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Bokeh With Canon 50/1.2L, Olympus 50/1.2, Canon 50/1.4 (5D Mark II)

This scene was used to assess the blur characteristics (bokeh) of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L, the Olympus 50mm f/1.2 and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4.

The test scene is shown below. I shot the comparison five times in an attempt to match focus as closely as possible. Even with Live View, this is very difficult due to lens aberrations that make seeing precise focus ambiguous (even when the picture is taken!), and a focusing system that lacks mechanical precision. My best match is used for this comparison, and focus is very close.

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