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About Canon 85mm F/1.2L

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• Retaining the impressive optical performance and large aperture of the original EF 85mm f/1.2L 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.

The Canon 85mm F/1.2L is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Portrait, Portraits, Sports/action, Video, Weddings and more.The Canon 85mm F/1.2L is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Professional, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 85mm F/1.2L is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 85mm F/1.2L: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Sharp, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Canon 85mm F/1.2L Features

  • Medium telephoto lens - 85mm focal length, fast f/1.2 aperture
  • Large diameter precision-ground aspherical element effectively corrects spherical aberration
  • Floating lens elements to minimise aberration during focus, ensuring high image quality over entire image area
  • Large maximum aperture for available light shooting and attractive background defocus
  • 37.4" / 95cm minimum focus distance
  • Ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast and virtually silent operation
  • Manual focussing enabled even during AF mode (full time mechanical focusing)
  • 72mm Filter Size.

Canon 85mm F/1.2L Specifications

7 groups / 8 elements
Angle of view
Diagonal: 28° 30' (43.2mm)
Vertical: 16° (24mm)
Horizontal: 24° (36mm)
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
0.95m / 3.1 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.6" x 3.3" / 91.5 x 84.0mm
2.3 lbs. / 1,025g
Mfr #

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Most Liked Positive Review


Incredibly sharp lens

Between my 135/2 and this 85/1.2, I shoot 90% of my work. This is an incredibly sharp lens that makes the most of the current crop of hi-res sensors. I used the 85/1.8, which in and of itself is pretty sharp, for years, but the 85/1.2 leaves it in the dust. Also, less chromatic aberration on the highlight edges.


Most Liked Negative Review


Is it all hype?

Great lens for Portraits if you dont mind the slow speed. Very expensive

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Love everything about this lens


Super lens


I have wanted an 85mm 1.2 since my first days of serious photography, back in the 70s and the old SSC (Super Spectra Coat) lenses. All my years of waiting ended about 6 months ago, and I couldn't be happier with this lens. As other reviewers have mentioned, this lens is meant to be shot wide open, and it does a great job. You can keep the ASA really low and still maintain reasonable shutter speeds (but be sure to enlarge the image in the camera if you're working on the edge to be sure there's no camera shake.) It gathers light better than the human eye; on several occasions I have taken some shots in poor lighting, observed that the lens seemed to provide its own fill, and asked others if they saw the same thing I saw. They did. I have had success in lightening dark areas (if needed) by overexposing by about a stop - I don't do much photoshop or raw file manipulating. It provides great warmth (perhaps its greatest asset) which is generally lost even with well balanced flash. I took some portraits of my wife for publication and the editor inquired about what equipment was used because of the beautiful bokeh. I loved my 85 1.8 but they are two very different lenses. Yes, it's heavy and costly, and as noted it mounts a little funny, but I'm sorry I waited so long to enjoy this.

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Perfect for portraits, but only for pictures . Slow focus and critical depth of field.


A real difference maker!


I assume anyone looking at this lens is an experienced photographer, has read various reviews and is very near a buy decision. My advice is buy it! Since I've owned this lens complements on my work have tripled. Shooting wide open produces images that are frankly unmatched by any other lens. The negatives you will read about such as weight and slow to focus are in my experience overstated. The lens is heavy but still more than a pound lighter than the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS. Focus is a little slow if you are going from macro to Infinity but I rarely do that and I have never had a problem shooting a moving model. I guess the most important question is always would you buy it again if you had it to so all over again? My answer is in a heart beat. In fact, I own 5 L lenses and if I could only keep one this would be the one I would keep.


Beautiful lens


So worth every penny !! The focusing is slower than others.


Great Lens For Wedding Photography


It's heavy and a little slow to focus (in my opinion) but it's a great focal length that provides a deliciously creamy background! I tend not to use it wide open but rather keep my aperture around 2.0. I am still figuring this lens out but it's a great one to add to my collection, bridging the gap between the 50mm and 135mm. I have heard it's hands-down the best portrait lens and all my photographer friends have become so hooked on the 85mm that they only remove it when they absolutely have to shoot with another focal length. I hope I'll love it just as much! Just a note: I shoot in live view a lot with my Mark II and the focusing ring on this lens is SOOOO loose. It's crazy! But it's also normal. Just an FYI :)


The BEST Lens by any manufacturer


Love the Bokeh and everything else about it!!


A no brainer


If your looking at this lens then you need not look farther. Get it!


Built like a tank!


Heavy but beautifully made and super sharp.


Great lens


I'll skip the sweet stuff and go directly to things I disliked: 1, The focus by wire FTM ring. I understand that the lens is actually moving ALL but one elements -- that's a lot of glass-- while focusing but I'd still prefer a stiff, heavy, mechanically connected FTM ring than the loose slippery electronic focus by wire system. Since the electronic FTM on this lens is pretty much useless I always disable the 'electronic manual over-ride ' feature in my 1DS settings menu. 2, The moving front group. I'd prefer a fixed front group or at least somehow extend the outer barrel so the front can be contained within the outer barrel while focusing. I hate to manually 'reset' the lens back to infinite after each session. And a extended outer barrel (maybe by around half an inch) will also make the lens body easier to grip while using large 1D series bodies. 3, No weather seals. 4, The AF/MF switch. It's too small and difficult to use especially with gloves on. This is a special lens, you can tell it's a 85/1.5 from the first glimpse of a picture but there's still much room to improve. so, a mk. III, please?


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Shopper  I am having concerns with dust issues, does dust get into this lens easily?
CHRIS M  No, not at all. This is one of my favorite lenses. The only complaint I have with it is that the focus ring is very limited in movement. Something that is great for photography, but not as much so for video. Everyone should have this lens in their collection if finances allow.
Shopper  My 70-200 f//2.8 shoots pretty great bokeh at 2.8. Question is what is gained if anything using this lens over the 70-200?
CHRIS W  2.5 stops of light.
Shopper  No Image Stabilization?
MELO I  No it doesn't have IS, focus is slow but the bokeh you get out of the pictures are EPIC!
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