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07.11.08         photography  

Lens Review - Canon 50mm 1.2


Ive had the chance to use this lens now for a couple weeks, and I feel I get it enough to finally give it a review here. We all know about the Canon 50mm 1.4 (non-L lens) which runs just over $300. This bad boy runs well over $1200, so the question has to be asked, is the extra $900 worth a half stop? The short answer is, "maybe....eventually" and what I mean by that is, if you are looking to get a lens like this, it should be one of the last lenses to add to your arsenal.

Yes, the bokah is buttery and pretty much amazing. Yes, it does great in low light. Yes, it is an impressive piece of glass and very well built.

However, my main hangup with it is that the 50 1.4 performs comparably well (not equally) to it on a full frame camera like the 5D. One observation I had was that at close distances, the DOF becomes so thin that it really takes some time and practice to make sure you don't move yourself out of a good focus lock before you push the shutter button down. This was a little frustrating at first, but I got used to it after a while.

It is a phenomenal lens and I am definitely keeping mine, but I am also keeping my 50mm 1.4 for my on high shots (it just works better for this type of shot). The Canon primes are second to none in quality, build and performance, but they come at a steep price. Dont get me wrong, this is an amazing lens, but there are better investments for your business than running out and buying this right away and you know what those are. For example, a 5D would be a better investment over a 50mm 1.2 - if you have neither.

If you are an established, successful photographer and have most of the main shooting lenses of your choice, (including the 50mm 1.4) and are aching for that edge to set you apart- this one of the best lenses you can own- it is second to none.

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