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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 1409 €;
139 users have given it an average vote of 9.5 out of 10.


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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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avatarsenior
sent on September 27, 2020

Pros: F 1.2 super bright, compact and light, on the ML R has a great AF, wonderful blur, amazing bokeh, high sharpness from F 2.8 up.

Cons: Chromatic aberration from F 1.2 to F 2, astigmatism to TA on nearby subjects.

Opinion: An incredible lens that left me pleasantly amazed by the incredible difference in yield between my initial tests and field tests: from the tests in fact it would seem my worst L series, after using it intensely a week of vacation I can say instead on the contrary that it is my best goal! Let's start with pros: It has an incredible opening from F 1.2 but despite being a super bright it remains quite compact and light (as opposed to many new lenses that look like bricks); I was afraid to buy it in the days of the 6D but on my new R has a very good constant and precise AF (it did not miss even once the eye in eye-af with i-servo) ; the blurring is wonderful, if there are leaves in the background or grass at the bottom nearby becomes almost swirling; in the evening from the best of itself turning insignificant light points into an amazing bokeh! In TA portraits with a 3m subject the sharpness is already good, but it becomes very high from F 2.8 and up (especially for closer subjects). Let's analyze the CONTROS now: photographing in TA a subject very close to the minimum distance of MAF comes out a kind of halo/orton-effect due to a bit of astigmatism: it resolves by closing the diaphragm a little or away a hair; Photographing a subject in strong backlight easily comes out a bit of Chromatic Aberration for very open diaphragms between F 1.2 and F 2 if in the background there is sky (easily solved anyway in PP with a click). CONCLUSIONS: for portraits (set above all) after trying so many professional goals I can say that for my taste it is one of the most beautiful goals I have ever had for character and yield. Its most beautiful peculiarity for a portraitist is also a flaw: it continues to detach the subject from the background even closing the diaphragm. In addition to the portraitists I also recommend it to those who like to photograph in the city in the evening, thanks to its brightness allows shots in the dark with times beyond safety and only 500 iso! It's obviously not for those who need extended PDC or amazing edges.

avatarjunior
sent on September 22, 2020

Pros: Blurred, high transmission ratio, weight content, colors, a beautiful overall rendering.

Cons: Autofocus not up to the modern lenses, really poor sharpness, AC from "point" framework when used at full aperture.

Opinion: The third lens I bought in 2015, which I loved and used for years. It has a very nice yield but it is not the lens to put in the bag if you want a safe result in any situation. I have often had blurry photos due to a low-performing AF, and in some cases it is the lack of sharpness that returns an image still kneaded. I am curious to try it in the future on ML, I hope it will rise to new life. Poor sharpness may not be a problem, partial reliability does. Forget full-opening shots in servo on non-static subjects as you can do for example with the 35mm 1.4 II and the 85mm 1.4 IS. When everything goes right though... You remember why you kept it after all. A lens to come to terms with.

avatarjunior
sent on July 04, 2020

Pros: Colors, bokeh, small size, F1.2

Cons: Don't have it!

Opinion: I always used the 50mm as the main lens, I wanted to buy this mythical lens and I was surprised! At F2.0 it's a scalpel but at F1.2 it does magic. If you get used to it you can no longer close the diaphragm and it becomes a drug! For the portraits set usually shot between F2 and F2.8 with great satisfaction and excellent results, in the close-ups I open everything and thank you for being there! At TA the sharpness is lower, but not such as to be a defect and the pasty rendering of the colors is, say, its signature. Excellent maf and also color rendering, it is a lens to have in your kit.

avatarsenior
sent on June 24, 2020

Pros: Brightness, low weight, overall quality, etc...

Cons: Knowing what you buy and want, no one.

Opinion: I have to say that my initial approach was terrible because, using it at f1.2, I didn't get a fire right. I realized that the lens needed calibration along with the machine body and spent 100 euros at Camera Service, I fell in love with it... pasty and vivid colors as Canon has accustomed us, monstrous blur, given the extremely reduced pdc to TA is still absolutely usable without problems even at f1.2, the weight and size are extremely small for an f1.2 optics, in addition to the extreme versatility of this focal (much higher than the 85 for example) that allows to make yes the portrait set for which it was created, but also close... just get close to the subject! Let's add that it is now used even for less than 900 Euros, for me it is an optics on ff absolutely advisable, but after calibration at specialized center if it suffers with the body front focus/back focus machine...




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