Canon EOS R users - who have been patiently waiting on one of the most powerful pieces in Canon’s new RF lens line - can finally rejoice. The Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM is officially here and ready to ship! Let’s take a look at this ultra-fast 50mm and how it can be a perfect lens for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.
The Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L
A fixture of any filmmaker or videographer’s camera bag, a solid “nifty-fifty” lens has been a valuable tool for most DSLR (read how to use it in our DSLR Cinematography Guide) and mirrorless cameras for ages. Canon’s newest RF 50mm is designed specifically for the EOS R full frame mirrorless system and is an extremely fast and powerful offering that should create some beautiful bokeh and bring in some ultra-sharp images in the lowest of lights. Here are the full stats:
Full Frame Format
f/1.2 to f/16
1.31 ft. /0.4m Closest Focus Distance
1 UD Element, 1 Aspherical Element
3.54 x 4.25 in (89.8 x 108 mm)
2.09 lbs. / 950g
Canon’s RF Lens Line
While the Canon EOS R is being offered with a stock 24-105mm RF Zoom lens, many film and video professionals will be interested in building out a full line of RF lenses for the EOS R. (Although Canon also has users covered with an EF to EOS R adapter - along with other 3rd party options.) Early photography reviews of the RF 50mm f/1.2 have been good, but as more videographers get a chance to test it out, anticipation for the rest of Canon’s RF lens line will continue to grow.
Here are more of Canon’s announced RF lenses:
RF 28-70mm f/2 L USM (December)
RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM (December)
RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM (December)
Designed for Canon EOS R Optics
The biggest variables though for the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 will undoubtedly be its large size and its price point. Canon fans will argue that the high price and large size are both just undoubtedly reflections of Canon’s optic superiority and the price to pay for having such a fast and sharp lens on your productions. Regardless, if you’re renting or buying the Canon EOS R for your film and video projects, it might double your investment (and possibly weigh down your bag) to add the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2, but it also might be the best recipe for the highest quality footage.
Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 Price: $2,299.00 (ready to ship)