Canon EF 50mm f / 1.2L USM Normal Lens

f/1.2 - MPN: 1257B002
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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.
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Compatible Camera Mount Canon EOS SLR Cameras
Max Focal Length 50 mm
Lens Type Fixed Focal Length
Max Aperture f/ 1.2
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 4, 2008

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Quality is amazing, but auto-focus slow
4 Star Review   By Charles F. on Adorama - Oct 15, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I love the images that this lens produces. The bokeh (blurred background) is incredible and maybe the best I've ever seen from anything I've used. The problem however is the slowness of the auto-focus. My main reason for buying this lens was to great photos of my daughter who is of toddler age. The problem is that she moves around way too much for me to be able to capture the moments with this lens. I sadly could not justify the cost of this lens over the 50mm f1.4 which is only a quarter of the cost. Perhaps when my daughter (and future kids) get older I'd be able to better utilize the 50 1.2L.

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Awsome!!!
5 Star Review   By Dee on Adorama - Sep 10, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Use it for photography as for video!! works so nicely!! if you have the money is a worthy purchase!!

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Amazing
5 Star Review   By Maximus on Adorama - Aug 27, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

It seems I'm yet another person to say that this lens is amazing, but it really is worth every penny. Very sharp; beautifuly bokeh. With my 5DmkIII, even casual pictures are tack sharp at f1.2. Sometimes you'll see a comment about the lens being a bit heavy, but it's not when compared to other L lenses. Actually, the weight feels just right on this camera.

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Best lens ever
5 Star Review   By DPL on Adorama - Jul 23, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

It's much bigger and heavier than the 1.4. A very solid lens. Have already done several great portraits with them - looking forward to using it at a low to no light performance!

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Just like New!
5 Star Review   By Greg on Adorama - Jul 16, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This was the first time I've used Adorama in trading in equipment and I couldn't have been happier! Customer Service was amazing and communication was great. As for the lens I upgraded to the Canon 50 mm L 1.2, of course the quality of the product speaks

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Awesome Lens
5 Star Review   By Andy on Adorama - Jun 18, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I'm a semi-pro photographer and often focus on portraits. I've used the 85 1.2 and much like that lens, the 50 1.2 is phenomenal. The smoothness of the photos is a learning curve, seeing as some folks may not be happy with such a shallow DOF. Overall thou

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Why did I wait so long?!
5 Star Review   By Stephanie on Adorama - May 21, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Why did I wait so long to buy this lens?! 50mm was the focal length truly missing in my bag, so I added this lens to my lineup last month, and all I can say is HOLY COW! It's a gorgeous, fast lens with beautiful bokeh, and 50mm is the perfect everyday "na

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super sharp
5 Star Review   By marc on Adorama - May 16, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

great buy, does exactly what you want it to do. look at the specs, if a 1.2 50mm is what you want, you can't go wrong. only down side is that it's a bit heavy, but you get what you pay for... a great lens.

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Primes are the best
4 Star Review   By JBBenson on Adorama - May 14, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Traded in my Zeiss 50 1.4 for this. Happy I did. I only wish Canon made a 100mm 1.2 or 1.4 prime as well.

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Great prime lense
5 Star Review   By Babi on Adorama - May 10, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Love this prime lense. Have had it only a short time, but can't wait to use for my trip to Alaska this summer!

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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.
Quick Glance
Compatible Camera Mount Canon EOS SLR Cameras
Max Focal Length 50 mm
Lens Type Fixed Focal Length
Max Aperture f/ 1.2
Summary
Product Title Canon EF 50mm f / 1.2L USM Normal Lens
Manufacturer Canon
Lowest Price $1,149.00 from Abe's of Maine
Power Score 4.3 | 80 Reviews
Optics
Min Focus Distance: 1.48 ft
Min Focal Length: 50 mm
Filter Size Supported: 72 mm
Other Features
Included Components: Lens Hood
Physical Specifications
Diameter: 3.4 in
Dimensions: 2.60" Length x 3.40" Diameter
Length: 2.6 in
Weight: 1.20 lbs
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Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited Warranty
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Additional Specifications
Selectable Focal Length: Not Applicable
Maximum Aperture: 1.2 1/f
Angle of View: 46
Minimum Aperture: 16 1/f
Brand Name: Canon
Lens Construction: 8 Elements in 6 Groups
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 4, 2008

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Quality is amazing, but auto-focus slow
4 Star Review   By Charles F. on Adorama - Oct 15, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I love the images that this lens produces. The bokeh (blurred background) is incredible and maybe the best I've ever seen from anything I've used. The problem however is the slowness of the auto-focus. My main reason for buying this lens was to great photos of my daughter who is of toddler age. The problem is that she moves around way too much for me to be able to capture the moments with this lens. I sadly could not justify the cost of this lens over the 50mm f1.4 which is only a quarter of the cost. Perhaps when my daughter (and future kids) get older I'd be able to better utilize the 50 1.2L.

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Awsome!!!
5 Star Review   By Dee on Adorama - Sep 10, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Use it for photography as for video!! works so nicely!! if you have the money is a worthy purchase!!

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Amazing
5 Star Review   By Maximus on Adorama - Aug 27, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

It seems I'm yet another person to say that this lens is amazing, but it really is worth every penny. Very sharp; beautifuly bokeh. With my 5DmkIII, even casual pictures are tack sharp at f1.2. Sometimes you'll see a comment about the lens being a bit heavy, but it's not when compared to other L lenses. Actually, the weight feels just right on this camera.

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Best lens ever
5 Star Review   By DPL on Adorama - Jul 23, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

It's much bigger and heavier than the 1.4. A very solid lens. Have already done several great portraits with them - looking forward to using it at a low to no light performance!

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Just like New!
5 Star Review   By Greg on Adorama - Jul 16, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This was the first time I've used Adorama in trading in equipment and I couldn't have been happier! Customer Service was amazing and communication was great. As for the lens I upgraded to the Canon 50 mm L 1.2, of course the quality of the product speaks

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Awesome Lens
5 Star Review   By Andy on Adorama - Jun 18, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I'm a semi-pro photographer and often focus on portraits. I've used the 85 1.2 and much like that lens, the 50 1.2 is phenomenal. The smoothness of the photos is a learning curve, seeing as some folks may not be happy with such a shallow DOF. Overall thou

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Why did I wait so long?!
5 Star Review   By Stephanie on Adorama - May 21, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Why did I wait so long to buy this lens?! 50mm was the focal length truly missing in my bag, so I added this lens to my lineup last month, and all I can say is HOLY COW! It's a gorgeous, fast lens with beautiful bokeh, and 50mm is the perfect everyday "na

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super sharp
5 Star Review   By marc on Adorama - May 16, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

great buy, does exactly what you want it to do. look at the specs, if a 1.2 50mm is what you want, you can't go wrong. only down side is that it's a bit heavy, but you get what you pay for... a great lens.

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Primes are the best
4 Star Review   By JBBenson on Adorama - May 14, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Traded in my Zeiss 50 1.4 for this. Happy I did. I only wish Canon made a 100mm 1.2 or 1.4 prime as well.

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Great prime lense
5 Star Review   By Babi on Adorama - May 10, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Love this prime lense. Have had it only a short time, but can't wait to use for my trip to Alaska this summer!

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Just buy it!!
4 Star Review   By The Queen B on Adorama - May 8, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

The hefty thousand dollar price jump between the 1.4 and the 1.2L held me back for ages. So glad I finally purchased this lens. Worth every penny. The difference between the two really is remarkable. Much nicer bokeh and super sharp at wide apertures. Sli

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Love this!
5 Star Review   By Kim on Adorama - Mar 19, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is my all time favorite lens. Portrait and wedding photography is what I use it for...all the time!

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PERFECT!!!!!!!!!
5 Star Review   By paulinaschaedel on Adorama - Feb 17, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

PERFECT Lens !!!!!!!!!!!!! I work only with this lens!!!!

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Worth Every Penny
5 Star Review   By Rob on Adorama - Feb 13, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

wow!

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Creamy and buttery lens
5 Star Review   By Kate on Adorama - Feb 12, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I use this product for portraits and weddings. I love what it does to skin tones. It is just creamy and buttery and tack sharp.

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My most used lens
5 Star Review   By Taylor Made on Adorama - Feb 12, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is by far the lens that's attached to my camera the most. It's great for portrait photography and works great indoors with low lighting. No flash needed. I love this lens!

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long wait way worth it
5 Star Review   By Frenchy Chris on Adorama - Feb 8, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

i have been saving a whole year to buy this lens.... my second prime after my beloved 85 mm f1.2 ... i love the 85 mm but always found it little slow to focus... i am a big fan of thin DOF photography ... and the creative influence it has on picture style

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Excellent product!
5 Star Review   By Lauren on Adorama - Feb 5, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I've been wanting to upgrade to a 50 1.2 for quite sometime and I'm so happy I did. It's a great lens. Very fast and the quality is just amazing. Also, I was really impressed with how quickly the lens arrived to my house. Very pleased all around.

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Love this Lens!
5 Star Review   By Gillian R. on Adorama - Feb 1, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I have had the 50 f/1.4 lens for a while now because I had always heard that for the price the 1.2 wasn't that much better. I should have never listened to that advice. This lens is BEAUTIFUL! The Bokeh is so soft and creamy and even at 1.2 it's really sh

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The pinnacle of Canon 50mm primes ...
4 Star Review   By Infinity at Cal on Adorama - Jan 20, 2013    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

The Canon 50 f/1.2L is a lens that sparks many a debate online. Unlike other L lenses that which offer top-notch picture quality with few alternatives, the 50L has two other Canon 50mm primes that can be considered just as sharp for a lot lower price. I'v

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Canon 50mm 1.2 lens
5 Star Review   By KJanePhoto on Adorama - Dec 13, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I had been thikning about purchasing this lens for so long but was nervous due to all of the reports of focus problems. I finally decided to give it a try, and I am so happy that I did. I LOVE this lens! I have been using it to shoot weddings and portrait

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Less than satisfied
2 Star Review   By DCM Photography on Adorama - Sep 17, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Autofocus performed poorly. Only center dot was relatively accurate on my 5D Mark III. My 50 1.4 af is spot on on all AF points. This was my second copy. I am going to stick with the 50 1.4

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Great Lens, Questionable Quality Control
4 Star Review   By sy on Adorama - Sep 3, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

When I received my copy, it was a huge disappointment because it had strong back focus from f1.2 out of box. The lens this price range should have better quality control. Anyway I had to micro-adjust forward to -14 in order to focus properly. I've read ot

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First Venture Into Fast Primes
5 Star Review   By Ron P on Adorama - Jul 3, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I got this lens for general indoor and low light applications, but finding that it is a far more versatile lens than I imagined. I'm producing images that are super crisp at 1.8 and very usable at 1.4. This also makes a nice street lens, providing much fa

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Exceeds expectations for my work.
5 Star Review   By entropy zero on Adorama - Jun 28, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

At the same time that I purchased this accessory, I purchased the Canon EOS 7d since I needed a digital camera, cropped-frame, with HD video capability for scientific research documentation purposes (I am a university professor). I preferred to stay with

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Worth every penny
5 Star Review   By Dan on Adorama - May 28, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This lens is a gem. While I would still keep around a lower cost (and extreme bargain) lens like the Canon 50mm f1.8 or 1.4 for when I'm in less controlled situations, this thing is truly impressive. Stunning images across the board.

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Amazing lens
5 Star Review   By cristphoto on Adorama - May 14, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

The image quality when using this lens wide open is amazing. Focus is quick and accurate. All the previous talk about poor focus with this lens may have been quietly corrected by Canon. My copy has not let me down under a wide variety of shooting. This le

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the perfect lens
5 Star Review   By slb on Adorama - May 7, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

great, fast every day lens, pricey but worth it

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Amazing lens
5 Star Review   By cristphoto on Adorama - May 7, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I delayed getting this lens for over a year after hearing the talk about bad focus. Phooey. This lens is fantastic and focuses great on 1D bodies. In fact it's the only prime lens I have that doesn't have any micro-adjustment applied. Focus is right on st

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Best Lens I Ever Bought
5 Star Review   By Dirk on Adorama - Apr 30, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I use this lens as my primary to produce cinematic HDSLR wedding video. I was using the Canon 50mm 1.4 and getting great results, but decided to purchase the 1.2 and now get fantastic results. L series lenses are worth the money. I won't buy anything less

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One of the best Canon lenses
5 Star Review   By LG on Adorama - Mar 27, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I bought this lens for a wedding and it was a great choice. Amazing bokeh!It has being attached to my 5D ever since I got it and I may not take it off for a while.

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Expensive but great lens
4 Star Review   By HCR on Adorama - Mar 13, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is a great lens stopped down to F1.8-2. Wide open a little soft even when focused properly. DOF wide open is razor thin so fast moving objects are difficult to get into perfect focus. Great Bokeh. I use it for sports at F2-4. This needs getting used

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review of canon 50mm 1.2
5 Star Review   By Amy on Adorama - Mar 12, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

It changed my life. The colors of the L lens are amazing. I will never look back

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Go To Portrait Lens
5 Star Review   By billyray1usa[@] on Adorama - Mar 5, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I bought this lens to use for my studio flash sports portraits. I needed more consistent auto focus than I was getting with any of my other lenses. This lens nails it everytime. Most trusted glass in my camera bag.

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Great Portrait Lens
5 Star Review   By Fred on Adorama - Jan 31, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Great lens for portrait photography.

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My copy defies the bad reviews
5 Star Review   By JP in FLA on Adorama - Jan 8, 2012    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I received this lens last week. To put this review in perspective, let me mention that I had previously borrowed a Canon 50mm f1.4 and it was okay and I had also bought a Sigma 50mm 1.4 but immediately returned it as I found its performance unacceptable.

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Fantastic!
5 Star Review   By maxbes on Adorama - Dec 27, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I'm welding this lens to my 5D. It's fantastic!

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Excellent lens
5 Star Review   By West Coast on Adorama - Dec 26, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Great video lens

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An amazing Lens from an amazing shop
5 Star Review   By Zeneiny on Adorama - Dec 20, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Amazing clear pictures. My main concern is that it is expensive somehow. But really it is a great lens. I have to add something hear, this was the first time to visit the Adorama store. It was an AMAZING experience, I m a regular client but thru the inter

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Best lens all rounded.
5 Star Review   By Manstudio Photography on Adorama - Dec 12, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is best lens for portrait. We use this lens on most our photoshooting with our models giving the great bokeh effects. I can't wait for Mark II of this lens for faster focus.

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Big Disappoinment
1 Star Review   By Sarah on Adorama - Oct 17, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Bottom line. If the minimum focus distance on this lens is 17.7 inches, it should be tack sharp at 2-3 feet away on a tripod. I've tested two separate brand new lenses and each returned blurry images. I used black and white text of varying sizes on flat p

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Great lens, but not for an amateur
5 Star Review   By Rob on Adorama - Oct 9, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

First off this isn't a "standard lens", it's unlike any 50mm lens currently in production. The ef 50mm f/1.2L is a specialty lens. I know, your asking "How can a 50mm be a specialty lens"? To answer the question you have to understand exposure. Actually,

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I love this lens!!!
5 Star Review   By CathyG on Adorama - Sep 11, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I've always wanted another 50mm lens. I used one in my film days and now with digital, this 50mm is an answer to my "wish list". The bokeh of shooting 1.2 is beautiful and is sharp at f22 as well. One of the best things I've purchased this year.

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Low Light Wonder
5 Star Review   By Bill Ray on Adorama - Sep 6, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I use this lens almost exclusively now for team and individual photos on Team Photo Day shoots. excellent and fast autofocus. Best Bokeh of any lens I own. Very good general purpose prime.

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My new primary lens
5 Star Review   By Franklin on Adorama - Sep 4, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I replaced my kit lens with the 50mm 1.2. I most recently shot my first big wedding this summer. I used the 50 as my primary lens and it performed above and beyond what I expected. The image quality is superb. The low light uses for this lens are endless.

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I love it, always on my camera!
5 Star Review   By LDC Photo on Adorama - Sep 4, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I use this all of the time, stunning portrait images. Wonderful color and sharpness. I have not yet had any focus issues, most of those are user issues anyway. Could not be happier in my upgrade from the EF 1.4.

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Very expensive but I like it overall
4 Star Review   By Sha Llow on Adorama - Jun 23, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Do you like the 50mm focal length and very shallow depth of field? If you can afford it or you're able to somehow rationalize the expense (I'm the latter), this is the 50mm to get for your crop or full frame DSLR. I did weeks of research and finally decid

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Excellent Sharp Lens
5 Star Review   By forceofnature on Adorama - Mar 14, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I use this lens almost all the time as it gives consistent sharp results and excellent Bokeh. One negative about this lens is that it is slighly soft wide open but at times appears to be spot on. One great walk around lens

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FABULOUS lens!
5 Star Review   By Btwinkltoz on Adorama - Jan 13, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This lens is AMAZING and is one of my new favorite lenses - it is on my camera most of the time. It's a great walk-around lens. Wide open, you can photograph in incredibly low light - perfect for event photography. I've also used it for sports photography

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Very happy
4 Star Review   By lizziejr on Adorama - Jan 12, 2011    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I love having this lens on one of my cameras at all times. Very easy to just throw in my bag and shoot just about anything. Just know it's a bit on the heavy side from the 1.4 which I previously owned.

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Best lens in class. Fast and efficient !
5 Star Review   By Mikeymikey on Adorama - Nov 7, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is all purpose lens, all professional photographer should have in their bag.

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Phenominal Lens!
5 Star Review   By _MD_ on Adorama - Oct 21, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Astonishingly fast lens! It captures so much light even in a pitch black room, simply incredible! Oh and the bokeh it produces... Top of the line lens! versatile for any occasion: portraits, low light, night shots, video recording, you name it. At f/1.2 i

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Awesome
5 Star Review   By Mitchi on Adorama - Sep 21, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Love this lens, my favorite thus far!

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Love it!
5 Star Review   By MySinkyl on Adorama - Sep 20, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

love this lens! It's one of my favorite lens!

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Fantastic Lens
5 Star Review   By DB photo on Adorama - Aug 12, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I own the 24, 35, 50, 85, 100, 135, 200 2.8, 24-70, 17-40, 70-200 2.8, and 300 2.8 L lenses. I can say that out of all those fantastic lenses, this one is the best at low light focusing. I do about 50% weddings, so at receptions, I always use this lens. t

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Great Lens
5 Star Review   By Jack on Adorama - Jul 26, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Surprisingly superb in view of some of the negative reviews I've seen. I find myself reaching for this lens more than the 35L. On my 1D MK4 it focuses perfectly, and very fast.

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Great lens!
5 Star Review   By Jer on Adorama - Jun 20, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Great lens! I got it for night photography. The autofocus is fine except at long distances in the dark. That's to be expected. I manually focus it then and the pictures are great. Wish it wasn't so expensive [...]

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Canon 7D on EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM
5 Star Review   By kwan102 on Adorama - Jun 6, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I brought this lens for my Canon EOS 7D. Mainly, for portrait shooting. It is one of the most wonderful lens i own this far. Before i brought this lens on a crop body.. I was thinking about the 85mm f/1.2L II USM. I learned that my studio is very limited

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F1.2 is drool and addiction!
5 Star Review   By Bobby H. on Adorama - Apr 27, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Great for close-up portraits. Ridiculously smooth fore & back ground blur. F1.2 is very addictive. Faster shutter speeds and lower ISO's will give you keepers in low light photography. It's also small and compact. A little hefty for it's size but very com

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My Favorite Lens!!!
5 Star Review   By M&K Photography on Adorama - Apr 13, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This has become the work horse of my all my glass. It's DOF is outstanding and makes your subject Pop like no other lens. The build quality is rock solid and will last a lifetime. Some say it is heavy, I say it is solid and I love the way it feels. It wil

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The newest prized possesion in my bag
5 Star Review   By QC Photo on Adorama - Apr 12, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I was a little hesitant at first about upgrading from the 1.4 to the 1.2, but I'm so glad I did. This lens can literally focus in the dark !! It's low light capabilities are amazing. I also LOVE the perspective this lens has. What I mean is 50mm on my pri

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Brilliant Lens
5 Star Review   By babewithwings[@] on Adorama - Feb 12, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I am a fairly new photographer and want to do it for a living. So when I decided to invest in this lens, I was really, really thrilled with the results. Anyone who wants to shoot weddings, portraits, or pets, this is the way to go! Highly recommended.

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Excellent Lens
5 Star Review   By LBURRISS on Adorama - Jan 14, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I've bought two of these in the last month (don't ask!) and both have been excellent. No back-focus problems, but be careful: the depth of field can be very shallow. Very rugged. Yes it is expensive, but I consider it an investment. The only problem I dis

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Awesome!
5 Star Review   By delofamily on Adorama - Jan 10, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Best lens I own!

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5 Star Review   By e55komp on Adorama - Jan 10, 2010    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

fantastic portrait lens near useless any other time but you know why your buying it

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Great Lens!
5 Star Review   By Photographer101 on Adorama - Nov 2, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I am a wedding photographer and can shoot an entire wedding with this lens.

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Great lens!
5 Star Review   By SML on Adorama - Jan 24, 2009    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

WOW!! f1.2! Opens up many possibilities! Versatile...unique perspective. Well built. I put off getting this for a long time. Couldn't decide between the different Canon 50mm options... However, I am very happy with my decision and purchase. No buyer's re

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Excellent lens
5 Star Review   By D Photographer on Adorama - Dec 28, 2008    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is my 3rd L lens (24-70 2.8L, 70-200 2.8L) and quickly becomming my favorite. I take a lot of pictures of my 15 month old son. He does not sit still so quick autofocus without a flash is important. This camera continues to amaze me in what it can cap

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Fast, rugged, accurate perfomer
5 Star Review   By sabesh on Adorama - Aug 8, 2008    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is the perfect general purpose lens! It's light enough to be attached to my 5D at all times; Has excellent Bokeh due to it's 8-blade aperture; Resolves quite well with the 5D's 12MP sensor. AF is fast and accurate. The only con: Lens front/back focus

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Just awesome.
5 Star Review   By Tim on Adorama - Aug 6, 2008    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

Over the years I've owned both the Canon 50 f/1.8 MKII and the Canon 50 f/1.4, and I never really cared for either. However, this lens ROCKS. Sharp wide open, beautiful color and clarity, just a really nice lens to use.

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SHARP, GREAT CONTRAST AND FLARE CONTROL
5 Star Review   By Mike on Adorama - Jul 11, 2008    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This is a great lens, fantastically sharp, great contrast and virtually impervious to flare in strong back light situations. You can make images in low light situations that would be a disaster for a slower lens. This lens is solidly built to take the abu

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Great in low light
5 Star Review   By Danielle on Adorama - Jun 26, 2008    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I first borrowed this lens at a 2-day workshop at the WPPI convention in Las Vegas. I loved it and decided to go ahead and make the investment. I LOVE it. My favorite use is low-light portraiture on location. As a wedding photographer, I have a lot of sit

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An Old Standard Refined
5 Star Review   By L Ngum on Adorama - Jan 25, 2008    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

This lens takes you back when 35mm "film" cameras were equipped with a 55mm f1.8 "normal" lens. Depth of field control was adequate and allowed striking photos with blurred background. This lens definitely allows more creativity and tighter depth of field

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An expensive lens with really good quality
4 Star Review   By member lanhsuan - Jan 7, 2008   

Strengths: Can take very good portraits. Color is very rich and bright.

Weakness: Price is too high. Get fuzzy pictures easily in a slightly dark place.(no feature of stabilizer)

It is definitely an excellent lens. Sometimes I encounter back focus problem and I guess it is because the focus spot is too dark. Other than that, the color is incredibly bright and rich. No post-processing required.

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bacfocusing problems
1 Star Review   By member madeinhungary - Oct 2, 2007   

Strengths: Takes very nice pictures,small aperture

Weakness: Expensive, 3 out of 3 lenses had backfocus

I do not have this lens anymore,I had to return all 3 so I will not try again.Significant backfocusing on all 3 lens.I was frustrated and dissapointed. If you focus on the eye of an model it will be out of focus...

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Absolutely Excellence
5 Star Review   By bluezmn on Adorama - Jun 3, 2007    ( See more reviews from Adorama )

I used this lens for a wedding a few weeks back and found the lens to be easy to use. All the protraits were done with the lens and all are great. Excellent depth of field. I purchased this lens before this wedding with my plan (for the wedding) in mind a

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Sharpest Lens but Expensive!!!!
5 Star Review   By member jech88 - Feb 21, 2007   

Strengths: The brightest lens that can provide sharp and blurred images....

Weakness: Too expensive....

If you want to take a portrait picture with the blurred and sharp quality and you can afford the expense for this lens, it could be the best choice. I am using EOS 1D Mark II and EOS 20D, and my bodies can focus any objects very fast and the quality of images is so deep and sharp to blur out backgrounds even the rounded parts of the object. The biggest problem is the price. I spent almost $1380 for this lens. I think about $1000 is the reasonable price, so I recommend you to wait another year till Canon provides promotions for double or triple rebate, if you really want to enjoy the quality of this lens.

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Great Lens... Poor Value.
5 Star Review   By member aaronlam - Feb 8, 2007   

Strengths: Fast aperture, L quality build, beautiful background blur, great color and contrast.

Weakness: Price.

This lens does what it says it does. It is perfectly usable at f1.2. It focuses quickly and quietly (better than the 50 f/1.4). It is built like a rock and belongs on a 1-series body. It is not quite as sharp at 1.2 as the 35mm f/1.4 (one of the sharpest lenses in Canon's lineup). But sharpness isn't everything. It has background blur quality on par with the 85 f/1.2. It definitely has L quality color and contrast. This lens is not for everyone. There is plenty of talk online about how this lens isn't so sharp. It is EXTREMELY difficult to get a sharp image at f/1.2. There will certainly be parts of the image that are sharp but the DOF is so thin that controlling those areas handheld takes a little while to get used to. Unfortunately, this lens begs to be used handheld. If you are getting a lens like this, you want to use this from f/1.2 - f/2. The images here are dreamy and similar to the 85 f/1.2. They are not the tack sharp images you'd get from a 35 f/1.4 or 135 f2. Stopped down to f/2.8, this lens can hold its own against any L zoom and most Canon primes. It is a great all around lens on the 1DII and a great portrait lens on the APS sized sensors. The biggest problem is the price. If this lens was $800 or even $1000, it would be more reasonable. That is what it is probably worth. If I could keep one lens, it'd be the 35mm f/1.4. If I could keep two, it'd be the 35mm and the 50 f/1.2.

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Luxurious and Expensive
5 Star Review   By member gooru - Jan 4, 2007   

Strengths: Fast Lens, Solid Construction, Sharp, Beautiful Circular Bokeh

Weakness: Ridiculously Expensive

In what has got to be both the smartest and stupidest decision I've ever made, I bought the 50mm f/1.2 L to complement my 24-105mm f/4 L lens. Smartest, because this lens is absolutely wonderful. It really stands up well for the L line with solid construction, a mindnumbingly awesome f/1.2, beautiful bokeh, and great sharpness. The lens feels heavy and solid unlike it's cheaper siblings, the f/1.4 and f/1.8, and beats them in all categories. Shooting wide open can be something of a pain to get the focus correct, but it's wonderful for low light and great, soft photos. What's really neat are the bokeh that actually look like circles unlike, well, pretty much all other lenses. This was truly designed for use with full-frame cameras like the 5D, and the f/1.8 I currently own is quickly going on eBay. Seriously, the f/1.8 feels like a toy once you've picked up the f/1.2. The only downside with this lens is the ridiculous cost. For about $1500, you'll at least get a soft pouch (useless to me) and a lens hood, but it's still not a great deal. Unless you're hopelessly addicted like me, a professional photographer with cash to spare, or just plain nuts, I'd recommend going with the f/1.4 instead, which is pretty good bang for the buck. This lens won't ever be rated a best buy, but it will always be rated better in all aspects than the best buy other than price. Also, if you can wait another year, you'll probably be able to get a much better price including a Canon double or triple rebate.

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