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Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 18, 2014, 04:36:32 AM »
i was comparing image taken by 50mm 1.2 L vs 1.4 version.
There something about the image produce by 1.2 L that makes it Wow factor for me.

Like it has something to do with the color and amount of sharpness and gradient balance of depth of field.

Can someone give me insight what the hell is it im liking with the 50mm 1.2 L?

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Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« on: July 18, 2014, 04:36:32 AM »

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2014, 05:18:47 AM »
i was comparing image taken by 50mm 1.2 L vs 1.4 version.
There something about the image produce by 1.2 L that makes it Wow factor for me.

Like it has something to do with the color and amount of sharpness and gradient balance of depth of field.

Can someone give me insight what the hell is it im liking with the 50mm 1.2 L?


Did you not just mentioned it yourself....."the color"....."gradient balance of depth of field" (bokeh)
And...sharpness...I assume that is center sharpness since corner and extreme corner are softer due to 1.2

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2014, 06:30:46 AM »
Asked and answered!   ;)

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2014, 09:11:07 AM »
Can someone give me insight what the hell is it im liking with the 50mm 1.2 L?
Those of us that own and love the 50L can, but the naysayers will be here soon enough...  For me, it's the color, contrast, and shallow DOF.  It doesn't really show up on test charts, but there is something about the photos it produces - which is all that really matters. 

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2014, 10:24:16 AM »
The EF 50mm f/1.4 is a great documentary and photojournalist lens.  It works great starting at about f/2.0 and really shines at f/4-f-8, especially in black and white.  It will do passable work at f/1.4-f/1.8 and is very cost effective for that work. 

But for those looking for images that rely more on artistic expression, the EF 50mm f/1.2 is the far better lens.  Wedding photographer?  Environmental portraitist?  Those photographers will find the color, contrast, bokeh, etc. all add up to a better image for their purposes much, if not most of the time.

I have owned both, and still currently have the 1.4 version.  It was one of the first EF lenses I bought way back in the early 90's.  I still have my original copy of that lens and it is still going strong, contrary to all the reports of how fragile it can be.  Treat it nicely and it will work for a long, LONG time. 

If the 50mm played more in my wedding and portrait shooting, I would have the L version for sure.  As the OP asks, I can confirm there is just something "more" about the images I got out of the one I had for a while, when compared to images from my 1.4 version.  In my estimation, it is the combination of all performance aspects that create that look.  It's almost like that's what the Canon engineers were trying to do!  ;-)
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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2014, 10:47:09 AM »
The EF 50mm f/1.4 is a great documentary and photojournalist lens.  It works great starting at about f/2.0 and really shines at f/4-f-8, especially in black and white.  It will do passable work at f/1.4-f/1.8 and is very cost effective for that work. 

But for those looking for images that rely more on artistic expression, the EF 50mm f/1.2 is the far better lens.  Wedding photographer?  Environmental portraitist?  Those photographers will find the color, contrast, bokeh, etc. all add up to a better image for their purposes much, if not most of the time.

Wow, this is pretty much on point. I was never able to really put my finger on the difference until this!

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2014, 12:35:19 PM »
50mm is becoming a really important focal length for me. Right now I've got the 1.4 (good to hear it can last if treated carefully!) but spend most of my time shooting at the bigger apertures, so obviously I keep thinking about either the 50L or possibly the new Sigma. I've looked through lots of shots taken with the 1.4, the 50L and the Sigma, and to my eyes (and in the right hands) the 50L can produce a look that the others can't quite match. It may be as much to do with its weaknesses as its strengths.

Think I going to have to try renting it before splashing the cash though; seems to be a bit of a "marmite" lens!

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2014, 12:35:19 PM »

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2014, 12:43:31 PM »
For me it's color and skintone rendition.

It's the same feeling I get with my 24 1.4 ii and 24 70 ii.
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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2014, 01:16:25 PM »
Yes, the 50L is my favorite lens. It has a timeless rendition to it that you cannot explain with an MTF chart or sharpness test.

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2014, 01:58:32 PM »
It has a timeless rendition to it that you cannot explain with an MTF chart or sharpness test.

I love that phrase!  Mind if I use it in the Sigma 50 classic cult?

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2014, 02:12:04 PM »
It has a timeless rendition to it that you cannot explain with an MTF chart or sharpness test.

I love that phrase!  Mind if I use it in the Sigma 50 classic cult?

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Sorry, it is reserved for f/1.2 and faster lenses only ;)

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2014, 02:18:47 PM »
It has a timeless rendition to it that you cannot explain with an MTF chart or sharpness test.

I love that phrase!  Mind if I use it in the Sigma 50 classic cult?

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Sorry, it is reserved for f/1.2 and faster lenses only ;)

Sorry, mythbuster alert.

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2014, 02:26:09 PM »
Sorry, it is reserved for f/1.2 and faster lenses only ;)

Sorry, mythbuster alert.

Since when was the Sigma 50 being incapable of f/1.2 a myth?

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2014, 02:42:20 PM »
Sorry, it is reserved for f/1.2 and faster lenses only ;)

Sorry, mythbuster alert.

Since when was the Sigma 50 being incapable of f/1.2 a myth?

He was making the point (successfully, I might add) that most can't tell the difference between the Canon 1.2 and most other 50mm lenses in just about all real-world and practical situations. All that "wow it's just so different" bla bla is usually post-hoc judgement once a person knows what lens created the image.
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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2014, 03:13:36 PM »
Sorry, it is reserved for f/1.2 and faster lenses only ;)

Sorry, mythbuster alert.

Since when was the Sigma 50 being incapable of f/1.2 a myth?

He was making the point (successfully, I might add) that most can't tell the difference between the Canon 1.2 and most other 50mm lenses in just about all real-world and practical situations. All that "wow it's just so different" bla bla is usually post-hoc judgement once a person knows what lens created the image.

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Re: Something with 50mm L lens that make it different
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2014, 03:13:36 PM »