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No Love For The 50mm L?

 
scott ­ rolf
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Aug 22, 2012 13:01 |  #1

I just received my 50mm 1.2L the other week and am LOVING it. I don't see why many of the reviews I have read on some of the other sites treat it like a bastard child. It's not rocket science to figure out how to effectively use the aperture. My resulst have been stellar and I'm not easily impressed. Any love here for the 50L?




  
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Aug 22, 2012 13:05 |  #2

I love mine, wouldn't be without it.


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Aug 22, 2012 13:22 |  #3

To have one in order to appreciate it.


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Aug 22, 2012 13:27 |  #4

The main complaints about the 50L is its focus shift i believe. I know i am in a love/hate relationship with my 50 1.4. The only reason i would upgrade is if I knew for certain I would have a higher focus hit rate with it.

Although i do wish i knew someone with one that i could try out. haha


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Aug 22, 2012 13:43 as a reply to  @ Brendo666's post |  #5

Just struck out with one. -20 MA on 5DII, everything close up looks okay above f/2, anything over 6 feet away looks soft at any aperture. Sa-weeet! So today is a bye bye day for her, going back ..


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Aug 22, 2012 13:48 |  #6

scott rolf wrote in post #14892438 (external link)
I just received my 50mm 1.2L the other week and am LOVING it. I don't see why many of the reviews I have read on some of the other sites treat it like a bastard child. It's not rocket science to figure out how to effectively use the aperture. My resulst have been stellar and I'm not easily impressed. Any love here for the 50L?

Among the best L lenses indeed. I have been thinking about a getting a 5DM3 and placing this lens permanently on it.


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Aug 22, 2012 14:53 |  #7

I have yet to try it using manual focus as my AF results are so-far so-good.
Any comments about manual focus on this?




  
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Aug 22, 2012 14:54 |  #8

Love mine.


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Aug 22, 2012 18:32 |  #9

It's my favorite lens. And I already have the 35L, 85L II and 135L. Of the primes, the 85L II is the closest I have to a love/hate, mostly because of its slooooowwww focus.




  
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Aug 22, 2012 21:59 |  #10

I just got mine a couple of days ago. I've only taken a couple of backyard shots with it so far, but it still made me swoon. I can't wait to get out there and put it through its paces!

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Aug 22, 2012 22:57 |  #11

It is a great lens, but unless you are using it wide open (or close to), I can't justify the price. I see it as a specialty lens, not your typical normal prime. That being said, I do miss mine quite a bit (just traded it for a 7D+cash). I needed another body more than F1.2. Hopefully I will enjoy my new Sigma 50 almost as much as the 50L.


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Aug 22, 2012 22:59 |  #12

snakedoc wrote in post #14893751 (external link)
It's my favorite lens. And I already have the 35L, 85L II and 135L. Of the primes, the 85L II is the closest I have to a love/hate, mostly because of its slooooowwww focus.

Would back button focusing help in this case? I'm not a back button shooter though, I have yet to get used to it.




  
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Aug 22, 2012 23:00 |  #13

shinyknights wrote in post #14894708 (external link)
Would back button focusing help in this case? I'm not a back button shooter though, I have yet to get used to it.

With the AI-Servo




  
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Aug 22, 2012 23:03 |  #14

shinyknights wrote in post #14894710 (external link)
With the AI-Servo

Exactly, that is how I used it. At F1.2, you're going to have throw aways - probably 50% or more. I found the AF speed to be more than acceptable given the optics involved. It is considerably faster than the 85L.


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Aug 22, 2012 23:17 |  #15

My 50L is spot on, I love mine to death. Just a friendly reminder, you will easily miss focus when shooting wide open using the center AF point and recompose your shot.


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