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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM 35mm Primes

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)


  • MPN1257B002
    Product ID36577810
    Weight19.2 oz
    Length2.6 in
    Lens TypeFixed Focal Length Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance17.76 in
    Diameter3.4 in
    Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Attachment / Filter Size72 mm
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focal Length50mm
    Groups / Elements8 Elements in 6 Groups
    Lens Max Aperturef/1.2
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountCanon EF

Product Description

The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is a peerless standard prime lens featuring an ultra-large aperture for a narrow depth of field and soft background blur so loved by photographers everywhere. The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is suitable for any shooting situation; its lens coating and construction are optimized to minimize the ghosting and flare that frequently occurs when lenses are used with digital cameras. This high-performance, weather-resistant lens delivers all the superb image resolution and contrast you expect in a Canon L Series Lens.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug Vann a Expert

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2012

Strengths:    Build quality
Sharpness
f1.2
low light shooting without flash


Weaknesses:    Expensive

Bottom Line:   
I bought this lens to use on my Canon 5D2. Feels like a well balanced fit on the camera. Produces sharp images with great background blur. Have had it a week and have no even used the flash with it yet. Expensive - but you get what you pay for.... I would recommend this lens to the serious user who doesn't mind spending to get the best quality. Great for portraits but I have also done some outdoor shots and they turned out excellent......

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   Forest City Image Ce

Similar Products Used:   Sigma 50f1.4
Canon 50f1.8


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Professional

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2010

Strengths:    The colours are awesome and focal length provides more flexibility over the 85mm, particularly in smaller rooms. Quick focus and of course, the depth of field is priceless.

Weaknesses:    No zoom

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic piece of glass. The colours are awesome and focal length provides more flexibility over the 85mm, particularly in smaller rooms. Quick focus and of course, the depth of field is priceless.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   85mm 1.2

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gab3x a Expert

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2010

Strengths:    IQ
Contrast
Saturation
Sharpness
Build


Weaknesses:    Price

Bottom Line:   
This lens has suffered some really harsh reviews in the past both by expert reviews as well as by the public on the forums. Reading the reviews it seems like from mid 2009 they all started to turn around and the reports of focus shifting and blurry images have slowly dies down. Has Canon really responded to bad press and changed its production to a new set of higher quality? We’ll never know but I do wish all those, just like me, who really like the idea of this lens but never bought it because of the bad press do give it a go as it is worth the risk. The lens is excellent.

Read the full detailed review I made on http://www.ignphotography.com/2010/03/review-canon-ef-50mm-f1-2-l-usm-lens/ or watch a short video on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fge2IpSUq-A

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Kodak Centar

Similar Products Used:   Canon EF 50mm f1.4

Type of photography:   Fine Art


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pierre FONDER a Expert

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2010

Bottom Line:   
Very sharp lens giving very good results on portraits with a 5D M2 ...very soft light and blurred backgrounds.
Need real accuracy on focusing to avoid focusing on the wrong part of the face.
better to use it in manual.
It's really a high class lens.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Japan

Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by yesimaddicted a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2009

Strengths:    Clear, clean, beautiful

Weaknesses:    not good with auto focus. In general its hard to get it perfect focus wit auto. Not fast for sure and with moving objects its just hit or miss.

Bottom Line:   
Such a sharp lens. my first high quality lens that i have owned and it blows all other cheap glass out of the water. It brings the quality up with such beautiful focus. Has hard time with autofocus

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Purchased At:   Amazon

Similar Products Used:   Nikkon version

Type of photography:   Outdoor



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