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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

ef50lusm
Review Date: Jan 2, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,450.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Bokeh, color, contrast, sharpness (generally), autofocus reliability.
Cons:
Need a filter to weather seal; not as sharp as my 85 1.2, cost, cost, cost.


I really think this is a lens that takes a bit getting used to, and so I may be premature writing a review a few hundred shots and a few weeks into my ownership of it.

A lot of attention has been paid to sharpness and cost -- my experience with sharpness is that it's not quite as sharp as my 85 (not surprising, but a person could wish, can't they). But it's more than usable at 1.2, and I get more keepers at 1.2 and 1.4 than I do with my 35L at 1.4. For portrait shots, eye lashes and discrete eye wrinkles are very visible wide or near wide open.

In addition, the color and constrast produced by the lens are among the best I have seen. While post processing can make up for this, it certainly makes my life easier.

Finally, I've not had any focusing problems. The focusing is pretty quick, and near lightening when compared to my mk I 85L. Even wide open, it's been very accurate on a 5D.