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.
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. I was also told that the sweet spot for this lens is f/8.0. Completely unacceptable. I regret purchasing this lens and Canon still has not corrected the problem or fixed my lens.
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. I tried on two Canon cameras and I could reproduce the problem. The problem appears random. Shooting outdoor seems fine. I have submitted my request for an exchange.
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 close.Obviously this lens is defective, but this is my second copy and helps me little now working out of the country. Save your money. This lens is junk.
Summary: Dear interested buyer(s) of this wonderfully presented Canon EF-50mm F1.2L MkII lens. It's most unfortunate to inform you guys out there that this product don't exist at all. I've written an email to Canon USA with query regarding this MkII and got a reply from them, stating that they've only so far produced one version of it. That is, the EF-50mm F1.2L MkI !!!
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. Plus, I'm sure there are other copies that don't backfocus. Cons: Where it was in focus was very soft wide-open until about f/2.0. Above f/2.0 it was maybe 10% softer than the 50mm f/1.4 lens.
Excerpt: The infamous focus shift issue is still there in spades. The most recent copy I tested had a date code of UW07xx. It shifted pretty badly. When it nails the AF, this lens can be as good as the 85L. However if like me, you also shoot within 4-5ft of the subject and between the apertures of f2-f5.6, beware of the focus shift. VERY FRUSTRATING...so much potential, yet such a glaring design flaw. What were they thinking?!?