Can Canon’s Famous 50mm Lens Hold up To Modern Sensors?

Of all Canon’s esteemed L lenses, the EF 50mm f/1.2L USM probably has the most controversial reputation of all. Though originally meant for DSLRs, it easily adapts to Canon and other mirrorless cameras. Can it stand up to the resolution demands of modern mirrorless cameras? This great video review takes a look at what you can expect. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost Photography, this great video tests the EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens on the Canon EOS R5. Canon has the superlatively good RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens, but at $2,300, it is extremely expensive for a 50mm lens. On the other hand, the EF version certainly does not carry the same level of sharpness as its mirrorless counterpart, but it can be had for less than $1,000 on the used market and is well known for having some of the highest levels of character of any Canon lens, making it a favorite of many photographers. On the other hand, it is also known for being a finicky lens that demands very careful technique when shooting at wide apertures, but for many photographers, the dreamy images it produces are worth the hassle. Check out the video above for Frost’s full thoughts. 


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