Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
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No dislikes, just a great lens.
2 January 2014
Summary: Purchased this lens for shooting video on the Canon 5DM3. It actually hurt a little to buy this lens as it's in no way a cheap upgrade. So many other lenses out there for this camera that are more affordable but so few that match it's quality and performance. I also purchased another L series Canon lens with the camera, the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. Although a very nice lens it does not have the speed that this lens offers.
Summary: For the most part I have not been that interested in the 50mm focal length, since in the past I found it a somewhat boring. Many say 50mm is what the eyes â€œseeâ€� and thus it is a very intuitive and natural focal length for most people. I suppose this is true, and one of the reasons I have not been drawn to it since I like to offer a more interesting perspective with my photography. Canonâ€™s 35mm 1.4 has been my go to lens when I only wanted to carry one prime.
Pros: Nice Bokeh. Quick AF. Decent Sharpness Even in Corners
Cons: $$$ Too Expensive When Compared To The 1.4. 85 1.2 is Sharper With Better Bokeh
Summary: I love this lens! It is not the easiest to use, and it is a little finicky from body to body (mine works best on my 5D2 and 1D3, not quite as precise for AF on my 1Ds3, but still usable wide open). Amazing color and tonality. Great bokeh -- looks even better on computer screen than in viewfinder. This lens will make you look like a better photographer than you are! This lens, along with 24TSE II and 100L Macro, are my best primes.
Pros: Great "look" wide open to f/2, super sharp from f/2.8 on. Love the color!
Cons: I love this lens! It is not the easiest to use, and it is a little finicky from body to body (mine works best on my 5D2 and 1D3, not quite as precise for AF on my 1Ds3, but still usable wide open).
Conclusion: love this lens. i have a 5D mark 1 w/ came with the 24-105L as a kit so im used to the vivid colors of the L lens. been using it for awhile but got tired of shooting indoors! so i bought a 1.8 just to try out, love the result, no stalling , quick focus etc. since using this for a awile i decided the 50mm is all i need for what i use the camera for so then i sold the 24-105 and the 50 to get this. im so glad and happier eversince!
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images
Summary: Look, you are buying this lens mainly for one thing: f/1.2 Forget about the sharpness at f/1.2, because the rest of the picture will blow you away. Sharpness gives you high score on a spec sheet, but does not guarantee a good picture. If you do desire a tack-sharp picture, just stop it down to f/1.4 or f/1.6. Have used this on a 40D and 5D MkIII. Results on both are generally great.
Pros: f/1.2, sharpness at f>1.4, practically no distortion