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Canon 50 F1.4 Vs 50 F1.2l Lenses

 
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Aug 26, 2012 01:45 |  #1

How do the Canon 50 F1.4 and 50 F1.2L lenses compare to each other?Which has a better IQ and sharper?Which has better contrast and color rendering?Which focusses faster?And lastly,if the 50 F1.2L is better,would it be worth getting it over the 50 F1.4?
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Aug 26, 2012 09:23 |  #2

I own, have used, and consider both the 50 1.2L and the 50 1.4 great lenses. From my real world experience, the L has better bokeh, color/contrast at all apertures, and better build quality. The auto focus accuracy/consistency of the L is much better than the non-L wider than f2.8 (as good as my other L primes), and they are about the same smaller than f2.8. The non-L focuses insignificantly faster in good light. The L’s low light auto focusing ability is extraordinary. Better than any of my other fast L primes. It will literally snap into focus in a dark room where other lenses just hunt and fail. It’s downright difficult to make the L flare. Both lenses are sharp. The L is slightly but noticeably sharper wider than f2, somewhere between f2 and f2.8 they become the same, and I can’t see a difference smaller than f2.8.

If you frequently shoot wider than f2 or in low light situations, then the L is well worth the extra money. If most of your shots are smaller than f2.8, it isn’t. If you shoot mostly in between or at a wide range of apertures, then let your wallet be your guide.

Good Luck with your decision.


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Aug 26, 2012 10:43 |  #3

I have owned both. The build is absolutely better on the L, but the f1.4 isn't bad. Autofocus speed is similar, as is accuracy. Some L copies experience a pronounced focus shift - mine did not. In the end, I sold mine to get another body. I didn't use f1.2 enough to justify the expense.


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Aug 26, 2012 14:23 |  #4

photozone.de tests show MTF scores (render details with contrast) are better all across the f/stop range in the 50mm f/1.4 lens!

Throughout the history of photography, fast lenses like f/1.2 and faster typically are designed for speed first, to permit the photographer to make a shot when no shot would otherwise be possible.

the Canon f/0.95 lens was fast, but a bit 'soft' especially at the edges and suffering in particular from coma...points of light photograph with little tails (like those of a comet). Lots of folks loved the 'dreamy' look.


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Aug 26, 2012 18:41 |  #5

here is 50L @1.2 use default sharpening.

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Aug 26, 2012 19:25 |  #6

Lens rentals did a good comparison. This gets beat into the bush a million times over. No clear winner in the 50s


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