A few of you wanted to know if I’m not shooting wide open with the 50 1.2, then what the heck is the point of buying it versus the 50 1.8 or the 50 1.4. Besides the larger price tag, the difference is the glass. It’s an L series lens, which is the best glass Canon has to offer. It’s also much faster than the other primes. It focuses much faster, quieter, and more accurately than the other lenses. It’s crisp and sharp. Like, razor sharp.
During a recent mentoring session I let Jen borrow my 50 1.2 so she could see the difference. This is the comment she left in the last post:
The clincher for me was when I borrowed your lens at the shoot — the 1.2 was more in focus and tack-sharp vs. the 1.4. I actually loved my 1.8, but the 1.2 is nothing short of amazing. And I’ll say that even when shooting at 2.8 the pictures come out so much sharper
You really have to try out the 50 1.2 for yourself to see the difference. It’s a great piece of glass. Do all of you Mom*togs NEED it? If you have an extra $1600 laying around then sure. Why not? But, like I’ve said before (and I’ll keep saying over and over again) having the most expensive camera with the most expensive lenses won’t make you a good photographer. It’s only one part of the puzzle. You need to know how to use that equipment and have a good understanding of light. Someone who has a Rebel camera body, the Canon 50 1.8, with a good knowledge of light and how to use their camera will be able to take better pictures then someone who has no understanding of light and a 5D Mark II and 50 1.2.
Just do yourself a favor and don’t try it until you’re ready to buy it. Because once you try it you will have to have it