Sample Image Gallery: Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM (Canon EOS R)

We spent a lot of time playing with the new Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM lens. Here are some of our recent favorite sample images.

Hey folks,

This post is pretty literally just a massive gallery of photos that we’ve shot using the new Canon RF 50mm f1.2 L USM. Be sure to also check out why we love it for portraits.

Our thoughts so far:

  • 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.
  • 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 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 doesn’t look like a Japanese made lens when you compare it to the standards of many other manufacturers.
  • 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 bit more noise than I’d like. 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.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.