Canon 50mm f/1.4 IS On the Way, Will Be Fastest Stabilized Lens in Lineup

Canon broke new ground in its lens-making this year by bringing image stabilization to non-L wide-angle prime lenses (the widest IS prime was previously the 100mm f/2.8 IS L). There are now three: lenses at the stabilized-wide-angle party: a 24mm and 28mm, announced in February, and a 35mm that was announced just last month.

According to new rumors, Canon will continue to spread its IS technology to non-L and non-telephoto primes next year. One that’s on the way is a replacement to the popular 50mm f/1.4.

The 50mm f/1.4 was first launched back in 1993, and is the go-to lens for photographers who need more speed and durability than the “thrifty fifty” 50mm f/1.8.

Northlight Images points out that image-stabilized replacement to the lens would be the fastest stabilized lens in Canon’s stable. The fastest of the 3 IS primes announced this year is the 35mm f/2. That lens is currently tied with the 200mm f/2 IS for the titled of “fastest stabilized Canon lens.”

Canon’s three new image-stabilized primes announced this year

Photographers are currently often forced to make a decision between speed and stabilization when choosing a lens of a particular focal length. A new 50mm f/1.4 IS would eliminate that choice by offering both.

Sadly, the lens won’t be as wallet-friendly as the existing 50mm f/1.4, which costs about $300. Expect the successor to have price tag closer to the existing IS wide-angle primes, which all cost at least $800.

P.S. Canon Rumors also says that a 85mm f/1.8 IS may also be on the way.

Note: The 50mm f/1.4 IS image at the top is a mockup

  • Aaron Lee Kafton


  • georanson

    I dont understand your question? Even a short focal length even a 50mm will benefit form IS?

  • Ítalo Brito

    A $500 jump because of IS? Unless this has extremely superior optics and sharpness, I’ll stay a happy person with my old antiquated non-IS 1.4/50.

  • Aaron Lee Kafton

    because from my experience shooting with the 50 1.4 shooting in very low light situations have I ever thought.. I wish this lens had IS and made this lens less affordable even though the low fstop keeps my shutter in a reasonable range and get great shots with it as is. Just seems like it was a decision made by accountants than feedback from users

  • lidocaineus

    50mm on an APS-C (or smaller) is 85mm+. Try shooting something not moving and sharp at 1.4 with a shutter speed under 1/30 – you’re dealing enough with a TINY DOF as is as well as the soft factor from shooting that wide.

  • Bartosz Jan Mikołaj Twaróg

    This will be perfect for videos and low light situations!
    my favourite lens just got better!

  • Miles Johnson

    Shooting at 1.4 id probably want a tripod anyway. Keeping something in focus with such a wide aperture isnt easy handheld, and for video its always manual for me.

  • Mansgame

    About the only reason why I would upgrade my Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens is if they had VR (or Nikon stopped making cameras with built in AF motors). The higher resolution cameras have, the more you notice camera shake.

  • Todd Evans

    If Canon does launch a 50mm f/1.8 IS, it sure won’t be “budget-conscious,” if the prices of the other IS primes are any indication. Canon is about to price itself out of my camera bag.

  • Alessandro Aimonetto

    It’s clear…”We make only IS lenses, so customers are forced to buy them”

  • Nick

    $800, what a bargain. Might as well spend $300 more and get a refurb 1.2L.

  • jesseyardley

    Canon IS raping its customers.

  • pieefi

    always canon on your blog …a99 is the best over 1dx!!

  • Christopher Schiebel

    I don’t understand the rumor bit. I already have a 50mm f/1.8 IS lens and paid a bit over $100 for it retail…also people need to chill. Canon has always had an inexpensive and a premium line of lenses with better seals, etc and Nikon is no different.

  • Henry

    Your lens is not IS its just the cheap 50

  • lidocaineus

    While I’m happy for you that all your photos are pixel perfect sharp, the rest of us appreciate any tiny bit of help from IS solutions. It may not work for every situation, but when it does, it’s great.

  • aim54x

    Maybe he is not a Nikon or Canon shooter and is referring to his Sony 50 1.8

  • oscar

    It’s not 50mm. It’s 85mm IS 1.8. Petapixel read wrong ;)

  • Michael Zhang

    Oh shoot. You’re right. Big mistake on our part. We’ve corrected the “P.S.” section. Thanks!

  • oscar


  • `/1nc3nt

    Yeah, USD 500 more specially tailor made for photographer with Parkinson!

  • Ted Nélyn

    Canon DOES make non-IS 50mm lenses. EF 50mm f/1.4 USM just got a price drop.

  • Eziz

    It’s not like they are forcing you to buy it at a gunpoint.

  • Gary Martin

    I think i’ll just stick to my plan to buy the L version.

  • DafOwen

    Have wondered why there aren’t more IS/VR etc primes – Video people would love them. I guess maybe price.

  • jesseyardley

    You missed the joke. IS.

  • kalbar

    The old 1.4 was a piece of horrible crap. I know no lens within this price range being so weak and unreliable. The new one, to earn it’s price will have to be much, much better

  • Alessandro Aimonetto

    “One that’s on the way is a replacement to the popular 50mm f/1.4.”

    REPLACEMENT…so, grab your USM now before the IS USM is the only option

  • Ingemar Smith

    Like the teenyboppers who upgrade their smartphones every 6 months, there will always be gearheads who must have the latest lens upgrade regardless of practicality and utility. And Canon will take their money.

  • lamer

    This is incredible; -3 EV shooting at 12800 ISO.

    (4 stops IS, 7 stops from f/16-f/1.4, 7 stops from 12800 ISO). You can literally shoot at night under a full moon, although you’d still need 3 stops improvement to reach shooting under starlit conditions.

  • PLuke72

    Good for video I guess

  • Emilio

    EF 50mm f/1.4 USM is the shittiest Canon lens ever!!! It’s so soft wide open that you don’t need a Diffuser filter … the objects glow enough from the dumb lens itself :)))

  • 1.4 Owner

    Why not 50mm f/1.6 or f/1.7 IS? It’d give more differentiation for pricing by maintaining both the 1.2 & 1.8. The current 1.4 is ‘soft’ under f/2 anyway.

  • mariess

    for video.