Summary: Using the f/1.0L USM lens for that perfect shot, Regardless of close or distant is as easy as taking candy from a baby, but steal one you may have to, Canon stopped making the ef50 mm f/1.0L USM in 2000.

EF 50 mm f/1.0

Many camera owners have scoured the earth for a lens that they feel can deliver the power and quality that they need to deliver that perfect shot. Then in 1989, their prayers were answered in a big way. The introduction of the f/1.0L USM, gave these owners a lens that would for many years later still be the standard upon which all other lenses were judged. The question was what mad this lens so much better than many of the others that were on the market at the time.

For a true camera lover and owner, the Canon f/1.0L USM was looked at when it first came out in 1989 as being one of the better models of the camera that the company had made in a long while. Having one of the largest apertures of any SLR camera the f/1.0L USM has long since been a staple of the photo industry. Even today there are a great number of camera owners who will still claim that this is one of the better camera lenses that s on the market to date and will not relinquish their lens until the day that it simply will not operate as it should any longer.

One standout point of the lens was the USM or the Ultrasonic Motor as it is technically called. This allowed for full time focusing of the lens, this even in the harshest of situations will provide a reliable photo for the user. Weighing only 985 grams is also was considered to be one of the lightest lenses on the market. This is a very important consideration that many photographers consider  when out on a shoot or simply enjoying a nice fall day. For the price when it first came out of over $4600 dollars or around £3,000, this was a very well priced lens for the professional photographer to use in their SLR camera.

However, all good things had to come to an end and in 2007 the f/1.2L replaced the previous model and became the newer lens. This, nevertheless, does not mean that many photographers just handed over their previous lens. Many of these professionals still hold on to these lenses as either their primary choice or as an excellent back up to the f/1.2L. In many of these experts’ minds like a fine wine a great lens just seems to get better with age and the f/1.0l is no exception to this rule. For those that know photography, they will tell you that the f/1.0l has always and will continue to be a powerful lens in a small body.

The EF 50 MM F/1.0L USM is harder to find than the A-Team, you can try eBay here

Marketed September 1989

Lens Construction (group) 9

Lens Construction (element) 11

No. of Diaphragm Blades 8

Minimum Aperture 16

Closest Focusing Distance (m) 0.6

Maximum Magnifcation (x) 0.11

Filter Diameter (mm) 72

Maximum Diameter x Length (mm) 91.5 x 81.5

Weight (g) 985