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Contrast9.5
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Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM, reviewed by mdvaden

 
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Dec 02, 2018 18:24 |  #1

For ratings, I knocked a few categories down from a 10 because certain lenses will definitely surpass. Say ... a Canon 200mm f/2.0 prime for Bokeh, etc.. But otherwise, this Canon RF 50mm 1.2 is as good or better than practially any lens I've ever owned and used. Maybe in part to mounting on the EOS R, but we'll probably never know on any DSLR with an EF mount. I went the full 10 for got what I expected and intended use, because the lens exceeded what I gleaned from reviews. For sharpness, I've never shot with anything sharper, but I'm assuming there's a sharper tool in the drawer out there somewhere, so I reserved a hint of rating in that regard.

The RF 50mm 1.2 focuses as fast or faster than my 135mm 1.2. The Bokeh, rendering and color for portraits and redwood forest are on par with the Zeiss Milvus 85mm 1.4 that I owned. The bokeh is darn close to my 85mm 1.2. And the lens out-performs the EF 50mm 1.2 I just sent away for consignment. If I could have IS on the RF 50mm like the EF 85mm 1.4 that would be icing on the cake. But there's really nothing I don't like about the RF 50mm 1.2. The size is good, the weight is comfortable and the ergonomics work fine. Usually I migrate to one of my three 85mm lenses for portraits and use 50mm minimal. This RF 50mm has me shooting 50mm more often than my 85mm at the moment, and not just to test. It's really fun and satisfying to shoot with.

Yes, it's expensive. But comparable to where the 85mm 1.2 ii L used to be for price, so from that way of looking at things, its worth the expense. Regarding the two images below, focus for the big tree was centered about 4 feet behind the women on the trunk, not on the women. I was trying to ensure some lichen detail.


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Dec 03, 2018 11:09 |  #2

How much pp has been applied to the male portrait? To me the rendering is fantastic, and if your going to tell me this is sooc then colour me impressed!




  
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Dec 03, 2018 15:53 |  #3

bildeb0rg wrote in post #18763518 (external link)
How much pp has been applied to the male portrait? To me the rendering is fantastic, and if your going to tell me this is sooc then colour me impressed!

Just minimal. Here is the original reduced to 1600 pixels.

For the one posted in the OP, it was cropped, exposure raised slightly and possibly nothing or little to shadows. Here is the original without cropping or any changes. And next to it, with only cropping and no change other than about 1/2 stop exposure increase.


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Apr 30, 2019 22:58 |  #4

Is it too much to ask if you can contribute some more to this thread since you've owned it a bit longer? :)




  
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Jul 01, 2019 10:05 |  #5

Love this lens.


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Jul 05, 2019 19:24 |  #6

G35Driver wrote in post #18886713 (external link)
Love this lens.


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lol .. nice shot. Maybe I should have kept the Corona photo from the wedding I photographed last month, but your composition is way-cooler.

At this last wedding where the ceremony was at a ranch, dressing in cabins, and a few extra shots in the redwoods, I realized I used just two lenses for the entire thing.

The RF 50mm on my EOS R and a 70-200mm on a 5DS

I'd like a 3rd full frame body on-hand and have come close to buying a 2nd EOS with funds set aside for the next 2 card body when it arrives. The RF 50mm is so good, as is are some of my EF lenses, I'm not sure yet whether I will need another RF lens.


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Oct 23, 2019 06:39 |  #7

more pics? Trying to decide which RF lens to get! 50 , 28-70, or 24-70!




  
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Nov 03, 2019 21:50 |  #8

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more pics? Trying to decide which RF lens to get! 50 , 28-70, or 24-70!

If I didn't have the EF 85mm 1.2 and RF 50mm 1.2 , then I'd consider the RF 28-70mm, which could replace several lenses. But even if I was starting from scratch, I'm not sure that I'd but that fast zoom for my style of shooting. It sure must depend on each photographer's style.

I do a lot of pruning and carry chainsaws a little each week, far heavier than a big lens. But for landscape photography and weddings or portraits,I'm finding myself using lenses lighter than my 70-200mm 2.8 most often. I use that zoom, but not often. I don't think I used it at the last wedding.

This is also why I didn't get the Sigma 105mm 1.4


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Nov 06, 2019 11:27 |  #9

if you had to pick the 85mm or 50mm which would it be?




  
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