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About Canon 50mm F/1.2L

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The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens - Serious Glass for Serious Photographers

The EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens is now the fastest autofocus lens in its class, which makes it an essential tool for many professional and advanced amateur photographers.

Canon is the only camera manufacturer to provide professionals and advanced amateurs with Digital SLRs that feature full frame sensors, such as the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II and EOS 5D digital SLRs. The new EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens complements full-frame cameras, while delivering beautiful results on APS-C/H sized sensor models as well.

The EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens is a strong testament to Canon's heritage of optical excellence. Every aspect of this lens exudes professional quality from its wide 72mm filter diameter to its dust and moisture sealed construction.

A high refraction glass molded aspherical lens element helps to minimize spherical aberration, which is crucial in order to provide fine detail and maximum image quality from corner to corner, even when the lens is used wide open.

Full frame digital camera users will especially appreciate the benefits of the 50mm focal length, when shooting waist-up portraits while maintaining appropriate subject distance at a wedding.

The large maximum aperture of f/1.2 allows this lens to produce shallow depth of field that softens the background and makes subjects "pop" out of a portrait. Photographers can also take advantage of higher shutter speeds to shoot in lowerlight and help prevent blurring caused by subject movement or camera shake.

In addition to a large aperture, the new lens also has blazingly fast autofocus speed and response time, thanks in part to Canon's ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), which quietly drives the lens. A full-time manual focus feature allows photographers to fine-tune the sharpness of their images, even when the lens is set for autofocus.

Canon designed the EF50mm f/1.2L USM to deliver the best possible optical quality while being tough enough to meet the needs of demanding photographers. Eight lens elements in six groups provide high resolution, while advanced coating suppresses flare and ghosting.

A glass molded (GMO) aspherical element ensures maximum image quality by reducing spherical aberration and linear distortion. Dust and moisture resistant components in the lens mount, switches, and focus ring help to protect the lens in a wide variety of shooting conditions.



The Canon 50mm F/1.2L is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Portrait, Portraits, Special effects, Sports/action, Video, Weddings and more.The Canon 50mm F/1.2L is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 50mm F/1.2L is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 50mm F/1.2L: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

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4.7

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77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

this lens is a ...

this lens is a disappointment, not as sharp as i had hoped! well built and fast.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worst Purchase Ever

Terrible lens because of the price point. At 3 times the price the image crispness and durability is almost the same.

Reviewed by 112 customers

 
5.0

Absolutely amazing! ...

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Absolutely amazing! Whatever composition I want to achieve when taking video, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM does the rest! With the newly installed Dual Pixel AF in my C100, I am taking my work to a higher level. I must admit, I wish the prices were more competitive though. I already spent a fortune on 4 Canon EF L series fast lenses.

 
5.0

It put most of my other lens on the shelf

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I am not a one to write reviews but this one made me do it. After seeing pictures that I took with this lens I am having hard time using any other of my lens. I was looking for something that would make my portraits sweeter and dreamier and this lens surpassed expectations. Maybe next step will be 85 1.2 (no, definitely) but for now I have or know of no other lens for my gear that gives so much color and dreams and character to my pictures. What I was looking for. If you need sweet smiles with sparkling eyes looking out of a creamy bokeh and surrounded with outstanding outdoor colors, that is it.

 
5.0

Please "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood".

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"If I seem edgy, I want you to know, I never meant to take it out on YOU!" I haven't purchased the 50mm f/1.2 yet, but that's why I'm reading the reviews by those who have. The conclusion that I've reached is that MOST don't know what does what. First, there is NO SUCH THING as a "Narrow DOF". DOF should be referred to as "Shallow" (focus on the nose, and the ears are blurred). Hand holding the camera with the lens wide open at f/1.2 will result in blurred images. A Tripod should be used for this, especially when your Model is quite close. Next; 50mm on a crop sensor camera has NO real bearing on "Angle of View". Instead, it's focal length effectively becomes close to 80mm, or approx. the same as an 85mm lens on a Full Frame camera which is the preferred focal length for Portraits. "Dynamic Range" (I believe) is a function of the Camera. "Bokeh" is NOT the creamy melding of background colors. That is a result of the WIDE aperture being used which as should be expected, puts objects in the background WAY OUT OF FOCUS. "Bokeh" is the way lights in the background appear. A lens with a 5 blade aperture will create a Pentagon, 6 blades, a Hexagon, 8 blades, an Octagon etc.. With a lens WIDE OPEN, objects that are NOT THE SUBJECT, but relatively close will be Out of focus, and the lights will appear more or less as Circles. When the Center AF point is selected manually, it is almost ten times more precise than the other AF points, so YOU (Camera operator), and your subject must be STATIONARY. Depth of field is extremely "Shallow" when the lens is Wide Open. When "Stopping down" to smaller apertures, ALL LENSES will come into their "Sweet Spot". If a lens were to allow for extremely sharp images from it's Max. aperture to it's Min. aperture, it would be prohibitively expensive, if at all possible. (Think Hubble Telescope). Also to some, I believe that "Stopping down", which results in increased DOF, and sharper appearing images, gives the impression that the lens is NOT as good as it should be when opened up. I'm an amateur enthusiast who shoots a lot at night with only the lights from the streets for illumination. I NEVER use Flash, nor auxiliary lighting, and my current go to lens is the 50mm f/1.4 but, as weird as it sounds, it fails to find proper focus when set to AF regardless of distance, aperture, shutter speed or Automatic/Manual AF point selection. That's why I'm shopping the 50mm f/1.2

 
5.0

Awsome lens

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I love this lens so much it is great bokeh rules I would recommend this lens to anyone who loves quality pictures

 
5.0

Amazing piece of glass

By

This is the best lens I have used. I own multiple L-lenses and this one is the one that finds itself on my camera most of the time

 
5.0

A must lens for serious photogs

By

I have been working with this lens for five years. It has helped me achieve endless, beautiful photos. I use it mostly for portrait photography, and it is my go to lens. If you take a copious amount of photos, you will not be disappointed with the purchase.

 
5.0

Great Images

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I upgraded this lens from my 1.4 for a trip to France where I assumed (correctly) that flash would not be permitted in museums and churches. I am extremely happy with the images captured; I have great images inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris while all those around me were struggling with their 3.5 - 5.6 zooms. OK, it's a heavy and expensive lens, but the images are perfectly clear and have a warm and personal feel. Haven't tried serious portraiture with it yet so can't comment on Bokeh, but I sure like the build and feel of the lens. My 1.4 was good, but this lens is a real keeper.

 
5.0

Lightning fast

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In a lens fight the 50mm 1.2 would be my first choice. Big, ultra fast and very good looking lens. Creating works of art in photography any L lens would be great to have. And the 50 1.2 has the potential for creative works or art in photography. I had this lens for one month and only beginning to see impressive results in image quality. The colors achieved at f1.2 are amazing. Creating works of art is doable with this lens. Any Canon 50mm is a good choice, but the big 50L is worth the experience. And if it works for you at your level of expertise then keep it.

 
5.0

"Don't judge a book by its cover"

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This lens is not for everyone. Learn to use it and you will be rewarded with a smile. I have no regrets buying it. It paired well with my 5DmkIII.

 
5.0

Excelent lense for specialized usage

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This is a specialized lense at f/1.2. My review is for f/1.2, /1.4, /1.6 apertures. This lense is excellent at smaller apertures from f/5.0 to f/13.0 (smallest) but you are carrying a lot of high quality (heavy) L glass if you are only using those ranges. At f/1.2 it shines most in face-to-face close portraiture photography or in creative 3D compositions with the main subject/object at 0.5 meter to 2.2 meter away and everything else out of focus. f/1.2 is not a good choice for scenes with props and objects around people or if you try to tell a story or document a situation or sports (DoF is very narrow, angle not wide, you cannot have more than one center of attention in your composition unless you close it down). The error most people make including myself initially is to think this is a low light lense that will extend their opportunities without changing their style. Once you set aperture to 1.2 it is a completely different animal and it suits a different type of photography. Quality wise it is solid, well build and works perfectly. My only critic is I sometimes get pictures that I thought i nailed that come out slightly out of focus (back focus ? but i have a film camera). Half of those might be my fault as I shoot hand held (another mistake with this lense at 1.2). But I regularly get very sharp ones (although not razor sharp). That would be my only small grip if I had to name one. The value of this L lense is in getting an incredible artistic feel in the picture due to smoooth bouquet especially for facial portraiture where you want to capture mood of a person or appearance under a certain light it is insurpassable. f/1.2 and 50 mmm is a strange combination. It can lead you to make the "wrong" type of pictures that do not work (this has nothing to do with the lense quality but your understanding of the instrument). There is a button on the lense than when held pressed will hold the shutter down to whatever Av setting so you can see the actual DoF focus through the viewfinder ! This is a very useful trick if you are composing in broad daylight. When you get the lense I suggest you play with that before taking pictures so you develop an inner DoF eye for this lense. Again to me this lense is extremely close to a perfect realisation of a 50mm f/2 design except for maybe not being dead-on absolutely razor sharp no question. I hope I situated this lense well for potential buyers as it seems to be a misunderstood spec combination. It is a huge potential for creative photographers and cannot be replaced by anything else in what it can do.

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B M  Why do some claim that there's a "Back Focus" problem, and some others imply that one must NOT expect the lens to be user friendly,.It's as if one must have, or acquire some special knowledge with regard to the use of the lens. That is to say; NOT FOR BEGINNERS?
ROBERT M  I have not had a problem with this lens. I like it but I have to say I use my 85mm f1.2 significantly more. I think the reason that most photographers suggest that it's not for beginners is the fact that the equivalent lesser grade Canon lens is almost as good for a whole lot less money. Where you will see a difference is if you are using a full sized sensor camera. The edges aren't used with an APS-C camera therefore not as critical. I use 5Dmk3 and can see a difference in the lenses. Oh I'm probably letting my OCD show through.
B M  Thanks Robert........I believe that what you're saying is that the 50mm f/1.2 is sharper further away from the center, towards the edges/corners of the frame than the 50mm f/1.4. So..., on an APS-C sized sensor this difference isn't actually significant, whereas on the Full Frame sized sensor it does make a considerable difference when compared to the 50mm f/1.4 being used on a Full Frame sensor. Now I'm wondering if I can realistically justify buying the 50mm f/1.2 because my camera is a crop sensor 60D. I've been using the 50mm f/1.4 all along, but (mine) really does fail to focus properly at least 40% of the time when the switch is set to AF. It has been returned to Canon for repair, but is still unreliable. Because it ISN'T consistent when it malfunctions, I'm unable to predict beforehand whether it will, or whether it wont find focus, so can't take any preemptive steps to compensate. I agree that the 50mm f/1.4 is quite good when it (mine), works. Hmmmm!
B M  Why do some claim that there's a "Back Focus" problem, and some others imply that one must NOT expect the lens to be user friendly,.It's as if one must have, or acquire some special knowledge with regard to the use of the lens. That is to say; NOT FOR BEGINNERS?
ROBERT M  I have not had a problem with this lens. I like it but I have to say I use my 85mm f1.2 significantly more. I think the reason that most photographers suggest that it's not for beginners is the fact that the equivalent lesser grade Canon lens is almost as good for a whole lot less money. Where you will see a difference is if you are using a full sized sensor camera. The edges aren't used with an APS-C camera therefore not as critical. I use 5Dmk3 and can see a difference in the lenses. Oh I'm probably letting my OCD show through.
B M  Thanks Robert........I believe that what you're saying is that the 50mm f/1.2 is sharper further away from the center, towards the edges/corners of the frame than the 50mm f/1.4. So..., on an APS-C sized sensor this difference isn't actually significant, whereas on the Full Frame sized sensor it does make a considerable difference when compared to the 50mm f/1.4 being used on a Full Frame sensor. Now I'm wondering if I can realistically justify buying the 50mm f/1.2 because my camera is a crop sensor 60D. I've been using the 50mm f/1.4 all along, but (mine) really does fail to focus properly at least 40% of the time when the switch is set to AF. It has been returned to Canon for repair, but is still unreliable. Because it ISN'T consistent when it malfunctions, I'm unable to predict beforehand whether it will, or whether it wont find focus, so can't take any preemptive steps to compensate. I agree that the 50mm f/1.4 is quite good when it (mine), works. Hmmmm!
Michael R  Will this lens work on a EOS Rebel T2i? Also how does this lens compare to the Canon EF 50mm f1.8?
STEPHEN C  Michael - This lens will definitely fit onto your Rebel T2i. However; because of the crop ratio you will now have a true 50mm. The multiplication factor is 1.6; so the lens will view more like an 80mm lens. It's a very fast lens and quality is exceptional. I use this lens on my 5Diii, 7D, and 50D. I can't compare it to the f1.8 but I can to the f1.4. I can't tell any difference in the quality but the speed of the f1.2 is noticeably better. You also gain better low light abilities. I hope this helps :)
Michael R  Thanks Stephen...I'm sold...Appreciate your knowledge and input...
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