Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
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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.
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.
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...
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
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
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
Excerpt: After my 1.4 decided to stop auto-focusing twice, once during a wedding assignment, I've decided to splurge on this. I was quite hesitant due to the much negative comments to its focusing issue and of all the lenses I've owned I've never for once had any problems and neither have I seen the need to send to Canon for calibration and... dang, I finally got my virgin experience on the 1.2.
Conclusion: Out of the box, back-focused by approximately 3 mm on my 5D II, which is fixable with either micro-adjustment or sending it in for re-calibration. Compared to my 50mm f/1.4, it had superior bokeh, less vignette, and about the same autofocus speed. But, it was softer than the 50mm f/1.4 all around. Wide open, it had about 3 out of 10 autofocus misses in good light, which was suprisingly bad.
Pros: Superior build quality, Fast auto-focus, less vignette than the 50mm f/1.4 wide open, creamy smooth bokeh
Cons: Semi-sharp images, high miss rate in good light, my copy back-focused by about 3 mm, noticeable fringing under f/2.0, softer than both the 50mm f/1.4 and the 85mm f/1.2