Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens

B&H # CA5012LRF MFR # 2959C002

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  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • One UD Element, One Aspherical Element
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 10-Blade Diaphragm
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Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Overview

  • 1Description

Distinguished by its speed, the RF 50mm f/1.2L USM from Canon is a desirable normal-length prime due to its versatile focal length and bright f/1.2 maximum aperture. This fast design excels in difficult lighting conditions and also benefits working with shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques. The optical layout incorporates one UD element and one aspherical element, which help to reduce both chromatic and spherical aberrations in order to produce greater clarity and sharpness. A rounded 10-blade diaphragm also benefits bokeh quality to suit isolating subjects with depth of field. Complementing the imaging capabilities is an apt ring-type Ultrasonic Motor, which delivers fast, near-silent autofocus and full-time manual focus override. Additionally, a unique Control Ring is integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself.

Normal-length prime is designed for full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless digital cameras.
Exceptionally bright f/1.2 maximum aperture affords extensive control over depth of field for selective focus applications and also benefits working in low-light situations.
One UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion) element is featured, and helps to minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing in order to provide greater clarity and color accuracy.
An aspherical element is used to correct spherical aberrations and distortion for improved sharpness and accurate rendering.
Ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with optimized focusing algorithms and a high-speed CPU, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens has a weather-resistant design that protects against dust and moisture to enable its use in inclement conditions.
Rounded 10-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 013803304770
In the Box
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens
  • Lens Dust Cap RF
  • ES-83 Lens Hood
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Specs

    Focal Length 50mm
    Maximum Aperture f/1.2
    Minimum Aperture f/16
    Lens Mount Canon RF
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 46�
    Maximum Magnification 0.19x
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.31' / 40 cm
    Optical Design 15 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 10, Rounded
    Focus Type Autofocus
    Image Stabilization None
    Filter Size 77 mm (Front)
    Dimensions (� x L) 3.5 x 4.252" / 89.8 x 108 mm
    Weight 2.1 lb / 950 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.3 x 16.8 x 11.7"

    Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Reviews

    RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful lens, if you can afford it. I sprung for this lens, as I know I Primarily shoot this focal length for most of my work. Optically its amazing and I can get great sharp shots at f1.2 all the time. On the RP its a little big for a 50mm, but I did feel the need to complain like many other reviewers, the extra grip definitely helped though. Im also coming from shooting a 6d, so the transition from an older body with the EF 50mm 1.4, is a huge difference. I will say, that sharpness at this wider aperture has created more opportunities for my creativity. The EF1.4, while tack sharp at 2.8, is a bit soft wide open, and this one is on point
    Date published: 2019-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Fifty This lens truly is fantastic.  Im attaching a couple of un-cropped images shot a f/1.2 (one inside really closeup, one outside for more of a 3/4 portrait with rider and horse).  I couldnt see any vignetting or distortion in either one.  It also performs superbly at apertures throughout - Ive been pleased with images shot from f/2.8 through f/16. Im one of those who feel that 35mm is closer to what I see than 50mm - and I love the RF35 for its light-weight, unobtrusive characteristics.   But this 50mm gem is just a great lens for someone who wants a walk around focal length that can also hold its own when it comes to portraiture. It is fast to focus, quiet, renders beautiful color, saturation, detail and bokeh.  Yes, it is somewhat heavy, but it didnt bother me to carry it during a four hour event (part of which was shared with its 24-105mm sibling).  For the image quality that this glass delivers, the weight is appropriate and the balance on the EOS-R is a pleasure. Recommended.
    Date published: 2019-02-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Lens - Superb Bokeh So far I am impressed with the RF system and cant wait for this to blossom into what its capable of being. That being said I love this lens. It feels really balanced on the EOS R although some have complained on those silly youtube channels that its heavy; DUH, it is. Anything of quality is. Bokeh is buttery soft which is what youre obviously looking for and image quality is superb. Im not a specs person and base my thoughts on feel and image quality.
    Date published: 2018-11-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best 50 on the market Im not a huge 50mil fan but couldnt pass this one. Rented it for a week and had quite an adventure! The lens is superb optically except its 1 stop darker in the corners compared to the old 50/1.2 EF. Is it bad or not? Well, if you like vignetting - it saves 10 to 30 seconds you usually spend adding it in post. If you dont like vignetting - it will add the same 10 to 30 seconds to remove it in post. As simple as that :)  The sharpness is mind blowing wide open, unlike the old 50 which becomes acceptably sharp at f/2.8. No visible CA. Great resistance to lens flare. Pretty much everything you would expect from an Otus grade lens for about twice cheaper + fast and accurate AF as a bonus. No prob tracking and taking sharp pictures of kids running in random directions. Sharpness, AF, blah blah blah... All this stuff is just another bonus to the primary characteristic of this lens which is BOKEH. Its definitely there. Any kind of background is not an issue for this lens. You can take beautiful portraits on the city dump! After Canons claim about EOS R ability to AF at EV-6 with this particular lens I was curious to see what does it mean... Tried to AF in a very dark room, and the AF relaibly worked down to 0.6s ISO 12800 with this lens. Which is ~EV-6 indeed and I think its crazy. Just to give an idea how dark the EV-6 is: if you take a regular 1.4 lens and set your camera to ISO 100 - you will need to wait 128 seconds to get the same level of exposure. PS: The control ring is a nice add-on. I set it to exposure compensation.
    Date published: 2018-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very sharp lens I’m fairly new to a canon family. I started with Nikon 15 years ago, but about 2 years ago I sold my Nikon gear and went with Canon. One of the first lenses I got was 50mm 1.2 By far it was my favorite lens along with 85mm 1.2. Those two lenses were my main reasons to switch to Canon family. After I tried RF 50mm 1.2, I was sold, so much so, that I’m selling my current gear and buying all new lenses for the Canon RF system. The shortcomings of the camera completely negated by the superb quality of the optics of this lens. The focus at wide open just unbelievable. I showed it to my friend and he was just blown away. This is is the best 50 mm I ever seen. It is expensive piece of glass, but if quality is your thing, you won’t regret.
    Date published: 2019-05-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Big and heavy yes, but big and heavy on performance. Excellent color and resolution. Amazing detail low light capabilities are outstanding.  Expensive yes,you get performance for your money. Fantastic!
    Date published: 2018-12-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Lens I have ever used! The best way to describe images from the Canon 50mm RF 1.2 is magical. This lens renders images with Zeiss Otus 55mm quality. I own the Zeiss Otus as well and the new RF 50mm 1.2 images are complete with eye popping microcontrast and 3D like image quality. With blistering fast AF, I have sold my Zeiss Otus for what I believe is the best lens in the world at the moment. I could not imagine parting with this lens. Canon truly has something special in this RF lens lineup.
    Date published: 2019-05-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Fantastic lens. I have 7 cannon L’s and this lens is a stunner for focus accuracy and image quality. Fun stuff!
    Date published: 2018-12-17
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    Buying Cine Lenses for Canon. Does this lens have ...

    Buying Cine Lenses for Canon. Does this lens have a long focus throw? Does this lens have smooth F/T Stop transition, instead of "click" stops? For smooth transition of focus and depth of field?
    Asked by: al
    Sorry but this is not a cine lens. It is all electronic control with no scales. It would not work on a pro set for the assistant would have no way of controlling the focus or stop. If you want a Canon cine lens here is the link.
    Answered by: Dennis A
    Date published: 2018-12-18

    Does purchase include hood & bag? No Canon hood ...

    Does purchase include hood & bag? No Canon hood or bag listed in accessories.
    Asked by: al
    As indicated under the “In The Box” section under the Overview tab on our website, the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens, B&H # CA5012LRF, would include the Canon ES-83 Lens Hood and the Canon Lens Case LP1319. The following items are listed as included with the lens purchase: In the Box Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens E-77 II 77mm Lens Cap Lens Dust Cap RF ES-83 Lens Hood Lens Case LP1319 Limited 1-Year Warranty
    Answered by: Manzell
    Date published: 2018-12-18

    has anyone attempted to try this lens with a Sony ...

    has anyone attempted to try this lens with a Sony A7III and an adapter?
    Asked by: Mark
    We are not aware of an adapter that allows you to use a Canon RF lens on a Sony E-Mount camera.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2019-06-06

    Is there an adapter for EF bodies or is it ...

    Is there an adapter for EF bodies or is it impossible because of the flange distance?
    Asked by: Mark
    No adapter for RF to EF, only EF to RF
    Answered by: Robert
    Date published: 2019-01-25

    Do you need adapter for 1DX Mark 1?

    Do you need adapter for 1DX Mark 1?
    Asked by: Rey
    Agreed, the EF lenses can mount on RF, but not the other way around.
    Answered by: Aaron
    Date published: 2019-03-17

    Is the focus wheel focus by wire? Or geared?

    Is the focus wheel focus by wire? Or geared?
    Asked by: Aaron
    Focus by wire
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2019-03-10
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    • Canon EOS RP
    • Canon EOS R
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