Canon offers three 50mm lenses. The exciting lens is the 50mm f/1.2L, but it is out of reach in price for many shooters (about $1500 vs $379 or $119). So how do the 50mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8 II hold up against the Bad Boy?
The right tool for the job
The 50/1.2L is a magical lens whose appeal does not result from being tack sharp; instead, it offers lovely blur characteristics in the f/1.2 - f/2.8 range. So when viewing the comparison, keep intended usage in mind.
The 50/1.8 II is so cheap that it’s a throw away... perfect for salt and sand and volcanoes. But also very light and very compact.
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