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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras - Fixed
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- Weather-resistant standard lens
- AF with full-time manual focus
- f1.2 maximum aperture, 72mm filter size
- Ultrasonic Motor (USM)
- Lens not zoomable
- This lens comes with 13 months of damage protection from Canon if purchased before February 27, 2016
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Devices||Canon EOS|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ES-78|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Included Components||Front Lens Cap, Rear Lens Cap, Lens Hood ES-78,|
|Item Dimensions||3.39 x 3.39 x 2.6 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2.05 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.28 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.2|
|Maximum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||50 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||8|
|Number of Groups||6|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
From the Manufacturer
- Focal length: 50mm
- Maximum aperture: f/1.2
- Lens construction: 8 elements in 6 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 46 degrees (with full-frame cameras)
- Focus adjustment: AF with full-time manual
- Closest focusing distance: 1.48 feet
- Filter size: 72mm
- Dimensions: 3.4 inches in diameter and 2.6 inches long
- Weight: 19.2 ounces
- Warranty: 1 year
Style: Lens Only
Top Customer Reviews
If you ever want to shoot snapshots of downtown without a flash at midnight WHILE walking, this is the lens to have. I'm so in love with this lens.
* It's completely silent. Quieter than the f/1.4
* It has no problems focusing in the dark
* It's highly useable at f1.2
* It's sharper than the f/1.4
* Colors are more saturated than the f/1.4
* Images taken with this lens have higher contrast than the f/1.4
* It makes the f/1.4 feel like a hunk of plastic
* It comes with a hood
* It costs 4 times more than the f/1.4
* It costs 18 times more than the f/1.8
* You can comfortably shoot under conditions that would make the f/1.4 nervous.
* Produces a much higher yield of useable photos
* Aesthetically, it's the coolest looking lens I own!
For those who are concerned about the "back focusing" issue, I will let you know that I haven't experienced any backfocusing at all. I've let others shoot with it, wide open, within low-light environments and even the non-photographers were able to focus/shoot accurately.
This is my review from my non-scientific, real-world, situational testing.
First, let's get the distinction between the two predominant primes and a zoom lens that covers the 50mm focal length. With a high end zoom, the 24-70 f/2.8L II, you are using an aperture that is 2 stops more narrow than the primes. Additionally, you have a lens that has a premium placed on sharpness and versatility. This means that when you use the 24-70 you will find the sharpness to be incredible at an aperture of f/5.6 and it will be indistinguishable or better than the sharpness from either the 50mm f/1.4 or the 1.2. Sharpness at f/2.8 will be about the same as the 1.4 and better than the 1.2. You also are buying the versatility of the zoom range. Many people will say to buy the 24-70 f/2.8L II because they think it's as sharp as any prime in it's zoom range. But that's not making a holistic recommendation based on all the strengths and weaknesses of each of these pieces of equipment.Read more ›
Picture quality - from f1.2 thru f2.8, the lens works superbly. AF is fast & faster compared to 50mm 1.4. Above f2.8, the pictures become a touch soft, but it exceeded my expectation. In low light condition, this lens is virtually unbeatable.
Weight & Feel - Anoth factor that sold me to this lens is its overall feel. Very balanced & well weighted. And, its build quality is good.
Back Focus - Yes, it does back focus in very (very) close distance. Within 20 inches, you may experience back focusing more than half of the time. (Others say within 30 inches or so, but I never experienced more than 20 inches far.) I asked myself how many times (in reality), I would try taking pictures within such distance.
Cost - Yes, this is expensive lens. 4 times more than very good 50mm 1.4.
I love to take portraits (especially for my new born baby) , and this was my main reason that I upgraded from 50mm 1.4 to 50mm 1.2. I would recommend this lens if you are into portraits. If you want more than what I am into, you may be disappointed. Did I make a good investment? Yes, I believe I did.
*** Crop vs Full-frame Camera ***
This lens is all about narrow DoF. I will talk about the characteristics relating to DoF further in my review. To get the most out of this lens it is recommended that you use a FF camera to give you the most control over DOF. A full-frame camera will give you approx 1.6 times more blur than on an APS-C camera (such as the 7D).
50mm is very versatile on a FF camera, allowing small group photos, individual photos of bust-up / full length / three quarters. But not so much on the 7D, when you will have an equivalent field of vision of 80mm. 80mm is quite tight, and more suited for headshots and bust-up.
*** Bokeh ***
With narrow DoF comes great bokeh. The bokeh produced by the 8-bladed aperture is round and beautiful, currently matched only by the 85L 1.2. The 50 f/1.4 also has an 8-bladed aperture but the bokeh it produces pales in comparison and is often nervous and distracting. With the 50L 1.2, the bokeh has a soft and beautiful rendition - the subject is well isolated and everything out of focus becomes a wash of creaminess.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A mighty price tag, but this is definitely one glorious hunk of glass. As with most L lenses, built very solidly, going from a kit lens, the image quality really kind of blows it... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Cezar L.
This classic has become even more desirable with the arrival of the Sony A7R II and the Metabones 4 adaptor. Great on Canon cameras; superb on the Sony Alphas.Published 1 month ago by B-Bub
Dear Santa, For Christmas this year , I want a lens Canon EF 50 f/1.2 L USM. Plaese!!!Published 1 month ago by Vladimir Ni
I use this lens on a canon 70D and it is simply sensational. The only knock I have on this piece of equipment is sometimes at f/1. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lorenzo
This is an awesome lens! I've had it since the end of 2012 and I'm confident to write a review now. There are lots of technical reviews out there so I'm not going to waste your... Read morePublished 1 month ago by default
Professional level performer. Surprisingly rugged (handled a 4 foot drop with the hood attached). The bokeh is amazing. If you're reading this review, you know what you want. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AllanLav
Not in "prestine" quality, but very usable. I've rented this lens for the last two years and I'm happy to be the owner, FINALLY. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Asa
My go-to lens for so many things! I use it on a 5D Mark III, and love the results!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer