The Canon 50 f/1.2L
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Jefferson
Registered: May 29, 2009
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After reading many discussions on the good…the bad…and the ugly of the Canon 50 f/1.2L over several years now, I and my IPA have come to the conclusion that the main problem, except in a normal, expected (maybe .01 %) rate of failure, just my number,…which would show on a forum dedicated to photography at a much, much higher rate…is due to the most part…

Operator Error…Think I’ll get one for use on a Full Frame…refurbished by Canon of course...

Jefferson



mttran
Registered: Nov 03, 2005
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Don't say out loud your thinking. Some will hang you high...real high i love my 50L



Jefferson
Registered: May 29, 2009
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...already got rope marks, a few more won't make much matter

Fell free to post your examples to express your point of view...no nudes unless approved by me...and maybe Fred



Tenn.Jer
Registered: Mar 08, 2011
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I love mine.

(egads, what a huge dust spot I just noticed! )



mttran
Registered: Nov 03, 2005
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Jerry, are they the same in both images or 1st and 2nd generation? they look lovely. Mine was a week old



Jefferson
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969Mike
Registered: May 24, 2011
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Same thinking here. Love it!



RogerC11
Registered: Mar 31, 2009
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Jefferson, how about posting some pics of that dog in your avatar?



saneproduction
Registered: Nov 03, 2010
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My favorite lens, even more than the 35L, 85L II and 200 1.8L



Jefferson
Registered: May 29, 2009
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RogerC11 wrote:
Jefferson, how about posting some pics of that dog in your avatar?


That's Luke...found him sitting in the road about three years ago...he fit in the palm of my hand...he was 3/4s starved... now 100+ lbs and eats and sleeps better than most folks in this world...my best friend

I'll ask him about the shots...



skasol
Registered: Apr 13, 2004
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I too love my 50L. it's sharp as it can be. I like it as an all around lens. no problems with mine.



dehowie
Registered: Oct 22, 2004
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Country: Australia

Great lens love mine especially now with the new AF module giving unparalleled accuracy.
You won't regret it one bit..

http://www.vortexaviationphotography.com/Other/The-Hounds/i-TBk4KHZ/0/L/20120522-IMG0194-L.jpg

http://www.vortexaviationphotography.com/Photography-around-the-Globe/Japan-2012/i-ZSxH6jM/1/L/20120620-IMG0604-3-L.jpg
http://www.vortexaviationphotography.com/Photography-around-the-Globe/Japan-2012/i-9kfLMJJ/3/L/20120623-IMG1058-L.jpg

Beautiful dog photos above and he young puppy photo of Mttrans shows the dreamy bokeh I love so much.





PhilDrinkwater
Registered: Feb 24, 2010
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Wicked lens. One of the most accurate on my 5dii and 5diii.



lexvo
Registered: Sep 13, 2002
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After I MA'd it on my 5DII the AF is very accurate. Wide open, sharpness is very usable.
Stopped down, sharpness is just great.



PhilDrinkwater
Registered: Feb 24, 2010
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lexvo wrote:
After I MA'd it on my 5DII the AF is very accurate. Wide open, sharpness is very usable.
Stopped down, sharpness is just great.


TBH I don't think it's great stopped down. It's worse than the 50mm 1.4 at f4 and f8 for example:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=403&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=6&LensComp=115&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=5

.. and only about the same as the 24-70 at f8. I personally only really recommend it if you're going to shoot at <f2 a lot... That's what it was designed for



dehowie
Registered: Oct 22, 2004
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Not sure where that comes from my copy is razor razor sharp and murders my 24-70 at every F stop.



garyvot
Registered: Apr 02, 2003
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PhilDrinkwater wrote:

TBH I don't think it's great stopped down. It's worse than the 50mm 1.4 at f4 and f8 for example:
.. and only about the same as the 24-70 at f8. I personally only really recommend it if you're going to shoot at <f2 a lot... That's what it was designed for


I think their copy was broken.



lexvo
Registered: Sep 13, 2002
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PhilDrinkwater wrote:
lexvo wrote:
After I MA'd it on my 5DII the AF is very accurate. Wide open, sharpness is very usable.
Stopped down, sharpness is just great.


TBH I don't think it's great stopped down. It's worse than the 50mm 1.4 at f4 and f8 for example:


The 50/1.4 is a great performer also when stopped down. However, I think my 50/1.2 is at least as good as my 50/1.4. As a matter of fact, my 50/1.2 comes really close to my 135/2.

I agree that being able to shoot at f/1.2 is one of the reasons to buy this lens. Another reason for me was build quality.





Gochugogi
Registered: Jun 25, 2003
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garyvot wrote:
PhilDrinkwater wrote:

TBH I don't think it's great stopped down. It's worse than the 50mm 1.4 at f4 and f8 for example:
.. and only about the same as the 24-70 at f8. I personally only really recommend it if you're going to shoot at <f2 a lot... That's what it was designed for


I think their copy was broken.


Lots of copy variation obviously as experiences are all over the place. However, my 50 1.2L is a little sharper than both my 50 1.4 and 50 1.8 from F2.8 to F5.6. At F8 I couldn't see much difference. From F1.4 to F2.8 the 50L was significantly sharper. Perhaps my 50 1.4/1.8 were poor copies but they were horrid wide open until F 2.8. The only significantly sharper 50 I've owned is the EF 50 2.5 and it's sharp from edge to edge at any aperture.



Jefferson
Registered: May 29, 2009
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Country: United States

RogerC11 wrote:
Jefferson, how about posting some pics of that dog in your avatar?



Not with a 50mm...Luke...







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