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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Mar 18, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,350.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Amazing Bokeh, FAST focusing, excellent build...what you would expect for a L lens..and L pricing..
Cons:
With any 1.2...it takes a little practice, this is not a len you would rent for the first time to shoot a wedding on the weekend

If I had to give up all my lens collection and keep just one lens, this would be it. The 50L is amazing at 1.2, giving a creamy like bokeh and "pop" to the subject. I use this on my 1D mark II and on my XTI and never run into any focusing shift as stated all over the net. There is a min focusing distance you have to keep in mind, which I attribute some of my off shots to my user error.

The build quality is L, and its a lot of glass...this is one of those lenses that pro won't survive a small drop...( I would literally cry if that ever happened)

Like many, I had the 50 1.8 and the funny thing was, I hated using that lens and it spent most of its life in the bag before I sold it. Given that, now with the 50L, I try to find any excuse to use it.

Focusing is speed is quick, from my experience is a faster then the 85L mark II....but not a quick as my 16-35 II as a reference.

This is definitely a speciality lens for those looking for 1.2 and sharp! Well worth every hard earn dollars in my opinion.