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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Black

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The light-gathering device of a camera, typically containing a group of compound lenses. Lenses come in different lengths, with very long lens used for long-distance photography.
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Long product name Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Black :
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EF 50mm f 1.2L USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Black:
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-L-series construction and optics.
-Large f/1.2 aperture.
-Fast, quiet USM auto focus.
-Super Spectra coatings.
-Circular aperture for excellent background bokeh.
-Provides distance information for the E-TTL II flash system.
-Soft case and lens hood.

L-series quality
The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM incorporates Canon's highest standards of precision optics. The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, combining superior image performance and ultimate operability with dust and moisture resistant construction.

Large f/1.2 aperture
A large maximum aperture of f/1.2 provides outstanding speed for shooting in low light conditions, without the need for flash. The large aperture also provides fine control over depth of field.

Excellent background bokeh
A circular barrel aperture helps to create attractive, even background bokeh; ideal for isolating subjects at large apertures and for compelling portrait photography.

Fast, quiet auto focus
A Ring-type USM (Ultrasonic motor) uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive extremely rapid auto focus with near-silent operation. A high-speed CPU and improved AF algorithm contribute further to AF speed. Good holding torque stops the focusing lens group without overshoot. Full time electronic manual focus override is available without having to switch out of AF.

Super Spectra coatings
Super Spectra lens coatings and lens element shaping suppress flare and ghosting - more prone to occur with digital cameras due to reflection off the image sensor. Coatings also help achieve true colour balance and increase contrast for vivid hi-fidelity images.

Passes distance information to E-TTL II
The lens passes distance information back to the E-TTL II flash system of compatible EOS cameras to ensure optimal flash metering.

The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens comes supplied with a cylindrical lens hood and a soft case.

Short summary description Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Black:
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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, Black, 2.83" (7.2 cm), 20.5 oz (580 g), 0.39-0.24(EF12 II) / 0.67-0.53(EF25 II)

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM. Color of product: Black. Filter size: 2.83" (7.2 cm), Weight: 20.5 oz (580 g). Magnification: 0.39-0.24(EF12 II) / 0.67-0.53(EF25 II)

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2.83" (7.2 cm)
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20.5 oz (580 g)
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0.39-0.24(EF12 II) / 0.67-0.53(EF25 II)
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Testseek has collected 17 expert reviews for Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM and the average expert rating is 75 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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That said though, we have to admit that we were a little surprised that the Canon 50mm f/1.2L's optical performance wasn't better than what we found. Read the "Tanner Report" for the gory details. Meanwhile, we've asked Canon if they can get us a second s...
This unique standard lens from Canon costs around £1235 currently and has a super-bright f/1.2 maximum aperture, silent ultrasonic focusing and professional-grade weather sealed construction.Two other 50mm lenses are available from Canon. The is only...
Bottom line This lens isn't for everyone, that's for sure. It's a unique lens in more ways than one. The bright maximum aperture allows depth of field to be reduced creatively, isolating your subjects from the background, which this lens renders incredibly smoothly...
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM ($1,619 direct) is one of only two f/1.2 lenses available for the Canon EOS camera system, the other being the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, which is best suited for portraiture. The 50mm focal length, which delivers a wider fiel...
Good Unmatched light gathering capability, Extremely sharp from f/2 onward, Capable of creating a very shallow depth of field...
Bad Expensive, Large and heavy, A little soft at maximum aperture, Noticeable distortion...
Bottom line The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is one of the fastest SLR lenses you can buy. It's expensive and heavy, but can create an extremely shallow depth of field...
Canon currently has four 50mm lenses in production, the EF 50/1.8 II, the EF 50/1.4 USM, the EF 50/2.5 Macro and the EF 50/1.2L USM. There are also two others which are no longer current: the EF 50/1.0L and the original EF 50/1.8.The Canon EF 50mm f/1...
Bottom line There’s no doubt that the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM, $1499 (review) is Canon’s best 50mm lens and an excellent performer by any standard. The fast aperture is ideal for work in low light, where focus is fast and positive. As a portrait lens, the fast a...
Canon 50mm Lenses Compared© 2013 All rights reserved. October 2013 This free website's biggest source of is when you use those or any of when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you...
Released back in 2007 the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 USM L is the successor of the legendary EF 50mm f/1.0 USM L - the fastest mass production SLR lens ever ... and one of the most expensive around. Surprisingly Canon decided to give up two thirds of an f-st...
Bottom line The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 USM L left rather mixed feelings here at Photozone. It was able to convince in the APS-C scope but on a full format DSLR its weaknesses became much more obvious. The good news is that the center resolution is generally fine acr...
(From Canon lens literature) The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is a peerless new standard lens featuring an ultra-large aperture for a narrow depth of field and soft background blur so loved by photographers everywhere. The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is suitable for any...
This Canon 50mm f/1.2L lens (about $1,600) is the sharpest 50mm lens Ive ever used at very wide apertures, but Ive not used any other aspherical 50mm lens. It easily outperforms the conventional Zeiss 50mm f/1.4. This 50mm f/1.2L is the smaller brot...
Performance Review of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM LensComparison with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM LensThe Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens was evaluated and was compared to the EF 50mm f/1.4 with respect to resolution, 50% MTF and bokeh performance. The primary qu...
Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM review The Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM is a prime lens with a standard focal length of 50mm and the joint-fastest focal ratio in the Canon lens catalogue - a positioned shared with the EF 85mm f1.2L USM. Announced in August 2006, t...
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens review is coming. In the mean time, here are some thoughts on this lens ... For many years, a fixed focal length 50mm lens was standard for film SLRs. Although 50mm lenses are not nearly as popular as they used to b...
Canon EF 70-200/4L IS USM The Canon EF 70-200/4L IS USM is a lens that many people have been asking for. The current non-IS version is widely regarded as one of the best lenses in the Canon lineup and its popularity is in at least part due to the...
The Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM is currently Canon's fastest lens (along with the 85/1.2L USM). It replaced the older f1.0 lens several years ago. Though not quite as fast, it's both cheaper and sharper and so the change was overall a positive one. Can...
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