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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
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Initial Price: 
$1620
  • Ring-type USM (Ultrasonic motor)
  • 8 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Dust and moisture resistant construction
  • Metal mount
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
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Overview

Description by Canon:

The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is a peerless new standard lens featuring an ultra-large aperture for a narrow depth of field and soft background blur so loved by photographers everywhere. The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is suitable for any shooting situation; its lens coating and construction are optimized to minimize the ghosting and flare that frequently occurs when lenses are used with digital cameras. This high-performance, weather-resistant lens delivers all the superb image resolution and contrast you expect in a Canon L Series Lens.

L-series quality
The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM incorporates Canon's highest standards of precision optics. The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, combining superior image performance and ultimate operability with dust and moisture resistant construction.

Large f/1.2 aperture
A large maximum aperture of f/1.2 provides outstanding speed for shooting in low light conditions, without the need for flash. The large aperture also provides fine control over depth of field.

Excellent background bokeh
A circular barrel aperture helps to create attractive, even background bokeh; ideal for isolating subjects at large apertures and for compelling portrait photography.

Fast, quiet auto focus
A Ring-type USM (Ultrasonic motor) uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive extremely rapid auto focus with near-silent operation. A high-speed CPU and improved AF algorithm contribute further to AF speed. Good holding torque stops the focusing lens group without overshoot. Full time electronic manual focus override is available without having to switch out of AF.

Reviews

"I knew why I purchased the Canon 50mm f/1.4 over the 50mm f/1.8; the more rounded (not hexagonal) bokeh, and the slightly better build. That’s a few hundred bucks. The Canon 50mm f/1.2 L is more than four times the price of the 1.4. This is a cost/value factor we often weigh, and I have personally never once been let down by the better glass I’ve purchased, where I have with less-than-the-best. The aperture may be a bit misleading, I don’t consider f/1.2 useful for me, I have a hard time focusing that shallow of depth of field, and while a good camera body like the 1DX or

Post date: 13/01/2013 - 22:42

"The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 USM L is the brand new successor of the almost legendary EF 50mm f/1.0 USM L - the fastest mass production SLR lens ever. Surprisingly Canon decided to step down a little regarding the max. aperture but the good news about this is the substantially lower price tag of around

Post date: 08/02/2012 - 15:18

"Now the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens (above right) enters the market. Being a prime Canon L Series Lens, the Canon 50 f/1.2 far exceeds all existing Canon 50mm lenses in nearly all aspects - including three negative ones: size, weight and price. Since Canon already has a 50mm f/1.4 lens, they would not release a slightly wider aperture version at a far higher price, size and weight without

Post date: 01/02/2012 - 20:56

"For a 50mm lens, this optic is larger and heavier than the norm, which is to be expected with the bright maximum aperture. Still with it weighing 580g, it isn't overly heavy and it balances well on the EOS 5D MkII used for testing.

Being an L series lens the lens barrel is constructed from high quality materials and feels

Post date: 18/08/2011 - 00:00

"This is a monster of a lens, and I think is the widest-aperture 50mm optic available for any of the major DSLR platforms. It's also incredibly well-constructed, as befits a Canon L-series lens.

That said though, we have to admit that we were a little surprised that the Canon 50mm f/1.2L's optical

Post date: 08/03/2011 - 00:00

"Released back in 2007 the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 USM L is the successor of the legendary EF 50mm f/1.0 USM L - the fastest mass production SLR lens ever ... and one of the most expensive around. Surprisingly Canon decided to give up two thirds of an f-stop (f/1.0 - f/1.1 - f/1.2 - f/1.4 in case you wonder) but the good news about this is the substantially lower price tag of around 1400 €/US$ so the

Post date: 04/03/2010 - 00:00

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$1620
Release Date: 
01/2007
DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
14.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
1.4 TStop
Distortion: 
0.40%
Vignetting: 
-2.4 EV
Chr. aberration: 
20.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
Ring USM
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
50mm
Angle of view: 
46°
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.2x
Lens construction: 
8 elements in 6 groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
8 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/1.2
Minimum Aperture: 
f/16.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
1.48m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system : 
No
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
86.0mm
Length: 
66.0mm
Weight: 
580.0 g
Body material: 
Metal
Weather sealing: 
Yes
Weather sealing details: 
Dust and moisture resistant
Filter Diameter: 
72mm
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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