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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Mar 6, 2010 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: sharpness, saturation, contrast, f1.2, build quality

This lens has suffered some really harsh reviews in the past both by expert reviews as well as by the public on the forums. Reading the reviews it seems like from mid 2009 they all started to turn around and the reports of focus shifting and blurry images have slowly dies down. Has Canon really responded to bad press and changed its production to a new set of higher quality? We’ll never know but I do wish all those, just like me, who really like the idea of this lens but never bought it because of the bad press do give it a go as it is worth the risk. The lens is excellent.

I posted my own detailed review on and you can see a short video review on Youtube by following this link

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Jan 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: f1.2, bokeh, sharp, contrast, saturation, build
price (in Europe especially), size

Either Canon stepped up QC or people who gave terrible reviews of this lens do not know what they are talking about. The lens date is UX in this case, so it is produced in '09.

I got this lens just recently after years of deliberation caused by two important factors - cost and negative reviews. Is it really that much of an improvement over Canon's excellent plastic-fantastic f1.4? In short the answer is yes.

After loading the initial set of photos onto my mac and opening them up on the large screen my jaw dropped at how amazing the output of this glass is.

Fully open and in low light the lens paints a very beautiful picture. Soft & buttery with a glow.

It is perfect size and weight for my 5d even though my father calls it The Onion. It is perfect for grabbing with one hand and the weight counter balances the weight of the camera body really nicely. Focusing ring is stiff-ish but very precise. I wish Canon made it more like Zeiss and Leica, metal and silky but...

I think that comparison between plastic-fantastic f1.4 is a fair one to make, not at all apples and oranges. This is not the question of different animals but class of animal and the L wins on all fronts.

Think it is expensive? Go into a Leica shop, check the prices of Summicron (f2), Summilux (f1.4) or Noctilux (f0.95) and you'll soon be cured of such silly thoughts ;-)

In summary, if you 'live' in large apertures, love manual focus or need a reliable sturdy build then you simply must get this wonderful lens.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Jan 24, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: price, weight, f1.4
plastic, performance below f2.8, flaring

I recently posted a short video review of this lens. See

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Oct 26, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, light (relatively), large aperture does not affect performance much, great colours, contrast
on the long side (physically), fixed focal length, expensive

I must admit that it a little bit misguiding to constantly highlight the indoor sport environment for this lens. I think its usefulness is much higher. For instance, street as well as nature (not landscapes necessarily) scenes become slightly easier to do as the long focal length allows you to stand back and not be in the scene. Portraiture is great with this lens as well as studio shooting (food for instance). The lens is super sharp but at f2 not too sharp for portraits, in fact it allows me to get the eyes so crystal clean. It beats lenses such as 70-200 f2.8 IS USM L hands down and it compensates for the lack of choice of the focal range with better size, weight as well as the fact it costs half the price. Give it a try.