Canon RF 50 mm F1.2 L USM
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.
- 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)
- 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
Some sample images från Lisbon, Portugal. Full resolution images are available on Flickr.