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Sharpest Lens but Expensive!!!!
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.
By jech88 - Feb 21, 2007
An expensive lens with really good quality
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.
By lanhsuan - Jan 7, 2008
Luxurious and Expensive
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.
By gooru - Jan 4, 2007
Great Lens... Poor Value.
Strengths: Fast aperture, L quality build, beautiful background blur, great color and contrast.
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.
By aaronlam - Feb 8, 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...
By madeinhungary - Oct 2, 2007
Use it for photography as for video!! works so nicely!! if you have the money is a worthy purchase!!
By Dee on Adorama - Sep 10, 2013
Quality is amazing, but auto-focus slow
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.
By Charles F. on Adorama - Oct 15, 2013
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.
By Maximus on Adorama - Aug 27, 2013
Best lens ever
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!
By DPL on Adorama - Jul 23, 2013
Just like New!
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
By Greg on Adorama - Jul 16, 2013
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
By Andy on Adorama - Jun 18, 2013
Why did I wait so long?!
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
By Stephanie on Adorama - May 21, 2013
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.
By marc on Adorama - May 16, 2013
Primes are the best
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.
By JBBenson on Adorama - May 14, 2013
Great prime lense
Love this prime lense. Have had it only a short time, but can't wait to use for my trip to Alaska this summer!
By Babi on Adorama - May 10, 2013
Just buy it!!
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
By The Queen B on Adorama - May 8, 2013
This is my all time favorite lens. Portrait and wedding photography is what I use it for...all the time!
By Kim on Adorama - Mar 19, 2013
PERFECT Lens !!!!!!!!!!!!! I work only with this lens!!!!
By paulinaschaedel on Adorama - Feb 17, 2013
Worth Every Penny
By Rob on Adorama - Feb 13, 2013
Creamy and buttery lens
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.
By Kate on Adorama - Feb 12, 2013
My most used lens
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!
By Taylor Made on Adorama - Feb 12, 2013
long wait way worth it
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
By Frenchy Chris on Adorama - Feb 8, 2013
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.
By Lauren on Adorama - Feb 5, 2013
Love this Lens!
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
By Gillian R. on Adorama - Feb 1, 2013
The pinnacle of Canon 50mm primes ...
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
By Infinity at Cal on Adorama - Jan 20, 2013
Canon 50mm 1.2 lens
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
By KJanePhoto on Adorama - Dec 13, 2012
Less than satisfied
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
By DCM Photography on Adorama - Sep 17, 2012
Great Lens, Questionable Quality Control
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
By sy on Adorama - Sep 3, 2012
First Venture Into Fast Primes
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
By Ron P on Adorama - Jul 3, 2012
Exceeds expectations for my work.
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
By entropy zero on Adorama - Jun 28, 2012
Worth every penny
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.
By Dan on Adorama - May 28, 2012
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
By cristphoto on Adorama - May 14, 2012
the perfect lens
great, fast every day lens, pricey but worth it
By slb on Adorama - May 7, 2012
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
By cristphoto on Adorama - May 7, 2012
Best Lens I Ever Bought
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
By Dirk on Adorama - Apr 30, 2012
One of the best Canon lenses
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.
By LG on Adorama - Mar 27, 2012
Expensive but great lens
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
By HCR on Adorama - Mar 13, 2012
review of canon 50mm 1.2
It changed my life. The colors of the L lens are amazing. I will never look back
By Amy on Adorama - Mar 12, 2012
Go To Portrait Lens
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.
By billyray1usa[@] on Adorama - Mar 5, 2012
Great Portrait Lens
Great lens for portrait photography.
By Fred on Adorama - Jan 31, 2012
My copy defies the bad reviews
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.
By JP in FLA on Adorama - Jan 8, 2012
I'm welding this lens to my 5D. It's fantastic!
By maxbes on Adorama - Dec 27, 2011
Great video lens
By West Coast on Adorama - Dec 26, 2011
An amazing Lens from an amazing shop
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
By Zeneiny on Adorama - Dec 20, 2011
Best lens all rounded.
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.
By Manstudio Photography on Adorama - Dec 12, 2011
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
By Sarah on Adorama - Oct 17, 2011
Great lens, but not for an amateur
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,
By Rob on Adorama - Oct 9, 2011
I love this lens!!!
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.
By CathyG on Adorama - Sep 11, 2011
Low Light Wonder
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.
By Bill Ray on Adorama - Sep 6, 2011
My new primary lens
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.
By Franklin on Adorama - Sep 4, 2011
I love it, always on my camera!
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.
By LDC Photo on Adorama - Sep 4, 2011
Very expensive but I like it overall
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
By Sha Llow on Adorama - Jun 23, 2011
Excellent Sharp Lens
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
By forceofnature on Adorama - Mar 14, 2011
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
By Btwinkltoz on Adorama - Jan 13, 2011
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.
By lizziejr on Adorama - Jan 12, 2011
Best lens in class. Fast and efficient !
This is all purpose lens, all professional photographer should have in their bag.
By Mikeymikey on Adorama - Nov 7, 2010
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
By _MD_ on Adorama - Oct 21, 2010
Love this lens, my favorite thus far!
By Mitchi on Adorama - Sep 21, 2010
love this lens! It's one of my favorite lens!
By MySinkyl on Adorama - Sep 20, 2010
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
By DB photo on Adorama - Aug 12, 2010
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.
By Jack on Adorama - Jul 26, 2010
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 [...]
By Jer on Adorama - Jun 20, 2010
Canon 7D on EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM
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
By kwan102 on Adorama - Jun 6, 2010
F1.2 is drool and addiction!
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
By Bobby H. on Adorama - Apr 27, 2010
My Favorite Lens!!!
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
By M&K Photography on Adorama - Apr 13, 2010
The newest prized possesion in my bag
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
By QC Photo on Adorama - Apr 12, 2010
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.
By babewithwings[@] on Adorama - Feb 12, 2010
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
By LBURRISS on Adorama - Jan 14, 2010
Best lens I own!
By delofamily on Adorama - Jan 10, 2010
fantastic portrait lens near useless any other time but you know why your buying it
By e55komp on Adorama - Jan 10, 2010
I am a wedding photographer and can shoot an entire wedding with this lens.
By Photographer101 on Adorama - Nov 2, 2009
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
By SML on Adorama - Jan 24, 2009
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
By D Photographer on Adorama - Dec 28, 2008
Fast, rugged, accurate perfomer
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
By sabesh on Adorama - Aug 8, 2008
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.
By Tim on Adorama - Aug 6, 2008
SHARP, GREAT CONTRAST AND FLARE CONTROL
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
By Mike on Adorama - Jul 11, 2008
Great in low light
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
By Danielle on Adorama - Jun 26, 2008
An Old Standard Refined
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
By L Ngum on Adorama - Jan 25, 2008
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
By bluezmn on Adorama - Jun 3, 2007
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
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