Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Standard Lens: This Canon 50mm lens has an unusually large maximum aperture so you can get detailed pictures even in low light and without needing a flash. It is a perfect tool for basic portraits and scenic shots, especially at night.
absolute favorite lens!
Posted by: imagopix from: Chattanooga, TN on
The color, sharpness, DOF and clarity is absolutely unmatched. It's my favorite lens in my pack!
32 out of 36 found this review helpful.
Outstanding image quality!
Posted by: Thia from: Minneapolis, MN on
This is a high-quality lens that definitely deserves the "L" series designation from Canon. Extremely sharp, amazing color, and beautiful bokeh.
The only issue I had was that the auto focus was slow and would hunt a lot. I sent it in to Canon while it was still under warranty, and they fixed it free of charge. Apparently, the focus ring was loose which was causing front-back focusing problems, so they tightened it and calibrated the lens to my 40D and it works perfectly now.
38 out of 44 found this review helpful.
Bokeh Master: Canon 50mm 1.2 L
Posted by: barnwellh from: Farmington, MN on
I specifically wanted to write this review for crop frame users who prefer the 50mm focal length that produces a compressed 80mm perspective on your sensor. I believe the key to using this tool is pre-visualization; and having an intricate understanding of where the “curved” plane of focus falls at apertures 1.2 – 3.2. (at various distances).
If you plan / reliant on using autofocus then this lens will present a challenge to you with missed / out of focus shots. Single point AF is your friend, if you’re shooting portraiture without a tripod then I recommend AI-Servo to compensate for subject & shooter movement.
The build quality of this tool, balances well on my Canon 60D. On a Rebel body it may be slightly imbalanced; but I recommend simply using your index fingers to prop up the lens at the end of the barrel / lens hood…Whitehouse principal photographer Pete Souza has a good technique that I’ve been emulating with my longer lens (eg. Canon 135mm L).
I was concerned that my lack of AF microadjustment would be an issue, alas that is not the case sharp at 1.2 and crisp at 1.8 – if you do encounter this issue your local servicing dealer and or Canon is available to adjust your lens to your body (i.e Rebel series and Canon 60D).
What about image quality and color rending?
Compared to my previous 50mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4 and even mechanically poor Sigma 35mm 1.4 this lens is on another level; am confused on why so many reviewers and posters believe there’s some type of parity with consumer glass?!? It’s simply not there – no comparison except for focal length…from my perspective this tool produces a superior image rendering that is de-mon-stra-tive of professional image output.
Conclusion & Negatives
Don’t let the “L” designation, your crop-body, or the price tag scare you off!! If you demand the best image output for your photography this is the lens for you. For me this is a great companion lens with my Canon 135mm f2 L and Canon 16-35mm f2.8 L II. My only gripe is the by-product of: chromatic aberration which is easily removed with your photography editing software. The lens I received was produced in 2013 (UB 0310), and it came with the new snazzy pinch cap – get this tool while the rebate is still available.
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
LOVE this lens
Posted by: SJ123 from: Illinois on
So glad I went with the f/1.2L over the f/1.4. I get so many compliments on the quality and sharpness of the images. Bokeh is amazing with this lens. Worth every penny! Highly recommended.
17 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Great lens, but the f1.4 would have been smarter
Posted by: Billy from: on
I am not a professional photographer. This lens is going to take some serious practice to master. Shooting in 1.2 is difficult to say the least, and I'm not sure I'm good enough to do so. I would have been fine with the 1.4 and saved about $1g.
It is pretty amazing how narrow a depth of field you can achieve. I took a profile picture of my wife in appeture priority with f1.2 and her ear was in focus, her nose was out of focus...that's pretty crazy!
I'm looking forward to the challenge though...I will figure this thing out, it's just gonna take a few decades.
One real upside, this lens does perform extremely well in low light settings as would be expected, and the quality and sharpness of the photos is outstanding!
8 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Great (but tricky) Lens
Posted by: GoMiamiHEAT from: Miami, FL on
This is an awesome lens. I've been using it as my primary walk around for a few weeks now and its great. The bokeh is great and the wide open shots get a LOT of light in, particularly in low light settings where you want to avoid using a flash (ie indoor shots). This is an awesome addition albeit with a high price.
I think its important to say that this isn't a beginner lens, particularly if you are heavily (or blindly) dependent upon auto-focus as shooting wide open (f/1.2) requires regular review to ensure that your primary subject is in sharp focus. The depth of field is so shallow at f/1.2 and f/1.4 that you need to be certain that you're sharp on your subject. The lens does have a tendency to front and back focus when you are not careful.
While I am by no means an expert, I've got enough of an understand of the technical aspects of shooting that this lens requires a solid grip of aperture, distance/focal-length and focus to ensure that you get the shot you want. Now if I can just improve my composition!
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Super Sharp photos
Posted by: LoveMovies from: Sacramento, CA on
This is, by far, the nicest lens I have ever used. The large aperture allows great pictures in just about any light. Works great for shots of my Grandkids, even when they are not sitting very still. I have chased my Grandkids around the yard taking candid shots of them, that ended up looking like professional portraits.
It was a stretch for me to afford a lens like this. But I can see never having to pay for professional shots of my family ever again. You can actually, "accidently" get great shots with this lens.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Lens for beginner
Posted by: lcastillo from: manhattan ks on
A little bit pricy but wify loves the focus and view of the finished photo. And what makes her happy makes me happy
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: cherieee from: atlanta, ga on
i have a canon t3i, and i needed a lens that would take my photos to the next level. the kit lens is cr*p, and i used to have canon's low end 50mm f1.8II -- but that lens was pretty terrible too :( i know this lens is a BIG price jump, but i honestly have not looked back. not only are my photos crisp, the colors are vibrant and on point. my blog is really coming together, and i think it's the best investment i've made for my business. if you have a cropped body camera (like the t3i) i recommend this lens over the high end 85mm, because the 50mm photographs a wider angle.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
This lens is the cream de la crème of lens...
Posted by: Michael from: on
My main camera is the Canon 7D Mark II 50mm f/1.2 is the cream de la crème of lens. All of my lens are L lens and this is my first prime.
If you read other reviews, the issue people talk about is how it loses focus or refocusing issues. In my experience, the lens only lose focus when attempting to take a picture from closer than 18 inches from the subject. At this distance the lens attempts to refocus itself and has a hard time focusing in on the subject. If you wants to take a picture that close, you should purchase a macro lens instead.
It’s a great lens and the fast speed takes a little while to get use to because the depth of field is very shallow. Shooting below f2.8, I can focus on the subjects eyes and their noise is out of focus. If shooting outside on a sunny day at ISO 100, f/1.2 the shutter speed is set at f/4000 because of the amount of light coming through the lens.
Overall, it is a very beautiful lens, well built, look impressive on any camera body, and if used correctly it performs marvelously. The bokeh is very dreamy…