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Canon 50 L II
« on: March 27, 2013, 04:54:08 PM »
Hello there,

I Have now a 50 1.4 and thats the length that I love most for portraits. I tried more 50L but I dont fell them that much better than my 50 1.4.

What do you guys think? When will a new 50 1.2 be released?

-Nate
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Canon 50 L II
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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2013, 04:58:35 PM »
The current 50mm f/1.2L is less than seven years old, so I highly doubt a mark 2 will be introduced anytime soon.

Case in point: It took Canon 17 years (1989 - 2006) to update the 85mm f/1.2 mark 1 to mark 2.  And the 135mm f/2L is still going strong at 17 years.

So I wouldn't hold your breath.
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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013, 05:24:01 PM »
What do you guys think? When will a new 50 1.2 be released?

The current version will be replaced if Canon sees any need - and current corporate policy obviously means that...

* a) another 3rd party manufacturer for Canon has something better (currently not the case, Sigma 50/1.4 is nice but lacks the ultra-thin dof and bokeh, maybe it'll be different with a Sigma mk2)

* b) the competition, i.e. Nikon has something better so people switch brand (like with the 24-70).

... otherwise Canon will keep on selling the thing until nobody wants to buy it anymore, which will never happen given the hype/prestige of this lens. Btw Same goes for "when will they release the 35L mk2?".

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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2013, 05:34:50 PM »
And the 135mm f/2L is still going strong at 17 years.

That beautiful thing is 17 years old?  :o
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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2013, 04:13:31 AM »

The current version will be replaced if Canon sees any need - and current corporate policy obviously means that...

* a) another 3rd party manufacturer for Canon has something better (currently not the case, Sigma 50/1.4 is nice but lacks the ultra-thin dof and bokeh, maybe it'll be different with a Sigma mk2)

* b) the competition, i.e. Nikon has something better so people switch brand (like with the 24-70).

... otherwise Canon will keep on selling the thing until nobody wants to buy it anymore, which will never happen given the hype/prestige of this lens. Btw Same goes for "when will they release the 35L mk2?".

Thanks, Its not what I wanted to hear... but you seem right. If that is the case It seems in the next 1-2 years wont be any update right?
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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2013, 04:23:15 AM »
If that is the case It seems in the next 1-2 years wont be any update right?

Two years is a long time - but as I see it Canon has other lenses in the queue for an update, and after the recent product delays they seem to want to do one thing after the other - and the 200-400L, the 100-400L2, the 14-24L and probably the 35L2 are in the queue. Maybe even a new 180L macro with IS?

So don't wait for the 50L replacement, if you really want it you have to buy the mk1 version with all known issues (price vs. performance). For my money, they'll even release a new 50/1.4 with real usm and IS first.

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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2013, 05:02:24 AM »
Hello there,

I Have now a 50 1.4 and thats the length that I love most for portraits. I tried more 50L but I dont fell them that much better than my 50 1.4.

What do you guys think? When will a new 50 1.2 be released?

-Nate

By yesterday would be nice....the current 50L is the optically weakest L lens in Canon's current Luxury line up. It's ok, it's fine, it gets the job done but optically it's not stellar. Every other design part of this lens is though....it's robust, well made, focusses well, weather sealed, flare control, contrast (way better) and colour rendition.
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Re: Canon 50 L II
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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2013, 06:16:23 AM »
focusses well

Because it hasn't got a correction for focus shift opinions on this are split, I tried the 50L in a shop for some time and it's not hard to stumble across this problem - though there seem to be techniques to get around it.

In my very, very personal opinion this lens is way too expensive for what it does - unless you happen to absolutely require just that. Sigma: Please release a 50/1.4 mk2 just like the new 35mm with usb dock...

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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2013, 08:29:09 AM »
Sigma: Please release a 50/1.4 mk2 just like the new 35mm with usb dock...

I feel like we should start a petition to sigma:

we, the undersigned, are disappointed with all current 50mm lens offerings from Canon. We know that whatever you come up with, based on your latest releases, will meet all our wants and needs. We hereby pledge $750 to the purchase of a new 50mm f/1.4 (or faster), to be part of your art series lenses, to be released in the coming calendar year.

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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2013, 09:43:26 AM »
And the 135mm f/2L is still going strong at 17 years.

That beautiful thing is 17 years old?  :o

Yes but needs to brought into modern times with f/1.8 and IS. Then it'd be good for another 20 years. :)


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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2013, 10:39:11 AM »
We are due a 50mm F/1.4 II first - probably with IS...

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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2013, 10:44:31 AM »
I feel like we should start a petition to sigma:

... unfortunately, the less good/up to date/reasonably priced Canon lenses are around, the less reason there is to use Canon at all - for me, it's Magic Lantern, but if it wouldn't be for that I'd really think about switching to Nikon.

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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2013, 12:51:52 PM »
I feel like we should start a petition to sigma:

... unfortunately, the less good/up to date/reasonably priced Canon lenses are around, the less reason there is to use Canon at all - for me, it's Magic Lantern, but if it wouldn't be for that I'd really think about switching to Nikon.
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Re: Canon 50 L II
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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2013, 01:19:00 PM »
The current 50L is one of my favorite lenses -- I love the look it gives.  There is a video online somewhere in which photojournalist David Burnett comments about the special look of the 50L.  I tried switching to Nikon, but there was too much Canon stuff that I missed, including the 50L. 

I don't buy this theory of a corporate policy to wait for a competitor to make something better.  Canon has been ahead of the competition with the 50L, 17TSE, 8-15 fisheye, 40 pancake, 85L, 24 with IS, 28 with IS, 35 with IS, etc.  For quite a few years, Nikon offered nothing to match Canon's 24/1.4, 35/1.4 or 70-200/4 IS.  Of course, Nikon has some lenses that Canon doesn't.  Each company has its own priorities and its own timetable for updates.  They're not just sitting back and waiting to see what the other guy will build.

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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2013, 01:48:20 PM »
Current 50L, like it or hate it, is unlikely to be renewed soon.

The original 85L received mixed reviews throughout its term...loved by some, and reviled by others...but it was competent enough a performer that it sold enough regardless.

In spite of mixed opinions (no one ever claimed version 1 was stellar), and rabid sniping from some, Canon kept it going for ~17 years before releasing 85II.

If we follow that logic, even if they hurry it up, the 50L has a few more years to go before Canon feels the urge or pinch to update it.
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Re: Canon 50 L II
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2013, 01:48:20 PM »