Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
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Probably my favorite lens
RpM_NYC, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: Its not the sharpest L lens that we own (compared to 85L, 70-200L and the sigma 35 art), but il renders beautifully. OOF areas simply melt away making the subject really stand out. The softness of 1.2 (and yes it is softer than the 35L and 85L) actually works really well on portraits. Not everyone wants all the details of their face in crisp detail on pictures. If you purchase this lens don't compare it to the sigma 50 art or go off off of test charts.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I had the Canon 50mm 1.4 Lens and the focusing mechanism broke on it after only having it for 3 years. Because of this, I debated a long time about upgrading to the EF 50mm f1.2L USM Lens. I must say that I am impressed. It is heavier, which I like for my Mark ii 5D. The color rendering is superb and the bokeh is beautiful. It feels more solid and will hopefully give me many years to a lifetime of use.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I bought this lens because I love the creative value in it. I am using it for photographing people and of course landscape including pet photography. The bokeh isreally great, no question about that. I find it super fast and I used it taking photos on wedding and the performance is fast. Others are telling that the result of this lens is kind of soft but I think it is designed as it is.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Extremely solid build, the sturdiest of all my L lenses. Felt like you could throw it against a brick wall and put it back on the camera and keep shooting. Unfortunately I did countless test shots comparing it to my 50mm 1.4 and there was absolutely no difference in image quality whatsoever. In fact, some of the shots with my 2 year old 1.4 were even better. I even tried to micro adjust the lens to my body but it just wasn't sharp at anything less than f2.8-ish.
Excerpt: Excellent for low light use! As it's not much bigger than 50mm f/1.4, I use it as my everyday lens. The focusing is faster than 85mm f/1.2 but still slower than lens with smaller aperture I've used (70-200 2.8, 17-40). The 1.2 aperture can produce a special stirring effect which looks good for me. The most mentioned problem of this lens is the focus shift in f/2-f/4, but not a big problem for me.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: I used this lens mainly for portrait and street shots. Good focal length, great bokeh, however, it does suffer focus shift problem on my copy and it's annoying. At f1.2 it is not as sharp as my 85L II and it doesn't focus as accurate as 85L. I wouldn't say the focus speed of this lens is fast, I think it is on pair with 85L II, if not, worse than it in some situations.
Excerpt: I love the images that this lens produces. The bokeh (blurred background) is incredible and maybe the best I've ever seen from anything I've used. The problem however is the slowness of the auto-focus. My main reason for buying this lens was to great photos of my daughter who is of toddler age. The problem is that she moves around way too much for me to be able to capture the moments with this lens.
Excerpt: Great lens to get good bokeh and it is also good in catching small details. Of course its good for low light conditions. A little hard to focus it perfectly, especially if the subject is moving, but with A LOT of practice you should be able to get it close to perfect. Focus ring is a little noisy while focusing when you record video. Weight is fine, size is great. I also liked that it has the MF/AF option.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction