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With the widest aperture of any lens in the range, the super-fast Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is a consummate low-light performer: ideal for controlling depth of field and shooting indoors flash free. Its 8 aperture blades produce beautiful background bokeh, whilst its 8 lens elements in 6 groups deliver high-quality optical performance. The Canon ES-78 lens hood is included with the 50mm f1.2L lens. More
A large maximum aperture of f1.2 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.
A circular aperture helps to create attractive, even background bokeh; ideal for isolating subjects at large apertures and for compelling portrait photography.
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.
Super Spectra lens coatings and lens element shaping suppress flare and ghosting - more prone to occur with digital cameras due to reflection off the image sensor. Coatings also help achieve true colour balance and increase contrast for vivid hi-fidelity images.
The lens passes distance information back to the E-TTL II flash system of compatible EOS cameras to ensure optimal flash metering.
More sample images can be found on Canon's website.
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I would recomend this lens
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Comments about Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM Lens:
A bit slow to focus but for Landscape it is great. very sharp at focus point and nice blurred background on wide aperture but small aperture dof is very good.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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The one and only
About Me Semi-Professional
Amazing lens. Bokeh is gorgeous and the look really is pretty much unique - there are a couple of other lenses that can do it.Bottom line - if the shallow DoF and dreamy look are what you want, and you shoot Canon, this is the lens.
By Verdant Sphinx
I use this lens on a full frame body, mainly for portraiture and general photography. While being a 50mm means that this lens ticks the boxes for most typical focal length and versatility, its 1.2 aperture makes it magical and will be its most important selling point. Having previously used the 1.8 50mm by Canon, I was expecting a lot from this one and it delivers! It is well known that this lens is softer, wide open, than the competition but this lens is not going to be used to score sharpness tests! I cannot put in words the dream-like quality that this lens imparts to captured images. In short, all the praise you've heard about this lens is true and some more. All the critique isn't strong enough to justify not buying it.
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very good if you can nail it
This lens produces excellent images with great bokeh IF you can "nail it". With F1.2, it has incredible depth of field, and important to get your focus point right.If nailed, it has produced outstanding images which no other lens can produce, and my most best portrait images have come with this lens. If the object is moving, I find that it difficult to focus, and have missed great photo opportunities, so not sure if good for fast action scenes. The lens is amazing for low light situations and have used it without flash producing very nice natural light images. It is a very expensive lens, and only bought it by part exchanging my lens and taking advantage of Canon cashback offer...makesure you are 100% certain about this lens and understand its capabilities and limitations before buying.
A lens you learn to love.
By Tumbling Sheep
With paper thin DOF wide open, it takes some time and effort to get to know how to use this lens to it's full potential. However, I have to say it's worthi the effort. Get it right and the results are stunning. F1.2 isn't necessary, or even desirable for most shots, but for natural light photography in difficult situations it really is a remarkable lens giving the most beautiful Bokeh.For a busy event photographer it might just be too much trouble, but if you have the time to consider your shots and can take a few moments to consider your camera settings you will be handsomely rewarded with the most remarkable images.
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Love this lens... You have to get used to it, but when you do its a dream
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Top of the 50mm's
from East Kilbride
Exactly what I thought it would be like. Silky smooth bokeh, and as sharp as I need it to be.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
By Wood Green Studios
This has to be one of the best lenses I have used with a super wide aperture it is amazing in low light and just swallows up light from everywhere. It produces beautiful portrait photos and as a wedding photographer it is a great lens to use in low light situations without resorting to flash. I cannot say enough good things about this lens.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
One of the best lens I have ever owned..
About Me Professional
Amazing lens, super sharp.
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I cannot recommend highly enough
By Keith 10net
The only complaint I have is that I didn't buy it sooner.
Included Accessories: Soft case and lens hood
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