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Title: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: RuneL on February 24, 2011, 11:59:12 AM
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5161/5332942061_cb6aec2102_b.jpg)

and some leaves, both at f 1.2
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: RuneL on February 24, 2011, 12:08:37 PM
Note the fringing around the leaves.

Other than that this is an amazing lens. Don't know if it's worth the money, but it's good for natural light portraits and stuff like that. It's sturdily built and very heavy, AF isn't particularly fast or reliable at long range which is a problem with such a thin DOF (I can't say if this is  a general problem or one only mine has) but it also make it fun to use because it's demanding and hard and you really have to know what it does and when it starts performing poorly. I don't think I'd swap it for a smaller aperture version now that I've tried it.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: RuneL on February 24, 2011, 12:13:02 PM
@ f 1.2
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: RuneL on February 24, 2011, 12:13:27 PM
f 1.2
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: dwward on February 24, 2011, 01:19:42 PM
I especially love the subway shots.  Excellent.

The 50mm 1.2L has to be the most controversial lens in the history of photography (at least last decade?).  People either love it or hate.  Actually, even the people who love it always seem to qualify, or even apologize for their love.   The focus issues are not unique to you or your lens, I think every review or comment I've ever read on the 50 1.2L complains about the AF. 

I have the regular 1.4 which I love.  I haven't been able to bring myself to take the plunge for the 1.2L.  I haven't been able to justify the expense in my mind.

It would be great to see the same subway shots taken with the 1.4 to compare. 

Can I ask what ISO you used in the subway shots? 

Thanks for posting these pics.

/Don
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: iris chrome on February 24, 2011, 09:36:38 PM
Wow! I love the subway pics as well. They're so surreal, they remind me of one portion of one videogame (Final Fantasy VII) where the hero's party is navigating through the subways of the main city.

May I ask how you went about getting these shots? I doesn't look like it's an abandoned subway (because of the lights). Did you just sneak in? Also, can you tell us what kind of post processing went on with the images? I'm thinking some HDR but I might be wrong.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Viggo on February 25, 2011, 03:51:43 AM
If you have AF-issues with this lens, you need to calibrate it, calibrate your camera or stop using it at 2,8-4,5!

The AF of my 50 L beats the cr@p out of my 85 L, both speed and accuracy, and it's a lot better than my (now sold) 35 L. It's the best AF of any 50mm. Color and contrast from wide open is just fantastic. Where it struggles is when approaching MFD, due to the lack of floating elements. But shoot at 1-1,5m, and it's not an issue.

I read a lot of negative stuff about this lens, and people saying the "50mm f1,4 is just as sharp" Well, then you have either forgot to remove the lens cap or haven't tried it at all. It's lightyears ahead of the 1,4 when it comes to sharpness, where it counts, between 1,2 and 2,8.

Superb build! and weathersealed, which the 85 and 35 isn't, big deal for me! The only lens I like as good is the newly bought 24 L II, now with that lens you can talk about AF issues from hell, replaced two copies and I've read reviews and hear of many with the same problem, the AF was set to "random" with those copies. Now that I have a working one, in combo with the 50 L , oh wow....
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: RuneL on February 25, 2011, 03:56:30 AM
Thank you again for the comments.


I agree that there may be some controversy regarding the 50 1.2.
Personally, I'd say I love it, it's quirky and difficult.
These shots are taken at ISO 250.

I got these shot by spending a month or two getting permission to venture down there with a maintenance crew at night, where they shut one of the tracks down to check for damages and debris.
They are for an article about what underground structures are under the city.

The processing doesn't not contain any HDR. I've processed with Capture One Pro and what gives the "HDR"-look may be a detail enchantment. But the light is pretty much as it was down there. I spent some time mucking about with WB and levels, but I don't have the original files here, so I'm hard press to say anything detailed before I get home.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: RuneL on February 25, 2011, 04:00:04 AM
If you have AF-issues with this lens, you need to calibrate it, calibrate your camera or stop using it at 2,8-4,5!

I never use it a anything but 1.2 - why else buy it!? :)
The AF works fine close range, never any problems. I want to have it calibrated but it's just a huge hassle and I don't want to be without it for more than a day, calibrating the camera I suspect will make it worse and affect close range AF.

Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Viggo on February 25, 2011, 04:44:12 AM
I'm really pissed at Canon for not doing the proper calibrations necesseary at the factory. I spent a year trying to calibrate all my lenses, first a couple of times each at Canon (along with my camera) and it got a lot better, but they weren't as tacksharp as I wanted them to be, and more important, the focus was just as unsure on my current mkIV as it was on my very early edition mkIII, it would try to re-focus on all subjects (Ai Servo permantely on) without reason.

But the second time I handed in the 24, they calibrated the camera AGAIN, and this time they just got it right and it's completely transformed, it's impossible to get images oof. SO, when you say it's a huge hassle to calibrate your camera and lenses (for free under warranty) I can't wrap my head around that statement.... You'll probably be shocked by just what a difference it makes.

I agree on which aperture to use the fast lenses, I have the 24 II L, 50 L and the 85 II L and I hardly ever use them smaller than 2,0. BUT the 50 gets used for a lot of different images, and I really like it at 5,6 when more depth is required. But the 24 at mfd, with a close subject and shallow dof is just something else.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: bhavikk on February 25, 2011, 09:31:32 PM
First: 1/200 @ f/8
Second: 1/2000 @ f1.2

Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: hlphoto on June 03, 2011, 09:25:19 AM
I'm really pissed at Canon for not doing the proper calibrations necesseary at the factory. I spent a year trying to calibrate all my lenses, first a couple of times each at Canon (along with my camera) and it got a lot better, but they weren't as tacksharp as I wanted them to be, and more important, the focus was just as unsure on my current mkIV as it was on my very early edition mkIII, it would try to re-focus on all subjects (Ai Servo permantely on) without reason.

Calibration from the factory is simply not possible. Consider cameras men and lenses women. It's impossible to make all men and all women exactly equal, but it is possible to find a set that fits together nicely.
The difference with lenses is you can calibrate them as much as you want to make them fit with one certain camera, which as far as I know is only possible with an expensive and very select group of women.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: etto72 on June 04, 2011, 10:59:14 AM
I love this lens!!!
Both for natural light as for studio



(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5306/5778814371_4ed710e61a_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5778814371/)
_MG_5349.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5778814371/) by studiocharlot (http://www.flickr.com/people/54702677@N03/), on Flickr


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2735/5768129959_8578868433_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5768129959/)
_MG_5799.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5768129959/) by studiocharlot (http://www.flickr.com/people/54702677@N03/), on Flickr


(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/5080326722_5e23e28c6c_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5080326722/)
_MG_0229.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5080326722/) by studiocharlot (http://www.flickr.com/people/54702677@N03/), on Flickr


(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1147/5131941124_7bca311db6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5131941124/)
_MG_4094.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5131941124/) by studiocharlot (http://www.flickr.com/people/54702677@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: akiskev on June 04, 2011, 12:47:28 PM
(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1147/5131941124_7bca311db6_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5131941124/)
_MG_4094.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54702677@N03/5131941124/) by studiocharlot (http://www.flickr.com/people/54702677@N03/), on Flickr

I absolutely love this one! Great job!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Viggo on June 04, 2011, 04:01:14 PM
I'm really pissed at Canon for not doing the proper calibrations necesseary at the factory. I spent a year trying to calibrate all my lenses, first a couple of times each at Canon (along with my camera) and it got a lot better, but they weren't as tacksharp as I wanted them to be, and more important, the focus was just as unsure on my current mkIV as it was on my very early edition mkIII, it would try to re-focus on all subjects (Ai Servo permantely on) without reason.

Calibration from the factory is simply not possible. Consider cameras men and lenses women. It's impossible to make all men and all women exactly equal, but it is possible to find a set that fits together nicely.
The difference with lenses is you can calibrate them as much as you want to make them fit with one certain camera, which as far as I know is only possible with an expensive and very select group of women.

If that were true, how come all my lenses ended up at "0" when it comes to microadjustment after the body was properly calibrated ON IT'S OWN..... It also became much more stable in AF performance. With all my lenses I was willing to accept some were behind and some in front and some dead on, but after they got the body right, all my lenses hit too. I think the microadjustment of lenses is to cover up the sloppy calibration of bodies, not lenses.... I coul get lenses to hit dead on, but still unstable AF in Ai Servo. Not anymore.... I don't think it's as easy as to say "you can have a +2 lens and a -2 body and it will work perfectly"
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: hector_carbuccia on June 05, 2011, 01:26:20 PM
50mm 1.2L + 40D

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Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Macadameane on July 12, 2011, 01:11:41 AM
I got this lens not long ago and am enjoying it.  I haven't had many focusing issues.  When I do, it's usually because I am moving, not the lens (wish I had IS on it sometimes).

Sometimes on deep contrasts with white, there is aberation.  Though I've found it that unless its on smaller things, it's not all that bad.  All photos below are straight out of the camera (after raw conversion).

A couple of my kids:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6149/5929248354_f58a417792_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42381276@N07/5929248354/)
july118 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42381276@N07/5929248354/) by Macadameane (http://www.flickr.com/people/42381276@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6140/5928689885_f3684fb837_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42381276@N07/5928689885/)
july117 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42381276@N07/5928689885/) by Macadameane (http://www.flickr.com/people/42381276@N07/), on Flickr

The photo below was taken at an outdoor mall at night.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6145/5929249560_f95ecc5e91_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42381276@N07/5929249560/)
july120 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42381276@N07/5929249560/) by Macadameane (http://www.flickr.com/people/42381276@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: steven63 on July 12, 2011, 09:28:40 AM

I have this lens also and when its on (your focus is spot on), it's really really good. I haven't had a chance to pair it with my recently purchased 5dmII but I have a photo shoot tonight that will present the perfect opportunity to use that combination extensively.  I'm looking foward to the scrumtious files they will give. 
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: amarlez on July 12, 2011, 11:37:38 AM
This is probably a good forum to ask this question. Not trying to be snide, I'm seriously curious because I don't know, but what is the advantage of this lens over the f/1.4?

The 1.4 is pretty solidly built, focuses sufficiently fast, and even has a better MTF chart than the 1.2. Yet the 1.2 is four times the price. I have to be missing something because a 1/3-stop advantage and marginally better build and autofocus can't be worth $1200.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: neuroanatomist on July 12, 2011, 01:48:07 PM
This is probably a good forum to ask this question. Not trying to be snide, I'm seriously curious because I don't know, but what is the advantage of this lens over the f/1.4?

The 1.4 is pretty solidly built, focuses sufficiently fast, and even has a better MTF chart than the 1.2. Yet the 1.2 is four times the price. I have to be missing something because a 1/3-stop advantage and marginally better build and autofocus can't be worth $1200.

The 50mm f/1.4 suffers from a noticeable halation (a softness or 'glow' especially at contrast transitions) from f/1.4 to about f/2.  The 50mm f/1.2L is weather-sealed, and has a more robust AF.  But really, with the L lens, you're paying for the creaminess of the bokeh - check out the bokeh tests on photozone.de for the 50/1.4 (http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/564-canon50f14ff?start=1) vs. the 50/1.2L (http://www.photozone.de/canon_eos_ff/472-canon_50_12_5d?start=1). 

Personally, I think the 50mm f/1.2L is a bit overpriced for what it is...but if you want beautiful bokeh, you pay the price...
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Macadameane on July 12, 2011, 09:14:01 PM
I have to be missing something because a 1/3-stop advantage and marginally better build and autofocus can't be worth $1200.

Isn't it technically a half stop advantage?  I may be wrong.  It is an expensive lens, but I think to have continued sharpness and less problems as the elements get larger, there is some cost trade-off.

It's not just a 1.4 that can do 1.2, but a 1.4 that can do 1.2 better than the design of the 1.4 could.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: dr croubie on July 12, 2011, 09:43:26 PM
What is the consensus on the plastic/cheapie EF 50mm f/1.8 II used primarily as an interview, locked down lens for a budget documentary?

As in a film? (opposed to a still picture i mean).
you can't get any more budget than the 50 f/1.8, it's softer and slower than the 1.4, but you can't beat it on price. even filming at 1080p you probably wouldn't notice the softness much.
i'd prefer IS for filming, but if you've got a stable enough mount/tripod, or only doing static scenes, it'd be fine for me...
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: chito on July 12, 2011, 09:57:35 PM
I've always wondered about the 50 f1.0 L... I've read that it was discontinued due to cost, but doesn't the 85L have more glass than the 50 f1.0?  Is it something about the design?
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: dr croubie on July 12, 2011, 10:28:11 PM
I've always wondered about the 50 f1.0 L... I've read that it was discontinued due to cost, but doesn't the 85L have more glass than the 50 f1.0?  Is it something about the design?

from what i know about lens design, the only thing prohibiting fast telephoto lenses is size/weight/cost.
But the wider the angle, the harder it is to deisgn something fast with decent IQ, especially at the borders, and especially once you get wider than the diagonal (43mm for FF). Look at the photozone.de reviews of the 35 f/1.4 and 24 f/1.4, their centre sharpness is off the scale at f/2.8-4ish. but their border sharpness is off the other end of the scale at f/1.4.
the 85 1.2 ii is sharper than the 50 1.2, for sure, but it's not the stellar performer itself either. the 50 1.4 looks better on paper, but it's got its own problems as Neuro mentioned (in short, every lens purchase is a decision between what good you need and what bad you can put up with).

I can't find a review of the 50 1.0 on any modern site, too old and i suppose no reviewer can afford it (or noone can afford to lend it to them). the only one is from the site where wikipedia cites here (http://www.wlcastleman.com/equip/reviews/50mm/index.htm), and that was on film. If it didn't stand up to film, it definitely won't stand up to 20+ MP.

From the canon Camera Museum, it weighs 985g, only 40g less than the 85 1.2 (i or ii). so near enough to the same amount of glass. It's what they do to the glass and what it's made of that makes the cost, and i'd suppose that with all the manufacturing costs put together, plus a decent margin, it was out of reach for anyone but the most dedicated, even then you'd make more money selling to pro portrait-takers who'd rather use an 85 or 100/135mm.

i'm almost wondering, with digital and APS-C these days, if we might see a resurgence in demand for it enough for canon to release a 50mm f/1.0 II version? It makes a bit more sense taking a portrait with a 50mm lens on a crop body than a FF (but then why use a 7D to take a portrait?). and the original f/1.0 was designed in 1989, with computer design i'm sure they could beat the performance if they started fresh now...
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Macadameane on July 12, 2011, 10:31:26 PM
I've always wondered about the 50 f1.0 L... I've read that it was discontinued due to cost, but doesn't the 85L have more glass than the 50 f1.0?  Is it something about the design?

Wikipedia states that the f/1.0 lens wasn't particularly sharp at any aperture.  That mixed with cost and higher usable ISO range, the 1.2 became the spiritual successor.

As far as the 1.8 for video, I used it before, and its great, unless you need follow focus.  The focus "ring" is tiny.  It'd do fine with a tripod though.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: neuroanatomist on July 13, 2011, 08:45:06 AM
Isn't it technically a half stop advantage?

On the half-stop scale, f/1.2 is 1/2-stop wider than f/1.4, but the 1/3 stop scale also includes f/1.2 at 1/3-stop wider than f/1.4.  See the wikipedia page on f/stops (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-number#Typical_one-half-stop_f-number_scale). 

Mathematically, f/1.2 is closest to a 1/2-stop, since 21/2×0.5 = 1.1892), whereas 22/3×0.5 = 1.2599, which personally I'd round to f/1.3.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: RuneL on July 29, 2011, 03:25:46 AM
A few more 50mm shots a 1.2

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Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: branden on July 29, 2011, 02:28:31 PM
I love the tone of shot #1, RuneL
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: flipsyde92 on August 11, 2011, 07:12:02 PM
Hi

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Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: PS on August 11, 2011, 09:01:42 PM
While difficult to use at 1.2 in close quarters and slow to focus due to the amount of glass it's turning, this lens is still my favorite because of the wonderful bokeh.  Is it obscenely expensive? Sure.  Worth it? absolutely.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: nounours18200 on October 22, 2011, 05:22:53 PM
I still believe that the 50/1.2 is overpriced for what it is: I hope to see a new and improved 50/1.2 II and until it arrives I will look for the 50/1.4 II which should appear soon....
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: wockawocka on October 22, 2011, 05:41:00 PM
On full frame the 50mm can be a bit too short and therefore a bit in your face for the subject to relax.

The 85L MkII though.....

(http://www.booheads.co.uk/gallery/actors/alice-christian.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: nounours18200 on October 23, 2011, 04:16:31 AM
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On full frame the 50mm can be a bit too short and therefore a bit in your face for the subject to relax.

The 85L MkII though.....

I fully agree and this is the reason for which I look towards the 85/1.2L II : but the only thing that stops me for buying it, is the rumour of a version III of this lens ! .... I cannot manage to find a good advice on a update version of this (already wonderful) 85.1.2

Does some of you have info about it ?
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: wockawocka on October 23, 2011, 05:40:38 AM
The MkII version of the 85L is already out buddy. The 135L F2 is great as well.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: nounours18200 on October 23, 2011, 12:59:51 PM
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The MkII version of the 85L is already out buddy.

what do you mean by "out" , do you mean available ? (yes I know the version II is available: it is the one I'm interested in)

 
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: photophreek on October 23, 2011, 01:57:11 PM
nounours18200:
I don't think that you will see a ver 3 of the 85L 1.2 as the ver II was released in 2006.  I'm not sure what you would like in a ver 3 of this lens that it already doesn't have/do.  I'd buy it now and enjoy this spectacular lens.  I'm doing just that this week.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: nounours18200 on October 23, 2011, 02:35:07 PM
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I don't think that you will see a ver 3 of the 85L 1.2 as the ver II was released in 2006.  I'm not sure what you would like in a ver 3 of this lens that it already doesn't have/do.  I'd buy it now and enjoy this spectacular lens.  I'm doing just that this week.

My fear was just to buy it and see a new version on the market a few days after... But I congratulate you for buying it this weekend: I will probably  buy it also in the near future....

Have good photos !

Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: acoll123 on October 23, 2011, 06:05:53 PM
I love the 50 and 85 f/1.2 - in certain situations, you just can't get the bokeh and color with any other (canon) lens . . .
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: ianhar on October 25, 2011, 12:40:57 AM
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6088/6096141672_19e5b9fe6b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/irfananhar/6096141672/)
IMG_0700 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/irfananhar/6096141672/) by Irfan Anhar (http://www.flickr.com/people/irfananhar/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: niccyboy on October 25, 2011, 12:57:30 AM
I love my 1.2L. Brilliant lens.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: ianhar on October 25, 2011, 02:31:34 AM
yup, never regret i bought it.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: nounours18200 on October 25, 2011, 01:50:52 PM
I already own the 85/1.8 but will surely get the 85/1.2L II for its short depth of field...
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: jackykma on November 01, 2011, 09:48:05 PM
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ISO 400
Exposure 1/125 sec
Aperture 2.0
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Caps18 on November 04, 2011, 11:46:17 AM
This will be my next lens.  Just need to save up my pennies.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Macadameane on November 08, 2011, 04:09:13 PM
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Leaves 3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42381276@N07/6298883018/) by Macadameane (http://www.flickr.com/people/42381276@N07/), on Flickr

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Covey (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42381276@N07/6298881860/) by Macadameane (http://www.flickr.com/people/42381276@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6219/6298892868_d621ab1bde_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42381276@N07/6298892868/)
Fence (http://www.flickr.com/photos/42381276@N07/6298892868/) by Macadameane (http://www.flickr.com/people/42381276@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: JR on November 08, 2011, 06:20:36 PM
My 50mm 1.2L sits on my cameras most of the time.  I could not live without this lens.  I love shotting with open at 1.2 with it!  Great investment for me anyway...
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: briansquibb on November 08, 2011, 06:39:21 PM
I flip between the 85/1.8 and the 135/f2 on my 5DII. I much prefer the bokeh on the 135 so for outdoor shots it wins.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Leopard Lupus on November 15, 2011, 01:59:37 AM
A typical question to ask in regards to this lens...
Is the 50 f/1.2 softer than the 50 f/1.4? I currently own the 1.4 and love it, but I am curious if the IQ from the 1.2 is worth the upgrade. I am currently shooting with a 5D mk ll.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: torger on November 15, 2011, 03:15:23 AM
A typical question to ask in regards to this lens...
Is the 50 f/1.2 softer than the 50 f/1.4? I currently own the 1.4 and love it, but I am curious if the IQ from the 1.2 is worth the upgrade. I am currently shooting with a 5D mk ll.
Thanks!

If you like shallow depth of field (shooting in the range f/1.2 - f/2.8) the 50 f/1.2 will provide better image quality, it has nicer bokeh, better contrast and less of the "dreamy look" aberrations wide open. If you want maximum sharpness at f/8 for a landscape picture the 50 f/1.4 will perform slightly better. So yes the f/1.2 is slightly softer for small apertures, but performs better at large apertures, so it depends on what you want to use it for if it is right for you.

Lenses are optimized to get certain properties, it is generally not possible to make a lens that is "best on everything". It is quite typical that the lower cost versions are sharper at small apertures and the more expensive have better bokeh and contrast wide open. As a differentiator to further mark this difference it is common to make a non-round aperture for the lower cost versions to make the bokeh less good than it could to be (I doubt that a rounded aperture actually cost very much), this is also the case in the Canon 50mm range.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: branden on November 15, 2011, 12:05:36 PM
If you like shallow depth of field (shooting in the range f/1.2 - f/2.8) the 50 f/1.2 will provide better image quality, it has nicer bokeh, better contrast and less of the "dreamy look" aberrations wide open. If you want maximum sharpness at f/8 for a landscape picture the 50 f/1.4 will perform slightly better. So yes the f/1.2 is slightly softer for small apertures, but performs better at large apertures, so it depends on what you want to use it for if it is right for you.
The "dreamy look" you refer to is called halation, and I ended up selling both my 50 f/1.4 and 28 f/1.8 because they frequently demonstrated halation at their widest apertures. It wasn't something that happened every time, but I was never able to track down the exact circumstances that caused it to occur, which made them both unreliable, as far as I was concerned.

For shooting landscapes, though, you're right. Large apertures really aren't as important as other lens factors for landscape shots. I have a Zeiss 2/50 makro-planar for landscapes. I don't have a portrait 50, so just the Zeiss for that as well. For events, I just get by without a 50 for the time being. I'm curious to see if Canon releases an updated 50mm f/1.4 lens, I think I would purchase that very quickly.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: JR on November 15, 2011, 01:29:37 PM
A typical question to ask in regards to this lens...
Is the 50 f/1.2 softer than the 50 f/1.4? I currently own the 1.4 and love it, but I am curious if the IQ from the 1.2 is worth the upgrade. I am currently shooting with a 5D mk ll.
Thanks!

I have both the 50 f1.2 and the 50 f1.4.  My use is mainly portrait and I usually shoot at apperture between f1.2 and f5.6 with my 50 f1.2.  I have not made the test at aperture smaller like f6.3 or f8, but i can say from my own experience (again I am just a smaple of one) I concure with an earlier comment that the 50 f1.2 for my application has much better color, contrast and is very sharp. 

Everytime I put back the 50 1.4 on my camera (5D mkII) I cant beleive how washed out and boring the image look compared with the 50 1.2 and the images requires more software processing afterward.  I dont usually do landscape but I actually did a few golf course shot with both lens a few weeks ago and the 50 1.2 won hands down - again I was shooting below f8.

I am not a pro photographer, I am just an amateur, but for me the 50 1.2 has proven a very good investment and dont regret ever buying it.  I know it gets mix review sometime but for me it works.

I am actually putting my 50 1.4 for sell cause I never use it... ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: JR on November 15, 2011, 01:31:28 PM
A typical question to ask in regards to this lens...
Is the 50 f/1.2 softer than the 50 f/1.4? I currently own the 1.4 and love it, but I am curious if the IQ from the 1.2 is worth the upgrade. I am currently shooting with a 5D mk ll.
Thanks!

I have both the 50 f1.2 and the 50 f1.4.  My use is mainly portrait and I usually shoot at apperture between f1.2 and f5.6 with my 50 f1.2.  I have not made the test at aperture smaller like f6.3 or f8, but i can say from my own experience (again I am just a smaple of one) I concure with an earlier comment that the 50 f1.2 for my application has much better color, contrast and is very sharp. 

Everytime I put back the 50 1.4 on my camera (5D mkII) I cant beleive how washed out and boring the image look compared with the 50 1.2 and the images requires more software processing afterward.  I dont usually do landscape but I actually did a few golf course shot with both lens a few weeks ago and the 50 1.2 won hands down - again I was shooting below f8.

I am not a pro photographer, I am just an amateur, but for me the 50 1.2 has proven a very good investment and dont regret ever buying it.  I know it gets mix review sometime but for me it works.

I am actually putting my 50 1.4 for sell cause I never use it... ;)

I forgot to add that I do a lot of indoor shoots and especially between f1.4 and f2.8, the 50 f1.2 simply kills the 50 f1.4 in sharpness at those aperture...
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: willrobb on November 25, 2011, 08:39:39 PM
Great for situations where you don't want to use lights. Here's one from the stockroom in the Bowmore Distllery on Islay in Scotland.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: willrobb on November 25, 2011, 08:42:18 PM
With lights as well it's my go to portrait lens for assignments. Here's one from a portrait session with a bar owner in Kanazawa Japan. I had 5 bars to cover in 4 hours, bar shots, bottle shots and owner portraits, so just a quick set up with speedlites and softboxes.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Macadameane on November 29, 2011, 10:47:02 AM
Color fringing at its absolute worst with the 50mm 1.2L.  The sky was very bright and the lens wide open.  Most of the time, I don't see it too much, but this one was bad.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: AmbientLight on February 16, 2012, 07:06:37 PM
One of the uses where the 50mm f1.2 L really amazes me is making me able to still shoot handheld at night. This is wide open at 1.2 shot with a 7D at 1/50s and ISO 3200 at Singapore Night Zoo.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: ScottyP on March 04, 2012, 12:43:21 AM
One of the uses where the 50mm f1.2 L really amazes me is making me able to still shoot handheld at night. This is wide open at 1.2 shot with a 7D at 1/50s and ISO 3200 at Singapore Night Zoo.

What amazes me is that you take a photo of a tiger from like 100 feet away, and then you speak as though the remarkable thing is how you are able to do the shot hand-held.  Apparently you are a lot braver than I am!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: ScottyP on March 04, 2012, 12:45:23 AM
Awesome zoo.  "Night Zoo"?  Cool.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: AprilForever on March 04, 2012, 01:19:21 AM
If you like shallow depth of field (shooting in the range f/1.2 - f/2.8) the 50 f/1.2 will provide better image quality, it has nicer bokeh, better contrast and less of the "dreamy look" aberrations wide open. If you want maximum sharpness at f/8 for a landscape picture the 50 f/1.4 will perform slightly better. So yes the f/1.2 is slightly softer for small apertures, but performs better at large apertures, so it depends on what you want to use it for if it is right for you.
The "dreamy look" you refer to is called halation, and I ended up selling both my 50 f/1.4 and 28 f/1.8 because they frequently demonstrated halation at their widest apertures. It wasn't something that happened every time, but I was never able to track down the exact circumstances that caused it to occur, which made them both unreliable, as far as I was concerned.

For shooting landscapes, though, you're right. Large apertures really aren't as important as other lens factors for landscape shots. I have a Zeiss 2/50 makro-planar for landscapes. I don't have a portrait 50, so just the Zeiss for that as well. For events, I just get by without a 50 for the time being. I'm curious to see if Canon releases an updated 50mm f/1.4 lens, I think I would purchase that very quickly.

Usually, I like it when I can get it to halate. If I wanted 50mm sharp, I would use my 24-105. When using my 50 1.4, I almost always am less than f2, usually am slap at f 1.4...
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on March 22, 2012, 12:47:59 AM
If you have AF-issues with this lens, you need to calibrate it, calibrate your camera or stop using it at 2,8-4,5!

The AF of my 50 L beats the cr@p out of my 85 L, both speed and accuracy, and it's a lot better than my (now sold) 35 L. It's the best AF of any 50mm. Color and contrast from wide open is just fantastic. Where it struggles is when approaching MFD, due to the lack of floating elements. But shoot at 1-1,5m, and it's not an issue.

I read a lot of negative stuff about this lens, and people saying the "50mm f1,4 is just as sharp" Well, then you have either forgot to remove the lens cap or haven't tried it at all. It's lightyears ahead of the 1,4 when it comes to sharpness, where it counts, between 1,2 and 2,8.

Superb build! and weathersealed, which the 85 and 35 isn't, big deal for me! The only lens I like as good is the newly bought 24 L II, now with that lens you can talk about AF issues from hell, replaced two copies and I've read reviews and hear of many with the same problem, the AF was set to "random" with those copies. Now that I have a working one, in combo with the 50 L , oh wow....
Never ever use servo with anything faster than a 2.8 lens. Always shoot F1.4 or 1.2 in single shot mode. Just try both modes and try focussing. Single shot locks on with one press, servo keeps it hunting.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on March 22, 2012, 01:11:18 AM
A typical question to ask in regards to this lens...
Is the 50 f/1.2 softer than the 50 f/1.4? I currently own the 1.4 and love it, but I am curious if the IQ from the 1.2 is worth the upgrade. I am currently shooting with a 5D mk ll.
Thanks!

I have both the 50 f1.2 and the 50 f1.4.  My use is mainly portrait and I usually shoot at apperture between f1.2 and f5.6 with my 50 f1.2.  I have not made the test at aperture smaller like f6.3 or f8, but i can say from my own experience (again I am just a smaple of one) I concure with an earlier comment that the 50 f1.2 for my application has much better color, contrast and is very sharp. 

Everytime I put back the 50 1.4 on my camera (5D mkII) I cant beleive how washed out and boring the image look compared with the 50 1.2 and the images requires more software processing afterward.  I dont usually do landscape but I actually did a few golf course shot with both lens a few weeks ago and the 50 1.2 won hands down - again I was shooting below f8.

I am not a pro photographer, I am just an amateur, but for me the 50 1.2 has proven a very good investment and dont regret ever buying it.  I know it gets mix review sometime but for me it works.

I am actually putting my 50 1.4 for sell cause I never use it... ;)
For an "amateur" you sure have lust worthy gear and a large pile of cash! Im mad now lol.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: RLPhoto on March 26, 2012, 10:17:37 PM
Heres How I Feel About the canon 50's

1. The 50mm 1.4 is A Superb Lens. Its Fast, Its Cheap and Its AF is sweet. I've used it for many, many portraits and LOW LIGHT Situations. Know its limitations also, Its not sharp wide open and is best from F2.8 and UP. Its Stupendously sharp at F/8 and Resolves alot of details that you might have to do alot of photoshop to your clients faces.

2. Unfortunately, I needed a FAST Lens but Also, Sharpness Wide Open. Enter the 50mm 1.2L...The Monster, The Beastly, The Manly, Hunk Of glass that makes other 50mm's Tremble at seeing its bold Red Ring. Its a AWESOME LENS! Its really sharp wide open and only gets to its best by 2.8. After that the 50mm 1.4 is actually alittle sharper but thats not the point.

The Point is that At Wide apertures is where the 50mm 1.2L Stands alone in SPEED and Sharpness and COLOR! Color is great on this lens!

Anyway, I Ditched the 50mm 1.4 for a USED 50 1.2L I saw on Craiglist. Best Decision EVERRRRRRRRR!!!!

Heres an Example at small apertures since none were really posted.

Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on April 03, 2012, 08:59:22 PM
I just sent these to my friend because it is his daughter and i just love the images. These are straight out of the camera no sharpening that i recall. If i had worked on them they would have much more punch but its dreamy licious and i dont miss my 85f1.2.
F1.4
(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u425/Bosmankb/11BP2992_B.jpg)
F4
(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u425/Bosmankb/11BP2942_B.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on April 04, 2012, 08:14:37 PM
Since these aren't people shots. I dont care what you do with them they aren't meant to be art just to be samples of the 50 F1.2 and just how sick the Bokeh is.

All F1.2

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u425/Bosmankb/20120404-IMG_3396.jpg)
(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u425/Bosmankb/20120404-IMG_3400.jpg)
(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u425/Bosmankb/20120404-IMG_3404.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: wickidwombat on April 04, 2012, 08:21:42 PM
bosman if you like bokeh you need to try out the lensbaby sweet 35
12 circular blades its a bit soft wide open at f2.5 but stop it down to f3.5 or f4
and wow, the DoF is very different but talk about epic blur. manual only but its a fun little lens
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on April 04, 2012, 08:54:45 PM
bosman if you like bokeh you need to try out the lensbaby sweet 35
12 circular blades its a bit soft wide open at f2.5 but stop it down to f3.5 or f4
and wow, the DoF is very different but talk about epic blur. manual only but its a fun little lens
Wickid, I do have a lensbaby but its kinda older and a pain to use. The new ones are finally designed well. Do you have images on a lensbaby thread?
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: dr croubie on April 04, 2012, 08:58:05 PM
bosman if you like bokeh you need to try out the lensbaby sweet 35
12 circular blades its a bit soft wide open at f2.5 but stop it down to f3.5 or f4
and wow, the DoF is very different but talk about epic blur. manual only but its a fun little lens
Wickid, I do have a lensbaby but its kinda older and a pain to use. The new ones are finally designed well. Do you have images on a lensbaby thread?

Lensbaby thread is here (http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=3360.0), although it's kinda empty, i'd love to see more shots of the newer optics like the 35 and 80mm (those and the fisheye and soft-fcus are literally the only lensbaby accessories I don't have).
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: wickidwombat on April 04, 2012, 09:49:49 PM
i'll dig out some shots, the sweet 35 is sooo much nicer to use and the 35mm focal length is handy too
it has the manual aperture ring at the front which is better than those silly drop in aperture discs.
only annoying thing about it is no AF confirm chip so exif reports 50mm it would be nice if it just had an AF confirm chip like the edmika adaptors for FD lenses that at least report correct focal length max aperture and gave AF confirmation.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on April 05, 2012, 11:57:40 AM
i'll dig out some shots, the sweet 35 is sooo much nicer to use and the 35mm focal length is handy too
it has the manual aperture ring at the front which is better than those silly drop in aperture discs.
only annoying thing about it is no AF confirm chip so exif reports 50mm it would be nice if it just had an AF confirm chip like the edmika adaptors for FD lenses that at least report correct focal length max aperture and gave AF confirmation.
I did own the 35 1.4 but sold it. Id prob like it again but on my 1dm3 i still get close to 35 if i want it.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: keithinmelbourne on April 07, 2012, 08:23:25 PM
My 50L is my most used lens. It's fast and accurate and, of course, the most useful focal length.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on April 08, 2012, 07:47:33 PM
My 50L is my most used lens. It's fast and accurate and, of course, the most useful focal length.
Excellent expression, makes me smile. :) Nice dof.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Mencho(22) on May 29, 2012, 09:48:52 AM
This was taken with a ring flash and the 50mm F1.2L

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/537711_317765448302536_271354202943661_54583152_1496484921_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on July 16, 2012, 01:28:42 PM
5DM3 + 50L @ F2.8
Low res, no edits
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: untitled10 on July 19, 2012, 04:33:05 PM
50mm 1.2L + 40D



Love this, great shot!
How much was in post?
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on August 16, 2012, 04:55:26 PM
Color fringing at its absolute worst with the 50mm 1.2L.  The sky was very bright and the lens wide open.  Most of the time, I don't see it too much, but this one was bad.
Being over exposed does not help, FYI.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on August 16, 2012, 05:00:30 PM
A couple recent wedding images. Top one is f1.8, bottom F1.6
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: RLPhoto on August 16, 2012, 05:04:00 PM
5D3 + 50L / F1.2 - 1/1000th - ISO 3200
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on August 16, 2012, 05:15:15 PM
Another i thought id try BW of the groom, this was not set up, he just needed to go for a contemplative walk.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on August 16, 2012, 05:35:00 PM
A little dancin F1.8 Iso 3200 on top image. F2.0 16000 iso bottom, some noise reduction used. Below this post i posted an unedited version. Straight from the camera.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: akiskev on August 17, 2012, 05:15:04 AM
A little dancin F1.8 Iso 3200 on top image. F2.0 16000 iso bottom, no noise reduction used, not really needed or important!
The second one must have color noise reduction but not luma noise reduction.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on August 17, 2012, 09:32:18 AM
A little dancin F1.8 Iso 3200 on top image. F2.0 16000 iso bottom, no noise reduction used, not really needed or important!
The second one must have color noise reduction but not luma noise reduction.
crap, i forgot i did do something with this one as a test to see the noise reduction in LR4 working with iso 16,000. Here is the unedited version right from the camera.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Daniel Flather on August 25, 2012, 11:40:42 PM
1/2000, F1.2, and ios 100.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Bosman on August 26, 2012, 09:44:22 PM
1/2000, F1.2, and ios 100.
did he throw those sticks really far?
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Zorfunk on August 26, 2012, 10:55:47 PM
Is it just me, or does the Sigmalux crush the 1.2 for purple fringe and bokeh quality? Not dissing the Canon 50L, but considered the upgrade from the Siggy and expected better.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Kamera Obscura on August 26, 2012, 11:21:21 PM
Some wonderful images! I might have to get the 1.2L soon, very soon!

best wishes
Dario Casadei
Vintage Movie Art
www.vintagemovieart.ca (http://www.vintagemovieart.ca)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: stolpe on August 27, 2012, 04:14:15 AM
I may start save for that lens as well, would be nice with that f1.2.

/ Stolpe
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: Daniel Flather on August 28, 2012, 01:49:03 PM
1/2000, F1.2, and ios 100.
did he throw those sticks really far?

Yes, far enough to hit my camera, also, we are still on ios 5, not 100.  :P
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: jVillaPhoto on September 10, 2012, 07:31:19 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8300/7974384384_759d67ae59_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/villanuevaphotography/7974384384/)
Morgan Terrelle   (http://www.flickr.com/photos/villanuevaphotography/7974384384/#) by [jVillaPhoto] (http://www.flickr.com/people/villanuevaphotography/), on Flickr

From yesterday's shoot. Taken with 5D3  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
Post by: jVillaPhoto on October 01, 2012, 05:46:51 PM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8316/8042887108_dc15d7f8fe_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/villanuevaphotography/8042887108/)
Mystique Rose (http://www.flickr.com/photos/villanuevaphotography/8042887108/#) by [jVillaPhoto] (http://www.flickr.com/people/villanuevaphotography/), on Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8454/8044831752_89190b5110_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/villanuevaphotography/8044831752/)
Mystique Rose (http://www.flickr.com/photos/villanuevaphotography/8044831752/#) by [jVillaPhoto] (http://www.flickr.com/people/villanuevaphotography/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on December 27, 2012, 01:41:11 PM
@ f1.4 without flash
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: GEEo on December 28, 2012, 11:36:56 AM
I'll play along.

Here's some of mine from this beast of a Lens!  ;D

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-yGtB_M_QMcg/UN3HrBHTgAI/AAAAAAAAAGs/4A-Ipc1nNJQ/s591/geeo-34.jpg)

EOS 7D 1/30, ISO 800, f/1.2

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ZclMHT5z81E/UN3IT69yHsI/AAAAAAAAAG0/hUaFmiqlDbc/s591/geeo-2-12.jpg)

EOS 7D 1/200, ISO 400, f/1.2

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-M_sg85w-etc/UN3IvTolGsI/AAAAAAAAAG8/m0ECsTnD4Yw/s591/geeo-37.jpg)

EOS 7D 1/2, ISO 100, f/4.5

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-hcfyryH6kAU/UN3IyPfdRKI/AAAAAAAAAHE/3I5xwrp0af0/s585/geeo-31.jpg)

EOS 7D 1/200, ISO 400, f/1.2
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: florianbieler.de on March 17, 2013, 04:12:09 PM
Got it a week ago, did almost a whole portrait shooting with it today (only 135L for one other picture), here's the first. Wide open of course. Bokehlicious.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8378/8564707397_69a487c4ff.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8564707397/)
Claudia I (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8564707397/#) von Florian Bieler (http://www.flickr.com/people/florianbieler/) auf Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: RS2021 on March 17, 2013, 06:41:21 PM
Well with a 35L/85L II combo I felt owning a 50L is just a tad redundant and got rid of it....but some of you are tempting me to get this back in my collection.

P.S. you will be doing me a favor if you tell me it is redundant and totally unnecessary.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: RLPhoto on March 18, 2013, 11:21:54 AM
Well with a 35L/85L II combo I felt owning a 50L is just a tad redundant and got rid of it....but some of you are tempting me to get this back in my collection.

P.S. you will be doing me a favor if you tell me it is redundant and totally unnecessary.

It would be redundant in your prime setup. You chose the 35mm as your standard lens, having a 50mm isn't needed.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: RS2021 on March 18, 2013, 01:23:53 PM
Well with a 35L/85L II combo I felt owning a 50L is just a tad redundant and got rid of it....but some of you are tempting me to get this back in my collection.

P.S. you will be doing me a favor if you tell me it is redundant and totally unnecessary.

It would be redundant in your prime setup. You chose the 35mm as your standard lens, having a 50mm isn't needed.

Ugh...I need to sign up for a 12 step program...  :-\
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: wickidwombat on March 21, 2013, 11:10:46 PM
Well with a 35L/85L II combo I felt owning a 50L is just a tad redundant and got rid of it....but some of you are tempting me to get this back in my collection.

P.S. you will be doing me a favor if you tell me it is redundant and totally unnecessary.

It would be redundant in your prime setup. You chose the 35mm as your standard lens, having a 50mm isn't needed.

ditto

my sigma 35 and 85 are my main goto lenses now oh also the 135 f2L for more reach
these are my holy trinity of primes
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: RS2021 on March 22, 2013, 12:24:35 PM
Thanks guys...yes the fever passed. Impulse buys are the worst  and this is why we need support groups for lensaholics :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: florianbieler.de on March 25, 2013, 02:11:44 PM
With 5D3.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8377/8578128182_5ba7ee8793.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8578128182/)
Black Swan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8578128182/#) von Florian Bieler (http://www.flickr.com/people/florianbieler/) auf Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8108/8575588710_0d1efab1eb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8575588710/)
Claudia IV (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8575588710/#) von Florian Bieler (http://www.flickr.com/people/florianbieler/) auf Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8367/8572550462_767ed8b6d8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8572550462/)
Claudia III (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8572550462/#) von Florian Bieler (http://www.flickr.com/people/florianbieler/) auf Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8522/8569813196_a888f340fe.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8569813196/)
Claudia II (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8569813196/#) von Florian Bieler (http://www.flickr.com/people/florianbieler/) auf Flickr

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8378/8564707397_69a487c4ff.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8564707397/)
Claudia I (http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianbieler/8564707397/#) von Florian Bieler (http://www.flickr.com/people/florianbieler/) auf Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: bdunbar79 on March 25, 2013, 07:20:01 PM
Thanks guys...yes the fever passed. Impulse buys are the worst  and this is why we need support groups for lensaholics :)

The 24-70L II feva is just beginning though............:)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Crapking on April 23, 2013, 10:00:10 AM
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8386/8674364377_78933560c4_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/8674364377/)
JRPX0271 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/pvc2012/8674364377/#) by PVC 2012 (http://www.flickr.com/people/pvc2012/), on Flickr

Lost our light at the end of the day - it was 45 degrees and this was last shot before the kids went off to the Prom so I apologize for underexposure but note the fringing / chromatic aberration along the bridge.  Didn't notice it till it was uploaded.  Fortunately Prom parents don't notice/care either  :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: sandymandy on May 11, 2013, 09:08:01 AM
make sure they never read this post :P seems kinda unprofessional
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: skullyspice on August 03, 2013, 08:16:26 PM
Paco
Love this lens. 1/50, 1.2

Title: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Derrick on August 14, 2013, 04:18:40 PM
Canon 1Ds Mk3, 50mm f1.2L shot at 800 ISO
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: jVillaPhoto on August 26, 2013, 06:41:36 PM
Find myself loving this lens more and more every time I use it!

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3817/9600729911_1088b2f62a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/villanuevaphotography/9600729911/)
Glass Eyes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/villanuevaphotography/9600729911/#) by JVillaPhoto.com (http://www.flickr.com/people/villanuevaphotography/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on August 26, 2013, 11:52:44 PM
Find myself loving this lens more and more every time I use it!

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3817/9600729911_1088b2f62a_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/villanuevaphotography/9600729911/)
Glass Eyes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/villanuevaphotography/9600729911/#) by JVillaPhoto.com (http://www.flickr.com/people/villanuevaphotography/), on Flickr

So much dust inside your lens ;D

Nice PP...I like it
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: jVillaPhoto on August 29, 2013, 12:46:06 AM
Thank you Dylan! Maybe I should send it to Canon for a cleaning?  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: sandymandy on August 29, 2013, 02:34:30 AM
Just put some talkum inside the lens mount and blow it away with a hot fan. It will rip the dust particles away with it :) Worked like a charm for me.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: drolo61 on August 29, 2013, 10:21:47 AM
are you serious about the talkum & fan suggestion? how should that work to get dust out from inbetween the lens groups???
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: skullyspice on September 28, 2013, 05:10:04 PM
what a super lens. 1/160 F1.2

ooc jpeg, of course

no afma
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Hill Benson on October 10, 2013, 07:11:45 AM
Rented this lens last weekend. Blown away with it.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7312/10079652916_d5678f4b04.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_tinkler/10079652916/)
Paris (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_tinkler/10079652916/#) by cnlkurtz (http://www.flickr.com/people/jack_tinkler/), on Flickr
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3736/10108301733_820a148385.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_tinkler/10108301733/)
Christian #3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_tinkler/10108301733/#) by cnlkurtz (http://www.flickr.com/people/jack_tinkler/), on Flickr
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2876/10147023666_53a60e6020.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_tinkler/10147023666/)
Bruffy aka Mad Mick (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_tinkler/10147023666/#) by cnlkurtz (http://www.flickr.com/people/jack_tinkler/), on Flickr
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7441/10184562123_8f18f0b772.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_tinkler/10184562123/)
Mia & Christian (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jack_tinkler/10184562123/#) by cnlkurtz (http://www.flickr.com/people/jack_tinkler/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Pi on November 09, 2013, 09:16:27 PM
Not the usual wide open shots. I really like the rendering in those situations.

f/2.8:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7422/10754016503_af6a2909f3_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/plamen-stefanov/10754016503/)
In the NY state Capitol, Albany (http://www.flickr.com/photos/plamen-stefanov/10754016503/#) 

f/2:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7336/10753163366_80878b115c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/plamen-stefanov/10753163366/)
EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (http://www.flickr.com/photos/plamen-stefanov/10753163366/#) 
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Menace on November 26, 2013, 05:55:14 AM
f1.2, 1/5000 sec, ISO 100
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Menace on November 26, 2013, 05:57:23 AM
f2.0, 1/2500, ISO 100.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: mackguyver on December 25, 2013, 03:37:47 PM
(http://www.ianandersonphotography.com/Recent-Work/Recent/i-mGnXKzn/0/L/_H2B3477_ID-L.jpg)
(http://www.ianandersonphotography.com/Recent-Work/Recent/i-h5mBQG9/0/L/_H2B3459_ID-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Eldar on December 25, 2013, 03:53:15 PM
f1.2, 1/5000 sec, ISO 100
Great shot Menace!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: mackguyver on December 25, 2013, 04:31:55 PM
(http://www.ianandersonphotography.com/photos/i-wPWHP28/0/L/i-wPWHP28-L.jpg)
(http://www.ianandersonphotography.com/photos/i-BS8Szsh/0/L/i-BS8Szsh-L.jpg)
(http://www.ianandersonphotography.com/photos/i-q3G7qdS/0/L/i-q3G7qdS-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: TNguyen on January 05, 2014, 05:14:41 PM
I just made a purchase for this lens on B&H! Took advantage of the holidays price drop and the canon rebate they had on there, it was too good to turn down. Can wait to pair this lens with my 5D Mark III.

Read so many reviews on its back focus issue and its "not so sharp imagery". Cant wait to see for my own eyes.
 
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on January 05, 2014, 05:58:10 PM
I just made a purchase for this lens on B&H! Took advantage of the holidays price drop and the canon rebate they had on there, it was too good to turn down. Can wait to pair this lens with my 5D Mark III.

Read so many reviews on its back focus issue and its "not so sharp imagery". Cant wait to see for my own eyes.

Welcome to CR TNguyen and Congrats on your 50L II :)

The 50L is an AWESOME lens. AFMA is almost required. Most of the complaints were due to older cameras. With 5D III adv. af points, it does help alot. Once AFMA is properly made, this lens brings "WOW" factor to your photography.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: iMax on January 27, 2014, 01:53:58 PM
I also heard a lot bad about it, but i bought mine used and it works really really awesome. Love it :)
For better quality click on the image
(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3824/12154413484_ef168206cd_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/12154413484/)

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2889/12154415624_2b0bdc4ace_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/12154415624/)

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3802/12154681886_5103983e1a_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/12154681886/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: mackguyver on January 27, 2014, 02:25:13 PM
I also heard a lot bad about it, but i bought mine used and it works really really awesome. Love it :)
Nice shots and welcome to the club!  I think all of us were hesitant about buying this lens based on the bad wrap it has on the web, but as your photos along with the others' show, it's just a matter of knowing how to use this lens and using it for the right purposes.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: iMax on April 24, 2014, 12:23:58 PM
I do not know why so many people hate this lens... I love it! I don't care what Sigma or what ever present, that 1.2L Glas is so damn lovely! <3
Shot on a 5D Lr + Ps for Skin. (all at 1.2, except the last one at 1.4)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5102/13973451096_1acc6e5fba_z.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/13973451096/)
Sandra #3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/13973451096/) von imaxmax (https://www.flickr.com/people/imaxmax/) auf Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7275/13996560265_5a99f2382b_z.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/13996560265/)
Sandra #2 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/13996560265/) von imaxmax (https://www.flickr.com/people/imaxmax/) auf Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7357/13973444966_d7f6947587_z.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/13973444966/)
Sandra #1 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/13973444966/) von imaxmax (https://www.flickr.com/people/imaxmax/) auf Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on April 24, 2014, 02:53:52 PM
I do not know why so many people hate this lens... I love it! I don't care what Sigma or what ever present, that 1.2L Glas is so damn lovely! <3
Shot on a 5D Lr + Ps for Skin. (all at 1.2, except the last one at 1.4)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5102/13973451096_1acc6e5fba_z.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/13973451096/)
Sandra #3 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/13973451096/) von imaxmax (https://www.flickr.com/people/imaxmax/) auf Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7275/13996560265_5a99f2382b_z.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/13996560265/)
Sandra #2 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/13996560265/) von imaxmax (https://www.flickr.com/people/imaxmax/) auf Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7357/13973444966_d7f6947587_z.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/13973444966/)
Sandra #1 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/imaxmax/13973444966/) von imaxmax (https://www.flickr.com/people/imaxmax/) auf Flickr

Love the Bokeh ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on April 24, 2014, 03:11:52 PM
I do not know why so many people hate this lens... I love it! I don't care what Sigma or what ever present, that 1.2L Glas is so damn lovely! <3
Shot on a 5D Lr + Ps for Skin. (all at 1.2, except the last one at 1.4)

The problem with "examples" like that is they are post process driven, I could give an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Moon River on April 24, 2014, 03:40:33 PM
I must have a really bad copy b/c when I shoot at F1.2 with that lens,  most of the features on her face would be blurred.  Just out of curiosity, did you Focus and recompose?  I'm a huge "focus and recompose-er" and that's what causes a lot of my problems.  But in general, mine has back focus issues.  Anyways, it sucks that I paid so much for this lens and I can't ever shoot wider than F2.8. 
so yeah, I hate my lens!  LOL
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: sparda79 on April 26, 2014, 11:19:57 AM
I finally purchased this lens today, used (2yrs) for USD1,130 (converted from my local currency).
It will probably be my new favorite lens.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7334/14019946295_259bb72a16_z.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/nmTTzZ)5D3_0779 (https://flic.kr/p/nmTTzZ) by Sparda (AMT) (https://www.flickr.com/people/37683651@N03/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on April 26, 2014, 12:24:43 PM
I do not know why so many people hate this lens... I love it! I don't care what Sigma or what ever present, that 1.2L Glas is so damn lovely! <3
Shot on a 5D Lr + Ps for Skin. (all at 1.2, except the last one at 1.4)

The problem with "examples" like that is they are post process driven, I could give an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.

+1, if you want to see a plethora of images processed in this way look on 500px. You can see similar images shot on all sorts of cameras with all sorts of lenses.

Like theses images though.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Click on April 26, 2014, 12:29:02 PM
Love the Bokeh ;)

+1

I especially like Sandra #1
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: skullyspice on April 26, 2014, 11:26:30 PM
Good news it works great on film cameras too. El Matador Beach shot with 1nRS and Tmax 400 pushed one stop.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Dylan777 on April 30, 2014, 08:19:26 PM

Smooth Bokeh @ f1.2
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: sparda79 on May 07, 2014, 07:05:28 AM
Some shots from my new used 50/1.2L from the weekend's Firefighter's Day Celebration Rehearsal:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7065/13915018990_4dd98fa22c_c.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/ncC7mw)5D3_4356 (https://flic.kr/p/ncC7mw) by Sparda (AMT) (https://www.flickr.com/people/37683651@N03/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7297/14102594591_2750420293_c.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/nucu3B)5D3_4359 (https://flic.kr/p/nucu3B) by Sparda (AMT) (https://www.flickr.com/people/37683651@N03/), on Flickr

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2938/13927534638_8ddf63bf1b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ndJfPy)
Firefighter's Pledge (https://flic.kr/p/ndJfPy) by Sparda (AMT) (https://www.flickr.com/people/37683651@N03/), on Flickr

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2928/14100420056_cfcc9f55f2_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nu1kCC)
5D3_4410 (https://flic.kr/p/nu1kCC) by Sparda (AMT) (https://www.flickr.com/people/37683651@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: sparda79 on June 24, 2014, 05:22:41 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3861/14229036468_9cb08feb5b_b.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/nFnwNY)5D3_4865 (https://flic.kr/p/nFnwNY) by Sparda (AMT) (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: klickflip on June 24, 2014, 06:44:48 AM
I do not know why so many people hate this lens... I love it! I don't care what Sigma or what ever present, that 1.2L Glas is so damn lovely! <3
Shot on a 5D Lr + Ps for Skin. (all at 1.2, except the last one at 1.4)

The problem with "examples" like that is they are post process driven, I could give an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.

Disagree completely, what plant are you living on?!!
These are a brilliant wee set, shot nicely and processed beautifully to compliment the 50L's creamy quality wide open and take these way beyond what 'any 50 at any aperture' would do.
If you have a personal dislike for processed shots then just say they're not to your taste. but to say any 50 at any aperture with processing would get similar results is nuts!
There's a lot more consideration and skill gone into these than you may think than just processing.
Location, time of day, quality of light, shooting/model position and styling, and then finally processing to complete the shot's mood and style.
If you're sick of too many style centric processed shots everywhere you see then thats a different story, as most of us prob dislike average or crap shots over processed just to look cool or cover up bad shooting technique. But these are made with certain style and subtlety that actually works for the shot. Well done Imaxmax!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on June 24, 2014, 05:48:39 PM
I do not know why so many people hate this lens... I love it! I don't care what Sigma or what ever present, that 1.2L Glas is so damn lovely! <3
Shot on a 5D Lr + Ps for Skin. (all at 1.2, except the last one at 1.4)

The problem with "examples" like that is they are post process driven, I could give an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.

Disagree completely, what plant are you living on?!!
These are a brilliant wee set, shot nicely and processed beautifully to compliment the 50L's creamy quality wide open and take these way beyond what 'any 50 at any aperture' would do.
If you have a personal dislike for processed shots then just say they're not to your taste. but to say any 50 at any aperture with processing would get similar results is nuts!
There's a lot more consideration and skill gone into these than you may think than just processing.
Location, time of day, quality of light, shooting/model position and styling, and then finally processing to complete the shot's mood and style.
If you're sick of too many style centric processed shots everywhere you see then thats a different story, as most of us prob dislike average or crap shots over processed just to look cool or cover up bad shooting technique. But these are made with certain style and subtlety that actually works for the shot. Well done Imaxmax!

Get off your high horse and read what I actually wrote. And, I don't live on a plant [sic].

I cast no judgement and expressed no opinion of the images other than to point out that with that much post processing any lens characteristics are heavily masked. That is not a contentious comment, it is a factual statement.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: klickflip on June 25, 2014, 08:31:45 AM

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The problem with "examples" like that is they are post process driven, I could give an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.
[/quote]

Disagree completely, what plant are you living on?!!
These are a brilliant wee set, shot nicely and processed beautifully to compliment the 50L's creamy quality wide open and take these way beyond what 'any 50 at any aperture' would do.
If you have a personal dislike for processed shots then just say they're not to your taste. but to say any 50 at any aperture with processing would get similar results is nuts!
There's a lot more consideration and skill gone into these than you may think than just processing.
Location, time of day, quality of light, shooting/model position and styling, and then finally processing to complete the shot's mood and style.
If you're sick of too many style centric processed shots everywhere you see then thats a different story, as most of us prob dislike average or crap shots over processed just to look cool or cover up bad shooting technique. But these are made with certain style and subtlety that actually works for the shot. Well done Imaxmax!
[/quote]

Get off your high horse and read what I actually wrote. And, I don't live on a plant [sic].

I cast no judgement and expressed no opinion of the images other than to point out that with that much post processing any lens characteristics are heavily masked. That is not a contentious comment, it is a factual statement.
[/quote]

Hey PD, I'll get of my high horse then.. but would you like to discuss factually how ' an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.'

To me thats a really generalising statement and technically untrue I believe, and especially invalid in the 50L discussion thread. Maybe could be seen to be 'similar' by joe public for the general processing colour look. But should we not be discussing the 50Ls merits / qualities here and with a very keen eye?
What I see is the 50Ls lovely smooth rendering of the OOF areas and to my eyes that has been brilliantly retained within the processing. I can tell when too much contrast, highlights / shadows pulled in, clarity, sharpening begin to affect the natural look of a lens and the 50L especially. If you process harder sharper it pushes it more towards the 50 1.4 look and feel but at 1.2 and 1.4 you'd never achieve as beautiful lens rendering with any other lens maybe aside from the Otis.

There's a few other examples on this page that I however see some slight heavy handed sharpening on shots not taken as wide open that start to make it harder to me to discern as that '50L Look' This isn't go at anyone else but just technical observations.
Sparda79's fighfighters shots are nicely made ,but to me these don't show the natural 50L qualities that makes the 50L really shine compared to when shot wide openish of a closer portrait. There's a touch too much sharpening on these that hardens the bokeh rings much like the 501.4 does. To me these set of shots would be much harder to say that the 50L was used. And might have been a more valid discussion than Imaxmax's set.

All I'm saying here PD is we should be discussing the lens attributes and be doing it discerningly, and this page is chance to see some great work produced by the lens, and see the differences different subject matters, apertures, light and backgrounds are rendered by this len. For people who already use it and those who are thinking about owning it. It's a special lens and can be difficult to work with so when good results are made is great to see.
But there is a sweat spot it shines at, and that is wideish open but does also rely on the light in scene, the background, subject matter and of course... processing :)

Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: mackguyver on June 25, 2014, 09:21:21 AM
50L shot with minimal processing :) - love the color & contrast of this lens - and sorry about posting yet another cat photo :o:

(http://www.ianandersonphotography.com/Recent-Work/Recent/i-rdThnPG/0/L/_H2B5602_ID-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: klickflip on June 25, 2014, 11:06:25 AM
50L shot with minimal processing :) - love the color & contrast of this lens - and sorry about posting yet another cat photo :o:

(http://www.ianandersonphotography.com/Recent-Work/Recent/i-rdThnPG/0/L/_H2B5602_ID-L.jpg)

Purrrrfect! love it. Beautiful. This is what I think the 50L does best.. cats, well people and objects too at relatively short distances and melts the background more beautifully than most other 50s wide open.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: sandymandy on June 25, 2014, 11:43:24 AM
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Get off your high horse and read what I actually wrote. And, I don't live on a plant [sic].

I cast no judgement and expressed no opinion of the images other than to point out that with that much post processing any lens characteristics are heavily masked. That is not a contentious comment, it is a factual statement.

Post processing or not i think u can always see the character of a lens still. PP makes the shot better but not the feel. Something like that. Personally i think the more crappy a lens the more easy it is to notice the PP.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: sparda79 on June 25, 2014, 11:58:03 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3921/14350285106_8d0881c992_b.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/nS5XNJ)Kak Enie (https://flic.kr/p/nS5XNJ) by Sparda (AMT) (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5585/14469944406_c7b2641b73_b.jpg)
 (https://flic.kr/p/o3Efm7)Ashraf (https://flic.kr/p/o3Efm7) by Sparda (AMT) (https://www.flickr.com/people//), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: mackguyver on June 25, 2014, 12:38:08 PM
Purrrrfect! love it. Beautiful. This is what I think the 50L does best.. cats, well people and objects too at relatively short distances and melts the background more beautifully than most other 50s wide open.
Thanks, klickflip, and this is definitely one of my favorite lenses for those reasons!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: klickflip on June 25, 2014, 05:20:57 PM
Since Ive been commenting on a couple recently it's only fair that I submit one of my 50L shots to the sharks.. :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: klickflip on June 25, 2014, 05:36:29 PM
while I'm here a couple more.. obligitory to include a cat pic :)

Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: mackguyver on June 26, 2014, 12:00:58 AM
while I'm here a couple more.. obligitory to include a cat pic :)
Nice shots, but f/1.8 on that first one???  How could you ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on July 06, 2014, 02:36:43 AM
I do not know why so many people hate this lens... I love it! I don't care what Sigma or what ever present, that 1.2L Glas is so damn lovely! <3
Shot on a 5D Lr + Ps for Skin. (all at 1.2, except the last one at 1.4)


The problem with "examples" like that is they are post process driven, I could give an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.

Disagree completely, what plant are you living on?!!
These are a brilliant wee set, shot nicely and processed beautifully to compliment the 50L's creamy quality wide open and take these way beyond what 'any 50 at any aperture' would do.
If you have a personal dislike for processed shots then just say they're not to your taste. but to say any 50 at any aperture with processing would get similar results is nuts!
There's a lot more consideration and skill gone into these than you may think than just processing.
Location, time of day, quality of light, shooting/model position and styling, and then finally processing to complete the shot's mood and style.
If you're sick of too many style centric processed shots everywhere you see then thats a different story, as most of us prob dislike average or crap shots over processed just to look cool or cover up bad shooting technique. But these are made with certain style and subtlety that actually works for the shot. Well done Imaxmax!

Get off your high horse and read what I actually wrote. And, I don't live on a plant [sic].

I cast no judgement and expressed no opinion of the images other than to point out that with that much post processing any lens characteristics are heavily masked. That is not a contentious comment, it is a factual statement.

Hey PD, I'll get of my high horse then.. but would you like to discuss factually how ' an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.'

To me thats a really generalising statement and technically untrue I believe, and especially invalid in the 50L discussion thread. Maybe could be seen to be 'similar' by joe public for the general processing colour look. But should we not be discussing the 50Ls merits / qualities here and with a very keen eye?
What I see is the 50Ls lovely smooth rendering of the OOF areas and to my eyes that has been brilliantly retained within the processing. I can tell when too much contrast, highlights / shadows pulled in, clarity, sharpening begin to affect the natural look of a lens and the 50L especially. If you process harder sharper it pushes it more towards the 50 1.4 look and feel but at 1.2 and 1.4 you'd never achieve as beautiful lens rendering with any other lens maybe aside from the Otis.

There's a few other examples on this page that I however see some slight heavy handed sharpening on shots not taken as wide open that start to make it harder to me to discern as that '50L Look' This isn't go at anyone else but just technical observations.
Sparda79's fighfighters shots are nicely made ,but to me these don't show the natural 50L qualities that makes the 50L really shine compared to when shot wide openish of a closer portrait. There's a touch too much sharpening on these that hardens the bokeh rings much like the 501.4 does. To me these set of shots would be much harder to say that the 50L was used. And might have been a more valid discussion than Imaxmax's set.

All I'm saying here PD is we should be discussing the lens attributes and be doing it discerningly, and this page is chance to see some great work produced by the lens, and see the differences different subject matters, apertures, light and backgrounds are rendered by this len. For people who already use it and those who are thinking about owning it. It's a special lens and can be difficult to work with so when good results are made is great to see.
But there is a sweat spot it shines at, and that is wideish open but does also rely on the light in scene, the background, subject matter and of course... processing :)

Quote

Get off your high horse and read what I actually wrote. And, I don't live on a plant [sic].

I cast no judgement and expressed no opinion of the images other than to point out that with that much post processing any lens characteristics are heavily masked. That is not a contentious comment, it is a factual statement.

Post processing or not i think u can always see the character of a lens still. PP makes the shot better but not the feel. Something like that. Personally i think the more crappy a lens the more easy it is to notice the PP.

Well if you two guys want to demonstrate your observational skills you will have no problems telling us which of these images was shot with the 50 f1.2. Of course if you can't get them all right I might just have made a valid point.

P.S. For some bonus points tell us which other lenses were used.

Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Sporgon on July 06, 2014, 06:10:53 AM
I do not know why so many people hate this lens... I love it! I don't care what Sigma or what ever present, that 1.2L Glas is so damn lovely! <3
Shot on a 5D Lr + Ps for Skin. (all at 1.2, except the last one at 1.4)


The problem with "examples" like that is they are post process driven, I could give an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.

Disagree completely, what plant are you living on?!!
These are a brilliant wee set, shot nicely and processed beautifully to compliment the 50L's creamy quality wide open and take these way beyond what 'any 50 at any aperture' would do.
If you have a personal dislike for processed shots then just say they're not to your taste. but to say any 50 at any aperture with processing would get similar results is nuts!
There's a lot more consideration and skill gone into these than you may think than just processing.
Location, time of day, quality of light, shooting/model position and styling, and then finally processing to complete the shot's mood and style.
If you're sick of too many style centric processed shots everywhere you see then thats a different story, as most of us prob dislike average or crap shots over processed just to look cool or cover up bad shooting technique. But these are made with certain style and subtlety that actually works for the shot. Well done Imaxmax!

Get off your high horse and read what I actually wrote. And, I don't live on a plant [sic].

I cast no judgement and expressed no opinion of the images other than to point out that with that much post processing any lens characteristics are heavily masked. That is not a contentious comment, it is a factual statement.

Hey PD, I'll get of my high horse then.. but would you like to discuss factually how ' an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.'

To me thats a really generalising statement and technically untrue I believe, and especially invalid in the 50L discussion thread. Maybe could be seen to be 'similar' by joe public for the general processing colour look. But should we not be discussing the 50Ls merits / qualities here and with a very keen eye?
What I see is the 50Ls lovely smooth rendering of the OOF areas and to my eyes that has been brilliantly retained within the processing. I can tell when too much contrast, highlights / shadows pulled in, clarity, sharpening begin to affect the natural look of a lens and the 50L especially. If you process harder sharper it pushes it more towards the 50 1.4 look and feel but at 1.2 and 1.4 you'd never achieve as beautiful lens rendering with any other lens maybe aside from the Otis.

There's a few other examples on this page that I however see some slight heavy handed sharpening on shots not taken as wide open that start to make it harder to me to discern as that '50L Look' This isn't go at anyone else but just technical observations.
Sparda79's fighfighters shots are nicely made ,but to me these don't show the natural 50L qualities that makes the 50L really shine compared to when shot wide openish of a closer portrait. There's a touch too much sharpening on these that hardens the bokeh rings much like the 501.4 does. To me these set of shots would be much harder to say that the 50L was used. And might have been a more valid discussion than Imaxmax's set.

All I'm saying here PD is we should be discussing the lens attributes and be doing it discerningly, and this page is chance to see some great work produced by the lens, and see the differences different subject matters, apertures, light and backgrounds are rendered by this len. For people who already use it and those who are thinking about owning it. It's a special lens and can be difficult to work with so when good results are made is great to see.
But there is a sweat spot it shines at, and that is wideish open but does also rely on the light in scene, the background, subject matter and of course... processing :)

Quote

Get off your high horse and read what I actually wrote. And, I don't live on a plant [sic].

I cast no judgement and expressed no opinion of the images other than to point out that with that much post processing any lens characteristics are heavily masked. That is not a contentious comment, it is a factual statement.

Post processing or not i think u can always see the character of a lens still. PP makes the shot better but not the feel. Something like that. Personally i think the more crappy a lens the more easy it is to notice the PP.

Well if you two guys want to demonstrate your observational skills you will have no problems telling us which of these images was shot with the 50 f1.2. Of course if you can't get them all right I might just have made a valid point.

P.S. For some bonus points tell us which other lenses were used.

That's not fair ! There's no reference point, such as 'EF 50L gallery" or 'anything shot on a mki 50 1.8'. How are we supposed to appreciate the subtleties of a favourite lens if we don't know which one we are looking at ?
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Eldar on July 06, 2014, 06:43:55 AM
With all due respect, this discussion is rubbish. Looking at (over)processed, low resolution images, no exif and no objective comparative information ... It´s like sitting in the next room trying to guess what amplifier your neighbor is using in his hifi setup.

The only reasonable way to compare lenses is to have them side by side, shooting the same subjects, in the same lighting conditions, with the same settings, camera and post processing. I have seen what experts can do in post processing and they are certainly able to fool me.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on July 06, 2014, 08:15:54 AM

That's not fair ! There's no reference point, such as 'EF 50L gallery" or 'anything shot on a mki 50 1.8'. How are we supposed to appreciate the subtleties of a favourite lens if we don't know which one we are looking at ?

 ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on July 06, 2014, 08:17:14 AM
With all due respect, this discussion is rubbish. Looking at (over)processed, low resolution images, no exif and no objective comparative information ... It´s like sitting in the next room trying to guess what amplifier your neighbor is using in his hifi setup.

The only reasonable way to compare lenses is to have them side by side, shooting the same subjects, in the same lighting conditions, with the same settings, camera and post processing. I have seen what experts can do in post processing and they are certainly able to fool me.
Eldar, that was my point.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Eldar on July 06, 2014, 08:39:12 AM
Eldar, that was my point.
I got that ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Andrew Davies Photography on July 06, 2014, 11:08:51 AM
I do not know why so many people hate this lens... I love it! I don't care what Sigma or what ever present, that 1.2L Glas is so damn lovely! <3
Shot on a 5D Lr + Ps for Skin. (all at 1.2, except the last one at 1.4)


The problem with "examples" like that is they are post process driven, I could give an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.

Disagree completely, what plant are you living on?!!
These are a brilliant wee set, shot nicely and processed beautifully to compliment the 50L's creamy quality wide open and take these way beyond what 'any 50 at any aperture' would do.
If you have a personal dislike for processed shots then just say they're not to your taste. but to say any 50 at any aperture with processing would get similar results is nuts!
There's a lot more consideration and skill gone into these than you may think than just processing.
Location, time of day, quality of light, shooting/model position and styling, and then finally processing to complete the shot's mood and style.
If you're sick of too many style centric processed shots everywhere you see then thats a different story, as most of us prob dislike average or crap shots over processed just to look cool or cover up bad shooting technique. But these are made with certain style and subtlety that actually works for the shot. Well done Imaxmax!

Get off your high horse and read what I actually wrote. And, I don't live on a plant [sic].

I cast no judgement and expressed no opinion of the images other than to point out that with that much post processing any lens characteristics are heavily masked. That is not a contentious comment, it is a factual statement.

Hey PD, I'll get of my high horse then.. but would you like to discuss factually how ' an image shot taken with any 50mm lens at any aperture (at the same shoot) to a decent post processor and get them to look very similar.'

To me thats a really generalising statement and technically untrue I believe, and especially invalid in the 50L discussion thread. Maybe could be seen to be 'similar' by joe public for the general processing colour look. But should we not be discussing the 50Ls merits / qualities here and with a very keen eye?
What I see is the 50Ls lovely smooth rendering of the OOF areas and to my eyes that has been brilliantly retained within the processing. I can tell when too much contrast, highlights / shadows pulled in, clarity, sharpening begin to affect the natural look of a lens and the 50L especially. If you process harder sharper it pushes it more towards the 50 1.4 look and feel but at 1.2 and 1.4 you'd never achieve as beautiful lens rendering with any other lens maybe aside from the Otis.

There's a few other examples on this page that I however see some slight heavy handed sharpening on shots not taken as wide open that start to make it harder to me to discern as that '50L Look' This isn't go at anyone else but just technical observations.
Sparda79's fighfighters shots are nicely made ,but to me these don't show the natural 50L qualities that makes the 50L really shine compared to when shot wide openish of a closer portrait. There's a touch too much sharpening on these that hardens the bokeh rings much like the 501.4 does. To me these set of shots would be much harder to say that the 50L was used. And might have been a more valid discussion than Imaxmax's set.

All I'm saying here PD is we should be discussing the lens attributes and be doing it discerningly, and this page is chance to see some great work produced by the lens, and see the differences different subject matters, apertures, light and backgrounds are rendered by this len. For people who already use it and those who are thinking about owning it. It's a special lens and can be difficult to work with so when good results are made is great to see.
But there is a sweat spot it shines at, and that is wideish open but does also rely on the light in scene, the background, subject matter and of course... processing :)

Quote

Get off your high horse and read what I actually wrote. And, I don't live on a plant [sic].

I cast no judgement and expressed no opinion of the images other than to point out that with that much post processing any lens characteristics are heavily masked. That is not a contentious comment, it is a factual statement.

Post processing or not i think u can always see the character of a lens still. PP makes the shot better but not the feel. Something like that. Personally i think the more crappy a lens the more easy it is to notice the PP.

Well if you two guys want to demonstrate your observational skills you will have no problems telling us which of these images was shot with the 50 f1.2. Of course if you can't get them all right I might just have made a valid point.

P.S. For some bonus points tell us which other lenses were used.

Looking at those images as they are ALL of them could have been taken with the 50 1.2 at different apertures and processed differently.

In its unaltered state and wide open a shot with the 50 1.2 would be more recognizable but like that they could be anything.

I used to own the 50 1.2L and sold it mainly down to not liking the perspective , i use a 35 and 85 now and find those suit my style much better and they can produce as good bokeh as the 50 1.2. I hardly ever shoot at anything under F2 for my work mind as it just gets to shallow for the subject otherwise.

www.andrew-davies.com (http://www.andrew-davies.com)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on July 06, 2014, 06:18:31 PM
Interesting, but not surprising, over 600 views of 24 example images and not one person even ventures to make a guess on one single one of them, even though we had people saying stuff like "Post processing or not i think u can always see the character of a lens still." and "shot nicely and processed beautifully to compliment the 50L's creamy quality wide open and take these way beyond what 'any 50 at any aperture' would do."

Kinda funny really..........
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Andrew Davies Photography on July 06, 2014, 06:43:50 PM
Interesting, but not surprising, over 600 views of 24 example images and not one person even ventures to make a guess on one single one of them, even though we had people saying stuff like "Post processing or not i think u can always see the character of a lens still." and "shot nicely and processed beautifully to compliment the 50L's creamy quality wide open and take these way beyond what 'any 50 at any aperture' would do."

Kinda funny really..........

Your right of course telling a lens from a photo is nigh on impossible. However the fact a wide aperture prime has been used wide open is sometimes a lot more obvious and can be told apart from a zoom. The posting of those photos though was not something anyone could make a good judgement from just not enough size or resolution and too much processing, it does not suprise me noone has answered.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: klickflip on July 18, 2014, 05:27:42 PM
Interesting, but not surprising, over 600 views of 24 example images and not one person even ventures to make a guess on one single one of them, even though we had people saying stuff like "Post processing or not i think u can always see the character of a lens still." and "shot nicely and processed beautifully to compliment the 50L's creamy quality wide open and take these way beyond what 'any 50 at any aperture' would do."

Kinda funny really..........

I'll have a shot at this , probably will be totally wrong but will be be fun :0

Can I ask, are all the shots your own ? or have you grabbed them form various sources for this exercise ?
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on July 18, 2014, 07:12:56 PM
I'll have a shot at this , probably will be totally wrong but will be be fun :0

Can I ask, are all the shots your own ? or have you grabbed them form various sources for this exercise ?

Of course you can ask, not one of them is mine and they are all easily findable on the net, I wasn't sneaky or devious, I deliberately put in images from several lenses but I will say they are all the same focal length. I didn't use any of my images for several reasons, not least of which is I don't post process like many of them and I wanted to include a range of styles, subject matter, selective dof etc and as I have posted hundreds of images here I didn't want my test subjects, location, or post style to give anybody clues.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: mackguyver on July 18, 2014, 07:49:02 PM
I'm sure the obvious answer is that none of them were shot with the 50L ;D

Once upon a time this was a photo gallery, so I'll try to start it down that path again, even if it's not the greatest photo:

(http://www.ianandersonphotography.com/photos/i-VsQkP62/0/L/i-VsQkP62-L.jpg)

Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: klickflip on July 18, 2014, 09:47:18 PM
I'll have a shot at this , probably will be totally wrong but will be be fun :0

Can I ask, are all the shots your own ? or have you grabbed them form various sources for this exercise ?

Of course you can ask, not one of them is mine and they are all easily findable on the net, I wasn't sneaky or devious, I deliberately put in images from several lenses but I will say they are all the same focal length. I didn't use any of my images for several reasons, not least of which is I don't post process like many of them and I wanted to include a range of styles, subject matter, selective dof etc and as I have posted hundreds of images here I didn't want my test subjects, location, or post style to give anybody clues.

Well you have picked some good examples to make it difficult ;) Really is everything a 50mm,  a few look 100mm macro to my eyes.

Since we are in canon forum , are we looking at canon 1.4, 1.8. 1.2L and sigma 1.4 & 1.4 art... any nikons in there ?  have you compiled the exif date from each of the shots? we can look at afterwards
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on July 18, 2014, 11:05:27 PM

Well you have picked some good examples to make it difficult ;) Really is everything a 50mm,  a few look 100mm macro to my eyes.

Since we are in canon forum , are we looking at canon 1.4, 1.8. 1.2L and sigma 1.4 & 1.4 art... any nikons in there ?  have you compiled the exif date from each of the shots? we can look at afterwards

No more clues, just 50mm. The only additional info I have is which lens it was, I had each open in a browser window but closed them when nobody rose to the challenge, I might be able to find a few more details for some of them.

Obviously you are being trusted not to cheat :-)

P.S. Mackguyver, sorry for the diversion. For a little perspective I owned and used an FD 50 f1.2L for many years and simply loved it, when I moved to EOS I eagerly anticipated the arrival of the 1.2L and used the 1.4 in the mean time. When the 1.2 did eventually arrive I was not impressed, I tried to like it but didn't.

I am not a fast prime hater by any stretch of the imagination, the 85 f1.2 is peerless, but I feel too often wild claims are made that just can't be backed up. I have said many times that if you shoot more because your lens has a red ring then that alone is a good enough reason to buy it. But to claim some of the stuff in this thread from in line images really is gilding the lily, and truthfully doesn't help informed purchasing decisions.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: mackguyver on July 19, 2014, 12:36:54 AM
P.S. Mackguyver, sorry for the diversion. For a little perspective I owned and used an FD 50 f1.2L for many years and simply loved it, when I moved to EOS I eagerly anticipated the arrival of the 1.2L and used the 1.4 in the mean time. When the 1.2 did eventually arrive I was not impressed, I tried to like it but didn't.

I am not a fast prime hater by any stretch of the imagination, the 85 f1.2 is peerless, but I feel too often wild claims are made that just can't be backed up. I have said many times that if you shoot more because your lens has a red ring then that alone is a good enough reason to buy it. But to claim some of the stuff in this thread from in line images really is gilding the lily, and truthfully doesn't help informed purchasing decisions.
No apologies needed - you were actually the last person to post photos!  Besides, I like your examples and the point you're making.  I'm of the opposite perspective on this lens - I tried not to like it and even sold it, but there is something about this lens that I see in the final photos that I love.  In side-by-side shots with the 50 f/1.4, it's not there, and there's nothing magical going on, but the lens does produce great photos for me.  I don't post most of those photos here as they are of family, but I'm really happy with them.  No wild claims, just great results for me, that's why I like this lens.

I also agree that the 85 f/1.2 II is truly amazing (and better than the 50L), and I actually think that lens really does seem to have some magic :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Menace on July 19, 2014, 12:55:58 AM
P.S. Mackguyver, sorry for the diversion. For a little perspective I owned and used an FD 50 f1.2L for many years and simply loved it, when I moved to EOS I eagerly anticipated the arrival of the 1.2L and used the 1.4 in the mean time. When the 1.2 did eventually arrive I was not impressed, I tried to like it but didn't.

I am not a fast prime hater by any stretch of the imagination, the 85 f1.2 is peerless, but I feel too often wild claims are made that just can't be backed up. I have said many times that if you shoot more because your lens has a red ring then that alone is a good enough reason to buy it. But to claim some of the stuff in this thread from in line images really is gilding the lily, and truthfully doesn't help informed purchasing decisions.

No apologies needed - you were actually the last person to post photos!  Besides, I like your examples and the point you're making.  I'm of the opposite perspective on this lens - I tried not to like it and even sold it, but there is something about this lens that I see in the final photos that I love.  In side-by-side shots with the 50 f/1.4, it's not there, and there's nothing magical going on, but the lens does produce great photos for me.  I don't post most of those photos here as they are of family, but I'm really happy with them.  No wild claims, just great results for me, that's why I like this lens.

I also agree that the 85 f/1.2 II is truly amazing (and better than the 50L), and I actually think that lens really does seem to have some magic :)

I loved having both the 50L and the 85L but you are absolutely correct - 85L is magical.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: talicoa on July 19, 2014, 12:22:15 PM
I'll make a couple of guesses based on my experience with these lenses. 
The little girl looking up is with the 50 1.2L, as is the woman looking up the roof, I think the Little Figurine, and maybe the rose too.  The horse nose and the girl coming up the escalator look like the 1.4 version.

Here is my take on these lenses.
50L The contrast and color is superior to any other 50MM I have seen. 
50 f1.4 Canon. This lens is dreamy there is a lot of halation wide open lower contrast, wicked sharp at f5.6
85 1.8 Canon Fast AF.  Wicked Sharp at f5.6 too.  My go-to studio Portrait lens.  Nails the shot 95% of the time.  Best keeper rate of all lenses I have tried.
85 1.2L Turn off the studio lights, go out into the garden open the aperture up and amaze yourself. If you don't have a weather sealed body then don't chimp, or you might ruin your camera with the drool.
135L When you need a little more range.  Color and contrast are amazing.  Bokeh is one of the best for a lens many people can afford. It has some magic in it.  Great for theater and music.
70-200 2,8LII  This lens does a lot of what all the others do, except for the 50MM 1.2. It is gigantic and heavy though.  The bokeh is impressive if you shoot tight at 200mm.  Very sharp.
 
There is a lot of hype right now about the Sigma and how sharp it is.  I am not sure the sharpness is what I love about the 50L.  It is more than that.  Does the Sigma have the same feel?  Time will tell.
I have rented the 50L a few times and I own the 1.4.  I have rented the 85 1.2L multiple times and it is incredible.  The next lens on my wishlist is the 50mm 1.2L.  Even with the Sigma out there, the Canon is what I want.  Maybe I will rent the Sigma and see how much I like it.  The price is better. 

I will see if I can dig up some interesting photos that I can post.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: surapon on July 19, 2014, 02:13:13 PM
Dear Teachers and Friends.
 After read this Great Post, Make me sick with G.A.S. Illness again, But I must ask your opinion/ Great Opinion first :
I already have Sigma 50 mm F/ 1.4  MK I,  Canon EF 85 mm F/ 1.2  L MK II And  EF 40 MM. Pancake + So many Lenses start from 8 MM Fish eye  to 600 mm. ------Do you think Smart IDEA to Spend  another $ 1500 US Dollars for EF 50 mm F/ 1.2 L ??? and What For ??---Or Just Save Money to buy EF 1200 MM. L. ( 1800 MM. If Canon Make it)  before I die.

Yes, For $ 1500 US Dollars, I can buy many Good Sigma Lenses.
Thank you, Sir/ Madam
Have a great weekend
Surapon
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on July 19, 2014, 02:55:55 PM
I'll make a couple of guesses based on my experience with these lenses. 
The little girl looking up is with the 50 1.2L, as is the woman looking up the roof, I think the Little Figurine, and maybe the rose too.  The horse nose and the girl coming up the escalator look like the 1.4 version.

If I cut you some slack you got one right.

Dear Teachers and Friends.
 After read this Great Post, Make me sick with G.A.S. Illness again, But I must ask your opinion/ Great Opinion first :
I already have Sigma 50 mm F/ 1.4  MK I,  Canon EF 85 mm F/ 1.2  L MK II And  EF 40 MM. Pancake + So many Lenses start from 8 MM Fish eye  to 600 mm. ------Do you think Smart IDEA to Spend  another $ 1500 US Dollars for EF 50 mm F/ 1.2 L ??? and What For ??---Or Just Save Money to buy EF 1200 MM. L. ( 1800 MM. If Canon Make it)  before I die.

Yes, For $ 1500 US Dollars, I can buy many Good Sigma Lenses.
Thank you, Sir/ Madam
Have a great weekend
Surapon

Surapon, if you can't tell me which of the images I showed was shot with the Canon 50mm f1.2 then I would suggest another workshop or another vacation, both of which I know you do, would be a better way to spend your photo budget. It is not about using a specific lens, it is about taking pictures in a specific way.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: surapon on July 19, 2014, 03:22:07 PM
I'll make a couple of guesses based on my experience with these lenses. 
The little girl looking up is with the 50 1.2L, as is the woman looking up the roof, I think the Little Figurine, and maybe the rose too.  The horse nose and the girl coming up the escalator look like the 1.4 version.

If I cut you some slack you got one right.

Dear Teachers and Friends.
 After read this Great Post, Make me sick with G.A.S. Illness again, But I must ask your opinion/ Great Opinion first :
I already have Sigma 50 mm F/ 1.4  MK I,  Canon EF 85 mm F/ 1.2  L MK II And  EF 40 MM. Pancake + So many Lenses start from 8 MM Fish eye  to 600 mm. ------Do you think Smart IDEA to Spend  another $ 1500 US Dollars for EF 50 mm F/ 1.2 L ??? and What For ??---Or Just Save Money to buy EF 1200 MM. L. ( 1800 MM. If Canon Make it)  before I die.

Yes, For $ 1500 US Dollars, I can buy many Good Sigma Lenses.
Thank you, Sir/ Madam
Have a great weekend
Surapon

Surapon, if you can't tell me which of the images I showed was shot with the Canon 50mm f1.2 then I would suggest another workshop or another vacation, both of which I know you do, would be a better way to spend your photo budget. It is not about using a specific lens, it is about taking pictures in a specific way.

Yes, Sir, You are right on the target, Dear friend Mr. privatebydesign.
I need to train my eyes more to catch the Difference detail of Photos by  50 mm F/ 1.2  and 85 mm F/ 1.2.
Yes, Plus another Vacation too.
BTW, This Winter, I  already  pay the money for two 36 hours per course of  " The Studio Lighting for the PRO" and " The way that The PRO  create the great Scenery Picture"

Yes , I love your great words. my dear Teacher "  It is not about using a specific lens, it is about taking pictures in a specific way "= Yes, Save money, But use Our brain and our heart , to create the perfected photos.
Thanks again, Sir.
Surapon
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: talicoa on July 19, 2014, 03:56:45 PM
I'll make a couple of guesses based on my experience with these lenses. 
The little girl looking up is with the 50 1.2L, as is the woman looking up the roof, I think the Little Figurine, and maybe the rose too.  The horse nose and the girl coming up the escalator look like the 1.4 version.

If I cut you some slack you got one right.

Dear Teachers and Friends.
 After read this Great Post, Make me sick with G.A.S. Illness again, But I must ask your opinion/ Great Opinion first :
I already have Sigma 50 mm F/ 1.4  MK I,  Canon EF 85 mm F/ 1.2  L MK II And  EF 40 MM. Pancake + So many Lenses start from 8 MM Fish eye  to 600 mm. ------Do you think Smart IDEA to Spend  another $ 1500 US Dollars for EF 50 mm F/ 1.2 L ??? and What For ??---Or Just Save Money to buy EF 1200 MM. L. ( 1800 MM. If Canon Make it)  before I die.

Yes, For $ 1500 US Dollars, I can buy many Good Sigma Lenses.
Thank you, Sir/ Madam
Have a great weekend
Surapon

Surapon, if you can't tell me which of the images I showed was shot with the Canon 50mm f1.2 then I would suggest another workshop or another vacation, both of which I know you do, would be a better way to spend your photo budget. It is not about using a specific lens, it is about taking pictures in a specific way.

I will take whatever slack I can get.

I think the 50 1.2L takes some great photos, better than my canon 50mm 1.4 below f2.8.  Am I wrong?  If you are saying that it isn't worth the extra money for other people, that is a difficult argument.  Who knows the value that people place on their money. Only them.  I think that out of the camera, these lenses look different, and therefore have different value.  Do you disagree?
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: TeT on July 19, 2014, 04:27:55 PM
depends what f stop you use. I am 4 to 8 mostly where the 1.4 is sharper. I mostly use my lenses for eBay product pictures and not portraits. Same with the 35 , the 35 2 IS is sharper 4 to 8 than the 35 1.4 L.

if you use or need 1.2 go for it...
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: bdunbar79 on July 19, 2014, 05:19:13 PM
I owned and shot with the 50L extensively for over a year. 

It is a specialty lens specifically designed to be used primarily from f/1.2 to f/2.8.  Narrower than f/2.8 there are better 50mm lenses, namely the 50 f/1.4.  I didn't shoot wider than f/2.8 enough so I sold it and kept the 50 f/1.4.  TO ME, it wasn't worth the $1699 vs. $399 price difference.

If you love f/1.2 to f/2.2ish and you love the 50mm focal length, then I'd say it would be worth it.  If not, no way.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Sauropod on July 22, 2014, 01:48:58 AM
I'll take a stab at it! 

Of the 1st 12 images, starting from the bottom left (the masked guy), the bottom row is not 50mm 1.2.  They don't scream "1.2" to me.
The next row, above, I'll say the tunnel woman is not, the horse nose is most certainly not, the purple shirted kid is. 
The wheat field is not.  The kid on the far right (with chin cut off) is not.
On the top row the umbrella girl *is* 50mm 1.2.  The ants are not.  The kid is not.  The rose is (I'm not convinced 100%).

To recap I am saying the umbrella, the rose and the purple shirted kid are all 50mm 1.2  I was torn on the wheatfield I'll admit and not sold on the rose.  However, when I viewed these images they are low res jpgs and rapidly pixellate on my monitor.  The argument is "I should know immediately, it should be evident, if they are 1.2L" but my vision isn't the greatest and I use a 30" high end monitor and have to zoom in to see much of anything nowadays (sadly pixel peeping isn't intentional when one's eyes go bad, it is just a fact of life :-)).  The low res of the images certainly isn't doing these eyes any favors but I do love the challenge!

After reading the entire thread, as a scientist, I'd predict I could tell the difference if the images were identical, as others have indicated.  The (antag?)onist of the thread argues mixing images and lenses shouldn't matter, for if it has magical qualities they should be self-evident.  I understand that logic but, with these samples, the low res jpg files prevented me from confidently (other than the umbrella girl and, in disagreement with a previous poster, the dog on the second set of 12) declaring 1.2 vs "other" in some cases. 

As others before have argued the various 50mm lenses are different brushes that provide different results.  I know my wife consistently picked the 200/2.0 images over my beloved 70-200 2.8 images.  Is she 100% right on picking them out?  Nope, but she picked enough out that, get this, she asked me to buy that awesome 200/2.0 lens! 

I've owned the 1.2 and I own the 50 1.4.  Is the 1.2 magical?  For me it wasn't magical enough to keep (there were Great Whites to be purchased!  :-)).  Unlike the 200 2.0 and, to a lesser extent, the 85L, I personally wasn't able to consistently tell which 50mm lens generated an image and, more importantly, neither could the Big Boss (aka my spouse).  I believe just about any lens can produce some amazing images but, ultimately, each lens is, as a previous poster mentioned, but a brush, a tool, that can do things other brushes can't. 

I have enjoyed this thread, and the 24 image challenge.  I ask that, at some point, we get to know which are the 1.2 images!

I love this forum.  I learn so while mostly lurking, and the passion exuded by all parties is very cool and most appreciated. 

Click on!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on July 22, 2014, 02:13:57 AM
Hi Surapod, thanks for trying.

Of the five you said were, or probably were, the 1.2 one is. I'll hold off on the ones you said definitely were not until anybody else who wants a try does, don't want to give out too many clues!

I'll post the actual answers in a couple of days.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on July 23, 2014, 09:10:53 PM
So the answer.

Three lenses, all Canon 50's the 1.8, the 1.4 and the 1.2L.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: notapro on July 24, 2014, 01:28:36 AM
I mentioned this in the other thread with this diverting lens identification activity, but will mention it here as well.

I had a "perfect" score in identifiying photos where the 1.2 was used.  Of course, I jest a bit, as I picked only one image and got lucky.  I could just as easily have been wrong, but I wasn't  :P

Hmm, "Mr. 100%" is sounding like a more attractive name than "notapro" about now . . .  ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: nda on July 24, 2014, 05:35:11 AM

http://youtu.be/mKR4UnC_7HI (http://youtu.be/mKR4UnC_7HI)

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sigma_50mm_f1-4_DG_HSM_Art/ (http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sigma_50mm_f1-4_DG_HSM_Art/)

 :-X

Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: candc on July 26, 2014, 08:17:22 PM
just got mine in the mail yesterday and tried it out on the way home from work. there was a small town car show going on. my initial impression is that its a pretty damn good lens. it has got a bit of a hazy highlight glow wide open but that is what i got it for. you can see it on the blower photo. i guess that is from the spherical aberration. it goes away when you stop down.

the best part is that without any afma or dock calibration it just focuses on what you point it at.

so far i am very pleased with the lens. there are a lot of good 50's to choose from now but don't overlook this one if you are in the market.

the following photos are all wide open no adjustments converted in dpp half size to fit here. the light was bad today but i think they look pretty good anyway.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: candc on July 26, 2014, 08:19:39 PM
manitoba
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: candc on July 26, 2014, 08:22:09 PM
low rider
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: candc on July 26, 2014, 08:25:53 PM
watch out kids!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: privatebydesign on July 26, 2014, 09:12:09 PM
I mentioned this in the other thread with this diverting lens identification activity, but will mention it here as well.

I had a "perfect" score in identifiying photos where the 1.2 was used.  Of course, I jest a bit, as I picked only one image and got lucky.  I could just as easily have been wrong, but I wasn't  :P

Hmm, "Mr. 100%" is sounding like a more attractive name than "notapro" about now . . .  ;D

Hmm, "Lies, damn lies, and statistics." We can all make the numbers say what we want, my take is you got one right out of 24, so 4.16%, but what do I know?

candc's new example images illustrate why I really don't like the 1.2 so much of the time, you have to be so very careful of background objects. I have circled the areas in two of your images that I, personally, find very distracting.

Obviously these things are all personal preference, but I found this kind of distracting element in 1.2 images far too often, I'd rather a fractionally slower and arguably less "sharp" lens that doesn't do this anywhere near as often. People that shoot with uncluttered backgrounds, or who have more control over the direction of their shots can certainly get the best out of the 1.2 between f1.2 and f1.8-2, however I prefer a lens that is far more flexible than that.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: candc on July 26, 2014, 09:35:52 PM
That is a good observation. I read that in some reviews as well. It seems the bokeh can get "nervous" looking in the transition area.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: candc on August 09, 2014, 02:03:30 PM
i  love the way everything just melts into the background with this lens
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Legalese78 on August 09, 2014, 06:53:59 PM
Nashville
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: candc on August 09, 2014, 07:32:28 PM
Nashville

nice shot, peculiar looking bokeh balls.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: mackguyver on September 07, 2014, 03:27:31 PM
It's been a while since I've posted a cat photo...but this one came out nice - 1D X + 50L - f/2.8 1/160s @ ISO 16,000 + DxO PRIME.

(http://www.ianandersonphotography.com/Recent-Work/Recent/i-JnKjBH4/0/L/_E9Q0805_ID-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: candc on September 10, 2014, 07:34:58 PM
It's been a while since I've posted a cat photo...but this one came out nice - 1D X + 50L - f/2.8 1/160s @ ISO 16,000 + DxO PRIME.

Wow, looks great, especially considering it was taken at iso 16000!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: mackguyver on September 11, 2014, 01:31:59 PM
It's been a while since I've posted a cat photo...but this one came out nice - 1D X + 50L - f/2.8 1/160s @ ISO 16,000 + DxO PRIME.

Wow, looks great, especially considering it was taken at iso 16000!
Thanks and when I opened the file, I couldn't believe it was that dark when I had taken the photo.  I didn't add contrast or vibrancy, either.  The 1D X + DxO PRIME continues to blow my mind and I have pretty much given up worrying about ISO.  I bumped the aperture & shutter up because I was crouched on the floor to get this shot - not the most stable position.  The haters can say all they want about the 50L, but I love this lens and I'm never disappointed with the end result.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: hendrik0701 on December 14, 2014, 02:26:06 PM
When I corrected AFMA on my bodys, the lens is awesome!

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/13967738508_aae746498d_b.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7545/15310045413_30dd2d016c_b.jpg)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8627/15767780179_093903b8d7_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Pookie on January 19, 2015, 10:36:16 PM
Recent shoot with the 5D3/50L... Miranda, Wagner Grove - Santa Cruz, California.
(http://www.davidkm.com/Clients/MIranda-2015/i-QQbRdgC/0/L/Image-001-20-L.jpg) (http://www.davidkm.com/Front/i-QQbRdgC/A)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: skullyspice on February 07, 2015, 05:33:46 PM
i call this one Dino
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Pookie on February 11, 2015, 11:41:42 PM
Caley at Lighthouse Field State Beach...

5D3+50L (5 stop ND) with Elinchrom Quadra into a 1 meter Rotalux Octa
(http://www.davidkm.com/Clients/CFlowers-2015/i-Sb6qs25/1/L/Image-001-91-L.jpg) (http://www.davidkm.com/Front/i-Sb6qs25/A)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: candc on February 23, 2015, 11:07:43 PM
Great stuff here, how can you not love this lens? I should really shoot it more.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: geekpower on February 24, 2015, 11:35:02 PM
I'm still learning, but here are a couple of my early attempts that I don't hate.  I use an ND8 filter when I'm outside. 

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7563/16249080552_72b93ccf80_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qKSMxf)
Arborus Digitalis (https://flic.kr/p/qKSMxf) by geoffcpotter (https://www.flickr.com/people/130243104@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8594/16064870767_6061afce5d_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qtAEot)
Under the A (https://flic.kr/p/qtAEot) by geoffcpotter (https://www.flickr.com/people/130243104@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7378/16291512388_61ae70fe8e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qPCg3C)
Hazy afternoon (https://flic.kr/p/qPCg3C) by geoffcpotter (https://www.flickr.com/people/130243104@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7459/16300985788_5a5aa76025_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qQsPa7)
Accidental sun dial (https://flic.kr/p/qQsPa7) by geoffcpotter (https://www.flickr.com/people/130243104@N08/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Ruined on March 03, 2015, 10:09:37 AM
Great stuff here, how can you not love this lens? I should really shoot it more.

It is my favorite Canon lens bar none :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: skullyspice on March 09, 2015, 10:32:38 PM
Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: hendrik0701 on March 18, 2015, 02:42:51 AM
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8574/16825154121_bfd7be181c_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: hendrik0701 on April 03, 2015, 08:34:42 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7654/16993105176_0d90eb55bf_b.jpg)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8704/16811699677_0fec72b4e7_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Eldar on April 18, 2015, 12:37:10 AM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7654/16993105176_0d90eb55bf_b.jpg)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8704/16811699677_0fec72b4e7_b.jpg)
Cool images Henrik, especially the first one.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Hill Benson on May 04, 2015, 12:19:50 AM
Some real nice contributions in this thread. Thanks for sharing everyone. Being the most expensive lens I own I have no regrets putting my hard earned money into getting the 50L. I can't imagine ever selling it now.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8825/17283631171_e01bc13829.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ski8oT)
Heritage Express Steam Train - Gosford Station (https://flic.kr/p/ski8oT) by cnlkurtz (https://www.flickr.com/people/68527603@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8818/17284048555_cecc8c4f76.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/skkgta)
Heritage Express Steam Train - Gosford Station (https://flic.kr/p/skkgta) by cnlkurtz (https://www.flickr.com/people/68527603@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8816/16986865738_b5671f95fa.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/rT58nu)
Heritage Express Steam Train - Gosford Station (https://flic.kr/p/rT58nu) by cnlkurtz (https://www.flickr.com/people/68527603@N08/), on Flickr

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7281/16476829632_94fbf3db8f.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/r714pw)
Agnus and Emma (https://flic.kr/p/r714pw) by cnlkurtz (https://www.flickr.com/people/68527603@N08/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: eninja on May 13, 2015, 06:02:03 AM
there
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: eninja on May 13, 2015, 06:04:30 AM
Another
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: zim on May 13, 2015, 03:05:16 PM
Awwww.....  :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: hendrik0701 on May 20, 2015, 12:53:38 PM
Some photos from Eurovision, taken with 1DX and 50/1.2.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8802/17868017981_123fc621bb_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8822/17841158326_1867474760_b.jpg)

(https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7774/17321546994_3ee8bc472b_b.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8855/17756486200_533d8f3d98_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Simey on June 04, 2015, 09:43:52 AM
Balloon launch, Luxor, Egypt.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8756/17363355112_7dd0dc0b79_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/sskJxA)IMG_3088.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/sskJxA) by Simon S (https://www.flickr.com/photos/101430735@N07/), on Flickr



Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Viggo on June 06, 2015, 09:58:54 AM
Balloon launch, Luxor, Egypt.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8756/17363355112_7dd0dc0b79_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/sskJxA)IMG_3088.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/sskJxA) by Simon S (https://www.flickr.com/photos/101430735@N07/), on Flickr

Awesomesauce! Wonderful shot!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: hendrik0701 on July 06, 2015, 05:05:38 PM
Some shots from my trip to the Balkans.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/338/18853754874_47da6b2d68_c.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/477/18853755804_6eafa94173_c.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3843/19480640801_61bc8ccf56_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Click on July 06, 2015, 06:50:19 PM
Balloon launch, Luxor, Egypt.


Very nice shot, Simey. Well done.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Click on July 06, 2015, 06:52:11 PM
Some shots from my trip to the Balkans.


I really like the last picture. Nicely done hendrik0701.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: hendrik0701 on July 10, 2015, 07:36:22 AM
Some shots from my trip to the Balkans.


I really like the last picture. Nicely done hendrik0701.

Thank you!

Photo from European Athletics U23 championships in Tallinn.

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/480/19575226931_52aecdb004_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: hendrik0701 on July 17, 2015, 04:00:17 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3721/19741164966_a200eb38a7_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: drmikeinpdx on October 07, 2015, 10:54:18 PM
(http://www.beyondboudoirphoto.com/img/s11/v32/p1534778165-5.jpg)

I haven't used my 50mm F/1.2 L for a while, but for this recent shoot I was very glad I had it with me.  I was shooting for this client on city streets at dusk and had her sit at a sidewalk cafe.   The light was pretty much gone by that time, just enough to focus.  Wish the 5D3 would illuminate the focus point!!

ISO: 1600,  F/1.2,  1/160th

When she turned her head a little more, I could not keep both eyes in acceptable focus.   Fortunately, I took lots of shots at this location!   Doing close portraits at F/1.2 does not give you a high keeper rate, that's for sure.

The blurred shapes behind the subject are a group of people sitting at a table just behind her.  As someone once said, F/1.2 doesn't blur the background, it obliterates it.   So true!  And so convenient sometimes.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: geekpower on November 11, 2015, 06:17:22 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: AE-1Burnham on January 01, 2016, 11:13:27 AM
Madeira, 2015.
1Ds III, 50 1.2, 1/6400 sec f/1,2 ISO 100, with some minimal post: vignette, highlight recovery and slight crop & resize.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: AE-1Burnham on January 01, 2016, 11:40:23 AM
Madeira, 2015.
1Ds III, 50 1.2, 1/5000 sec f/1,2 ISO 100, with some minimal post: slight crop & resize.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: itsdawnkim on February 21, 2016, 09:41:35 PM
Currently waiting for the mkII version of this lens :D hopefully sometime soon this year.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Pookie on February 28, 2016, 03:24:24 AM
Canon 5D Mark III w/ 50mm f/1.2L USM
Quadra into Mola Demi 22" (just off-axis left) - key

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Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: LukasS on March 07, 2016, 08:16:35 PM
Straight OOC (barrel distortion corrected and that's it):

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Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Jerryrigged on July 20, 2016, 06:59:52 PM
Well with a 35L/85L II combo I felt owning a 50L is just a tad redundant and got rid of it....but some of you are tempting me to get this back in my collection.

P.S. you will be doing me a favor if you tell me it is redundant and totally unnecessary.

It would be redundant in your prime setup. You chose the 35mm as your standard lens, having a 50mm isn't needed.

ditto

my sigma 35 and 85 are my main goto lenses now oh also the 135 f2L for more reach
these are my holy trinity of primes

A little bit different take on this...

I have the 35mm f/1.4L II at the wide end (not super wide, I know) and at the long end, I have the 100mm f/2.8L Macro and the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.  I really want the 135mm f/2 at some point, but I'm already pretty well set at the long end for now.  I used the 50mm f/1.2 for a weekend wedding not long ago and LOVE it!  There is a profound difference between my 35mm f/1.4L II and the 50mm f/1.2L.  The 35mm is bleeding edge sharp!  It has beautiful color and can give a nice 3D pop to images.  However, it is NOT dreamy like the 50mm.  The 50mm f/1.2L seems to give a much more artistic, moody affect to the images.  Of course, I don't think I shot it stopped down any more than maybe f/1.8... and most were wide open at f/1.2.  I was lucky that the copy I had required ZERO micro-focus adjustment.  As soon as I can afford it, I will be getting the 50mm f/1.2 and I think it will complement my 35mm nicely.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: jd7 on July 24, 2016, 06:43:55 AM
Well with a 35L/85L II combo I felt owning a 50L is just a tad redundant and got rid of it....but some of you are tempting me to get this back in my collection.

P.S. you will be doing me a favor if you tell me it is redundant and totally unnecessary.

It would be redundant in your prime setup. You chose the 35mm as your standard lens, having a 50mm isn't needed.

ditto

my sigma 35 and 85 are my main goto lenses now oh also the 135 f2L for more reach
these are my holy trinity of primes

A little bit different take on this...

I have the 35mm f/1.4L II at the wide end (not super wide, I know) and at the long end, I have the 100mm f/2.8L Macro and the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.  I really want the 135mm f/2 at some point, but I'm already pretty well set at the long end for now.  I used the 50mm f/1.2 for a weekend wedding not long ago and LOVE it!  There is a profound difference between my 35mm f/1.4L II and the 50mm f/1.2L.  The 35mm is bleeding edge sharp!  It has beautiful color and can give a nice 3D pop to images.  However, it is NOT dreamy like the 50mm.  The 50mm f/1.2L seems to give a much more artistic, moody affect to the images.  Of course, I don't think I shot it stopped down any more than maybe f/1.8... and most were wide open at f/1.2.  I was lucky that the copy I had required ZERO micro-focus adjustment.  As soon as I can afford it, I will be getting the 50mm f/1.2 and I think it will complement my 35mm nicely.

I agree that 35 and 85 often make a nice combination, but I agree with Jerryrigged that 35 and 50 are quite different. I've read a lot of comments on the internet implying they are close to interchangeable, but I think they make quite different photos.  50 is more of a "definite subject" lens (be that a single person or a couple or whatever) while 35 is more useful for "environmental" shots  (including environmental portraits), for want of a better description.  In fact, I think 50 shares more in common with 85 (in terms of the types of shots it is useful for) than with 35.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: YuengLinger on October 11, 2016, 07:02:34 AM
Clearly the 50mm 1.2 L has run its course.  Despite some outliers who get consistently adequate results, occasionally pleasing,

WE NEED AN UPDATE, CANON!!!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: jolyonralph on October 11, 2016, 08:36:19 AM
I've recently bought the 50mm f/1.2 and yes, it's not a forgiving lens.

I first really discovered my love of photography on Canon (especially portrait photography) with the 50mm f/1.8 II - a lens that I still own because it's still a great lens especially when thrown on an adaptor on the EOS M3.

Just before the birth of my son I invested in the Canon 50mm f/1.4 thinking that it was likely to be a good companion to my much loved 85mm f/1.8 - but after a while I realised that I didn't really find anything that I loved about this lens. Yes, it was better than the 50mm 1.8 in most cases, but there was nothing that made me really want to use it. It laid mostly unused in my lens bag until I sold it recently.

Earlier this year I decided to treat myself to the lens I'd always wanted - the 85mm f/1.2L II - and of course was blown away with how amazing it was.   I then started to wonder about the 50mm f/1.2L - I knew from everything I read that this was not something to compare with the 85 1.2L, this was a lens with a very mixed reputation.  And then one came up on offer on Facebook at a price I could not refuse (a very recently made one too with the silvery box and the center-pinch cap) so I took the plunge.

I do not regret this for one moment. The 50mm f/1.2 can be frustrating compared to the 85 1.2, but it does have a unique character to it that the 1.4 doesn't. Looking at some of the photos already posted here you can see it.

I am still far from mastering it, but it is nowhere near as bad as some people have made out.

If they can do a 50mm f/1.2L II USM that's as good as the 85mm f/1.2L then Canon will of course have a winner. but until then, there's a lot of life left in this lens.


Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: YuengLinger on October 11, 2016, 08:50:17 AM
I've recently bought the 50mm f/1.2 and yes, it's not a forgiving lens.

I first really discovered my love of photography on Canon (especially portrait photography) with the 50mm f/1.8 II - a lens that I still own because it's still a great lens especially when thrown on an adaptor on the EOS M3.

Just before the birth of my son I invested in the Canon 50mm f/1.4 thinking that it was likely to be a good companion to my much loved 85mm f/1.8 - but after a while I realised that I didn't really find anything that I loved about this lens. Yes, it was better than the 50mm 1.8 in most cases, but there was nothing that made me really want to use it. It laid mostly unused in my lens bag until I sold it recently.

Earlier this year I decided to treat myself to the lens I'd always wanted - the 85mm f/1.2L II - and of course was blown away with how amazing it was.   I then started to wonder about the 50mm f/1.2L - I knew from everything I read that this was not something to compare with the 85 1.2L, this was a lens with a very mixed reputation.  And then one came up on offer on Facebook at a price I could not refuse (a very recently made one too with the silvery box and the center-pinch cap) so I took the plunge.

I do not regret this for one moment. The 50mm f/1.2 can be frustrating compared to the 85 1.2, but it does have a unique character to it that the 1.4 doesn't. Looking at some of the photos already posted here you can see it.

I am still far from mastering it, but it is nowhere near as bad as some people have made out.

If they can do a 50mm f/1.2L II USM that's as good as the 85mm f/1.2L then Canon will of course have a winner. but until then, there's a lot of life left in this lens.

Fair enough!  Some of your samples would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: Pookie on October 11, 2016, 11:18:44 AM
Clearly the 50mm 1.2 L has run its course.  Despite some outliers who get consistently adequate results, occasionally pleasing,

WE NEED AN UPDATE, CANON!!!

Hahaaaa.... the only outliers here are photographers that can actually use this lens. Always easier to blame your equipment than yourself isn't it?
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: jolyonralph on October 11, 2016, 12:43:38 PM
Ok, as requested, some examples. I just checked my shots and I've only used this lens on five different occasions so far, so hopefully I'll get more opportunities to use it later.
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: YuengLinger on October 11, 2016, 03:36:25 PM
Clearly the 50mm 1.2 L has run its course.  Despite some outliers who get consistently adequate results, occasionally pleasing,

WE NEED AN UPDATE, CANON!!!

Hahaaaa.... the only outliers here are photographers that can actually use this lens. Always easier to blame your equipment than yourself isn't it?

You're in a mood, aren't you?   ::)
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: jolyonralph on October 12, 2016, 03:34:22 AM
Apologies for the duplicated image, I can't figure out how to remove it. Here's what should have been posted instead.

Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: YuengLinger on October 13, 2016, 08:15:20 PM
Apologies for the duplicated image, I can't figure out how to remove it. Here's what should have been posted instead.

Thanks!  I like the hat especially, and the skull.  Good head shots!
Title: Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Post by: geekpower on January 26, 2017, 02:18:55 AM
some things don't need to be sharp

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