A new Canon 50mm f/1.2 L?

Started Dec 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP Moogles Regular Member • Posts: 159
Re: A new Canon 50mm f/1.2 L?

JohnMatrix wrote:

Moogles wrote:

I own a 5D2, a 16-35mm f/2.8 L II and a 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II. My wife has the NEX 6 with its kit lens, 16-50mm f/3.5 - f/5.6.

Initially, I had plan to ditch all my DSLR gear for mirrorless but photos from the NEX 6 was below satisfactory. The results from NEX 6 is OK, nothing fantastic. So, I hold off the thought and decided to keep my DSLR gear.

I am not a fan of rumors but when Canonrumors.com posted something about the new 24-70mm f/2.8 L II, Canon really made one. Now, the new rumors is that Canon will be creating a new 50mm f/1.2 L. Source: http://www.canonrumors.com/2012/12/patent-a-new-canon-ef-50-f1-2-suggestion-of-a-full-frame-mirrorless/

I am wondering if now's a good time to get the current 50mm f/1.2 L famous for back-focusing and some said it's not, or should I wait. I am not in a hurry but I'm thinking of selling my Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II to fund for a 50mm f/1.2 L. What's your advice?

If all you want to do is collect new lenses then yes, I would wait for the 50/1.2L II, due to be released sometime between 2013 and 2020, for approximately 50% more than the current cost of the 50/1.2L.

If you want a 50mm lens to take photos with now, then get the 50/1.2. Nothing much wrong with it if shooting at wide apertures is your thing.

BTW, replacing an ultra-wde angle zoom lens with a 50mm prime seems like an odd thing to do. I presume the 16-35 doesn't get much use? Will you miss having a wide-angle?

PS. the 50/1.2 doesn't suffer from "back-focusing", it's "focus shift"

Well, I'd like to think like you but my brain doesn't allow me to, which is why I started a topic like this to get advice from more experienced photographers on what to do.

Yes, I don't use the 16-35 very much, I could have lived with a 17-40 f/4. I dont think I shoot anything more than 24mm on my 5D2. I have the NEX 6 to compensate most of the group photos which don't happen very often either. I am thinking of the 50mm as my walk around lens.

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