Canon has announced the release of its new L-series standard prime lens: the EF 50mm f/1.2L USM.

Canon has announced the release of its new L-series standard prime lens: the EF 50mm f/1.2L USM. Sharing the widest aperture of any lens in Canon?s current EF range, the new model offers enhanced control over depth of field and low available light performance.

The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM features:

Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast and quiet autofocus

Full-time manual focus override

Super Spectra coatings and optimised lens element shaping to suppress flare and ghosting

Environmental seals providing dust and moisture resistance

Circular aperture diaphragm for even background bokeh

Minimum focus distance 45cm

Supplied lens hood and pouch

The L-series is Canon?s elite professional lens range, designed and built to meet the needs of professional photographers. To combat softening caused by spherical aberration in conventional wide aperture lenses, a large aspherical lens element with precise variable curvature is incorporated into the 8 lens, 6 group construction.

In addition to optimised lens shapings to reduce reflections and the use of anti-reflective material inside the lens barrel, the EF 50mm f/1.2L USM employs Canon?s Super Spectra lens element coatings.

The EF 50mm f/1.2L USM is able to transmit distance information to the E-TTL II flash system of all current digital EOS cameras, improving flash exposure metering when used in conjunction with Canon?s range of EX Speedlite flash units.

The EF 50mm lens will be priced around £1149.99 and will hit shops in the second half of September.