I just thought I’d post a few shots taken on the beach the other day. They should give an idea of what some people like about the this lens (especially the first two). Its a lens with a distinctive signature, more than a few bad habits, but some real character. While it seems likely that there will be a replacement, some of the soul may be lost. We shall see.
The above shot is typical of the very gentle look of this lens, where sharp details melt into a buttery blur in the background. It can produce ugly bokeh (like any lens) but this tends relatively infrequently. Now there’s an intense young lad!
The lens is gentle, but still pretty sharp, as the crop below shows (complete with sandy face):
Below we have different light, different subject, but still the lens ensures that the harsh beach grass is not too distracting. I doubt many lenses could have done better. Lenses are tools, but some produce out of camera results that tend to leave us cold. The Canon 50mm f1.2L rarely does that; it adds just enough of its own character to give us something with ‘that little bit more’. I’m really looking forward to using it for stand alone portraits and those in larger documentary pieces.