Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Sample Images & First Look Review

The Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens now available for pre-order at B&H Photo Video/Amazon/Adorama/Focus Camera. It costs $2,299 in US, same price as EOS R Body. And will be shipping on October 25, 2018.

Here are sample images of this RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens:

And a conclusion from thephoblographer:

  • We like the fact that the lens is weather sealed
  • The bokeh is super creamy
  • Canon seems to have added a bit of micro-contrast to the lens but not in the way that Tamron, Rokinon and Zeiss do it
  • I’d say that the rendering is pretty on par with Sony’s 85mm f1.4 G Master lens
  • It’s a big lens
  • The autofocus is pretty fast
  • At f1.2 the lens is very sharp but when stopped down it becomes even better
  • It’s hard to justify getting a lens that is f1.2 and then shooting with it using a flash and stopping the aperture down. But the results are still very sharp.
  • This is a lens that portrait photographers interested in the Canon EOS R will reach for
  • The lens makes the sensor and the camera system sing. The camera itself? Not as much.
  • The rendering looks a lot like German lenses and this indeed doesn’t look like a Japanese made lens when you compare it to the standards of many other manufacturers out there
  • Using this lens with a flash (the bath tub scenes) makes the output sing.
  • Using this lens you can keep the high ISO output on the Canon EOS R down. And that’s good because at ISO 1600 it starts to show a but more noise than I’d like it to. But the files still look nice overall.
  • Canon’s face detection is just okay with the Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM. But it can surely be better and probably will be with firmware updates. You’re best off using the manual focus point adjustment option.

TDP also posted a first look review of this lens:

This lens is well-built, looks great, focuses quickly and with the R behind it and a little contrast in front of it, this lens focuses in ridiculously dark scenarios even when I cover the focus assist light (it is very impressive).