Canon EF 85mm F1.2 L II Lens

Canon has today announced the Mark II version of its (monster) professional 1056B002 EF 85 mm F1.2 L II lens. This new version includes improvements to auto focus speed and communication of distance information for use with the E-TTL II flash metering algorithm.
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By TarasB

from Cortland, NY

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

wow this lens is sharp

 
4.0

PROS

  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction
  • Nice Bokeh

CONS

  • Slow Focus
  • Heavy
  • No Image Stabilization

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Weddings/Events
  • Portraits

Comments:

This is not a lens for begginers or impatient photographers. This lens is very heavy and in my opinion this is a good thing, without IS it would be very difficult to use slow shutter speed when hand holding. I would strongly suggest to do your homework before you invest in this lens. I absolutely love this lens because it enables me to use very low ISO at low light conditions such as concerts and church events and it has superb optics. Wide open this lens has extremely short depth of field, close up pictures have unbelievably ultra short depth of field at 1.2f with very nicely blurred background. My only complaint is not consistent auto focusing on my 7d and photographers would benefit from installing manual focusing screens into their cameras like good old manual focus cameras. This lens is for those who must use very wide apertures and it is a pro grade lens intended for experienced photographers. Cant wait to buy FF body to see what this lens can do.

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f1.2, ISO400, EOS 7D
f9.0 on eos 7D

By Great Dude

from Frisco, Texas

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Sharp Portrait Lens with beautiful Bokeh

 
4.0

PROS

  • Strong Construction
  • Consistent Output
  • Very Sharp
  • Nice Bokeh

CONS

  • Heavy
  • Slow Focus

BEST USES

  • Portraits

Comments:

This lens create very good quality pictures. Place patient next to a window with indirect light and you can end up with some out-of-this-world pictures. On the downside, it is slow to focus and has a long focusing distance requirement. This can get you frustrated since you want to take a shot and cannot do it quickly. You have to move back to make sure you are not too close to the subject and at the same time the lens is taking its time focusing since there is a lot of glass that needs to move!


By Steve

from New York, NY

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Simply the best

 
5.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Strong Construction
  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh

CONS

  • Slow Focus

BEST USES

  • Weddings/Events
  • Indoors/Low Light

Comments:

If you love shooting people (portraits, candids, etc), this is THE lens to get. It has super color and contrast with the most buttery smooth bokeh you will ever set your eyes on. Sure it focuses slow due to the amount of glass inside to be able to shoot at f1.2 and focusing at that aperture can get a bit tough to nail but when you do, it produces pictures that are simply magical.


By VK2109

from New York

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Excellent Lens !!!!!!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Sharp at all focal length
  • Fast lens
  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • Heavy
  • A bit slow focuing but ok
  • Pricey

BEST USES

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Weddings/Events
  • Portrait
  • Low light performance
  • Night Photography

Comments:

A great lens...fast aperture producing stunning results...the sharpest lens I have ever seen color, bokeh are all excellent Expensive but one the best L prime lens!


By JMP

from Delaware

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Pros/Cons of the 85mm 1.2 L

 
3.0

PROS

  • Strong Construction

CONS

  • Heavy
  • Slow Focus

BEST USES

  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events
  • Portraits

Comments:

It's a great lens for weddings b/c you can shoot wide open. However, not very practical for on-location shoots in a clients home...esp if little kids are running around. and you're trying to shoot..was very slow to focus.


By ger4ld

from Dublin, CA

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Mother of all Portrait Lenses

 
5.0

PROS

  • Sharp Focus
  • Strong Construction

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Portraits
  • Weddings

Comments:

Awesome for portraits and weddings. It might be heavy, but keep in mind it is high grade glass. I love the F 1.2.


By Andrew Shepherd

from Dallas | NYC

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Canon 85mm ƒ1.2 L

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Sharp Focus
  • Rugged
  • Consistent Output
  • Strong Construction

CONS

  • Slow Focus
  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Night Photography
  • General Use

Comments:

This is arguably the best standard telephoto Canon makes. Incredibly sharp and brilliant bokeh. It is a specific-use lens, so not quite as versatile as something like the 50mm ƒ1.2 (which I also own), but I would never get rid of this lens for what it does. Definitely the best looking images among any lens in my bag.


By FotoEd

from Dallas TX

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Great Portrait Lens

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Strong Construction

CONS

BEST USES

  • Portraits

Comments:

A truly great prime lens!



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