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Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USM

Review Date: Jun 9, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: f1.0, build quality, image quality, colour rendition, low-light AF

This is why i love Canon!

Extreme in every way.

It's not an ordinary lens because f/1.0 pushes
your AF-system and your focusing technique to it's limits.

For spot-on AF results you REALLY need to calibrate your lens and body their AF-system for accuracy!

The rumors you can read about this lens is soft; are from people who don't calibrate their gear or cannot handle it's extreme thin DOF.

Flares easy but i like the recognizable lens-flares. They add some magic to your images when shooting against bright lights.

This lens is heaven to me!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Feb 11, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, Coulour, Contrast, Build Quality, Wheather Sealing, simply the most perfect 50mm lens on earth!

As you can see, the 50L 's aperture is HUGE!

The point I'd like to make clear is that this is not just a regular 50mm lens that's been built heavier - it's a very specialised lens that's actually very good at certain specialist applications - portraits being one of them.

When super-shallow DOF shooting is your thing, then the 85/1.2L and the 50/1.2L are undoubtedly "The Daddies" of the genre - tricky to learn, but hard to beat when used well.

At minimal shooting distance and at open aperture the depth-of-field will capture a single eyeball, and most of its eyelashes but beyond that the focus drops away, even the other eyeball or the tip of the nose will be out of focus - so that's a working area of focus of perhaps 1-1.5cm at most.

Frankly in those circumstances I simply turn off auto-focus and focus manually and the results are always stunning. Since a face consists of relatively smooth surfacing and very few hard lines, auto-focus has little to work with and will tend to get confused. However, it's hardly an inconvenience to have to focus manually while shooting a person at such close quarters - for me it's all simply part of the intimate process of portrait work.

That's my opinion about shooting with this extraordinary-glass.