I’ve coveted the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L for nearly a decade, and on something of a whim, I got myself a copy (and a 6D Mark II to pair). You know, new year, new look – and boy have I been missing out.

The way this thing renders is insane. The pocketable 50mm f/1.4 has served me well for years, but there’s a distinct, buttery quality to the f/1.2L that its smaller sibling can’t reproduce, especially at close range.

That’s not to say the lens is without flaws. The 50mm f/1.2L vignettes hard wide open, has a surprising amount of distortion, and fringes intensely on bright edges. But you know what? I’ve never used a lens that looks or feels this way and I’m smitten.

I didn’t think anything was going to usurp the 35mm f/1.4L. (It’s practically bonded to my 5D Mark II.) Heck, I didn’t think anything was going to make me want to lug a DSLR around again. This lens is that good.

Thank you to Shawna Bong for helping me test the gear and for always pushing me to shoot! (She’s for hire; you should hire her. She brings skill, an easy-going personality, smart ideas, and a great aesthetics to work. She’s also better than me in the cold.)

As an aside, this is my first post after a -very- long hiatus. Hello again, friends! It feels good to be back and to have a new site (and lens) to restart this journey.