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CanonEF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 648 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (566)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (424)
  • Nice bokeh (369)
  • Durable (344)
  • Consistent output (323)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (262)

Cons

  • Heavy (286)
  • Slow focus (216)
  • Tough to attach (49)
  • Pricey / poor value (12)
  • Blurry focus (9)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (364)
  • Low light (359)
  • Night photography (243)
  • Portraits (173)
  • Landscape/scenery (66)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (181), Semi-pro photographer (168), Photo enthusiast (114), Enthusiast (40), Professional (39)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (381), Yes (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Would I do it again? ..... Probably

I read review after review trying to decide whether or not this lens was something I should part with my hard earned $$$ for. It isn't the cheapest date on the block. I...Read complete review

I read review after review trying to decide whether or not this lens was something I should part with my hard earned $$$ for. It isn't the cheapest date on the block. I have owned many lenses over the past 10 years and have for the past year whittled down my lenses to just what I felt I would actually put on the camera and use regularly. My interest has always been primarily landscapes, macro and still life photography. When I drag out the big gun at family events everyone runs for the hills and so I don't have much of an opportunity to shoot people.My kit briefly, Canon 5D Mark III, 16-33mm f2.8 L IS II, 100mm f2.8 L IS, 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II and the kit 24-105mm F4. Really great stuff (well maybe not the kit :-) And now 85mm f1.2 II LWhy now the 1.2? Well, like other reviewers have said, I can afford it. But I wanted to make sure I'd use it. So I rented it for 10 days. That was the best idea I've had. All the reviews you read are true. Heavy? Very. Soft? Absolutely why else buy the thing? Slow to focus? That depends on your use. I don't shoot fast moving sports. What I want is to keep something smaller than my 70-200mm on at family gatherings and be able to get some candids of friends and family in lower light situations without a flash. For the time that I rented it I made photos I never could before. Mostly of my victims were my wife and kids when they were around. :)Then out in our gardens I couldn't believe the separation of my subjects from the silky smooth backgrounds. I can get that with the 70-200 at 2.8 if I stand back 10 feet. This way I can get in much closer and the effect is stunning.Add any one of the standard extention tubes and it almost blows my 100mm macro away. I'm really torn between shooting with either of them and I'm still switching back and forth to decide which I love more.Regrets? Like the song "I've had a few", but this lens isn't one of em.I'd recommend this lens if you can afford it and want to take some stunning portraits, and even macro shots with extention tubes.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Eh, it's ok...

I used this lens for weddings and portraits. It is a decent lens but not worth the money, not even close. It DOES produce beautiful bokeh, is very sharp and it has unreal...Read complete review

I used this lens for weddings and portraits. It is a decent lens but not worth the money, not even close. It DOES produce beautiful bokeh, is very sharp and it has unreal contrast and colors for its wide aperture.

What it DOESN'T have is the ability to control CA problems (it's downright awful at this) and the AF is just slow enough to make you miss shots.

Also, the 135mm f/2L smokes this lens easy in nearly every department. I know, I know it's f/2 not f/1.2. But seriously, the 135mm is the best lens canon makes for a prime less than 200mm. At 135mm the bokeh is very similar to the 85. Plus, if you're using it for portraits you will get a bit more facial features in focus along with the eyes while maintaining great bokeh. Not to mention, the 135mm has blazing fast AF.

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5.0

Beautiful lens!!

By andrewdophoto

from Naples, FL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

I switched from Sony mirrorless to Canon recently and this lens was at the top of my list! Beautiful bokeh and once you nail down that focus point dead on your subject...it becomes something unlike any other lens..!

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5.0

Made me look good!

By Jeffro

from Pensacola, FL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

    I bought for taking head shots and WOW does it take great head shots. I'm new and wanted to make a good impression on a photo shoot so I needed great photos. This lens delivers. As I read before I purchased it is not too forgiving and it's true the focus point has to be spot on and when it is WOW. The weight and focus speed are non issues for taking great portraits.

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    5.0

    Extradionary Portrait Lens

    By Rob

    from Las Vegas

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

      Amazing portrait lens. Don't understand the complaints about the auto-focus; it's a portrait lens.

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      5.0

      My best lens

      By Gallardo

      from Cancun

      Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

      I Love it???

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      5.0

      Best Lens!

      By S.F Photography

      from Lang Island

      Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

      This lens is terrific. The image quality is spectacular, and the huge aperture makes this lens great for portraits and any other time when your working in low light situations. Overall Amazing lens. Definitely One of my favorites.

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      5.0

      Great lens!

      By S.F Photography

      from Long Island

      Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

      This lens is terrific. The image quality is spectacular, and the huge aperture makes this lens great for portraits and any other time when your working in low light situations. Overall Amazing lens. Definitely One of my favorites.

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      5.0

      Extradionary portrait lens

      By A. M.

      from Toronto, Canada

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Low Light Photos
      • Nice Bokeh

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

      This is great portrait lens, especially in low light environment.

      I just made flowers photo and attached it - it has been made today morning in low light conditions.

      Great colors, crystal clear and deep dynamic range. Photos may look better than real picture.

      It is not open field lens, 101% studio portrait lens.

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      5.0

      Superb lens.

      By SMB

      from Worcestershire

      Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

      Even better than expected

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      5.0

      BEST portrait lens!

      By Rebecca

      from Boulder, CO

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

        LOVE LOVE LOVE this lens! It creates such amazing portraits! Highly recommended and worth the investment!

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        5.0

        Extraordinary

        By bananaG

        from Las Vegas

        Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

        I am so happy I bought this lens! The image quality is spectacular! I feel like I'm rediscovering my subjects. I would definitely recommend making the investment!

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        5.0

        EF 85mm f/1.2L II

        By paulhenry

        from Dallas, GA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

          The EF 85mm f/1.2L II has not given me any issues so far. beautiful lens, sharp and not as slow as I anticipated

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Lense

          By Smp

          from Pittstown

          Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

          I was trying to get quality pictures before I bought this lens , and I could not , this is the Lense !!! People saying it is slow ::::- it is not for portrait application , if you try to shoot sport , is not for you , but for portrait is the winner !!! Razor sharp images , it just blowes my mind !!! Exelent !!! Love it !!!

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          4.0

          Not bad but...

          By Joel C

          from Illinois

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Sharp Details

          Cons

          • Chromatic aberration
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

          • Fashion
          • Glamour
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

          The Canon 85 1.2 is a great portrait lens, very precise focus and soft bokeh. However, as many others have said it focuses slowly, and has terrible chromatic aberration.

          For a lens that is designed around shallow depth of field and blurring out as much as possible, anything slightly in front or behind your plane of focus will have huge green and magenta halos. In the end I returned this in favor of the much more expensive but optically flawless Zeiss Otus 85 1.4.

          I think the Canon is a great lens for a specific style of art photography but if you're looking for maximum control over optical aberrations, this is not it.

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          5.0

          beautiful

          By cabosandinh

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

            images are clear, colors vibrant and true

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            (21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love / Hate relationship

            By sonbossie

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

              With this lens I do mostly family and child photography. It is an extremely sharp lens and I love the bokeh.
              The only thing that frustrates me is that it is very slow. So it's tricky to use with little ones two years and younger, because they move to much and to fast.
              But then I switch to my 24-70.
              When I first used it I almost wanted to return it. Now I am slowly getting use to it and figuring out what type of shots (and children ages) it works best with.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Unparalleled Lens

              By Take 45

              from Lake Hopatcong, NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

                  Great lens for portraits. A must have.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A Beautiful Lens

                  By Duke of Murl

                  from San DIego

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

                    If you like taking pictures of family and friends and people in general then this is your lens. Great pictures with little effort!!! Its a winner!

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                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Canon 85mm 1.2L II Lens

                    By Hawkie

                    from Southern California

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Large Lens Opening
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Small group portraits

                      Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

                      This is a hunk of glass! I debated getting the 1.8 or the Sigma Lens 85mm. I am so happy I spent the extra money and purchased this lens. Coupled with my new Canon 6D the images are spectacular. I have the Canon 2.8 70-200L lens. This fixed focal length lens is the perfect lens for portrait and tight shots with three or fewer. The weight is not an issue. The 70-200 can be unmanageable in this type of situation. The f1.2 lens allows for a shallow depth of field and has a certain image quality not presented by the zoom lenses. The Canon 2.8L 70-200mm zoom lens can be a challenge in a tight situation. I recommend you stay with a fixed focal length for portrait work. Zooms are great for candid situations. This lens in a studio light situation or the 600EX-RT with the Vello diffuser has no equal.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Very good performance

                      By Hongtao

                      from Kirkland, WA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Night Photography
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

                      The bokeh is fantastic, better than Nikon 85 1.4G. It focuses a little bit slower though. Very heavy.

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                      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      My favorite len by far for head shots

                      By Moises for Puerto Rico

                      from Guaynabo, PR

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens:

                        Exclusive for head and beauty shots.
                        The sharpness and boken.
                        It may get heavy after a while.

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