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Canon 50mm f/1.2L Gear Rumors

Canon 50mm F/1.2L Replacement Coming, But Not Until 2016

By Anthony Thurston on April 3rd 2015

A few more details about the development of the next Canon 50mm f/1.2L lens hit the Canon rumor mill this morning, shedding some light on the timeline and possible design of the lens.

Canon 50mm f/1.2L

According to the new report over on Canon Rumors, the 50mm F/1.2L will be slightly smaller, yet heavier, with a larger front element than the current 50mm F/1.2L version. It is also said that the focus shift issue will be eliminated by adding a floating element to the optical design.

Sadly, for those of you chomping at the bit for an updated 50mm F/1.2L, the rumor goes on to indicate that the earliest they expect the new lens will not be until 2016. They expect the new 50mm F/1.8 STM to be announced this month at some point, and the next L prime they see being updated is the 35mm F/1.4L, but they are not expected until the end of this year.

I will be curious to see how the new 50mm F/1.8 stacks up compared to the current F/1.8, 1.4, and 1.2 models. Maybe some of you may decide to buy the new F/1.8 until the new F/1.2L makes its debut.

What are your thoughts on this? Leave a comment below!

[via Canon Rumors]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Eric Frystak

    Highly recommend folks look and consider the 3rd party as mentioned already. The Sigma Art glass is stellar and a bargain compared to some of the older Canon prime L.

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  2. desmond chislom

    I WANNA SEE PRICING COMPARED TO THE SIGMA ART 50

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      No you don’t.

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    • adam sanford

      Agree with J Dennis. You don’t want to know.

      You can ‘compare’ it to the Sigma Art all you want, but Canon will still charge the GDP of a small island nation for it.

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  3. Brandon Silvera

    Where is the f/1.2 glass from Nikon?

    Sincerely
    A Bokeh Whore

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  4. Michael Old

    I think that Canon and to a lesser extent Nikon are being really pushed by third party manufacturers.
    They are putting out exceptional lenses at competitive prices and the OEM manufacturers are having to update older lenses to compete as well as older lenses that just cant cut it any more with the higher resolution demands by cameras.
    This is why, i think, Canon has announced this lens with such a long lead time. To try and reassure their customers and hope that they will wait and not jump ship to another manufacturers lens.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Yeah, I agree. Was a time with the OEM lenses were all pretty decent and the 3rd party lenses were strictly discount rack, with the occasional home run. But as the big guys started making tiers of different quality lenses, the 3rd parties had to do something to remain relevant. I noticed some years back that Canon didn’t really offer anything much between kit lens and full-frame L in the normal zoom range (they did actually offer three tiers in some other ranges), especially if you only wanted an APS lens (back then… I got over it eventually) and found a pretty decent one from Sigma… enough to lure me back after some bad experiences with them in the early days of digital. Even better was the 12-24mm for FF. And now with the Art series, they’re often besting Canon. Canon has to be feeling this at some point.

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  5. adam sanford

    Also, a nerdy lens question: if there *is* another 50L coming, will be it another compact double gauss design, or are they going to ‘go big’ and design a more complicated & enormous pickle jar prime like the Sigma 50 Art or Zeiss 55 Otus?

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Probably gonna try to compete with the competition that’s stealing most of it’s sales, Sigma 50 Art.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      I wonder what this lens will be in actual T-Stops? It may be f/1.2 in the center, but I bet the edges transmit 1.8 or maybe less. That’s why Nikon decided to go 58mm f/1.4 instead of 58mm f/1.2 (which they still make in MF).

      I’ve got a 35mm f/1.4 and a 35mm f/1.2 and honestly the difference of light transmission and out of focus areas between the two is so slight it’s negligible. But the size difference is HUGE.

      f/1.2 lenses are pretty much for bragging rights only.

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  6. Jerry Jackson

    Hopefully the new 50mm f/1.2 will be one of the first lenses in a new Canon lens mount for pro-grade, full-frame mirrorless cameras. I’d like to pretend that is why Canon is holding the release until 2016 … but I doubt it.

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    • Dave Haynie

      If they need to add some additional firmware goodness for a mirrorless model, perhaps. But I still don’t see Canon releasing a high profile lens like that that will essentially not fit any of their existing user base. I think they may eventually offer a mirrorless or mirrorless hybrid (eg, mirror-optional) body, but it’s going to take all the existing lenses.

      A new mount would just be a gift to Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus, etc.

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  7. adam sanford

    A picture is worth a thousand words:
    http://goo.gl/ITyJqt

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  8. adam sanford

    Canon 50mm f/1.2L replacement Coming, but not until 2016

    …because the non-L IS refresh of the EF 50 f/1.4 is coming *sooner*, amirite?!

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Last I heard, the F/1.4 and F/1.8 versions were being rolled into one… lol. But who knows what Canon is thinking these days.

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    • adam sanford

      Anthony, I’ve heard that madness as well, and it’s rubbish if you ask me. If Canon users can have 47 tilt-shifts and umpteen 70-200s and a *1200mm* prime, we should retain access to three* full frame 50mm lenses. I still contend that the non-L 50/f/nooneknows IS USM will sell like hotcakes. Not everyone wants a pickle jar of a prime like the Art series or an small DOF arty diva like this 50L.

      Do the right thing, Canon. Gimme gimme gimme.

      (*Yes, I said three. The 50 f/2.5 Macro is that a 1:2 macro that just happens to be 50mm. :-P)

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I wouldn’t mind a non-L 50mm F/1.2 from Canon, like they had in the old days. But I do agree, they need something other than a cheapo 50mm F/1.8 and the L version.

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