Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Review

December 20, 2018 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

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Reviews of the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM from around the web.

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Not only was this designed to be a lust-worthy launch day lens for the EOS R, it was envisioned as a demonstration for what the new RF mount is capable of. The price tag is tear-inducing, but mount this fantastic lens on the EOS R and even the most vocal naysayer will be a believer in what Canon is trying to achieve with the system.
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When introducing the Canon EOS R and the RF mount, Canon's first full frame lens mount introduced since the EF (electronic focusing) mount was introduced over 30 years ago, Canon primed the pump with some knock-out lenses and the RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens was one of them. While wide-aperture 50mm prime lenses have long been favorites with photographers, few have had even marginally good image quality at their widest aperture. Stopping down to at least f/2 or f/2.8 was necessary to gain the resolution and contrast typically desired. Sure, the dreamy effect can be useful at times, but ... I much prefer sharp, high contrast results and this lens delivers those at f/1.2.
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I genuinely didn’t expect to Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM to be a reason to come back to Canon, but I’m glad to say that via Adorama, I’ve made the purchase of the new lens along with a new body. With a very medium format look to it, the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM proves that Canon really did put lenses first when they created this camera system. While the Canon EOS R in and of itself is a bit lackluster in comparison to its competitors, this lens is really make it stand out.
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