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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM : Specifications and Opinions




Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USMCanon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM



The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 2006. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 2012 €; 135 users have given it an average vote of 9.8 out of 10.

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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   85 mm
 Angle of view   28.6°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/1.2
 Aperture blades   8
 Lenses/Groups   8 elements in 7 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.95 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.11x

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   72 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   1025 g
 Dimensions   92 x 84 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on August 04, 2015

Pros: Best bokeh: creamy, soft, with large out-of-focus circles, brilliant contrast and colors, very good sharpnes

Cons: Large, heavy and expensive. Electronically driven focus, so you can't adjust the focus when the camera is turned off. Filmsy lenshood, turns while manual focussing the lens, large rear lens element can easily be scratched when mounting the lens, very slow AF for a USM lens.

Opinion: This lens provides brilliant contrast and colors, and very good sharpnes. Even wide open the images are sharp and by f2 the sharpness is very high. Since it is large and heavy and since its AF ist comparatively slow, working with this lens is not always easy but the results are stunning! The lens hood can be easily mounted (clip on) but it is a little thin and flimsy and it rotates with the lens front when used in manual focus mode. The electronically driven focus requires you to connect the lens to a powered camera to be able to change the focus manually (typically when you want to retreat the extended front tube before packing the lens in a bag). The large rear glass element of the lens is unprotected an can be easily scratchen when mounting the lens on the camera.

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avatarjunior
sent on April 20, 2019

Pros: Opening, Three-Dimensionality, Airiness, Off-Plan, Colours, Sharpness, solid Construction, Gradual and progressive Blur, complexion Rendition, L-Series

Cons: Maybe AF a little slow (but nothing dramatic), tendency to suck dust inside

Opinion: Magic Lens, without a doubt the best mediotele I have ever used and not only in the house Canon. I Have recently held the "Big One", nickname that I have been able to confirm as soon as I took in my hands this "specimen". Very large and powerful, with a very special build quality, being so bright needs "space" to accommodate the large front lens and the entire optical group: 1Kg abundant glass and steel.... Amazing and in my opinion the unique design and very appealing. Lens of the 2006, then not too "young" from the optical scheme inherited from the first series (dated 1989......). My first concern was the AF, which many have seen as slow.... I state that I had the 85 1.8 USM and all this slowness I did not see it compared to the less bright brother. It is perhaps a bit ' slow when you switch from subjects on the first floor compared to subjects "far", there maybe it is a slow thread to find the fire, but close up is fast enough, so you need to take your hand. Strong Piece of this lens is definitely the three-dimensional yield that gives, with the subjects that seem to literally "pierce" the photo and the background that slowly, progressively, seems to fade in the fog.... Wonderful indeed. I Think in so many years of photography, maybe only the Canon 135 L is approaching him... But as 85mm never saw anything like it. It matches with great naturalness to the performance of the FF sensors (I use it on 5D4 and 5D3 and it is excellent) giving to the images that stamp and that paste that reminds the film photos.... I read that this lens shares the optical pattern of the previous one, which in turn had been inherited from the Leica 85.... In fact, the airy, pastel colours, the artistic and dreamlike style of the blurred are sublime and not comparable with ANY of the modern lenses Hypersharp, Hypercorrect and Anonymous... About sharpness, however, is also high to 1.2, reaching from F2 in then impressive peaks. Having had the 1.8 I affirm with certainty that at the maximum openings is sharper this of the little brother, which is beautiful, fast, practical and sharp.... But the "big one" is something else... Try to believe. Reportage, weddings, portraiture are his fields of choice, and I add that serves so much, so much practice to know how best to manage. Compared to 135 I find it more comfortable the focal (85mm for me are the Perfection for portraits), very sharp both but more rosy the complexion of 85 (a bit ' more natural in my opinion).... For the rest are the 2 lenses that in a substantial "technical" kit can not miss. I reserve to try it in depth and to squeeze it to the fullest but my initial impressions are from "first of the class" undoubtedly some. Top!

avatarsenior
sent on February 04, 2019

Pros: Blurred, color rendition, lens character

Cons: Slow AF, delicate construction, no tropicalization.

Opinion: The optics that made legend. He always intrigued me and has always been in my most dirtiest desires then finally I managed to find it used at an honest price. What about... taken in hand you see that has many years on the shoulders, construction a little ' delicate, thin and raw plastics, front element that comes out. Then the mountains and you take two shots then the story changes. You immediately realize why he made a legend. A TA has a blurred never seen before, a deadlift of plans and an absurd three-dimensionality and finally a color rendition to make the various Sigma art Tamron and Nikon Pale. It is not true that at 1.2 has a yield too soft, already at 1.2 has all the resolution and micro-contrast that serves. If you close a couple of stops it becomes a blade. Pity only for the AF that although very precise is really but really slow. Is this a problem? Lol It is a portrait lens, to be used calmly. If your use is a handyman be absolutely away!

avatarjunior
sent on February 04, 2019

Pros: Aperture 1.2, unique Bokeh

Cons: Heavy, large, delicate, slow AF with little light, crisp to 1.2

Opinion: I do portraits, and this is my favorite lens, with all its flaws. By day from the best of SE, since the AF is more decided and reliable (slow AF due to the weight of the lenses). Without a good light point, it hardly moves. I use it for reportage and portraits. I'm curious to compare it with the new 1.4 but I'm afraid to regret to give it away for the new specimen, being a very unique lens.

avatarjunior
sent on November 14, 2018

Pros: Definitive for portraits

Cons: Nothing except the construction we say "delicate". Nothing to see with the next version 1.4 that compares is a SPACCANOCI

Opinion: There is no way that this lens can be "outdated". Masterful for portraits thanks to its opening and its minimal optical pattern. A lens that makes its character and its ability to faithfully restore the image to its winning weapons. A spectacular micro-contrast, a non-excessive sharpness that allows pleasant tonal passages impossible with much more correct lenses such as a Sigma Art. This lens has 8 elements, the Sigma 85mm has 14. While a higher number of elements could correct aberrations, on the other hand it destroys the microcontrast. Personally I think this one of the best portrait lenses ever created, and that can hardly be replaced in the future, given the tendency of nikon\\canon\\sony to produce lenses super sharp but not very artistic. But to emphasize how the ergonomic side is really outdated, and the general construction is not much. The specimens I had skinned, and the last lens placed on the bayonet was more time that I disassembled to clean it than the one I used. Irony aside, it is a very delicate lens and to be cured, an error while you mount it and do damage by salary. In fact the lens placed directly on the bayonet is in my opinion a bad engineering choice and unjustifiable, which will be the source of a few anxieties and worries.




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