Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM AutoFocus Telephoto Lens - USA

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About Canon 85mm F/1.2L

This Canon 85mm F/1.2L Bundle comes with $52.89 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic Digital Essentials 72mm, Adorama Cleaning Kit and a ProOptic Universal Lens Cap Tether and Shipping is free! .

• 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

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Strong construction (50),Nice bokeh (35),Durable (28),Consistent output (27),Rugged (25),Fast / accurate auto-focus (23),Superior build quality (22),Super-sharp images (22),Easily interchangeable (12),Fast auto-focus (7),Sharp (4)
Cons:
Heavy (33),Slow focus (28),Slow auto-focus (6),Tough to attach (4)
Best Uses:
Low light (32),Weddings (32),Night photography (21),Portraits (17),Portrait (7),Professional work (4),Landscape/scenery (4),Sports/action (4),Video (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (23),Semi-pro photographer (13),Photo enthusiast (11),Professional (7),Enthusiast (3)

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

Construction
7 groups / 8 elements
Angle of view
Diagonal: 28° 30' (43.2mm)
Vertical: 16° (24mm)
Horizontal: 24° (36mm)
F stop range
1.2-16
Closest Focusing Distance
0.95m / 3.1 ft.
Maximum Magnification
1:9
Filter Size
72mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.6" x 3.3" / 91.5 x 84.0mm
Weight
2.3 lbs. / 1,025g
Mfr #
1056B002
SKU
CA85122AFU

Canon 85mm F/1.2L Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.8

(based on 96 reviews)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (80)

  • 4 Stars

     

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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 96 customers

 
5.0

Super lens

By

from Northwest Indiana

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exclusive look

By

from Bento Gonçalves, BR

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

 
5.0

A real difference maker!

By

from Virginia Beach

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.

 
5.0

Beautiful lens

By

from Lake Charles , La

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

 
5.0

Great Lens For Wedding Photography

By

from Scranton, PA  -  Pro Photographer

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 :)

 
5.0

The BEST Lens by any manufacturer

By

from Washington, DC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Love the Bokeh and everything else about it!!

 
5.0

A no brainer

By

from USA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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

 
5.0

Built like a tank!

By

from Vermont  -  Pro Photographer

Heavy but beautifully made and super sharp.

 
5.0

Great lens

By

from Undisclosed

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?

 
5.0

Why did I wait so long?

By

from Hanover Township, PA  -  Pro Photographer

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.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JON S  A specialty lens for us portraitists, for sure. The real reason for owning this lens as compared to any of the f1.4's or 1.8's is simply the razor thin DOF that is possible with the 1.2. It allows you to produce art. I love it. Is it worth the price? No, unless you just don't care about cost--at which point this is a must have item for serious portraitists.
DAVID R  What is the best lens for action photography of bands with lights and much movement?
BRENDA P  While this is a great lens, it's fairly slow focus so wouldn't be great for the environment you describe.
Shopper  Is it suitable for Rebel T3i?
LARS L  Agree with other comments. Lens is one of my favorite when used on a full frame camera like 1D or 5D - unless you have money to burn...
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