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Gear Rumors

Canon 50mm F/1.2L On Its Way Out?

By Anthony Thurston on July 31st 2014

Just a few days ago, I shared an interesting rumor regarding a new Canon 50mm lens that was in the works, but not expected until late 2015. Today, the news coming out of Germany is that the Canon Germany website no longer has the Canon 50mm f/1.2L on the prime lens portion of the company website.

Could this mean that it is the 50mm F/1.2 that is being replaced, and not the Canon 50mm f/1.4? It seems unlikely that this would happen over a year before the replacement lens is set to be announced/released, so there are three possible scenarios here…


First, this is just a coincidental mistake. Maybe someone was updating the site, and accidentally unpublished all the Canon 50mm f/1.2L stuff. Being someone who has a degree in web design and interactive media I find it hard to believe that, but mistakes do happen, and this also happens to be the most likely scenario.

[REWIND: New 35mm and 50mm primes from Canon in 2015]

The second possible scenario here is that the previous rumors are wrong, and the Canon 50mm replacement will not be coming in late 2015, but in late 2014. That would likely mean a Photokina announcement, which is only a little over a month away. That would make something like this make a whole lot more sense.

The third possible scenario going on here is that the Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens is, in fact, earmarked to be replaced in 2015, someone read the memo wrong and took down the 50mm F/1.2L listing too early.


What do you think is going on here? Do you think the 50mm F/1.2L is on the outs sooner than expected, or was this just a dumb mistake by some web employee over at Canon Germany? Leave a comment below!

[via Canon Rumors]


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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Good riddance. The lens was a horrible excuse of a reason to spend $1400-$1600, second only to the worst L lens currently in production, the 16-35 2.8 mk2.

    Bring on a sharper 50 1.2 L, or a 50 1.4 non-L (without IS, lest it harm bokeh?) …and do it fast! Forget the competition from the Sigma 50 1.4 Art, heck even the Nikon 50 1.8 G at $200 is sharper than either the 50 L or non-L at 1.8!!!

    (And before you say “yeah, but a 1.8 / 1.4 lens doesn’t open up to 1.2, so the point is moot” …just think about how many people actually NEED to use a lens at 1.2 on full-frame, really. In fact the vast majority of 50 L users I know of who rave about how gorgeous the bokeh is, well, they’re almost always shooting at 2.2 or 3.5 or something silly, for sharpness / DOF.

    Either way I don’t care really, since I think 50mm is a boring focal length anyways. :-P


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    • Austin Swenson

      I am thinking they pulled it because they aren’t top dog in the 50mm after sigma spanked them, so they are trying to make something that beats the sigma back down.

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    For example, Nikon replaced their 58mm F1.2 with a new 58mm F1.4 which beats any lens in terms of Bokeh and it would be nice if they made a new 50mm F1.4 with a better image quality than then current one.

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    • adam sanford

      Many folks want a new 50L, but EVERYONE wants a new 50 F/1.4 with IS. The 50L is a specialist small DOF tool and the 50 F/1.4 (a sharper lens when you get narrower than F/2.8 or so) has a surprisingly large following, even with some pros can afford the 50L.

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    • adam sanford

      I’m not sure I’m buying this.

      Canon does not tip it’s hand on lens announcements unless it’s the same week — remember that lenses don’t have the same ‘instant obsolescence’ that bodies seem to have. I’ve seen clear, early tells on bodies (the 5D2 was marked down well in advance of the 5D3 announcement, the 7D is clearly on its way out, etc.), but never on lenses.

      From what I’ve read today, the needle is tracking more on the side of “website error” than that of “huge tell”.

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    • Austin Swenson

      I think I’m with you here, Rafael. I would rather have better image quality and great bokeh at 1.4 and maybe even spend less money if it meant a better overall package design.

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  3. Amanda Jehle

    I know all the Canon enthusiasts are super-excited for new primes, but I tend to think this may be just a coincidence. The 50mm f/1.2 is a favorite of mine. I’ve rented it on several occasions, but haven’t spent the money to buy one. I was able to get some great images SOOC with my old Rebel XS; I’ve since traded-up so that I can shoot in RAW. It will definitely be interesting to see what Canon has up its sleeve to replace this “Flagship Prime”.

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  4. Stan Rogers

    Well, Canon Canada has it marked as an out-of-stock item, so who knows? It’s still in the retail channel, but that doesn’t tell you much (at $1600-1900, depending on the outlet, they don’t exactly fly off of the shelves, so “still in stock” can mean the batch they brought in last year).

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