Adam Perfect

Canon FL 58mm F1.2

I didn’t get on with this lens, but having returned it in short order I do wonder if I’d have changed my mind if I gave it more time.

Encouraged by Jonas Rask’s article on adapting old Minolta Rokkor lenses to the GFX and having seen some decent results already with my Takumar 55/1.8, I came across the Canon 58/1.2 in a shop in London and pulled the trigger despite it being pretty pricey.

After a family day out using the lens on the GFX 50S, I did get some lovely images but also a lot of battling with flaring and the glow that some photographers enjoy for portraits. The glow was the real issue for me, as wide open it made a number of shots unusable and so I returned the lens and switched to the Super-Takumar 50/1.4 instead.

If the lens was cheaper, I’d have held on to it as it certainly is capable of lovely results in the right conditions.

Sample image

Here’s a sample image taken with the Canon FL 58mm F1.2:

FUJIFILM GFX 50S, 58mm, 1/1249s at ƒ/1.0

Oct 2018Oct 2018

FL 58mm F1.2
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