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Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras

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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
  • f1.2 maximum aperture
  • Ring-type UltraSonic motor (USM)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 84 x 92 x 3.3 inches ; 2.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000EW9Y4M
  • Item model number: 1056B002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2003

Product Description

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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
Retaining the impressive optical performance and large aperture of the original EF 85mm f1.2L USM, this new medium telephoto lens uses a ring-type USM, high-speed CPU, and optimized algorithms to achieve an autofocus speed approximately 1.8x faster than the original. The high-speed AF and circular aperture create a shallow depth-of-field that brings attention to the subject and blurs the background, which is ideal for portraits and weddings. The floating optical system, which includes an aspherical lens element, suppresses aberrations and ensures excellent imaging performance.

Product Description

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Medium Telephoto Lens uses a ring-type USM, high-speed CPU and optimized algorithms to achieve an autofocus speed approximately 1.8x faster than the original. The high-speed AF and circular aperture create a shallow depth-of-field that brings attention to the subject and blurs the background, which is ideal for portraits and weddings. The floating optical system, which includes an aspherical lens element, suppresses aberrations and ensures excellent imaging performance.

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The focus is fast and accurate.
David Witt
Wide open, the lens' bokeh will serve you well if you provide enough depth behind your subject for it to really blur things out.
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This lens is so amazing... very crisp and gives that amazing bokeh.
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1,003 of 1,034 people found the following review helpful By Jesse R. Hunter on August 13, 2007
(I actually want to give it 4.5 stars)

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.
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170 of 176 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2007
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The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens is a very heavy (1025 grams or 2.25 lbs), very well built lens. It comes packaged with the appropriate hood, the Canon ES-7911. You get both a lens cap and a mount cap, all packed inside tight conformal foam to protect the lens during shipping. There's also a very brief manual and the usual warranty paperwork.

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.
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166 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Charleston Multimedia on December 26, 2006
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I used to have the previous generation 85mm f/1.2 L, and I found this a worthy upgrade.

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.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Grant Brummett VINE VOICE on March 27, 2008
Intro: The Canon 85mm F/1.2 L II lens is a: heavy, pro only, ultimate portrait, ultimate full frame, ultimate low light, battery draining lens. Purchase this lens if you are a pro or own a full sensor camera.

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.

Tips:

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.
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