This was by and large the most amazing 50mm I've ever shot with. The bokeh was perfection! I was so thrilled by the results that I rent it for almost every shoot I do now. It provides such a beautiful result. The lens is on the heavier side, but really incredibly sharp. Had no problems at all with it. Other than the fact that I couldn't just keep it forever and ever.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
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But it's the not so obvious things that make me choose this as the lens rental for me. It's not too big and heavy, when compared to the 24-70 F2.8, or the 70-200 IS2, both of which are great lenses. It's AF is relatively fast, unlike its big brother, the 85 1.2. My only complaint is that I can't put it down. This lens is suitable for almost any situation and gives striking results in low light settings. This lens is just simply amazing.
I love this lens. I am far from being a pro (or even semi-pro) & I rented this lens to try portraits of my children (ages 3 & 5). I got some beautiful fall photos using my Canon Rebel body. The photos were exceptionally sharp & the color was vibrant. You could see the exact shade of blue their eyes are straight out of the camera (JPEG). Editing was pretty much unnecessary. The AF was fabulous because I found it a bit tricky to manually focus at the large aperture settings. I have some blurry photos from before I tried the auto-focus. I'm renting it again for Christmas photos & can't wait to see how it performs with Christmas lights & a fireplace in the background!
This is one of the best lenses you can get and the price here at borrowlens is also one of the best. The versatility of this lens is just remarkable. Shooting at 1.2 is very doable and shots at 1.2 are very sharp. I rented this lens with the 85L and I chose to use this lens the majority of the time. The 85L was a little too long for me. The 50L was used for a wedding and 100% sold me in the week that I had it. The Bokeh is very smooth and the best Ive got out of all my lenses. This is a great everyday lens and portrait lens. The focus was very fast. At night it was still fast and on point. There was no hunting at night time like I've had with other lenses. Give it a shot! Al
Yeah, believe the hype. This lens is flippin' fantastic for high speed, low light shots. I have a 50 f1.8. I didn't think this f1.2 would be THAT much faster than mine, but I was wrong. The focus is much, much faster in low light and the wider aperture means faster shutter speed at lower ISO. The bokeh is superior. I was wondering if that would even matter, if my pics were going to turn out all blurry due to trying to get things in focus quickly at 1.2. I used this for a NYE event and I got so many sharp, focused shots of people running all over the place. I was pretty impressed. My client was beyond ecstatic with how good the shots turned out. I have already reserved this lens for a wedding coming up. You won't regret renting this beautiful piece of hardware.
My Husband is starting to get jealous, I am IN LOVE with this lens. I'm a wedding photographer and keep this lens on one camera at all times. It is amazing for getting ready shots, ceremony details and low lit receptions. My favorite use for it is portraits, hands-down. If you are thinking of purchasing a lens like this I recommend you rent it first. The fixed focal length isn't for everyone, and the first time I used it I found myself "zooming with my feet" A LOT before I got used to the frame. It has tack sharp focus, but you have to be VERY aware of the focus at 1.2, as the first time I used it I was surprised at how a nose was in focus but the eyelashes were not. Just something that comes with practice, and that practice is totally worth it. My 2 biggest raves about this lens is the AH-mazing dreamy boca you get in the background and the ability to shoot in low lighting conditions. This lens alone has increased the quality of my images ten-fold. No complaints here, well, with the exception that now I want to BUY it - I created a jar specifically for saving for this $1,200+ lens. Worth it! If I had to choose between this and the 85, I would choose this. It seemed to have less lens distortion along the edges, and I tend to place subjects to the side of my images instead of smack in the middle.