Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
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Dani, B&H Photo
2 December 2014
Excerpt: I decided to invest in this lens because I am very comfortable working with the 50 mm 1.4 prime lens from when I worked as a contractor for a photography company. I am now starting my own. I'm surprised at how soft pictures come out at times with this one. I understand now what other reviewers meant when they talked about back focusing problems and not always getting tact sharp pictures. Of course, in the end, a lens is only as good as its photographer.
Excerpt: This lens is not worth the inflated price. The 50mm 1.8 does nearly as good for just over $. I suppose the materials & workmanship are a lot more costly, but it is certainly not 16 times better than the 1.8. It is also very heavy for a small lens.
Excerpt: Great for low light but does not focus as fast as my 85 1.2 so I am a little bummed about that. It is soft at anything lower than 2.0, which also bums me out. I expected more from this lens but I have even put my 1.4 back on over this lens due to its unreliability at anything less that 2.0 and sometimes even 2.2, I am a often low light wedding photographer so the fstops are my priority....
Pros: Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This lens is as bipolar as the reviews make it out to be. I'll start this off by saying that I returned my copy of the 50L after one week of use. When this lens focused correctly, it spat out some phenomenal photos that were distinctive and beautifully rendered. It sucks in light like a super massive black hole and isolates subjects from just about anything. The lens is light (compared to the 85L and 70-200 - weighs pretty much the same as a 135L or 35L) and compact.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: I got this as a lens to use at weddings in low light. shooting at 1.2 has a great look to it. this lens has a downside with a much MUCH slower autofocus than i expected and it seems to blow out highlights consistently regardless to what the camera is set on...i'm always compensating for -2 stops in the daytime, and manually focusing at night. Thought it would be much faster than the 85 1.2 but its not. Much lighter though and easier to carry.
Pros: Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This is a great lens with one fault. It is much sharper than the 1.4 model and the bokeh is simply beautiful. I do wish it was faster at focusing though. The auto focus is not that great and in low light it is particularly slow which is surprising given the huge aperture. I am happy though with my purchase.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Sharp, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I use this lens for portraits mainly. While I do love the result of the photos when they are sharp, especially the bokeh, I often have trouble with it not focusing tac sharp a lot. On top of that it is very slow to focus. I'm nervous to use it for a wedding only because I don't want to miss the shot.