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Better than the 1.2f
Reviewed in the United States on April 23, 2017
For the past three years, I've been doing a project (World Dream Atlas) that involves taking close-up portraits in a variety of conditions around the globe. I bought both the Canon 50mm 1.2f and the 50mm 1.4f in order to test them before committing.
Ultimately, I found the focus of the 1.2f to be more unreliable. That lens back-focused constantly, and I lost great shots because of it. The 1.4f is much more accurate for the kind of work I do. It is baffling that the focus on this relatively inexpensive lens outperforms the L version, but I've seen the proof first-hand.
One final note - I'm often pretty abusive with my lenses - taking them to dusty and wet places. I was concerned that the lack of weather-sealing would be an issue. Three years on though, this lens has survived the rains of India and the dust of Afghanistan without an issue. Highly recommended.