The Perfect Portrait Lens: The 50mm 1.2

March 15, 2018

Oh, how I love this lens.  It’s been permanently attached to my camera for the last year, so we’ve become quite familiar with each other.  After a ton of research and a big learning curve, I’ve come to appreciate everything that it is capable of.

If you’re like me and are new to the industry, you know how stressful the topic of equipment can be.  Most of us starting out don’t have the luxury of purchasing more than one quality lens at a time (‘cuz we want that L Series!) so we must be very strategic about what we buy, and in what order.

I’m a portrait photographer, so I knew I first needed a lens that would be good for that specific purpose.  I also love me a prime lens, so after reading about 2,000 positive reviews, I pulled the trigger on the Canon 50mm f/1.2.

And I have zero regrets.  Literally not a one.  Every one of my favorite photographers out there agrees that it’s an awesome walk-around lens, and a lot of them say that if they had to choose ONE lens, this would be it.  Mainly because:

  • It performs great low-light
  • It’s CRISP!  I mean tack sharp.
  • It creates a beautiful, creamy bokeh
  • It’s incredibly fast, so you won’t miss a moment

I of course have other wish-list lenses, and will buy them in the order that makes the most sense, but if anyone were looking to add another lens to their arsenal or maybe upgrade from their current equipment, I would recommend the the 50mm f/1.2 a million times over.

Disclaimer: the cost of this lens is no joke.  So if you’re experiencing some sticker shock, check out the Sigma version, the 50mm 1.4.  Still a great lens at a lower price.

I hope you find this helpful!  Check out the post HERE and HERE to see a few examples of how the 50mm 1.2 performs!



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