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Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USM

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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
Cons:
price

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

ef50lusm
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!
Cons:
Price

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.