Canon 50mm 1.2 vs 1.8

Canon 50mm 1.8 vs 1.2 24-85mm Bokeh L Prime Zoom - Rob Moses PhotographyThis photo was shot with Canon 5D mark ii & Canon 24-85mm @85mm & f/4.5

I did a little comparison between 2 of my favourite lenses, the Canon 50mm 1.8 mark i & the 50L. With a price differnce of at least $1500, the case one can make to buy the 50L can only be made by absolutely NEEDing that f1.2 for shooting low light. You can not buy the Canon 50mm 1.8 mark 1 in stores any more, but you should be able to find a used one for around $150 to $200. The Canon 50mm 1.2 L series lens on the other hand can be found in most camera stores for around $1619. before taxes.

For this test I shot with a Canon 5D mark ii on a Manfrotto tripod. The photos were shot on my deck in the shade. The first shot to the last shot was done in under 2 minutes and the light outside never changed in that time frame. None of the pictures have any sharpening and are basically straight out of the camera except for a little S curve in Lightroom. I shot the all the photos with a little exposure compensation on the bright side.

Here is what the set up looked like.

Canon 5D mark ii 2 50mm 50L 1.2 - DSLR SLR film, tripod bokeh 50 1.4 EF FD Ricoh manfrotto - Rob Moses PhotographyThis photos was shot with a Samsung NX100 with a Canon FD 50mm 1.4 manual focus lens.

Bellow are the full frame samples of f/1.8, f/2.8, f/4 & f/8. After the whole frame shots you will find some 100% crops.

50mm 1.8 @ f/1.8

50mm 1.8 @ f/1.8

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.8

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.8

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50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8

50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8

50mm 1.2 @ f/2.8

50mm 1.2 @ f/2.8

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50mm 1.8 @ f/4

50mm 1.8 @ f/4

50mm 1.2 @ f/4

50mm 1.2 @ f/4

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50mm 1.8 @ f/8

50mm 1.8 @ f/8

50mm 1.2 @ f/8

50mm 1.2 @ f/8

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The pictures bellow are 100% crops. The focus point was the same for every picture.

Canon 50mm 1.8 @ f/1.8

Canon 50mm 1.8 @ f/1.8 (100% crop)

Canon 50mm 1.2 @ f/1.8

Canon 50mm 1.2 @ f/1.8 (100% crop)

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50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8

50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8

50mm 1.2 @ f/2.8

50mm 1.2 @ f/2.8

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50mm 1.8 @ f/4 (100% crop)

50mm 1.8 @ f/4 (100% crop)

50mm 1.2 @ f/4 (100% crop)

50mm 1.2 @ f/4 (100% crop)

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50mm 1.8 @ f/8 (100% crop)

50mm 1.8 @ f/8 (100% crop)

50mm 1.2 @ f/8 (100% crop)

50mm 1.2 @ f/8 (100% crop)

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Just to finish off the post I thought I would add the 50L f/1.4 & f/1.2 shots.

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.4

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.4

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.2

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.2

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50mm 1.2 @ f/1.4

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.4

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.2

50mm 1.2 @ f/1.2

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed that. I’d say if your not shooting super low light and can live with out f1.2 you really wont miss much with the Canon 50mm 1.8 mark i. You can get the mark ii for around $120, but the build quality is terrible and the auto focus is not as accurate as with the mark i, however it is still a great lens.

By Rob Moses and originally posted at http://robmosesphotography.com/2013/09/02/canon-50mm-1-8-vs-1-2/

 

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