Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Review

by admin on March 30, 2010

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens

The Canon 50mm f/1.2L lens is the fastest 50mm prime lens in Canon’s lineup. It is weather sealed to hold out water and dust, has an exceptional build quality and contains the highest quality Canon optics. The 50mm f/1.2 has peerless color and contrast at low aperture settings.

Additionally, backgrounds blur effects are easily obtained and peerless when compared to other lenses due to the extra large depth of field offered by the 50mm f/1.2. As always, Canon “L series” optics deliver the best resolution, high contrast, sharpness and perfect color retention. Moreover, the optics control flare very well.

The 50mm f/1.2 is the choice of high level professional photographers who need high performance tools for shooting effectively in low light conditions. It is not recommended for use by those looking for a versatile all-around lens. The 50mm f/1.2 is normally used for very specific applications.

Canon 50mm f/1.2L USM Features

  • Prime Lens
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Maximum aperture of f/1.2
  • Filter Size: 72mm
  • Optics: 8 Elements in 6 Groups
  • Canon Micro UltraSonic Motor (USM) provides fast and accurate focusing.
  • Weight: 545g
  • Canon EF Mount

What Users Like About This Lens

Many claim that the Canon 50mm f/1.2 produces the highest quality results of any 50mm prime lens from f/1.2-f/2.0. At low apertures and in low light conditions images are sharper and contain more contrast than comparable competitors. Additionally, photographers admire the depth of field of this lens. It is frequently applied in situations where a background blur out is desired. Moreover, the build quality of the 50mm f/1.2 is exceptional. It is completely water sealed and dust proof and will stand up to years of abuse.

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What Users Don’t Like About This Lens

Unfortunately, the Canon 50mm f/1.2 is heavier, larger and more expensive than all other Canon 50mm prime lenses. Photographers willing to pay for this lens are often after the best performing lens in low light conditions or from f/1.2-f/2.0. Many have noticed that other Canon 50mm prime lenses such as the f/1.4 revision are actually better performers at mid-range apertures.

t around f/5.6 and f/8, images produced by the 50mm f/1.2 are slightly less sharp and contain less contrast than those from other Canon prime lenses. While these are drawbacks for the average user, a professional who requires the added benefit of extremely low apertures and the need for a large depth of field will find this lens worth the money.

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Canon 50mm f/1.2L USM Sample Photos

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Sample Photo

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