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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens - 1257B002

Abt Model: 1257B002 | UPC Code: 013803064551
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50mm f/1.2 Focal Length And Maximum Aperture/ 8 Elements In 6 Groups Lens Construction/ 46 Degrees Diagonal Angle Of View/ AF With Full-Time Manual Focus Adjustment/ 1.48 Ft. Closest Focusing Distance/ 72mm Filter Size/ Black Finish
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens - 1257B002

The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is a peerless new standard lens featuring an ultra-large aperture for a narrow depth of field and soft background blur so loved by photographers everywhere. The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is suitable for any shooting situation; its lens coating and construction are optimized to minimize the ghosting and flare that frequently occurs when lenses are used with digital cameras. This high-performance, weather-resistant lens delivers all the superb image resolution and contrast you expect in a Canon L Series Lens.

Specifications:

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 50mm f/1.2
  • Lens Construction: 8 elements in 6 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 46° (with full-frame cameras)
  • Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 1.48 ft. / 0.45m
  • Filter Size: 72mm

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Diameter: 3.4"
  • Length: 2.6"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 19.2 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens
 
4.3

(based on 31 reviews)

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Superior build quality (19)
  • Fast auto-focus (12)
  • Super-sharp images (12)
  • Nice bokeh (4)

Cons

  • Semi-sharp images (6)
  • Slow auto-focus (3)

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not for the faint of heart

I purchased the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L to use on a 7D body for events where a flash is considered intrusive, but I find myself trying to use this lens anywhere I can...Read complete review

I purchased the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L to use on a 7D body for events where a flash is considered intrusive, but I find myself trying to use this lens anywhere I can now. This lens makes me money. On a crop body, the 80mm range is makes it very similar to the 85mm f/1.2L on a full frame body, except the focusing is at least twice as fast and far more accurate. It's a great (almost perfect) portrait lens. To say that the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L's background blur is amazing is a ridiculous understatement. Even better still, the quality of that blur (bokeh) is without peer. BUTTERY CREAMY SMOOTH BOKEH! Mmm-mm yummy! IMPORTANT: a 1.2 lens wide open has a VERY narrow DOF. SUPER narrow. If you don't choose your focus point very carefully, your image is fuzz, game over. I highly recommend using a single AF point when composing, to make sure you're selecting your EXACT focal point; there's no 'almosts' with this lens when it's wide open. You need to consider your uses and your skill level very carefully before you drop the sizable chunk of cash this lens demands; if you're up to it, so is the 50mm 1.2L: it is a superstar in the glass arena. Regardless of what some say, this lens outperforms the 50mm f/1.4 hands down. It’s got almost perfect color rendition and contrast --I own the 1.4, and it doesn't. Its color reproduction is flat, and the contrast is lacking too. The 1.2 at least as sharp as the 1.4 at f/1.4 and maybe even at 1.2. The 50mm f/1.4 is a dull, boring lens that collected dust in my bag; the 1.2 is a lens I find ways to make fit in a shot. If you're skilled and want the ultimate in low light performance and stunningly beautiful narrow DOF, have low light needs and just love beautiful bokeh, you will love this lens.

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Disappointment

Out of the box, back-focused by approximately 3 mm on my 5D II, which is fixable with either micro-adjustment or sending it in for re-calibration. Compared to my 50mm f/1.4, it had...Read complete review

Out of the box, back-focused by approximately 3 mm on my 5D II, which is fixable with either micro-adjustment or sending it in for re-calibration. Compared to my 50mm f/1.4, it had superior bokeh, less vignette, and about the same autofocus speed. But, it was softer than the 50mm f/1.4 all around. Wide open, it had about 3 out of 10 autofocus misses in good light, which was suprisingly bad. Had noticeable purple fringe on the edges under f/2.0, getting better stopped down. I thought it would be like my 85 mm f/1.2, but it was not.

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5.0

Absolutely amazing! ...

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from Allentown, PA

Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens:

Absolutely amazing! Whatever composition I want to achieve when taking video, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM does the rest! With the newly installed Dual Pixel AF in my C100, I am taking my work to a higher level. I must admit, I wish the prices were more competitive though. I already spent a fortune on 4 Canon EF L series fast lenses.

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5.0

It put most of my other lens on the shelf

By 

from Undisclosed

Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens:

I am not a one to write reviews but this one made me do it. After seeing pictures that I took with this lens I am having hard time using any other of my lens. I was looking for something that would make my portraits sweeter and dreamier and this lens surpassed expectations. Maybe next step will be 85 1.2 (no, definitely) but for now I have or know of no other lens for my gear that gives so much color and dreams and character to my pictures. What I was looking for. If you need sweet smiles with sparkling eyes looking out of a creamy bokeh and surrounded with outstanding outdoor colors, that is it.

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5.0

Awsome lens

By 

from Fl

Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens:

I love this lens so much it is great bokeh rules I would recommend this lens to anyone who loves quality pictures

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5.0

Amazing piece of glass

By 

from houston

Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens:

This is the best lens I have used. I own multiple L-lenses and this one is the one that finds itself on my camera most of the time

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5.0

Great Images

By 

from Northwest Indiana

Pros

  • Fast auto-focus
  • Superior build quality
  • Super-sharp images

Cons

  • not cheap!

Best Uses

    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens:

    I upgraded this lens from my 1.4 for a trip to France where I assumed (correctly) that flash would not be permitted in museums and churches. I am extremely happy with the images captured; I have great images inside the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris while all those around me were struggling with their 3.5 - 5.6 zooms. OK, it's a heavy and expensive lens, but the images are perfectly clear and have a warm and personal feel. Haven't tried serious portraiture with it yet so can't comment on Bokeh, but I sure like the build and feel of the lens. My 1.4 was good, but this lens is a real keeper.

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    5.0

    Lightning fast

    By 

    from Kaunakakai, Hawaii

    Pros

    • Fast auto-focus
    • Superior build quality
    • Super-sharp images

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens:

        In a lens fight the 50mm 1.2 would be my first choice. Big, ultra fast and very good looking lens. Creating works of art in photography any L lens would be great to have. And the 50 1.2 has the potential for creative works or art in photography. I had this lens for one month and only beginning to see impressive results in image quality. The colors achieved at f1.2 are amazing. Creating works of art is doable with this lens. Any Canon 50mm is a good choice, but the big 50L is worth the experience. And if it works for you at your level of expertise then keep it.

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        5.0

        just as expected!

        By 

        from greenwich,CT

        Pros

        • Fast auto-focus
        • Superior build quality
        • Super-sharp images

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens:

            love this lens. i have a 5D mark 1 w/ came with the 24-105L as a kit so im used to the vivid colors of the L lens. been using it for awhile but got tired of shooting indoors! so i bought a 1.8 just to try out, love the result, no stalling , quick focus etc. since using this for a awile i decided the 50mm is all i need for what i use the camera for so then i sold the 24-105 and the 50 to get this. im so glad and happier eversince! plus love how it dwarfs the camera, this thing is huge! but i love it!

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Lens

            By 

            from Missouri

            Pros

            • Superior build quality
            • Super-sharp images

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens:

                I've been putting off purchasing this lens for a while because of it's back focus (focus shift) problem which occurs only when photographing at extremely close distance using the center focus point of the camera. However, once I found out that this back focus problem can be overcome by simply using a different focus point, I went for it and bought the lens. I absolutely love the lens and I'm very happy with my purchase. I simply love the contrast and sharpness this lens produces. And the bokeh is so beautiful. At 1.2 f/stop, the images are a bit soft because of the extreme width of the aperture, however, the lens gets sharper as you stop down. I've taken some great image at 1.2 f/stop that look beautiful and sharp, and contrasty.

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                (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Excellent lens if you know what are you getting

                By 

                from colorado

                Pros

                • Image Quality
                • Superior build quality

                Cons

                • back focus problem

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens:

                  My copy had strong back focus from f1.2 out of box. This shouldn't be the quality of the lens at this price range. I had to micro-adjust to -14 to focus correctly. I tested about two to three feet distance. It seems to me more you stop down, focus moving backwards in a very small increment. I was aware of focus shift issue on this lens before the purchase and found out to be true. It’s there. Now I micro-adjusted focus right on spot at f2.0. So it’s very slightly front focus on f1.2. You start noticing back focus from around f2.8 on until DOF kicks on. To me focus shift won't be too critical in most cases. I’ve read other reviews and I guess some people had the same issue as my copy, which made me feel a little better knowing that I’m not the only one. It is reasonably sharp from f1.2. It’s definitely sharper when stopped down. It sometimes creates color fringe ghosting at f1.2 that makes images look quite soft, but I’ve shot some images that are definitely not soft. At f1.2 DOF is pretty thin, and I've got some hit and miss on focus but that could be camera’s lack of auto focus capability also. _ In real life shooting, this lens produces fantastic images as I expected. Now the focus is adjusted, it’s been such joy playing around with it. Bokeh is very nice and creamy. I love the colors that come out of this lens. Portraits with wide aperture create a certain atmosphere. Built quality is of typical L lenses. _ I have been using EF 50mm f1.8 Mark I. This is also one of my favorite lenses I ever owned. My copy is an old lens from 1987. It’s noisy but very sharp and performs good focus ability. (In fact if you can find a good copy, I highly recommend it.) Comparing these two lenses, there’s no question that f1.2L is superior in every way. But f1.8 Mark I isn’t all bad at all. So the question is f1.2L worth ten times more money? It’s hard to justify if you don’t need wider aperture, better bokeh, USM, or rugged built. But you surely get the satisfaction of owning one.

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                  (25 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My favorite lens, bar none.

                  By 

                  from Newtown, CT

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful Bokeh
                  • Great Contrast
                  • superb build quality

                  Cons

                  • Expensive
                  • may be slow to focus for some

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens:

                    This lens is often maligned as extremely fast glass sometimes is. I feel it absolutely does not deserve this reputation. When used (and possibly configured) properly this lens produces gorgeous results. I never leave this lens behind. If you're shooting a portrait wide open from 1.5 meters away the depth of field is so shallow that while the subject's eye is in focus the tip of her nose certainly won't be. If the photographer isn't aware of this behavior she probably should stop down and use a flash. That being said, if you do stop down this lens behaves like a high quality slower normal (50mm!) should. It's sharp as heck. I've shot some (unexpected) landscapes and even some action shots with it, despite its heft. AI servo isn't explicitly recommended with this lens, but I've gotten away with it. Regarding my statement about properly configuring: I found that to achieve optimal results on a full frame body (5d mark II, and now my new mark III) I had to micro-adjust the the body to the lens. This was imperative to achieve sharp shots at f/1.2-f/1.6 or so. Some also say this lens focus-shifts at approximately f/2.0-f/4.0 or so due to it not having a floating rear element. I've not noticed this behavior but this phenomenon may be real for some. I do feel this lens is a little too spendy, but after experimenting with the 50mm f/1.4 I'm happy I bought the most expensive of the three 50s Canon produces. The build quality of this lens is fantastic, and it's definitely rugged. I've dropped my copy on a hardwood floor at least three times and it's none the worse for wear. If you like low-light photography and shallow depth of field.. do yourself a favor and get this gem. If you're used to shooting with what used to be called normal focal length (50mm) get this gem! You'll be happy you did.

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