Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM review

A monster performer, with a price and weight to match, this Canon EOS R companion easily earns its red ring

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Digital Camera World Verdict

Not only was this designed to be a lust-worthy launch day lens for the EOS R, it was envisioned as a demonstration for what the new RF mount is capable of. The price tag is tear-inducing, but mount this fantastic lens on the EOS R and even the most vocal naysayer will be a believer in what Canon is trying to achieve with the system.


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    A stunning, sharp L series lens

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    Customisable control ring

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    Fast, dependable autofocus


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    Costs as much as the EOS R itself

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    A bulky lens on a compact system

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    Lens IS would have been nice

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The Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens is a new premium lens designed specifically for the new mirrorless Canon EOS R and EOS RP camera.

Complementing the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM as the EOS R's launch day lenses, it has been designed from the ground up to take full advantage of the new RF mount and showcase exactly what is possible with the shorter back focus distance (from lens to flange) of just 20mm. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.