An awe-inspiring prime lens, that is a real light gatherer
There isn't a photographer in existence that would be able to view the specifications sheet of this lens without being filled with excitement, so if you are trying to cut back on your spendings, you best look away now. The obvious cause for this uncontrollable desire is the amazingly large f1.2 maximum aperture. With this feature you are gifted with unprecedented depth of field control and handheld shootability. Take this Canon EF 50mm f1.2 L USM lens away with you now and explore the possibilities of tack sharp portraits with soft and creamy background blur, and sharp and detailed pictures in the dimmest of light.
There isn't much we can say about the 50mm focal length that hasn't already been said and then repeated, but this focal length is a staple of almost every well-rounded photographic kit, a proven tool that is versatile enough with its angle of view to be suitable for almost any application. The 50mm focal length is one that is a semi permanent fixture on the front of more cameras around the world than perhaps any prime lens and this fine Canon L series example sits at the premium end of this range. It's worth noting that when mounted on an APS-C format body this lens provides an equivalent focal length of 85mm, perfect for tightly cropped portraits, which is a nice complement to that large aperture.
Built to be used and not just looked at the 50mm f1.2 L USM lens is rugged and durable, benefiting the traveller or the professional who puts their gear through long working hours. Optically you won't be surprised that it performs excellently, delivering the high levels of sharpness and decreased aberrations and distortions that is now the norm for Canon L-series lenses. A joy to use in the hand an Ultrasonic focus motor can track down your subjects with uncanny accuracy, whilst retaining a high degree of discretion. This lens focuses quickly, smoothly and quietly.