A new Canon 50mm f/1.2 L?

Started Dec 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
Marco Nero
Marco Nero Veteran Member • Posts: 5,231
Re: A new Canon 50mm f/1.2 L?

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/

Canonrumors.com are chock-full of garbage.  That site is awash with false stories published by trolls looking to get a rise out of the camera communities.  Anyone can write in and make claims of a new lens or camera whenever they want to and the vast majority of these claims are FALSE.  The rumor about a new 50mm replacement is based on patents lodged by Canon earlier in the year from a camera that I believe is likely to be from the EOS-M series.  It's FAR more likely when looking at the patent application that it's a lens that might be released alongside the pro-version of the EOS-M than a DSLR.  The description on the patent even implies this.  Take a look at the 135mm L lens... it's an older lens and there's been rumors of a replacement... but think about that for a moment because the rumors of a replacement for this lens have been circulating for 7 years now.  SEVEN YEARS!  Sure, there might be something next year.  Or the year after the next.  But there might not be either.

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?

The 50mm f/1.2L is a specialized lens.  MOST people claiming the camera had back-focus were actually shifting their lens forward as they squeezed off a shot.  It's especially common for people who recompose their shots to complain of back-focusing when this is NOT the case.  Canon claims that the concerns with that of backfocussing are minor and only occur at the minimum focusing distance which is 4 feet from the sensor itself and only at specific apertures.  They also claim that this is a feature of this particular lens. Most people won't notice it and it's NOT there when Manual Focus is used.  In a nutshell, it's not a problem.  You could likewise argue that the 35mm f/1.4L lens is likewise inferior to others in the same ballpark but to do so would be to dismiss the ocean of spectacular images it produces.  I own the 50mm f/1.2L lens and it is a very decent lens with a practical field of view for portraits or related imagery.  Canon know how sought after the 50mm lens is but that the price makes it prohibitive.  So any new release would mean that the cost is certainly going to go up by at least a third to 50% more and that will kill off a lot of interest.  What more can they do?  Well, the only thing people seem to expect on a new lens is Image Stabilization but that doesn't make sense on a lens so fast.  Especially when you consider that newer DSLRs are capable of such noise-free images these days when coupled with higher ISOs.

I own the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II as well but I tend not to use that lens as often as I would like to.  I do find the bokeh on the 50mmL to be extreme and this amount of bokeh simply possible on the 16-35mmL.  It depends what you want to shoot.  I use the 16-35mmL for landscapes and architecture because it's a wide lens.  The 50mmL is a specialized lens although you could use it as your only lens if you wanted.  The shallow DOF inherent with this lens makes it ideal for separating the subjects from the background.  It's got a tight view if you're not using it on a full frame camera.  But it's about the fastest lens I have ever used.

The 50mmL is a unique lens with some of the strongest bokeh you'll get in a portrait lens without an unusable focal length in a prime like 135mmL or the 85mmL.  Those too have extreme bokeh but they tend to have too much zoom to be as flexible as the 50mmL.  My wife uses the 50mmL as her on-the-camera-all-the-time lens.  I use mine on an EOS-M that I've been playing with although it's normally on one of my DSLRs.

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