Canon 50mm f/1.0 L EF USM Ultrasonic lens
|March 12, 2013||Posted by Photo GearHead under Cool Gear|
Yeah, you heard right: a Canon 50mm f/1.0 lens! If you’ve been looking for a lens that drips luscious bokeh, this would be the lens you’re looking for! Is it stabilized? No. It’s f/1.0 — who needs stabilization? Anything shot at a shutter speed of 1/125 or more is going to give you images free from camera shake — stabilized or not — and at f/1.0, well… you can imagine the low-light possibilities even at a shutter-speed of 1/125.
The Canon 50mm f/1.0 was the absolute fastest Canon production lens prior to being discontinued back in 2000. Canon produced a relatively small number of theses lenses, and, as such, on today’s used market, its also quite a rare find, with not too many examples appearing very often. For this reason, of course, it’s common for this piece of glass to fetch a fairly hefty price when one does come up for sale. The lens itself was not known for being a particularly sharp lens at any of its available apertures. But, of course, if you’re looking for such a ridiculously fast lens and you’re after tack-sharpness, it’s likely that (A) you don’t know very much about optics engineering, and (B) you’re likely to encounter a good deal of disappointment in your lens purchasing future. This is not a lens made for sharpness — it’s made for speed and, and desired for its bokeh-licious abilities. That’s not to say that the lens isn’t acceptably sharp (Check out these images shot with 50mm f/1,0, all with the lens wide open) — it is. Just don’t expect to suffer any deep lacerations from handling the images it produces.
Of course, as stated earlier, the Canon 50mm f/1.0 is not a common lens today, and it’s fairly highly sought after. That recipe, of course, will bake up a batch of warm, oven-fresh expensive-muffins, every time. When they do come up for sale, it’s not a rarity to see asking prices for this lens topping the $8000.00 range — about twice the price that the lens sold for brand new. It’s also not a rarity to see people snagging them up at that price. (Note: If you’re not keen to drop that kind of dough on this lens, but you find yourself itching to shoot with one of these babies, there’s always the option of renting.)
The Canon 50mm f/1.0 is, however, sort of a one-trick-old-dog. It can roll over like nobody’s business. But, don’t try to get it sit, stay, or shake a paw. If you’re going to shell out the sort of cash that these bokeh-behemoths usually go for, you’d better be prepared to shoot A LOT of images at f/1.0 to get your money’s worth, as there are a plethora of much less expensive 50mm alternatives on the market that significantly outperform the f/1.0 across it’s entire aperture range — save, of course, for the wide-open apertures the other lenses aren’t capable of shooting at.
So, does it sound tempting? If it does, you’ll be happy to know that a Canon 50mm f1.0L USM Ultrasonic lens has just come up for sale on eBay for a very respectable selling price of just $3,900.00. The seller is claiming that he is selling this lens purely out of a pressing need for cash. The sale includes a step-up-ring and the original lens hood. The sale can be viewed at this location and the seller will provide free shipping within the United States.
Please note that the Youtube video located below has nothing to do with the particular lens being discussed in this article and currently for sale on eBay. The video is featured here purely for informational purposes regarding the Canon 50mm f/1.0 lens.
Canon 50mm f/1.0 bokeh video test on a Canon 5D Mark III: