50mm 1.2L : Can this be my first and only lens?

Started Oct 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
snapperZ Contributing Member • Posts: 862
Re: If shooting at f1.2

rsn48 wrote:

When close in, treat the lens like a macro, get out of autofocus and manually focus by moving your body back and forth.

Fine with live view on a tripod but a recipe for disaster otherwise. Yes dof is very shallow at close distances but the main focus problem is the focus shift from about f2-f4 which is usually not much of an issue but needs to be recognized and worked around for some shots.

On the 5DIII AF wide open is not a problem, at least as far as the size of the (spot)AF point allows you to select where you want to AF. The camera performs flawlessly. The 1DIV is also very good, I assume the 1DX even better. The 7D, 1D(s)III and older bodies can have problems at times in my experience-not unusable just a lower percentage of really sharp shots.

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