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.

Posted by Noah Bershatsky

I was a nerd before hipsters were cool.


  1. Michael Bayerlein March 2, 2018 at 12:59 am

    Thank you very much for these Picture. Great Review. Picture say more than thousands of words.


  2. How good is auto focus at f1.2?
    dSLRs can only reliably auto focus to f2.8 sensitivity and that is at the most sensitive central AF point, anything wider is hit and miss.


    1. It wasn’t good at all. I’ve since moved to a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art.


      1. Is Sigma any better auto focusing?

      2. Sigmas tends to be wonky, but once the micro focus adjustment was completed, seems fairly accurate. See https://bershatsky.com/2016/11/24/canon-5ds-and-5d-mark-iv-micro-focus-adjustments/ regarding micro focus adjustments.

        Bottom line, Canon needs to do a refresh of its 50mm f/1.4.

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