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Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras - Fixed
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- f1.2 maximum aperture
- Ring-type UltraSonic motor (USM)
- EF mount, medium telephoto lens
- High-speed AF and circular aperture create shallow depth-of-field
- 111mm focal length for APS-H sensors, 136mm for APS-C sensors
- Lens not zoomable
- This lens comes with 13 months of damage protection from Canon if purchased before February 27, 2016
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Devices||Canon DSLR|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ES-79 II|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Included Components||Caps, ES-79 II Lens Hood, LP1219 Soft Lens Case,|
|Item Dimensions||3.62 x 3.62 x 3.31 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1 Kilogram|
|Item Weight||2.26 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.95 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Limited 1 year|
|Material Type||Metal barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.2|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||8|
|Number of Groups||7|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||28 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||2.7 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
- 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
Package Type: Standard Packaging
Top Customer Reviews
As most of you arriving at this page and considering this lens are the more professional/advanced amateur photographers whom already own plenty of L glass, this review will be written from a more stringent perspective on its capability to own up to its expensive price tag and compare with other L's. (i.e. no "It's so much better than my kit lens! Wow, buy it! The end")
First up, it's uses. This lens is more obvious than others. Yep it's primarily a portrait lens. Anything that sits at 70mm focal length or higher and maintans wide apertures qualifies as such. L lenses tend to function well in two or sometimes more roles; this lens proves to function decently in one other role. Note that this lens's main advantage is it aperture. If the lens is stopped down, other L lenses start taking over with better image quality. With this in mind, let's look at a breakdown of all the other possible uses for this lens:
As a general telephoto: Trying to stop it down and use the lens as an 85mm telephoto for "everyday" use really doesn't work: the 70-200mm (any of them) produces better sharpness at comparable apertures, equal chromatic abberation, faster AF, and adds more versatility for less price (with the exception that the 85mm has better saturation). One could argue that situations with low light might prove a worthy use for this lens, such as weddings & receptions. In this case there is a tie. The 85mm aperture advantage means usable shutter times in very low light, but you will notice a problem trying to autofocus with this lens (as its AF is known for being not exactly the best/fastest in the industry). The 70-200 f/2.8L IS has a three stop stabilizer, granting an "effective" 70-200mm f/1.Read more ›
The 85mm specification is for a full-frame camera; with an APS-C size sensor like the one in my EOS 40D, this is multiplied by 1.6 to an effective 136mm.
The lens offers AF and manual focus. However, the manual focus is electronically driven from the focus ring to the AF motor system, which has several consequences. First, you can't focus when the camera is off. Second, the rate of focus is limited by the speed of the focus motor. Third, focus adjustments are extremely precise, essentially free of backlash and drift. The first two issues are negatives, but in my view, they are more than outweighed by the third. For instance, I often take images of the night sky; in order to do this, the lens can be AF-focused on something in the sky (I've been using Mars recently for this), and then it can be put into manual focus where the focus will remain correct and constant as long as the camera and lens temperatures do not change significantly. This is the only lens I own that has stable enough focus hardware to be able to do this. The focus ring is broad and well-textured, and a pleasure to use. There is a second textured area on the lens barrel, closer to the camera, that you can mistake for the focus ring - this area is meant to assist you in mounting and unmounting the lens. I've learned to avoid it.Read more ›
Why get this over the f/1.8? For the extra stop of light, the extremely shallow depth of field, the bokeh, and the build.
This is no amateur lens, at least not when used wide open (which is one of the main reasons to buy this lens in the first place). With a depth of field measured in mere millimeters, the lens is unforgiving of both the camera it's attached to (the focus has to be dead on), and the photographer. The worse one's technique is, the fewer good shots will come out of the camera, and this at a much higher ratio than nearly all other lenses. However, the shots that are spot-on are some of the most rewarding possible with a modern camera, with amazing sharpness
So get it if you can afford it, and have the patience to learn to use it properly. Once you do, a lesser lens just won't do.
If you are not a pro have a cropped sensor camera (40D, 50D, Rebel etc) and want an easier to use lens with similar portrait taking ability, and have room to back up a little then go purchase the about half as expensive and easier to use Canon 135mm F/2 L lens. The 135mm F/2: focuses much faster, feels lighter and is much easier on battery consumption. You will be much happier.
If you are a pro then read on.
If you are a pro then you will want both this Canon 85mm F/1.2 L II lens and the Canon 135mm F/2 L lens. I find myself using the 85mm when photographing the ladies and children especially in low light and I don't have the room to backup. The creamy dreamy soft images and great bokeh really compliment women and children. I use the 135mm more for male portraits and when I either have more room to backup or need more reach and or if I want to be in stealth mode at public events like a renaissance festival.
Cropped VS full frame:
The ultimate portrait lens at F/1.2 to F/1.6 (and sharp lens stepped down to F/2 to F/4) on a full frame camera still very good on a 1.6 cropped sensor camera (40D/50D, Rebels). You get almost exactly double the Bokeh on full sensor or 35mm film camera vs 1.6 cropped sensor camera.
Always but always carry a spare battery
Step down a little say to F/1.6 or F/1.8
Never use focus lock and recompose, always focus and shoot with one continuous motion or you will never achieve focus especially wide open.
Use a single focus point.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent lens--I agree with all the positives mentioned here. I will add that for the amateur/beginner photographer, make sure you understand how your camera focuses before you... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Paul Singh
I love this lense. However, my overall purchase with Amazon ended up costing me about $1800.00 more than I had originally intended to spend. Read morePublished 16 days ago by DONT USE AMAZON
My Experience: I've been an amateur photographer for the last 45 years, starting with Honeywell Pentax SLR's and attending the Nikon school of photogrphy; but oddly never owning a... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Woodshop Man
I tried the lens for all of two hours before deciding without any doubt to return it. Autofocus is a must for child portraiture and the speed of this lens is just way too slow. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian Kelley & Carolyn Taylor
I love this lens! It's hard to pick between this one and my 70-200 for being my favorite, but it takes a very steady hand (depending on distance obviously) to get sharp focus at... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike
I write this review from the perspective of owing a copy of another member of Canon's great trinity of primes - the 135 f/2L. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Arun H.