Canon RF 50 mm F1.2 L USM

Posted on mar 3, 2019 in EOS R, Photography | One Comment

I was never really impressed with the EF 50/1.2 L. It was soft overall, optically uncorrected and not even very sharp in the center on f/1.2-1.4 – especially compared to the 85/1.2 LII. The AF was a bit of a lottery even if I had the AF corrected. It ended up with I sold the lens and replaced it with the 35/1.4 LII a while ago. I used the 35 mm as my main prime for my 5Ds R all 2018. With 50 Mp images, I could always crop to about 50 mm. But I missed a 50 mm prime. When the Canon EOS R arrived, I invested in the new RF 50/1.2 L without hesitation even if the lens did cost more than the EOS R itself.

Pros:

  • Excellent image quality and very well corrected for distortion and fringing
  • It’s sharp (even in the corners) at f/1.2! Extremely sharp at f/1.8 and beyond
  • High contrast and quite resistant to flare
  • Very consistent and fast AF with EOS R even in low light and back light
  • I love the control ring (used for ISO when in M-mode)

Cons:

  • Size and weight. It’s a huge lens and much bigger and heavier than the old EF 50/1.2 L
  • The photographic result is by no means bad, rather it is so good that it maybe gets a bit boring – like listening to music in natural sounding headphones when you’re used to your old techno bass-phones. Images from the RF 50 seems a bit clinical. The old f/1.2 L had more character and created a unique look when you got lucky and nailed the focus

Sample images

Some sample images från Lisbon, Portugal. Full resolution images are available on Flickr.

Frutaria Bristol, Lisbon, December 26, 2018Canon RF 50/1.2 @ f/1.2. Frutaria Bristol, Lisbon, December 26, 2018

Lisbon, December 21, 2018Canon RF 50/1.2 @ f/2.2. Lisbon, December 21, 2018

Lisbon, December 28, 2018Canon RF 50/1.2 @ f/1.2. Lisbon, December 28, 2018

Lisbon, December 31, 2018Canon RF 50/1.2 @ f/1.2. Lisbon, December 31, 2018. 

Ajuda, Lisbon, December 30, 2018Canon RF 50/1.2 @ f/1.2. Ajuda, Lisbon, December 30, 2018. Vertorama: 3 images.

Lisbon, December 23, 2018Canon RF 50/1.2 @ f/1.2. Lisbon, December 23, 2018. Panorama: 3 images.

Lisbon, December 26, 2018Canon RF 50/1.2 @ f/1.2. Lisbon, December 26, 2018. Panorama: 2 images

Lisbon, December 21, 2018Canon RF 50/1.2 @ f/1.2. Lisbon, December 21, 2018

Lisbon, December 26, 2018Canon RF 50/1.2 @ f/1.2. Lisbon, December 26, 2018. Vertorama: 2 images

Fado, Lisbon, December 21, 2018Canon RF 50/1.2 @ f/1.2. Lisbon, December 21, 2018. Panorama: 4 images

Lisbon, December 26, 2018Canon RF 50/1.2 @ f/1.4. Lisbon, December 26, 2018. Vertorama: 2 images

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  1. ulfbodin.se » Canon EOS R
    3 mars, 2019

    […] RF 50/1.2 L. What a lens! […]

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