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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM : Specifications and Opinions




Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USMCanon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM



The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM is a standard lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2006. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 1406 €; 128 users have given it an average vote of 9.4 out of 10.

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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   50 mm
 Angle of view   46.8°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/1.2
 Aperture blades   8
 Lenses/Groups   8 elements in 6 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.45 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.15x

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   72 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   Yes
 Weight   580 g
 Dimensions   86 x 66 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on August 04, 2015

Pros: Pleasing and soft bokeh (rounded aperture blades), very good contast and colors, solid construction, not too heavy, good and usable image quality even wide open, very good and sharp at f/2. The only 50mm lens with f/1.2 (but that's only 1/3 stop brighter than f/4) ;-)

Cons: Very expensive (compared to other brands), not as sharp as newer constructions form Sigma, visible reddish CAs (but that's part of its typical image look)

Opinion: much better and sharper than I expected since its image quality was criticised in many tests and forums. Of all Canon 50mm lenses this is by far the sharpest lens between open aperture and f2! With its high contrast, vivid colors and its pleasing bokeh (rounded aperture blades) it delivers very harmonic images. My most used lens for indoor available light photography since I purchased it in 2010. AF is fast but a little slower then most other USM L-Lenses. Solid constuction with weather sealing (if used with filter). But a very expensive lens. Today the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART lens could be the better choice (even sharper and less expensive).

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avatarjunior
sent on July 10, 2019

Pros: bokeh, image quality, L-series

Cons: I haven't seen any

Opinion: I have owned this lens for a few years now and I find it really exceptional. Before buying it maybe I was a bit reluctant but once I did a first test at the store it was love at first sight. Fantastic for portraits, also used at full opening has a fast and accurate autofocus (i use it together with 5dmark3) and gives a beautiful blur. It won't be the sharpest lens in the world if we use it at f1.2 but it returns a very good level of detail in my opinion. The use mainly for portrait but also for landscape gave joys, after all from f2.8 onwards the lens becomes very sharp. In recent years I have gone to Venice to portray the carnival masks and the lens has performed excellently in all light conditions, even in the early morning when it was almost dark he churned out very good photos and never betrayed them. Perhaps at full openness in the backlight suffers a bit of chromatic aberration that tends to notice but as I see it no one is perfect and the positive things far outweigh this little mole. I bought it used at a price in my opinion very good, about 900, and I consider them really well spent, if you like the genre portrayed rely on this lens and you will be happy with it.

avatarjunior
sent on July 10, 2019

Pros: Excellent construction, "magical" effect in the right conditions of use, reliable focus.

Cons: Embarrassing chromatic aberrations with wide openings. Expensive

Opinion: Particular lens, it has a rather grumpy character... Many say it is hardly tame. In my opinion it should be used in very precise conditions to give the best, otherwise, it basically disappoints, or at least does not make for what it costs. I bought it to use it at full opening on 5d MK4, otherwise I would have taken more, saving nice money. In the right conditions it actually gives the magical effect for which it is famous but, autofocus aside, nothing more than glorious vintage lenses (Super Takumar on all). The look of the images is always very "analog", perhaps also because it is not a hypercorrect and optically "perfect" lens like the most modern ones. Very soft at full open, but it's not a fact due to the depth of field... it's just all soft. Closing to f4 everything is fine, but at that point everyone is capable, or almost. What bothers me most about this lens is the exaggerated chromatic aberration up to f2.8 for the backlight subjects; to correct it, the edges of the subjects are affected. With diaphragms closed, the images have a great contrast and detail. The autofocus is very honest, reasonably fast but above all accurate. Love, for the moment, has not sprung.

avatarjunior
sent on June 20, 2019

Pros: Many.

Cons: Needless to hide them just for love.

Opinion: The lens is not difficult to describe because what is written about him is not all but so much truth. Definitely not as sharp and correct as the other 50 but it has so much more than others do not have. First of all the colors, really something that fascinates along with the "crazy" deadlift if you shoot at full opening. And then the focus, even if a little lazy, does not fail the shot if you know how to aim. In short, from 1.2 to 2.8, thanks to the af system of the reflex, you have to learn to manage it and it does not disappoint you, but it is not so difficult and impossible to tame it. Without having it and reading only a few reviews, perhaps there remains the fear of buying a rip-off, but it is not the truth.

avatarjunior
sent on July 04, 2018

Pros: Color rendition, aperture, blurred, construction, AF fast and accurate.

Cons: Not very sharp at full aperture, some chromatic aberration. Expensive.

Opinion: I purchased this 50l for the three-dimensionality, the color rendition and the unique fuzzy that returns, the photos look like paintings, for artistic shots is phenomenal. Present some chromatic aberration, vignette a little but are characteristics of this lens, I personally like these "flaws". If you look for absolute sharpness at TA, the market is better (but just close a bit and is a blade). The construction is excellent, to the touch you perceive that the lens is solid, does not imgombra and does not weigh much. Versatile lens, autofocus is fast and precise, never wrong, manual focus is pleasant even if it requires a bit of practice because especially at large openings is easy to err. The price to have it may seem high but after months of use I can say I'm happy, has an unmistakable imprint, I will not separate easily.




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