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Canon - EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Standard Lens - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 159 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    That magazine look

    Posted
    dmf122
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    First let me say that if money is an issue, turn back around. I've used the 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8 STM extensively and they are superb lenses. I actually own the 50mm f/1.8 STM if I'm just casually shooting or weight is an issue. Second, for anyone who is worried about focus issues please read AF section below. That said, if you are looking for top quality glass, Zeiss comparable glass, and money is not that important, BUY THIS BEAST. Paired on my 5D Mark IV this lens has produced some of the sharpest images I've captured to date. See sample images. Build quality is excellent, color reproduction is outstanding and its hard to say what it is exactly but this lens produces images that just look like they were straight out of a high fashion catalog. Weather sealing is really nice since I like to take my gear out in New England blizzards :). Important things to note: -This lens requires photography skill. Auto-mode (green A+ mode) should be forgotten about when using this lens. Av mode or M mode I recommend depending on what you are looking to do. -Below f/2.8 I recommend manually setting one single focus point for AF. Below f/2.0 manually setting a single AF point on your camera is absolutely crucial. Focusing on someone's nose for example by accident would cause the majority of the individual's face to be out of focus. Yes, it is that sensitive. The small change in depth from nose to face below f/2.0 can have that big of an impact, so AF is not a problem, it needs to be managed. Yes, it is expensive but at f/1.2 there is a tremendous amount of high quality glass on this beast. See attached photos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bokeh Master: Canon 50mm 1.2 L

    Posted
    barnwellh

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great (but tricky) Lens

    Posted
    GoMiamiHEAT
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    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This lens is the cream de la crème of lens...

    Posted
    Michael
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    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…

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No Substitute

    Posted
    tommybass40
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    In 2016 I found myself shooting a lot of weddings and then decided to switch from zooms to primes (crazy, right?). I had the Canon 50mm f/1.4 version (purchased from Best Buy) and used it for a short time until I soon figured out that for my professional work to really shine, I needed the best of the best tools to do it. There's a lot varying reviews around the internet about the Canon 50mm f/1.2 but I'm telling you, after moving from the 1.4 to the 1.2, there is a BIG difference in the sharpness and contrast in the 1.2 version. Shooting from f1.2 to f1.8 is tricky, you can't be lazy, move the focus points, manually focus if you have to, but if you're careful you can pull it off for insane DOF and creamy bokeh. Shooting at f/2.0 to f/2.5 though, IMO, is where this lens blows away all others. The f1.4 version you had to stop down to f/2.8 for sharpness. However, during the reception when the lights are low and it's dark outside, the difference between f2 and f2.8 is huge. Is it worth 4 times the price of the 1.4 version? If you're a professional, the answer is clearly yes. If you're a hobbyist, then probably not. However, I'm happy I finally bit the bullet and went with the 1.2. It is simply an incredible lens and worth every penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good lens... For a niche crowd

    Posted
    Alex
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    I went into this purchase understanding the incredibly thin depth of field and knowing how hard that can be to work with. I've worked with f1.4 before, which is close enough. However, the real issue with this lens lies in how prone it is to back or front focus issues, which of course, my copy had, in some cases, severely. If I was ever close to an object, it was very likely to focus behind what I was trying to focus on, well beyond the minimum focusing distance, too. Its construction is admirable and like any Canon L lens, I cannot fault it. It feels incredibly solid, though I do wish it was fully weather-sealed straight out of the box, no filter needed... At this pricepoint it amazes me that Canon can't manage that for their customers. The other main con is the price and this ultimately is what makes me unable to recommend this lens. Reviewers have shown that in some cases the far cheaper Canon 50mm f1.4 is, oddly so, sharper and has less chromatic aberration! This should not be the case, as the 1.4 is even older than the L 1.2! See Christopher Frost's comparison on YouTube for what I am talking about. Tony and Chelsea Northrup also compare this to the Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art (new lens) and it basically loses. Is, what, a third of an f stop truly worth $900 more in the case of the Canon 1.4 comparison, or $400 more in the case of the Sigma 1.4 Art comparison? You be the judge. I've made my decision and no longer own it for these reasons.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gold Medal

    Posted
    TJDeRinger
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    In 2016 I found myself shooting a lot of weddings and then decided to switch from zooms to primes (crazy, right?). I had the Canon 50mm f/1.4 version (purchased from Best Buy) and used it for a short time until I soon figured out that for my professional work to really shine, I needed the best of the best tools to do it. There's a lot varying reviews around the internet about the Canon 50mm f/1.2 but I'm telling you, after moving from the 1.4 to the 1.2, there is a BIG difference in the sharpness and contrast in the 1.2 version. Shooting from f1.2 to f1.8 is tricky, you can't be lazy, move the focus points, manually focus if you have to, but if you're careful you can pull it off for insane DOF and creamy bokeh. Shooting at f/2.0 to f/2.5 though, IMO, is where this lens blows away all others. The f1.4 version you had to stop down to f/2.8 for sharpness. However, during the reception when the lights are low and it's dark outside, the difference between f2 and f2.8 is huge. Is it worth 4 times the price of the 1.4 version? If you're a professional, the answer is clearly yes. If you're a hobbyist, then probably not. However, I'm happy I finally bit the bullet and went with the 1.2. It is simply an incredible lens and worth every penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great lens, but the f1.4 would have been smarter

    Posted
    Billy
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    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding image quality!

    Posted
    Thia

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!

    Posted
    cherieee
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    simply awesome. worth ever penny so far

    Posted
    leonsitu
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    If you are in the market for a prime lens. This is the dude you need if you want your money's worth.. I bought the Canon 1.8 STM (will return to amazon).. That things make noises when lens tries to focus.. The 1.2 is much smoother.. I also thought about going with the Tamron 45mm at f 1.8.. but didn't like what others have said about that lens.. I am so glad I bought this little guy.. Smooth focus, Fast.. and you can shoot fully open and get excellent picture. The results speak for it self.. Shooting with 5D Mark IV + 50mm f 1.2 will probably be my go to combo.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great lens

    Posted
    LM12
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    I have been using the 50mm f1.4 the past year, easy to pick up and a great all around lens. I bought the 50mm f1.2 to shoot at f1.2 and found it to be a bit tricky at first compared to the f1.4 (making sure I aim for the eyes, distance between me, the subject, and background for desired bokeh, etc.) First thing I noticed was better saturation and bokeh with the f1.2. Maybe it's my eyes but it does seem sharper than the f1.4. Beautiful lens, a little better results than the f1.4 but I hope to experiment more with it. I wouldn't recommend it to a beginner, the f1.4 would be fine. Definitely for the more advanced.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super Sharp photos

    Posted
    LoveMovies
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WOW!

    Posted
    MONDOTREKKER
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    This lens is another example of Canon "L" glass excellence. Super bright and sharp. By far the best 50mm lens I've ever used. The pix are phenomenal. I questioned the wisdom of paying the price for a standard f1.2 lens until I reviewed the pix. This lens delivered some of the best pix of my European trip. I was able to get pix at much lower ISO & the bokeh is soooo lovely! I've never used 50mm much in the past but will be using this one a lot in the future. AF is almost instantaneous and super accurate even low light. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The”Best” 50mm Lens

    Posted
    George
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    I have several Canon zooms (16-35mm f/4L, 24-70mm f/2.8L II and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II), but have been wanting to add a 50mm prime to my collection. After much research I decided to pull the trigger and purchased the Canon 50mm f/1.2L and now I regret waiting so long. Once you understand the capabilities of this lens you don’t want to take it off your camera. Yes it does take some practice, but that’s part of the fun. Pricey yes, but worth the investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing for Product Shots

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    Chromecast
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    I bought this lense right before heading to a client’s to snap some product shots. I wasn’t sure how good it would be, but after using it, I was blown away. It captures amazing detail while also being far enough to give some beautiful context. I would highly recommend this lense for anyone product shots, or otherwise detailed shots

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect in every way!

    Posted
    Gamer
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    I have purchased three of these lenses over the years and each time I sell one and replace it, I have no regrets. Now I know you are asking why I sell my prior lenses and they just get so used and banged up I just want new ones. I just love this lens. Yes, I have many other 50mm but I always try to use this one more since it just takes GREAT photos with my my 1DX MkII. Spend the extra and get this lens, you'll thank me later!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens!

    Posted
    Mirwin
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    Great lens, I had difficulty deciding on this particular lens after reading several negative reviews. But. the good ones convinced me. I'm not sorry... The quality is superb and the images are flawless. The depth-of-field is amazing as is the bokeh. Keep in mind that the narrow depth of field can be finicky as can the auto focus. Great for low light shooting. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Must Have Lens in your Quiver

    Posted
    Aubs
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    This lens is amazing! It's definitely a lot more expensive than the 1.8, and 1.4 but I've owned both those and if you're using the lens for work, it's worth the upgrade. Wide open at 1.2 and the bokeh is creamy while maintaining sharpness and clarity to your target subject. The color, depth, darks and whites are noticeably more crisp with this compared to the other Canon 50's. Stoked ok this purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unfortunately fantastic

    Posted
    Rachaelmae
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    I was hoping this wasn’t as good as I heard, but it is. This was a somewhat spontaneous purchase although backed by plenty of time and research. This with my Canon 80d truly brings my photos to life, adds so much depth and character and I feel like it will stay glued to my body.

    I would recommend this to a friend