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8.7 out of 10

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

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Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

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Overall 4
4.0

I really wanted to love this lens

GP Photo, B&H Photo
19 April 2013
  • Excerpt: I am a commercial and portrait photographer and have used the 50mm f/1.4 lens for years. I have the 85 f/1.2 and have been loving it. I was realizing that I might actually want to buy the 50 f/1.2 and possibly get rid of the 85mm and the 50mm that I already have. So, I pulled the trigger. And I love the feel, the size and the weight. It is a beautiful lens, but I wanted to see some improvement over the f/1.4 lens and at least as good wide open as the 85 1.2.
  • Pros: Strong Construction
  • Cons: Blurry Focus
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Overall 4
4.0

Less than satisfied

Adorama
17 September 2012
  • Excerpt: Autofocus performed poorly. Only center dot was relatively accurate on my 5D Mark III. My 50 1.4 af is spot on on all AF points. This was my second copy.
  • Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Blurry Focus
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Overall 4
4.0

Not Happy

p6889k, B&H Photo
24 July 2012
  • Excerpt: This was my second attempt to buy this lens. The first time was 3 years ago and had to return it due to strong front focusing and poor image quality at wider apertures. This time around the picture quality seemed a lot better, but I still experienced front focusing issues at wide apertures and back focusing at small apertures (probably due to the famous focus shift). If you're going to buy this lens make sure you know what you're getting into.
  • Pros: Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
  • Cons: Focusing Issues
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 2
2.0
Features 6
6.0
Performance 4
4.0
Overall quality 4
4.0

focus issues

alex wedding phot, Canon
25 February 2012
  • Conclusion: Slow focus, annoying front focusing issue (on 5D MkII and 60D). better built than 1.4, but in terms of images no different than 1.4. will try another copy.
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Overall 4
4.0

focus issues

alex wedding phot, Adorama
25 February 2012
  • Excerpt: Slow focus, annoying front focusing issue (on 5D MkII and 60D). better built than 1.4, but in terms of images no different than 1.4. will try another copy.
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Overall 4
4.0

Less bang for the bug

Bulldoozer, B&H Photo
28 November 2011
  • Excerpt: I already have the 50mm F 1.8 and the 1.4 version bud i became iterested in this 1.2 version because iam taking pictures many times ate night to get a higher Tv speed whit the same ISO settings.So i rent it a vieuw days.In comparing to the 1.4 version you have to pay 1100euros more for just a half F stop of light.It has also a much slower AF than the 1.4 which makes it more difficult too use for street photography.For portraits F 1.2 is way too less depth off field.Every...
  • Pros: Strong Construction
  • Cons: Slow Focus
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Overall 4
4.0

Not up to the L series level

SierraObscura, B&H Photo
25 November 2011
  • Excerpt: The chromatic aberration on this lens is terrible. Every shadow/highlight in every picture I take has a noticeable red or cyan line. This is a problem in the cheaper low end lenses but I've come to expect more of the L series lenses. Also, it recently fell apart. Literally, everything from the focus ring forward separated from the lens and fell off. I bought it new 6 months ago.
  • Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
  • Cons: Chromatic abberation, Heavy, Weak Casing
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 4
4.0
Features 6
6.0
Performance 4
4.0
Overall quality 8
8.0

Followup to first review

Stuart, Canon
8 January 2011
  • Conclusion: This is a followup to my first review on July 7, 2009 titled "Disappointment". I returned the 50mm f/1.2 lens that I had reviewed for a full refund. Several months later I purchased a second copy, which I am reviewing here. In the same manner as I had evaluated the first copy, I used the second copy with my 5D II for a day. I snapped about 400 images of my kids and objects inside and outside the house.
  • Pros: Superior build quality, less vignette wide open than the 50/1.4, creamy smooth bokeh
  • Cons: Semi-sharp images, inaccurate autofocus, fringing under f/2.0
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Overall 4
4.0

Followup to first review

Adorama
8 January 2011
  • Excerpt: This is a followup to my first review on July 7, 2009 titled "Disappointment". I returned the 50mm f/1.2 lens that I had reviewed for a full refund. Several months later I purchased a second copy, which I am reviewing here. In the same manner as I had evaluated the first copy, I used the second copy with my 5D II for a day. I snapped about 400 images of my kids and objects inside and outside the house.
  • Pros: creamy smooth bokeh, less vignette wide open than the 50/1.4, Superior build quality
  • Cons: fringing under f/2.0, Inaccurate AutoFocus, Semi-sharp images
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 2
2.0
Features 8
8.0
Performance 6
6.0
Overall quality 6
6.0

A specialist lens

Melo, Canon
23 December 2010
  • Conclusion: This lens is a specialist lens, perhaps good for scientific applications but its size and weight as a 50mm lens makes it impractical as a "standard" lens. I decided to try this expensive lens as a replacement for my faulty 50/1.4 after the AF motor stopped working. Having used it for a month I am afraid to say that this is certainly the Canon lens that I am least satisfied with.
  • Pros: Superior build quality
  • Cons: Slow auto-focus, Semi-sharp images, over priced, too bulky
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