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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #165 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. 

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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #165 on: July 22, 2014, 01:48:58 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #166 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.
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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #167 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.
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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #168 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

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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #169 on: July 24, 2014, 05:35:11 AM »

Small | Large


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

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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #170 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.

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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #171 on: July 26, 2014, 08:19:39 PM »
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« Reply #171 on: July 26, 2014, 08:19:39 PM »

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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #172 on: July 26, 2014, 08:22:09 PM »
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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #173 on: July 26, 2014, 08:25:53 PM »
watch out kids!

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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #174 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.
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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #175 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.

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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #176 on: August 09, 2014, 02:03:30 PM »
i  love the way everything just melts into the background with this lens

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Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
« Reply #177 on: August 09, 2014, 06:53:59 PM »
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« Reply #178 on: August 09, 2014, 07:32:28 PM »
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nice shot, peculiar looking bokeh balls.

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