50mm f/1.2L on an EOS 1V?

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50mm f/1.2L on an EOS 1V?
Jan 29, 2012

First off, for small format I'm a Nikon shooter.

But My D700 took a tumble and I'm getting about $2500 to replace it. Now it's not completely broken, but broken enough to where it's totaled. I can still use it, but some major functions don't work (playback button, AF selection, flash among other things). Bottom line, I can still use it if I tape it shut.

I'm thinking, since I can still use the D700 for the most part, to take a look into Canon equipment. I shoot mostly film, so I'll be using a 1V. The main reason i'm interested in Canon is for their 50mm f/1.2L.

I've been using the 50mm f/1.4G on my F100's and D700 and the results have been OK (wide open), but I want something that's got background rendering a little more in line with what I get with my 645AFD.

So, Does anyone have any experience with the 50mm f/1.2? Is it worth the premium over the 1.4? how is the clarity at f/1.2 (on film if possible)? is the bokeh that much smoother than the 1.4? how reliable is the AF? Mind you, This lens probably wouldn't get stopped down past f/2.8, and would be almost entirely used at f/1.2.

Main applications are portrait and wedding.

Gear I use the most (in order)
Mamiya 645AFD + 80mm f/2.8 (400H or Ektar at half box speed)
Nikon F100 (again, 400H or Ektar at half box speed)
50mm f/1.4G
24mm f/1.4G
35mm f/1.4G
Nikon D700

I hardly shoot digital nowadays which is why if I'm looking at 1V. I'm thinking if the 50L is that good, maybe switch to Canon and pocket the difference.

Nikon D700
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