Canon New FD 50mm f/1.2 L

Lens Groups 6
Lens Element 8
Aperature Blades 8
Minimum Aperture f/16
Closest Focusing 0.5 m
Max. Magnifcation 1:7.7 (0.13x)
Filter Size 52 mm
Diameter x Length 65.3 x 50.5 mm
Weight 380 gr (0.84 lb)
Hood BS-52
8.5
9.3
8.8

RBloggs

IQ
7.5
Build
9.0
8.0
Solid and well built; excellent at larger aperturers
Not particularly sharp from f/5.6 on

This lens was a real disappointment. It might just be my copy... but the one I tested was disappointing. Whether close, against a flat board with ISO lens test charts, medium distance or focused to infinity, it was only "OK". I compared it head-to-head with a Canon FDn 50mm f/1.4. The f/1.2 L was better (colour, contrast, resolution) at f1.4 through f/4. However, from f/5.6 on the Canon FDn 50mm 1.4 was as good, and even better than the "L" by f/11. Don't buy this lens for its performance at f/1.2 (soft, lower contrast).

Jan_Rosenberg

IQ
8.0
Build
9.5
8.5
Sexy focusing movement & flares, your friends will
Somewhat

Perhaps its just my copy - but at certain apertures it doesn't seem to do that great (tiny patches of CA). My girlfriend's old FD 50mm 1.4 has a richer bokeh, richer colours, richer contrast. My 50mm f1.2 L gives an incredibly even image across the frame at all distances - perfect for copying schematics(!) or something like that. But while a joy to use - the results just never seem exciting like you might expect if you've used an 85mm 1.2...

Good build, smooth focusing, looks fab on the outside, sharp results --- but not strikingly sharp. At 1.2 it is a tad soft of course - if say an eye is in focus then its eyelashes aren't - so I don't use it wide open much.

Could be a good lens for astronomy or similar but otherwise I'm not sure its worth the money.

Might be just my copy though...

Guest

IQ
8.5
Build
8.5
8.5
Pretty Good Image Quality
The FD 55mm Aspherical is Better

A good, but not great, Canon aspheric high-speed lens. Over the years I've had the good fortune to own this lens and the FD 55mm Aspheric. A side-by-side comparison, with shots taken at F1.2, show that the 55mm Aspheric delivers better image quality. Build quality of the 50mm L is typical FDn, meaning that it is not built to the high standards of the earlier breech-lock models. The best thing about this lens is that it's much smaller and lighter than the 55mm Aspheric.

Don't misconstrue my comments. The 50mm L is good lens, one that most people will probably love, just don't expect the best image quality at f1.2, you'll need the 55mm Aspheric for that.

thinkfat

IQ
10.0
Build
10.0
10
superb sharpness, speed, bokeh
expensive, heavy

I bought a copy on ebay, a bit battered and with a slight mark on the front lens but it has never let me down. I use it with a Canon A-1 and adapted on the Panasonic G1. The results on the G1 are very good. It's not extremely sharp at f/1.2 but stopped down a little it's excellent. It's my favorite lens for indoor work and portraits on the G1.