Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
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Bee, B&H Photo
7 November 2013
Excerpt: Have only managed to shoot with the lens once. Every image was soft. Had to work my way through every image taken on a very busy day during Fashion Week to salvage anything from the day. I have given this a 1 star rating only because the system has made do it. My actual rating is no stars.
Excerpt: I was looking forward to owning this lens. When my lens arrived I tested the lens and to my disappointment it seems defective. When I shoot indoor aiming at the wall next to ceiling light, a prominent yellow strip appears across the image.
Excerpt: Bottom line. If the minimum focus distance on this lens is 17.7 inches, it should be tack sharp at 2-3 feet away on a tripod. I've tested two separate brand new lenses and each returned blurry images. I used black and white text of varying sizes on flat paper to make sure it wasn't a DOF issue.
Summary: I purchased this lens 2 years ago and it was amazing. After less than a year, I began having focusing issues (drifting focus). If I focused on right eye, left eye or behind my subject may be in focus. I've sent it into Canon 3 times over the past year and it still has problems and is unusable.
Excerpt: [...]This is my second copy of the 1.2 and it feels great, wonderful color and contrast, but the focusing is total junk. I have tried to use the lens with manual focus due to auto issues, but despite a sharp focus point achieved manually in the viewfinder, the resulting image is nowhere...
Summary: Pros: Creamy smooth bokeh, good build, focused as fast as the 50mm f/1.4 (not faster), rich colors, and great contrast. Neutral: Mine backfocused by 3mm, which was not an issue because it is fixable on the 5D II, or I could have sent it in for re-calibration.