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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens

BH #CA5012LEF • MFR #1257B002
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
Clearly distinguished by its bright maximum aperture, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is a normal-length L-series prime also sporting a robust physical design and advanced optical layout. The impressively fast f/1.2 maximum aperture affords a great degree of control over depth of field for isolating subjects and producing desirable selective focus effects. Complementing these qualities is a sophisticated optical composition, which includes one aspherical element to suppress spherical aberrations in order to achieve notable sharpness and clarity. A Super Spectra coating has also been applied to limit flare and ghosting and promote greater contrast and color accuracy in a variety of lighting conditions. Complementing the imaging attributes, a ring-type USM is employed to deliver quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus control.
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Overview

Clearly distinguished by its bright maximum aperture, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is a normal-length L-series prime also sporting a robust physical design and advanced optical layout. The impressively fast f/1.2 maximum aperture affords a great degree of control over depth of field for isolating subjects and producing desirable selective focus effects. Complementing these qualities is a sophisticated optical composition, which includes one aspherical element to suppress spherical aberrations in order to achieve notable sharpness and clarity. A Super Spectra coating has also been applied to limit flare and ghosting and promote greater contrast and color accuracy in a variety of lighting conditions. Complementing the imaging attributes, a ring-type USM is employed to deliver quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus control.

Normal-length prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides an 80mm equivalent focal length.
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 aspherical element helps to suppress spherical aberrations and distortion for a high degree of sharpness and accurate rendering.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
A 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.
Rounded eight-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens is sealed against dust and moisture for working in inclement environmental conditions.
UPC: 013803064551

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.2
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View46°
Minimum Focus Distance1.48' / 45 cm
Maximum Magnification0.15x
Optical Design8 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades8, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.38 x 2.58" / 85.8 x 65.5 mm
Weight1.28 lb / 580 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.89 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.3 x 5.5 x 5.35"

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Reviews

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By RB JO
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-26

1.2 >>>>> too much for a piece of glass, Need a 0.95

Excellent the best lens in history by far

By Natalia Soledad
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-09

It is made of very good quality parts, the lens is solid in its assembly. The optical quality it has is incredible, a lot of sharpness. The AF is fast and quiet. The maximum aperture allows you to take photos in very low light situations or in very dark places. The closure it has is hermetic against climatic situations (rain). The quality of the photos is incredible, superior to the others and not to mention bokeh that is superior to any lens. This lens is highly recommended. The best of all by far.

Wonderful and unique

By Natalia Soledad
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-01

The lens quality is impressive, very solid. The image quality it gives is out of this world, I never saw another 50mm lens that compares to it, very sharp, and the 1.2 aperture has a blurred background that other lenses with other apertures do not have, the bokeh is like none, there is no other lens like it. This aperture allows you to use it in very low light situations (no lights or off, night and darkness) that gives you a superior advantage over any other lens. The optical quality it has is impressive, the colors it gives are fantastic. The build quality is of the latest Canon line, on the outside it is good quality plastic and solid, in the socket it is metal with protection for the weather. It is heavy (not so much) but due to the quality of the materials, and it is quite large in diameter (72mm) compared to another 50mm (but it is thanks to its opening of 1.2, unique). The AF is tremendously quiet (incredible) and very very fast. The MF ring is soft and has its safety system that if you go over the maximum range it continues to rotate so as not to damage the motor / system. Beyond all its quality in various aspects, the impressive photos it gives and everything else, the lens is aesthetically beautiful. For me it is the best 50mm lens on the market that only Canon can give you (and it is marked by the time it has been on the market since its launch and photographers continue to choose it over all others). At the moment there is no other like it, if you can make a great effort (like me) and get it for yourself, you will not regret it and it will be the best you have ever.

Weak at f1.2... unfortunately.

By Christopher
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-09-23

The Canon 50mm f1.2 L lens is a very dated lens in terms of image quality. At f1.2 there are serious ghosting and softness issues. It doesn't start getting good until around f2 or dare I say f2.8. At which point whats the point? You're not buying a 50mm f2.8 lens you're buying a f1.2 for f1.2!!! This is a lens that desperately needed a mark II version but never got it. I bought this lens because of its better build quality over the Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART lens and because it had 1/3 of a stop brighter aperture. I couldn't believe how much better the Sigma is compared to this lens. This lens looks great, takes an amazing f4 to f11 picture but other than that the Canon 50mm f1.8 STM is better. The Sigma 50mm f1.4 ART is what this lens should be. Sharp wide open. Save your money.

Great lens

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-25

This lens preformed as expected, really adds versitilty.

Perfection!

By Nicholas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-04

So impressed and in love with my new lens! The pictures are beautiful. Definitely a must if you want to take your photography to the next level!!

Love this lens

By Christina
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-30

Images are crisp beautiful lighting and I love love it!!

this lens save my day

By Roney
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-24

wow best lens I ever brought for my work thank you canon

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