Who Makes the Best 50mm f/1.2 Lens? Sony Vs Canon Vs Nikon

Sony just released its fastest-ever lens in the shape of the 50mm f/1.2 GM, so there’s now a question to be asked: out of Canon, Nikon, and Sony, which manufacturer makes the best 50mm f/1.2 prime?

Manny Ortiz is an unashamed fan of bokeh, and being both a photographer and a videographer, he is well placed to give his verdict on how these three lenses perform out in the field. With Canon and Sony having recently released groundbreaking cameras, it’s an excellent opportunity to see how cutting-edge lenses perform in concert with cutting-edge bodies.

As you might expect, there’s very little that separates these three lenses, though two seem to consistently outperform the third in certain tests. When it comes to sharpness, however, we seem to have reached a level where even though one lens might be a shade sharper than another, the differences are so incrementally small that it’s only really going to make a difference to the nerdiest of pixel-peepers. I’d argue that autofocus performance is far more important, along with aberrations and distortion.

If you were about to invest in a whole new system and a 50mm f/1.2 lens was top of your list, which of these three would you lean towards? Let us know in the comments below.

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6 Comments
Alex Yakimov's picture

Manny is definitively well known. I don't want to diminish him in any ways. We all have to earn our living in some ways. ..

Simon Hartmann's picture

I love manny and his videos as hes always to the point and upfront...but to call
him a videographer is a bit of a stretch imo... i guess he does do youtube...but a videographer is a bit more than just that...maybe im missing something?

Jason Savelsberg's picture

After watching this video, I think back to just 5 years ago and am grateful for just how far the technology has come. The differences between the top 3 systems are so minor, that you really cannot go wrong.

Dillan K's picture

I'd say all three systems offer a fine top tier 50mm lenses. What do I know, though? I can't afford any of them anyway.

James Redondo's picture

For those not willing/able to drop $2K on a prime, the more relevant question is whose F1.8 50mm is best.

Jim Tincher's picture

I would expect a camera that's more than double the price of the other cameras to have some advantages....