@JVLphoto: I always enjoy your lens reviews. You've convinced me to spend the extra money to get the 24-70II. This review for the 50L is another great review. Definitely made me not want to get one.
I'm sorry but, the only reason the 50 1.2 is so highly regarded is because Canon intentionally leaves the 50 1.4 as such a piece of crap. It is a classic "entice to upgrade" tactic.
I think you've raised a good point. Why has Canon left the 50mm f1.4 alone for such a long time. It's been one of their most popular lens, one would think it would receive an upgrade sooner than any other lens. Unless they really think it's still good enough.
The only people who bash the 1.2L are the people who can't afford it.
I think this comment is a little juvenile, no?
...My only comment on the review itself is your bokeh comparison - why at f/7.1? I guess it's to show they are similar, but at f/2-4, they are very different...
I was wondering the same thing. It would be nice to see the bokeh differences between each lenses before f2.8.
but the Canon 50/1.2 has some very positive qualities. And as for sharpness, the Canon 50/1.2 was among the sharpest lenses in LensRentals.com's "Great 50mm Shootout" - http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/01/the-great-50mm-shootout - sharper than Nikon, Sigma or Zeiss.
The 50 1.4 from canon looks better there actually.
I agree. 50 1.4 look better from this shoot-out.
It's a stellar lens for me. Nothing bad to say about it. As for the review, I don't think much of it – neither accurate nor complete.
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Wow. You make a good counter argument. My experience with the 50 f1.4 is that it's unusable until stopped down passed f2, it's not sharp and the purple fringing is really annoying. The only reason I'm keeping it is to train myself for composition. I would like to get a better lens but with lots of negative reviews with what's out there, I chose to wait and see if Canon would update this dinosaur. Both the 1.2 and the 1.4.
But with images like yours, maybe I should try it out for myself.