Newer Canon 50 1.2L Lenses

Started Jun 21, 2014 | Discussions thread
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rickmessina Regular Member • Posts: 170
Newer Canon 50 1.2L Lenses

Hello All,

This is my first time posting in this forum, but Im not new to photography. I am avid Canon user and love my 6D and now new 5D mark iii. My current lens lineup includes the 70-200 2.8L IS USM (mark 1), Sigma 35 art, Canon 100 macro (non L) and 85 1.2LII. I absolutely love all of those lenses. I do miss using a 50mm lens though. I owned briefly two 50L lenses but ended up returning them due to being very soft wide open (which is very important to me). Another photographer I work with often owns and uses the 50L all the time. His version is very sharp wide open. His is new and the two I tried were 5 years old. I am curious if that is normal for there to be so much variation with the 50L? There are many reviews out there that say buy other lenses, but I happen to be a big fan of the 50L. I think the way it renders is beautiful. I recently got the Sigma 50 Art, but in all honesty it is too big and heavy for me to use all day long (we do weddings, engagements and family shoots). I used it briefly last night (1-2 hours) and it was already feeling heavy and would rather not use it all day at a wedding.

There is currently a $200 rebate on the 50L. Has anyone out there purchased this lens recently? Are the newer lenses indeed sharper than older versions? (again a lot written on the matter, some say yes, some no) I have tried to save money by looking for a used one but twice have been less than happy with it. I am now debating purchasing it brand new. I would love to hear anyones experience with the newer lens. Even though this is my first time posting here, I often visit this forum and appreciate all the experience shared. Thanks to all in advance.

Regards,

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