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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, reviewed by aldownie

 
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Jul 08, 2015 16:09 |  #16

I've been shooting with this lens a lot lately, even though I've owned it for a few years. It's such an outstanding lens. It's color, contrast and bokah are incredible.


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Jul 18, 2015 06:59 |  #17

windpig wrote in post #17625034 (external link)
I've been shooting with this lens a lot lately, even though I've owned it for a few years. It's such an outstanding lens. It's color, contrast and bokah are incredible.

I used to use Sigma 35MM ART on my 60D pretty much 90% of the time (Equivalent focal length of 50mm).
Since getting the 5D mk3, I really don't use the Sigma 35mm ART as I don't really like that perspective for a prime I have to be honest.
If I have to have at least 1 prime, it should be the 50mm. That is why I might get it ...


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Sep 09, 2015 02:42 |  #18

I have this lens, your review reads exactly as my own experience, thank-you! Also really appreciate the 50mm comparison link!


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Apr 27, 2016 10:34 |  #19

I could not justify the price of a new EF 50mm f/1.2 but I recently got it second hand at CashConverters.
It behaves exactly as you describe. You go full open, you lose contrast and you get CA al over the place.

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You stop it down and it is as sharp as you need it to be. This is at f/2.0.

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There is no arguing that the Sigma gives you better overall sharpness. Billions and billions of test pictures prove it.
What made my choice was the problems people have signaled wth the Sigma autofocus and the weather sealing that actually can make a difference where I live in the tropic at the seaside.

And of course as you nicely put it, the pixel fairy who sings her siren songs for silly people like me.
I like the softness and the loss of contrast full open. Probably there are others like me as the lense remains so hard to get at a reasonable price in the used market.

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May 11, 2016 09:08 as a reply to garbidz's post |  #20

I always forget about places like Cash Converters when I'm on the lookout for lenses. Did you get a good deal? Did you just stumble across it, or did you find it on their website?


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May 17, 2016 02:44 as a reply to UKmitch86's post |  #21

They advertised it on 'Leboncoin' which is a French sell-and-buy site.
Most of the time, the stuff is priced to move. I paid 780 euros. According to the production number, the lens is about ten years old but with no signs of wear.


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Jun 30, 2016 06:08 |  #22

I purchased this lens when my husband had a better paying job so I could afford to spoil myself, I also purchased the 135F2L and 200 F2.8L. At the same time. I do love primes. :-)

When I first got the 50L I played with it for a while then put it away. When our income changed and we needed some cash urgently I dragged out some lenses and sold two. The 50L was on the list to go along with my 100L macro and my fisheye but something told me to hold back.

I was not using it much at all so decided to really start using it and since then I've fallen in love with it and cant really part with it.

There is just something about it I cant put my finger on that I really love. Its not perfect by a long way but I find it really good as a walk around on my full frame, on my crop camera its really sharp and like having an 85mm lens. Everything in your review is how I see it as well.


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Jul 20, 2016 16:22 |  #23

Thanks for taking the time to do this review. As a result, this lens is on my short list for a future purchase. Thanks!




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Nov 08, 2016 00:15 |  #24

Thanks for the quite indepth review




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Dec 16, 2016 05:47 |  #25

My experiences are quite similar. Very quirky lens, but it is SUPERB when it hits. And when it does it, the magic is quite noticable as compared to some of my other lenses.


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Dec 30, 2016 06:06 |  #26

PCousins wrote in post #17347819 (external link)
I very much enjoyed reading your review on this lens. Very informative. Although I do not own this lens but would love to, I am not surprised how it behaves how you say. I own the 1.4 version but I'm hoping sooner or later that Canon will release a mk2 version which hopefully will overcome some of the issues that are experienced when shooting wide open.

I have the 1.8 version, and am looking into the 1.4 version. What issues do you speak of?

Regarding the review.......very nice review. Your explanations seem to be on point with other reviews I have read. Seems like a nice lens, but out of my price range.


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Jan 28, 2017 21:04 |  #27

I have the 50L on a 6D and love it. I call it my low light buster...




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Apr 01, 2017 04:01 |  #28

This is a great review. I've been waiting for the right moment to pull the trigger on the 50L. I am convinced that I need this lens if I want to continue with my professional photography. I've used both the 50mm 1.8 and 1.4, and so far both are just "meh" to me. From my understanding, people vouch that this lens produces "magical" images. Your review seems to reassure that, so thank you for sharing!


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Apr 03, 2017 06:58 |  #29

After owning the old FD 50L, I knew my digital lens collection would include the EF version. After nearly ten years of use, I'm still more than happy, especially after mounting it on my 6D. Great review, thanks.




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Nov 17, 2017 08:33 |  #30

Great review!!!

Had this lens for a while (Owned the Sigmalux before it) and you described its quirks perfectly. Reluctantly sold it with the intention of adding a Tamron 35/85 f1.8 combo to my lineup. Finances changed shortly after it sold and the void is still open, but yesterday I was going through old photos from the 50L and had a pretty strong rush of regret :cry:

When used correctly the 50L is a fantastic and unique lens.


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