-focus.

  • John Kantor

    The only thing that’s important is the autofocus. The current 1.8 is unusable. The 1.4 is merely bad. A good 50mm is just one more reason to go with Nikon.

  • 9inchnail

    Especially on a crop sensor.

  • Darren Ward Photo

    This is what I’d like to see too. I upgraded to the f/1.4 and it just wasn’t worth the extra money so I sold it and went back to a f/1.8, at least if the f/1.8 breaks it’ll cost very little to replace.
    The f/1.4 is better but not three-and-a-bit times better and the AF is a huge part of that issue.

    A 50mm f/1.4 IS USM would be awesome (though that’d probably be a 50mm f/1.2 L replacement), but even an f/1.8 IS USM would be a nice development.

  • Joakim

    The wider it goes at the wide end, the sharper it is at the narrower apertures.

  • OSAM

    Uhhh, wut? o_O

  • Boa Thor

    Nobody needs IS not on a 50mm nor on a fast prime… It would be pure marketing

  • Simon Abrams

    “changing the lens from a f/1.4 to a f/1.8 may not sit well with owners of the current lens.”

    Why won’t it sit well with us? Are they going to come and take our 1.4s away and swap them with 1.8s?