Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Last updated (13 May’13):
- Review by Shutterbug.com

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM features 85mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/1.2 . The lens construction has 8 elements in 7 groups with diagonal angle of view at 28 degrees @ 30 feet. Focus adjustment: Auto focus with full-time manual, Closest focusing distance at 3.2 feet and has a filter size of 72mm. The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens weight 36.2 ounces and it measures 3.6 inches in diameter and 3.3 inches long.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½


Expert Reviews

Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Reviews

Shutterbug.com reviews the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM and writes;
“If you are a professional photographer the stunning image quality Canon’s EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM delivers is what you want and your clients expect. If you shoot weddings and portraits, the ability to capture luminous low-light portraits gives you an edge in capturing that decisive moment, and can make the different between a good shot and a great one. “
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Photo.net reviews the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM and writes;
“The lens will work fine on a small-sensor body, but you will be carrying around ridiculously more glass than you need. On the plus side, the equivalent focal length will be closer to 130mm, which provides more telephoto compression of features and a greater working distance from the subject. “
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LensTip.com reviews the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM and writes;
“The lens allows us to take sensational quality pictures, sharp even at the maximum aperture, and to play creatively with a very shallow depth of field. It is solidly made, its autofocus is silent and accurate. The coma slip-up and a modest selection of accessories I can forgive easily. Vignetting can’t be lower at this fastness on full frame, unless the lens is even bigger and it is big enough. I don’t like the manual focus ring solution. In my opinion, the classic, mechanical ring would be cheaper but also more comfortable.”
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SLRLensReview reviews the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM and writes;
“Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is an outstanding lens with one weakness – price… with excellent overall performance on both APS-C and FF cameras, solid build construction, super fast AF and enormously large maximum aperture, this medium telephoto lens is not going to disappoint you should you decide to shed that much money.”
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Wlcastleman.com compares the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM to EF 85mm f/1.8 Lens and writes;
“This lens along with the original mark I f/1.2L lens produces excellent out of focus background blur (bokeh). Combined with super-shallow depth of focus and the greatest light gathering capacity at f/1.2, it offers capabilities that other lenses cannot match for low-light photography and artistic portraits with stunning appearance and for blurring backgrounds in other applications. Mark II autofocus function has been improved compared to the mark I lens, and autofocus is perfectly adequate for many action photography applications. “
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Kenrockwell.com reviews the Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM and writes;
“Sharpness is exquisite. The only limits are its nonexistent depth of field at f/1.2 and how accurately you and your camera can focus. If you’re off by a micron (a wavelength of light) at the image plane, you lose sharpness… Bokeh is good. It’s quite neutral, a pleasant surprise since many other advanced aspherical optics of this class usually have hideous bokeh in their unrelenting pursuit of sharpness.”
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Photodo.com reviews the Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM and writes;
“With this lens’s almost infinitely variable depth of field and its high image quality, along with an ability to suck in light from the dimmest of scenes, it has the capability of making friends fast and keeping them for a long time. As well as the portraiture that it is primarily designed for, the lens is likely to find favour in other disciplines as well, such as indoor sports, Gig and event photographers and anyone wanting to photograph the proverbial ‘black cat in a coal cellar’ too! A specialised lens that is very, nay, exceptionally good at its job.”
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The-digital-picture.com reviews the Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM and writes;
“The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens is an excellent low-light lens for hand holding at events. The 85 f/1.2 L II is one of the best wedding lenses available.”
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Video Reviews

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Samples

Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Sample Photos

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Manual

Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM User Manual

- Download Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM User Manual (PDF – 1.1Mb)

Features

Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Specifications

Retaining the impressive optical performance and large aperture of the original Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L lens, this revamped medium telephoto lens employs a ring-type Ultra Sonic Motor (USM), high-speed CPU, and optimized algorithms to achieve an autofocus speed that’s approximately 1.8x faster than the original. This high-speed autofocus system combines with the circular aperture to create a shallow depth of field that brings attention to the subject and blurs the background, an ideal effect for portraits and weddings. In addition, the lens’s floating optical system includes an aspherical lens element that suppresses aberrations and produces an excellent imaging performance.

Specifications

* Focal length: 85mm
* Maximum aperture: f/1.2
* Lens construction: 8 elements in 7 groups
* Angle of view: 28 degrees @ 30 feet
* Focus adjustment: Autofocus with full-time manual
* Closest focusing distance: 3.2 feet
* Filter size: 72mm
* Dimensions: 3.6 inches in diameter and 3.3 inches long
* Weight: 36.2 ounces
* Warranty: 1 year


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