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Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 1.0 L USM Lens

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Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 1.0 L USM lens


Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 1.0 L USM MTF Chart

Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 1.0 L USM MTF Chart

Optical design

Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 1.0 L USM optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S

First year of production: 1989

Last year of production: 2002

Optical design: 11 elements in 9 groups

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor
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Average price: $1767


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Additional information:

The Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 1.0 L USM , released in 1989, is a professional L-series autofocus  prime lens, equipped with a USM autofocus drive.

The body of the Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 1.0 L USM is metal with plastic blocks.

Maximum aperture of the lens is f/1.0. This is the only Canon EF lens this fast.

It delivers soft and flexible image with beautiful bokeh and well proven, gradual tonal transitions.

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.0 L USM is rather solid and heavy in comparison with other 50 mm cameras.

It should be noted that with all its characteristics and price, from f/2 onward the Canon EF  50 mm  f/ 1.0 L USM is inferior to resolution of  modern and more inexpensive Canon 50 mm cameras. (see the graphs).

According to its optical characteristics, the lens is very recommended to use as an ultra-fast portrait lens. It is also fit for genre and other types of photography, especially in low light conditions. The lens will show itself only on a film or a non-cropped 35 mm sensor.

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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 28.07.2010

Mechanical quality4.004
Optical quality3.004
Pricing / Value1.754
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