9.0
9.5
9.2

Canon FL 55mm f/1.2

Year 1968
Lens Groups 5
Lens Element 7
Aperature Blades 8
Minimum Aperture f/16
Closest Focusing 0.6 m
Max. Magnifcation 1:9.2 (0.109x)
Filter Size 58 mm
Diameter x Length 67 x 52.5 mm
Weight 480 gr (1.06 lb)
Hood -
2018-09-20

Guest

IQ
9.0
Build
9.5
9.2
Cheapest f1.2 lens, sharp even @f1.2, built like a tank, snappy aperture ring
Some spherical aberrations, heavy, long MFD, lack of newer coatings, so-so bokeh

This is a good entrant into the world of f1.2 lenses. Not so expensive and also very good build quality. Find a good one in good condition and this lens is gold. This lens is heavy. Metal and large glass combined to make such a beast. The front metal aperture ring is miles better than nFD lenses and it clicks with such satisfaction. The dot next to f1.2 is f1.4, to note ;) Image quality is good albeit a bit of spherical aberration at open apertures but quickly goes away at around f2.8. Sharpness is usable at f1.2 and really stirs up at f2.

F1.2 produces the most characteristic aspect of this lens. What's the point of an f1.2 lens than!? Dreamy and creamy with a bit of glow with just enough sharpness for portraits that extrudes a vintage look wide open. Bokeh is not the strongest showing a slight noticable field curvature and cat eye effect but it's flare and low contrast can be a issue due to the lack of advanced multi coatings but it's okay because this lens has a sort of old charm to it. Colors are good still with a bit of old character. The front element is yellow but this one is not radioactive like the 58mm f1.2. It's clear inside so no UV treatment necessary. Stopped down and this monster can get quite sharp and picks up in contrast and sharpness impressively.

For what's it's worth, this lens is remarkable especially for the value today. Find/buy them while they're still in good condition and prices.

2016-01-06

twl

IQ
9.0
Build
9.5
9.2
Sharp, excellent build quality, useable wide open, not huge, interesting bokeh
heavy, low contrast wide open, coating not as good as SSC

Great and affordable 1.2 lens. Sharp enough wide open. Bokeh can be a bit wild at times, but I like it. For image samples, see http://www.theweekendlens.com/canon-fl-55-f12.html for a video shot with the lens, check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT4pbGJsEh8