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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
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Initial Price: 
$2200
  • 8 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Super Spectra coating
  • Resistant to dust and moisture
  • Ring-type ultrasonic AFmotor
  • Metal mount
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM
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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM mtf chart

Overview

Description by Canon:

A professional short-telephoto lens, precision-made for low-light shooting and those situations where extremely shallow depth of field is required. Perfect for creative portraiture.

  • Extreme f/1.2 maximum aperture
  • Fast, quiet autofocus
  • Super Spectra coatings
  • Circular aperture for smooth background bokeh
  • Integration with E-TTL II flash system
  • Soft case and lens hood

An extreme portrait lens with a very fast maximum aperture and swift focusing.

L-series quality
The L-series is Canon's flagship professional lens range, representing the best in precision-designed EF optics. L-series lenses combine superior performance with superlative handling, and are resistant to dust and moisture.

Very fast maximum aperture
A large maximum aperture of f/1.2 allows the use of fast shutter speeds when shooting in low light. The lens also enables fine control over focusing, allowing extremely shallow depth of field for creative effects in portraiture, for example.

Smooth background blur
A virtually circular aperture diaphragm gives out of focus regions a softer, more uniform feel. Sharp foreground objects stand out against a smooth blurred background.

Ultrasonic focusing
A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.

Super Spectra coating
Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.

Integration with E-TTL II flash metering
The lens passes distance information back to a compatible EOS camera's E-TTL II flash system to ensure optimal flash metering.

Reviews

"The undamped focus ring turns too freely in my personal opinion. It is super smooth, but harder to fine tune. Avoid grasping the MF ring when mounting/dismounting the lens. And very important - make sure that you do not turn the MF ring while shooting in AF mode as FTM (Full Time Manual) focusing is enabled. Especially if you are focusing and recomposing. The natural location to hold this lens

Post date: 01/02/2012 - 21:09

"The size and weight of this lens is striking, especially when compared to other 85mm lenses. There is a lot of glass contained within this lens due to the fast maximum aperture, which makes it tip the scales at 1025g and it does feel a little lens heavy on the EOS 5D MkII used for testing. Although the lens has a very wide diameter of 91.5mm it flattens out on either side of the lens mount, providing a secure grip when

Post date: 29/08/2011 - 00:00

"If you ever wondered when to use extreme shutter speeds this question will not arise when using such a lens. In bright sunlight it is often not possible to use the f/1.2 setting because you'll hit the 1/8000s (or so) barrier of your camera. So if you intend to use this lens at max. aperture in daylight conditions you should also consider to invest into a gray filter to tame the amount of light. However,

Post date: 06/04/2011 - 16:36

"We had more fun with this lens than many we test, its f/1.2 maximum aperture and super-soft bokeh (rendering of out-of-focus elements) make it a superb portrait lens, one that makes the background practically go away when you're shooting with it wide open.

Post date: 17/02/2011 - 00:00

"Designed primarily as a portraiture lens that gives an ideal perspective when used on a full frame sensor or 35mm film bodies, the lens can still be used on the cropped sensor bodies of the EOS line-up such as the 1D mk2 (1.3x crop) and the 30D (1.6x crop) giving narrower fields of view. The lens comes supplied in a draw-string leather pouch complete with a dedicated lens hood.

In order to allow such a huge amount of light in,

Post date: 01/01/2009 - 00:00

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$2200
Release Date: 
03/2006
DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
15.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
1.4 TStop
Distortion: 
0.20%
Vignetting: 
-1.9 EV
Chr. aberration: 
10.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
Ring USM
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
85mm
Internal zooming: 
No
Angle of view: 
28.5°
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.1x
Lens construction: 
8 elements in 7 groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
8 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/1.2
Minimum Aperture: 
f/16.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
No
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.95m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system : 
No
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
92.0mm
Length: 
84.0mm
Weight: 
1,025.0 g
Body material: 
Metal
Weather sealing: 
Yes
Weather sealing details: 
Resistant to dust and moisture
Filter Diameter: 
72mm
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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