One (OK, two) more reason(s) to like the Canon 50mm f/1.2L

Calin at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park
Calin Ilea at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park | Canon 1D Mk. III and 50mm f/1.2L; exposed 1/320 sec. @ f/1.2, ISO 100

Two more reasons to like this lens: the smoothest background one could ask for that isn’t solid sand/water/etc., and ridiculously sharp wide open.  This is f/1.2, folks.  Shallow depth of field but helped by a couple feet of distance?  Sure.  But the 50 f/1.4 can’t do this.  Why Calin looks so concerned about the grill is another matter altogether…

3 thoughts

    1. There’s no doubt that the 50mm f/1.8 is a tremendous bargain–from Canon and Nikon, actually–in that you get a lot of “bang for the buck.” But what I will say is that the 50mm f/1.4 is a huge leap above that because of the better contrast and bokeh, and Canon’s 50mm f/1.2L is worlds beyond even that lens. Do you need it? No. But when you want the look that it can give you, there is no substitute.

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