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Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens

BH #CA5012LRF • MFR #2959C002
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens
Key Features
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • One UD Element, One Aspherical Element
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
Distinguished by its speed, the RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM from Canon is a desirable normal-length prime due to its versatile focal length and bright f/1.2 maximum aperture. This fast design excels in difficult lighting conditions and also benefits working with shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques. The optical layout incorporates one UD element and one aspherical element, which help to reduce both chromatic and spherical aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and sharpness. A rounded 10-blade diaphragm also benefits bokeh quality to suit isolating subjects with depth of field. Complementing the imaging capabilities is an apt ring-type Ultrasonic Motor, which delivers fast, near-silent autofocus and full-time manual focus override. Additionally, a unique Control Ring is integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself.
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Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Overview

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Distinguished by its speed, the RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM from Canon is a desirable normal-length prime due to its versatile focal length and bright f/1.2 maximum aperture. This fast design excels in difficult lighting conditions and also benefits working with shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques. The optical layout incorporates one UD element and one aspherical element, which help to reduce both chromatic and spherical aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and sharpness. A rounded 10-blade diaphragm also benefits bokeh quality to suit isolating subjects with depth of field. Complementing the imaging capabilities is an apt ring-type Ultrasonic Motor, which delivers fast, near-silent autofocus and full-time manual focus override. Additionally, a unique Control Ring is integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself.

Normal-length prime is designed for full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless digital cameras.
Exceptionally bright f/1.2 maximum aperture affords extensive control over depth of field for selective focus applications and also benefits working in low-light situations.
One UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion) element is featured, and helps to minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing in order to provide greater clarity and color accuracy.
An aspherical element is used to correct spherical aberrations and distortion for improved sharpness and accurate rendering.
Ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with optimized focusing algorithms and a high-speed CPU, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens has a weather-resistant design that protects against dust and moisture to enable its use in inclement conditions.
Rounded 10-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 013803304770

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.2
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon RF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View46°
Minimum Focus Distance1.31' / 40 cm
Maximum Magnification0.19x
Optical Design15 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades10, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.54 x 4.25" / 89.8 x 108 mm
Weight2.09 lb / 950 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19.3 x 16.8 x 11.7"

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Reviews

Beautiful in every way

By Kim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-24

I'm slowly swapping out my EF lenses for RF and 50mm was one of the first primes on my list. Not only is it better than the EF version, it feels great on my camera and is a joy to shoot. I was not a fan of the RF 50 1.8 so I'm thrilled with this as a replacement for the Sigma 50 1.4 EF mount I was using. Heavy, yes, but feels balanced and not as large as I expected. To be fair, the Sigma was a fantastic lens (will continue to use it on my 5DIV) but this is just a bit better in IQ and I love not having to use the adaptor. AF seems better than the Sigma as well with less hunting for eye/face in low light.

Everything was perfect

By Hmoud
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-12

Everything was perfect

JUST BUY IT

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-03

I have the RF 70-200, the RF 15-35...this lens might be better than both. I went out the other night and shot without a tripod, 1.2 and while most of the image was softer, the focus is SHARP. Beautiful bokeh, and sharp. Can't say enough good things about this lens. It's heavy, but about the same as the 15-35

A demanding lens that is a joy to shoot

By Johannes Paulus
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-27

This is my first time using a f1.2 lens. After renting it out for a test run- I decided to pull the trigger. I wanted a bright, generalist lens for my R5 and I decided that this fit the bill. I was aware how razor thin the DoF would be, but working with it has been both challenging and rewarding. You really have to be mindful when you're shooting at such narrow apertures. Many, like me, bought this lens because it is very sharp wide open (and it is) but I always have to keep in mind that it's okay to stop down- especially when shooting more than one subject during events. The lens is heavy and can really weigh on your arms after a few hours of active use- that's no fault of the lens, just means that I should start working out :) The size of this lens is definitely a step above typical f1.4/f1.8 primes and it definitely is something I considered. In my opinion, it's fine for me- it's size is pretty much in league with typical 24-70 f2.8 zooms. I do plan for this to be my primary travel lens once things open back up (paired with a 70-200 f4 and alongside a Ricoh GR3). That being said- I'll probably stick to my GR3 for hiking :) What I'm really looking forward to is taking this lens out to the city for some street shooting and environmental portraits. If I had to nitpick a negative- it would be that the focusing speed isn't quite as fast as on my EF f4 L zooms (the focus limiter switch can alleviate this).

Perfect

By Liane
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-19

Fast delivery, high quality

Stunning

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-15

This is an amazing lens. Far surpasses the EF-50L. Sharp wide open. Although it does not have image stabilization, the R5 does. It's not missed. It is hefty, but no more than the RF 24-70L. It focuses fast and accurately. No back focus like the EF version. This truly an incredible lens. Yes it costs a lot. Is it worth it? Yes, for me, it is. Every penny

The perfect lens.

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-08

If you're looking for an amazing versatile lens, the RF 50mm 1.2 will be exactly what you're looking for. Whether you're looking to shoot videos or stills, this lens can get the job done. I have multiple RF lenses but you cannot beat the focal length of the 50. If you're on the fence, make the jump. This lens has basically replaced all other lenses in my bag. Great for portraits, product photography, & so much more. The autofocus is insanely quick, making it super easy to capture objects in motion. The build quality of this lens is impeccable, once you just hold it in your hands you'll have absolutely no buyers remorse. Feels like you're holding a precious gem.... But useful of course. Quite hesitating, this is the lens you need.

Beautiful background blur

By Robert J.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-06

Big, heavy, expensive, but that background blur makes it all worth it!

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