October 12, 2021

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Canon 50mm RF 1.2 | A Wedding Photographer’s Honest Review

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Before I get into this Canon 50mm RF 1.2 review, a couple of disclaimers…First, this is not a tech-focused review… So if you are looking for specs check out the specs here. Second, this is based on my personal experience and opinion. Last but not least, I am in no way getting paid for this review. With that being said here are my thoughts and experience.

Why I Bought the Canon 50mm RF 1.2

If you have been following my blog or have seen my business elsewhere you may know that I purchase the Canon R6 to celebrate surviving the 2020 wedding season (this year I’m going to Disney World), and I love it. More on that here. I talked about how much I love the fact that I could use my already loved Canon EF lenses, but I kept hearing how great the RF lenses were. I also believe that mirrorless is the way of the future (or at least that is the rumor), so lens purchases should probably be RF for the future.

I decided to try the 50mm 1.2 because I heard how beautiful a lens this was when the EOS R came out a couple of years ago. I also needed to add a 50mm to my gear. So after renting it to see how I felt about it and saving money I made the leap.

Where I Bought the Canon 50mm RF 1.2

When it comes to camera bodies I always buy from my local camera store, but with lenses, I like to trade in older gear. I always use MPB for trading in and buying slightly used gear… When I received my lens it was in perfect condition.

My Experience With the Canon 50mm RF 1.2

I have been using this lens since April, and spoiler alert I really like it. Like I said earlier I rented it first because if you have seen the price it’s almost the same as the camera I’m using it on. I didn’t want to spend money on a lens that was just ok.

When I like to use the Canon 50mm RF 1.2

Now I have to admit that this lens rarely comes off my R6… So I guess you could say I like to use it all the time… But there are certain points of either an engagement session or wedding day when I like to use it most.

Engagement Sessions

  1. The begining of an engagement session this is what I use to get the wider shots while the 85 or 135 are on my 5D MK IV. It lets me get a wider shot without having to stap too far back or having to scream at the couple.

Weddings

  1. Getting Ready- I especially love it for flatlays and detail shots, while having the macro on my other camera… It really is the perfect combo
  2. Ceremony- The reaction…. Since this lens is so fast it always is my go to for getting the reaction for who is waiting at the front
  3. Formals- Everything lol, but I especially love it for group photos
  4. Reception- I like using this for the tables even with wide open the AF (auto-focus) tables are so sharp that it blurs out a alot of distractions

My Canon 50mm RF 1.2 Pros and Cons

Pros

  1. The color rendering … Editing with this lens is almost too easy
  2. Photo Quality
  3. Super Fast Focus

Cons

  1. The price- even used it was quite the investment
  2. The weight- This thing weighs more than my mirrorless camera body,and makes it top heavy
  3. I haven’t loved it in heavily backlit areas

Photos Taken With the Canon 50mm RF 1.2

wedding party photo taken on the R6 with canon 50mm rf 1.2
f/3.2 1/4000 sec ISO 250
f/2 1/1250 sec ISO 250
f/2 1/1250 sec ISO 250
f/2 1/1250 sec ISO 250
f/1.8 1/5000 sec ISO 640
f/2 1/1600 sec ISO 250 (both)
f/2 1/1250 sec ISO 250
f/4 1/500 sec ISO 250
f/3.5 1/800 sec ISO 200
f/5.6 1/500 sec ISO 160
f/5.6 1/500 sec ISO 160
f/2.5 1/640 sec ISO 250
f/2.5 1/640 sec ISO 250
f/1.6 1/200 sec ISO 250
f/1.2 1/200 sec ISO 250
f/1.6 1/200 sec ISO 250
f/1.6 1/640 sec ISO 5000
f/3.2 1/200 sec ISO 200
f/1.8 1/500 sec ISO 250
f/1.8 1/2,000 sec ISO 320
f/1.8 1/250 sec ISO 100
f/3.5 1/100 sec ISO 100
f/3.2 1/100 sec ISO 100
f/3.2 1/100 sec ISO 100
f/2 1/1600 sec ISO 125
f/2 1/1600 sec ISO 125
f/2 1/125 sec ISO 640
f/4.5 1/125 sec ISO 1600
f/4.5 1/160 sec ISO 1600
f/1.2 1/320 sec ISO 640
f/1.6 1/1250 sec ISO 100
f/1.4 1/500 sec ISO 800
f/5 1/160 sec ISO 1000

Who Should Buy the Canon 50mm RF 1.2

If you have recently bought a Canon mirrorless camera and you want to start building your RF lens collection this is a great place to start. If you have the 50 1.2 EF I would save your money becuase yes it’s an amazing lens but the 50 1.2 EF looks really good with the adapter.

Overall I love this lens I think it is worth what I paid for it… Highly recommend.

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