Rumor: Canon May Replace the 50mm f/1.4 with a High-End 50mm f/1.8


Canon’s 50mm lens lineup is getting crowded… at least that’s what Canon seems to think. According to a fresh rumor, the company has plans to replace the current 50mm f/1.4 USM. But it won’t be replaced by another f/1.4. Instead, Canon might do away with the lens altogether and release a high-end 50mm f/1.8 IS USM instead.

The rumor is being reported by Canon Rumors, who says the new 50mm f/1.8 IS USM would actually cost more than the f/1.4 USM it would be replacing. Loaded with image stabilization, the lens would join Canon’s 24mm, 28mm and 35mm IS lenses.


If the rumor turns out to be true, there would be a few interesting ramifications. The first one is that this means the end of the 50mm f/1.4. If you want something wider open than the f/1.8, you’ll need to pony up for the f/1.2. The second is that Canon might be doing away with the good ol’ ‘nifty fifty’ as well — a lens that has become a staple among beginner photographers.

According to CR, the new lens is already prepped and ready for release, but will wait to make its debut until Q1 of 2014. As always, rumors are to be taken with a healthy pinch of salt, but if this is true, what are your thoughts?

Is it wise for Canon to do away with the 1.4 in favor of a high-end 1.8, since there is already a 1.2? Or would you rather they just update the current model? Let us know in the comments down below.

(via SLR Lounge)

Image credit: EF 50mm f1.4 by nrkbeta and Canon 60D 50mm Prime by Philip Klever.

  • techie

    I just hope the build quality is better than the 1.4. Canon charged me almost $200 to fix mine (focusing stopped working), then it broke again the same way a year later.

  • Absinthia Stacy

    Can’t Sigma calibrate the lens autofocus if you return the lens for calibration?

  • Absinthia Stacy

    Canon’s 50mm f/1.4 isn’t Canon’s sharpest 50mm in the corners. Canon’s sharpest 50mm lens in the corners and everywhere is Canon 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro for all apertures.

  • goldmond

    they should do 50 1.4 IS like hello

  • goldmond

    i think canon should start putting IS into there cameras like sony

  • jon

    Completely true, though I wouldn’t say focal length has absolutely nothing to do with depth of field. It’s a dance between focal length and focus distance (and of course aperture and medium size).

  • TerminatahX

    As an owner of the 50 1.4, Canon is long overdue for a quality 50mm. The entire Canon 50mm line is weak at best, including the 1.2L. It would be nice if Canon came out with a 50 1.8 and a 50 1.2L II.

  • TerminatahX

    IS is more of a compelling feature in lenses longer than 85mm.