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Canon EF 50 f/1.2L $1299 at Adorama
« on: August 16, 2013, 11:55:20 PM »

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Adorama is selling the Canon EF 50 f/1.2L for $1299 with free shipping within the United States plus 2% rewards. That’s a savings of $140.


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Canon EF 50 f/1.2L $1299 at Adorama
« on: August 16, 2013, 11:55:20 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2013, 12:11:14 AM »
And here come the posts about back-focus issues in 3, 2, 1.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2013, 01:32:10 AM »
Not back focus, but I took my chances with a Sigma 50 1.4 for 1/4 the price and I have certainly not regretted it :)

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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2013, 01:52:10 AM »
When was the last time your 1.4 doesn't make it that you need 1.2?

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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2013, 02:03:59 AM »
When was the last time your 1.4 doesn't make it that you need 1.2?

When it needs weather sealing.
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2013, 02:19:49 AM »
Very often I am thinking along the lines of who cares, if a price reduction pops up in the U.S., but for this lens the price reduction is similar in Switzerland, where I live, although not quite as low. Currently the price is at 1419 CHF or 1531.75 US$. In previous years prices were around 2000 US$. You probably still can find some crazy places in Switzerland, where they try to sell it for up to 2500 CHF (almost 2700 US$), although Canon's official price lists it at a little more than 2000 CHF, which would normally correspond with a market price as low as it is now.

I don't know what the reason is for this, though. Since this is Canon Rumors, perhaps it is time to speculate regarding a 50mm f1.2 Mark II coming out?

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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2013, 04:01:33 AM »
Saving 140 but still spending 1299!! You really really need that f1.2 to justify this purchase.
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« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2013, 04:01:33 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2013, 06:46:42 AM »
When was the last time your 1.4 doesn't make it that you need 1.2?


There is a slight difference in Bokeh, The L is weather sealed, the L uses better glass.
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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2013, 09:50:03 AM »
And here come the posts about back-focus issues in 3, 2, 1.

Many claimed 50L is soft. I like my at f1.4 to f1.6. Photo below shot with JPEG straight out from camera. Only resized to post here.
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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2013, 11:09:54 AM »
And here come the posts about back-focus issues in 3, 2, 1.

Many claimed 50L is soft. I like my at f1.4 to f1.6. Photo below shot with JPEG straight out from camera. Only resized to post here.

And that is justification for the 50L right there. With te 50 1.8 it's only really good around f/2.2 or above, the 50 1.4 prob around f/2 but if you actually want decent quality with nice bokeh at f/1.4 - 1.8 you're gonna need the 50L. Oh and it wont break so easily either.
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« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2013, 11:47:25 AM »
Years ago, I was taught that the 100mm lens was the best portrait instrument. Now, it seems, this 1.2 seems to be accepted as the lens for faces, softening the background. Well.... which is it? 100 or 50? I am assuming a full frame configuration....  Would not my 100 f2.8 do great for portraits?  Is the soft look of the background really more noticeable than the shallow DOF if I use this lens? I have heard that it is a bit touchy to focus it on the eyeballs easily at 1.2, given the thin plane. Is that right?

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« Reply #11 on: August 17, 2013, 11:51:23 AM »
Years ago, I was taught that the 100mm lens was the best portrait instrument. Now, it seems, this 1.2 seems to be accepted as the lens for faces, softening the background. Well.... which is it? 100 or 50? I am assuming a full frame configuration....  Would not my 100 f2.8 do great for portraits?

And please, no snarky replies. It is really unnecessary to be superior.

Your 100/2.8 is great for portraits, mine is, but so is a 50/1.2 —Different tastes.
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« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2013, 11:53:17 AM »
And here come the posts about back-focus issues in 3, 2, 1.

Many claimed 50L is soft. I like my at f1.4 to f1.6. Photo below shot with JPEG straight out from camera. Only resized to post here.

And that is justification for the 50L right there. With te 50 1.8 it's only really good around f/2.2 or above, the 50 1.4 prob around f/2 but if you actually want decent quality with nice bokeh at f/1.4 - 1.8 you're gonna need the 50L. Oh and it wont break so easily either.

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I've owned two copies of the 50/1.8, and a singe copy of the 50/1.4. 
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« Reply #12 on: August 17, 2013, 11:53:17 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: August 17, 2013, 11:55:10 AM »
50 for full body and environmental portraits. 100 for head and shoulders or 3/4 length with not much to almost no background. Depends what you wanna show - subject in context or subject isolation.
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« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2013, 12:01:44 PM »
Years ago, I was taught that the 100mm lens was the best portrait instrument. Now, it seems, this 1.2 seems to be accepted as the lens for faces, softening the background. Well.... which is it? 100 or 50? I am assuming a full frame configuration....  Would not my 100 f2.8 do great for portraits?

Depends what you want. For passport type of portraits - 80-100. For "environmental ones" - 50 or less. Also, for low light, smaller FL's are easier to handhold, and have faster f-stops. For example, the 35/1.4 has 3 stop advantage over the 135/2 in that sense, even though is just a stop faster.

Sometimes, you want to completely obliterate the background, then I go with longer lenses. Sometimes, you want to blur it but still leave it recognizable. Then I use 50mm or less.

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« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2013, 12:01:44 PM »