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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM DS Lens

BH #CA8512DSRF • MFR #3450C002
Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM DS Lens
Key Features
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Defocus Smoothing Coating for Soft Bokeh
  • Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics Element
Prioritizing bokeh, the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM DS is a unique portrait-length prime, characterized by its flattering focal length, exceptionally bright maximum aperture, and advanced optical design. Differentiating itself from Canon's other RF 85mm f/1.2 lens, this version features a DS (Defocus Smoothing) coating that helps to soften and smooth the bokeh quality when working at wider aperture settings, making it particularly suitable for shallow depth of field applications.
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Canon RF 85MM F/1.2L USM DS Overview

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Prioritizing bokeh, the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM DS is a unique portrait-length prime, characterized by its flattering focal length, exceptionally bright maximum aperture, and advanced optical design. Differentiating itself from Canon's other RF 85mm f/1.2 lens, this version features a DS (Defocus Smoothing) coating that helps to soften and smooth the bokeh quality when working at wider aperture settings, making it particularly suitable for shallow depth of field applications.

Beyond the bokeh-optimized design, the optical layout of this lens incorporates a Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics element; a specially developed element that helps to nearly eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing for notable clarity and color accuracy. In addition to this, an ultra-low dispersion element and one aspherical element are also featured to further control various aberrations and distortion for great sharpness and resolution. Individual elements also feature an Air Sphere Coating to suppress flare and ghosting for high contrast and color fidelity when working in bright and backlit conditions.

Complementing the imaging capabilities is an apt ring-type Ultrasonic Motor, which delivers fast, near-silent autofocus and full-time manual focus override. A unique Control Ring is also integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself.

Portrait-length prime is designed for full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless digital cameras.
Exceptionally bright f/1.2 maximum aperture affords extensive control over depth of field for selective focus applications and also benefits working in low-light situations.
Defocus Smoothing coating helps to achieve an especially soft and smooth bokeh quality when working at wide aperture positions. While this coating softens the look and feel of the out-of-focus regions in an image, sharpness is still retained on the in-focus portions for noticeable subject separation and an overall three-dimensional quality. The effect is greatest when working at f/1.2, however the DS coating requires approximately 1.3 stops more exposure than the standard version of the lens when shooting wide open. By f/3.2, the two versions of the lens have nearly identical light transmission and performance.
Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics element virtually eliminates color fringing and chromatic aberrations by refracting shorter wavelengths of the visible spectrum (blue light).
One aspherical element and one UD element also help to control aberrations and distortions for sharper, clearer image quality.
An Air Sphere Coating (ASC) has been applied to lens elements to reduce backlit flaring and ghosting for maintained light transmission and high contrast in strong lighting conditions.
Ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with optimized focusing algorithms, a high-speed CPU, and an internal focusing design, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens has a weather-resistant design that protects against dust and moisture to enable its use in inclement conditions.
Rounded 9-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 013803326758

Canon RF 85MM F/1.2L USM DS Specs

Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.2
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon RF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View28° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance2.79' / 85 cm
Maximum Magnification0.12x
Optical Design13 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size82 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)4.06 x 4.62" / 103.2 x 117.3 mm
Weight2.63 lb / 1195 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11 x 10 x 6"

Canon RF 85MM F/1.2L USM DS Reviews

Surreal Quality for Portrait Photography!

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-22

This lense is expensive but wow is it great! If you're contemplating the investment, pull the trigger. The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 USM DS Lens delivers in a big way.

Maybe the best ever

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-05

I'm incredibly satisfied with this lens. I wanted to mention a couple of points. First is that the DS version is actually almost 2 stops slower than the regular version. As an example, if your exposure would be 1/8000 2.8 with the non DS, your DS exposure would be more like 1/5000 or so. This is a great advantage. What it means is that you DO NOT NEED AN ND FILTER TO USE THIS LENS IN BRIGHT DAYLIGHT as you would with the non-DS version. On another note, don't put a filter on this lens, because something in the way the filter interacts with the DS just makes it look dull and ordinary. That is all.

A big lens for big results

By Ryan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-19

This is a dream lens that creates dreamy photos. The images it produces are crisp and beautiful. Ideal for portraits. Sharp even at 1.2. If you are serious about portraits and wedding photography, the RF 85 should be part of your kit.

Best Lens I used with Canon

By KO815
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-11

I had this lens for a few weeks to decide to move from Nikon to Canon. It was used with an R5 in swimming contests and portraits. This combination exceeded my expectations with a wonderful bokeh and low light performance. This made my decision easier. AF is fast and accurate, better than anything I used before. I recommend this lens for portrait, sports and work photography. .

Thrilled

By Stuart
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-25

I had the EF 85mm f/1.2 and this lens is a real step forward. I use it on a Canon R5 which makes all the difference because of eye focus feature when shooting at f/1.2. I used to use spot focus, but if one focuses and then recomposes at f/1.2, even a small recomposition can mean the eyes are tack sharp. This is my new favorite portrait lens.

Worth every penny.

By Devon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-07

Sharp lens and quality build. She’s a tank, but amazing for portraits or B roll.

Cant beat an 85

By Dan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-16

a little bigger, a little heavier, but make FANTASTIC images.

Versatile, High-Precision Lens

By Adrian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-10

This was my first lens for my EOS R5, and after a year of use, it remains my favorite. It pairs what might well be the sharpest image you can get on a full-frame sensor with incredibly smooth and controlled depth of field. Like all RF L lenses, it is hefty, but I find no issue carrying and shooting with this lens on long days, admittedly not in any professional context. Despite its physical and optical intensity, I find this lens very relaxing to use. I have to imagine that one of the two L 85mm options belongs with every R5/R6.

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