Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 ZE vs Canon 50mm f/1.2L

I shot these photos on a Canon 5DS, processed in Lightroom, and cropped to taste. I planned on selling my 50mm f/1.2L lens to pay for the Zeiss. I also purchased the 85mm f/1.4 ZE Milvus as well.

After owning them for a week and doing a multitude of tests on them, I concluded that it wasn’t worth selling my Canon lenses at a loss (the 50mm f/1.2L and the 85mm f/1.2L) to pay for the Zeiss lenses. While the Milvus lenses do indeed have better optical quality, the difference is negligible. Furthermore, I’d rather have autofocus.

Here are some photos that I shot with the 50mm lens at f/1.4. They have been edited and cropped in Lightroom. I think you’ll agree that they are quite lovely at f/1.4.

That being said, the 50mm f/1.2L is no slouch. This past summer, I shot a corporate event, and the 50mm f/1.2L came in very handy in low light scenarios. All of these next photos are straight from the out of camera JPEGs. I never had a chance to post process these. All of these were shot stopped down to f/2.2 except the first shot — that was shot at f/1.2.

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