• 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
Most Liked Positive Review
Outstanding lens with caveats as others noted
I have used this for about a month and concur with the consensus of the previous reviews. This images from this lens are incredible - IF you get it in focus. In bright light, this lens renders unbelievable images! The best of any lens I have. In low light, however, or focusing on small distant objects, it is very difficult for the lens to focus and very difficult or you to tell if the image is in focus, so a lot of your shots will be out of focus. Focusing manually doesn't help much since you...View full Review
I have used this for about a month and concur with the consensus of the previous reviews. This images from this lens are incredible - IF you get it in focus. In bright light, this lens renders unbelievable images! The best of any lens I have. In low light, however, or focusing on small distant objects, it is very difficult for the lens to focus and very difficult or you to tell if the image is in focus, so a lot of your shots will be out of focus. Focusing manually doesn't help much since you have the same difficulty the auto-focus does. Also note the comment from someone that the power has to be on in order to focus this lens, and since there really isn't a full-stop infinity as in 35 millimeter lenses, you can't pre-focus for infinity in most cases. I've used this for several sports events and some portraiture at a graduation and the lens performs as others have said, with the pros and cons as noted. 1) When in focus, the shallow depth of field makes a wonderful image with background distractions beautifully blurred out. With smaller f-stops, even up to f4 - 5.6 or so, the background is still nicely blurred and not distracting. The f1.2 helps keep shutter speed manageable and ISO low. Just gotta watch the focus! 2) The focusing mechanism IS slow. No question. Probably the biggest con of this lens. You don't notice it at first when photographing non-moving objects and frankly, it's not much of an issue there. It seems only "sluggish" but not bad. BUT, when photographing a moving image (something faster than a turtle,) that's when you notice it. The lens can actually freeze and you won't even be able to able to take the picture at all. (E.g.: a track meet with runners going by, as they pass you, the lens will freeze because of the speed of the change in focal distance from the start of the track to right in front of you can be too fast, such as in a 100m race with runners going by, for example.) To be honest, I hesitate to call this a "sports" lens at this point. It just doesn't adjust its focus fast enough for sports action. 3) The comment about the rear glass being SO close to the end of the barrel was true - and it is unnerving when trying to change lenses quickly. in the field. You REALLY have to pay attention. The lens itself is an odd, bulky shape and the red line-up dot is not in the place you would expect. The fear is grinding the glass when mounting. Can be scary. Don't rush it. 4) For typical portraits and group shots, you'll have to shoot at f4 or better to make sure everyone is in focus. The image should be fabulous on a bright day. In low light, good luck. Better to boost the ISO and take at a smaller f-stop. 5) This lens weighs a ton. If you have other "L" series lenses, consider investing in a camera bag with wheels or one that has a slot for a large bottle of ibuprofen. Make no mistake, I am glad I got this lens, and I want to extend my thanks for previous reviewers talking about the pros/cons. I was about to understand what I was getting into and wasn't negatively surprised. As with everything else, the more you use it, the better you'll understand how to use it to its advantages and minimize (or avoid) its weaknesses. Then, your "good" shots will start to improve. But don't buy this and run off to a once-in-a-lifetime event and expect you'll get those wonderful pro shots. You will be in for a very unhappy experience - until you get more experience with it. It's unlike most other lenses in this regard.
Most Liked Negative Review
Great glass, but poor focus ring
This is a great piece of glass, but shooting at f1.2 results in such shallow depth-of-field that manual focus is essential. This is where the lens has a terrible fault. The focus ring is not really manual, it requires the camera to be turned on to power the focusing ring. The electronics translate manual focus into actual focus. The feel is very awkward, the ring feels too loose, and focus is not as precise. Also, to protect the lens from being stored in an extended position, it requires that...View full Review
This is a great piece of glass, but shooting at f1.2 results in such shallow depth-of-field that manual focus is essential. This is where the lens has a terrible fault. The focus ring is not really manual, it requires the camera to be turned on to power the focusing ring. The electronics translate manual focus into actual focus. The feel is very awkward, the ring feels too loose, and focus is not as precise. Also, to protect the lens from being stored in an extended position, it requires that you consciuosly refocus the lens to retract it before turning the camera off or changing lenses.
Reviewed by 95 customers
Perfect for portraits, but only for pictures . Slow focus and critical depth of field.
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.
So worth every penny !! The focusing is slower than others.
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 :)
Love the Bokeh and everything else about it!!
If your looking at this lens then you need not look farther. Get it!
Heavy but beautifully made and super sharp.
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?
Big and heavy; very solid. Extremely sharp. Not as slow focusing as I was led to believe. Used for basketball--yes, a little slower than the 85mm f/1.8, but not too much.
This lens is unreplacable and unbeatable if you know how to use it. It is really sharp and it is a magical lens that can create stunning bokeh. But it is also not a everyday day lens for snap shot! You need patient to wait for it to focus if you are already used to USM focus speed of other L lenses. I used it mainly for portrait and wedding shoot. Not a great walk around lens but a must have for wedding photographer.