Canon 50mm f/1.2 USM L EF Review Round-Up


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The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 USM L is a specialty lens for those requiring the maximum in depth-of-field capabilities. At large apertures the lens produces the beautiful, buttery bokeh which can be expected from such a lens. Technically the resolution results are very good to excellent but not really superior to its cheaper cousin – the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. The center performance is generally stellar but the borders can ´t quite follow although they remain easily in very good territory beyond f/1.2. The vignetting is quite high at maximum aperture and CAs are unusually pronounced for a fix-focal. The build quality of the lens is exceptional and the AF speed is very fast for such a lens. READ FULL REVIEW

Other Canon 50mm f/1.2 USM L EF Reviews


This is a monster of a lens, and I think is the widest-aperture 50mm optic available for any of the major DSLR platforms. It’s also incredibly well-constructed, as befits a Canon L-series lens. That said though, we have to admit that we were a little surprised that the Canon 50mm f/1.2L’s optical performance wasn’t better than what we found. Given its L-class designation and lofty(!) price, we found the 50mm f/1.2 to be a bit of a disappointment. While the center-sharpness and shading (vignetting) are excellent over the full aperture range, the wide-aperture corner sharpness, the chromatic aberration, and the distortion performances were all subpar. Read Full Review


Canon-using pros — especially available-light, wedding, and portrait shooters — have been clamoring for a high-speed, supersharp normal. Now they’ve got it. Read Full Review

Sharing the widest aperture of any lens in Canon’s current EF range, this EF 50 mm F1.2L USM Lens offers extremely fine control over depth-of-field and superb low available light performance. Having Canon’s latest AF technologies, the lens lives up to the brand’s reputation for superior response high-speed auto focus, while a circular aperture produces an excellently even background blur.Read Full Review


This is a special purpose lens for people who need to shoot at large apertures. It’s special purpose because it’s big, heavy and expensive and doesn’t do anything more than any other 50mm lens unless you’re using it at wide apertures of f/2.8 and faster. If you’re not going there, you’re better off with a zoom for convenience or the Canon 50mm Macro for sharpness. Read Full Review

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