Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM User Reviews

Announced Aug 24, 2006 •
Prime lens | Canon EF | 1257B002

If you want a 50mm f/1.2 lens that is tack sharp wide open and has an AF drive for Canon, you should go for the new RF 50mm f/1.2 version. The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM gets visibly soft wide open, other than the EF 85 f/1.2 L USM II (the 50mm is getting much sharper at > = f/2). It is old design and really not up modern high resolution sensors. But I still like it and use it frequently because it provides a special look in the images that remind me of some my vintage lenses that I love. Another ...

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dousanmiaography
 

In most cases, it is understandable to see lost in sharpness when shooting wide open. However, this lens performs particularly badly at 1.2. In a way that no post-processing sharpening can really fix. The 85mm 1.2, however, is still considerably sharp at 1.2. Other than the issue with sharpness, this lens is perfect in other aspects.

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I really wanted to love the 50L and sometimes I did. The size, weight, fast AF, and unique rendering in flare-prone backlit situations borders on magical. The inconsistent AF and the purple fringe below ƒ2.8 was maddening. Lens Rentals sent me a good loaner and I was hooked. I tried two new ones from B+H, and two refurbs from Canon, finally keeping the last one. By chance I got to borrow a Tamron 45 SP and decided this was a better lens for us. Not as magical, but far more reliable with less ...

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GIALLO63
 

This lens is not a razor-sharp competitor, expecially at his largest apertures, but is strenght is the simply unique bokeh that offers. In portraits and in all low light conditions is a must for Canon users, and his "3D"  output is incredibly  better than others great optics, as e.g. 85mm 1;1,2 L II. Of course, from f:2,8 the sharpness is on high level, but why buy this lens for use at f:2,8 or narrower apertures? Excuse my bad English, please

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Before I dive in, I just want to give you a heads-up that I rented this lens, so it's not a brand-new copy, but it is a perfectly functioning used, retail copy. I found that color and contrast are usually the two things that separate pro-grade lenses from consumer-grade lenses, and this ridiculously expensive lens does nail those two things, especially after retouching. It renders beautiful bokeh too. Here's a shot I took with this lens today that I'm very happy with. Its autofocus is quite ...

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JohnH4260
 

Another very special lens from Canon. Something about that f/1.2 aperture that allows one to produce some very special images. This lens will be with me for the long-term.

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AAJ96
 

It's sharp with excellent built-in and it gives fantastic photos especially indoor portrait but i noticed that it becomes slower if subject is near even it's in camera range.

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Al Downie
 

Illustrated version here: Canon 50L review I should declare at the outset – I’m a huge fan of fast prime lenses and the great control they provide over depth of field, especially when used in conjunction with a full frame sensor. So I’m predisposed to liking the 50L, and this article shouldn’t be regarded as a balanced review of its merits in comparison with other 50mm lenses. My purpose really is to try to provide an honest description of its advantages and its challenges after a couple of ...

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Jacky Liu

Overview Recently bought a brand new 50mm F1.2 L for portrait photography, and is extremely happy about it. Before you buy This lens is nearly 8 years old since Canon announced it, that makes a large group of people want to wait for version 2 of it. As of Oct 2014, there is no real ETA for next version release date. So, is it a real consideration? Main purpose For day to day life photography, I found 50 mm closest to vision (with one eye), you can almost think what you see is what you get. It ...

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TaiD
 

I really like the prime lens, specially at this 50mm very good for portrait. It has an outstanding Might be because most my shots taking relate to activities of kids, therefore speeds becoming a problem in capturing focusing . I've found out that USM has to work harder (more than others) in order to get confirmation before releasing a full pressed shooting shot.

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