Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens

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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Floating Optical System
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 8-Blade Diaphragm
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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Overview

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Mixing a short-telephoto focal length with a bright maximum aperture, the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is a Canon L-series lens well-suited for portraiture. The impressively fast f/1.2 maximum aperture affords a great degree of control over depth of field for isolating subjects and producing desirable selective focus effects. Complementing these qualities is a sophisticated design that includes one aspherical element to suppress spherical aberrations and notable sharpness and clarity, and a floating optical system is used that maintains image quality throughout the focusing range. A Super Spectra coating has also been applied to limit flare and ghosting and promote greater contrast and color accuracy in a variety of lighting conditions. Complementing the imaging attributes, a ring-type USM is employed to deliver quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus control.

Short-telephoto, portrait-length prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 136mm equivalent focal length.
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.
One aspherical element helps to suppress spherical aberrations and distortion for a high degree of sharpness and accurate rendering.
Floating optical system maintains clarity and sharpness throughout the focusing range.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with optimized focusing algorithms and a high-speed CPU, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Rounded eight-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens is sealed against dust and moisture for working in inclement environmental conditions.
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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Specs

Focal Length 85mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.2
Minimum Aperture f/16
Lens Mount Canon EF
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Angle of View 28 30'
Maximum Magnification 0.111x
Minimum Focus Distance 3.12' / 95 cm
Optical Design 8 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 8, Rounded
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization None
Filter Size 72 mm (Front)
Dimensions ( x L) 3.60 x 3.31" / 91.5 x 84 mm
Weight 2.3 lb / 1025 g
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Package Weight 2.9 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.929 x 5.433 x 5.433"

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Reviews

EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 753.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular images - worth every dollar I've been shooting with L zoom lenses for several years -- primarily wedding work -- and always considered the long end of the 24-70 or the short end of the 70-200 as suitable for portaits (using a full-frame 5D sensor), but nothing prepared me for the superior clarity and gorgeous bokeh of this lens. The lens is heavy, and is slow to focus, as most reviewers note, but this is a small trade-off for the superior performance. The razor-sharp DoF can work against you if you're tempted to shoot 1.2 all the time, but it definitely adds extreme drama when you've focused correctly. This is the best lens you can have for portrait or low-light photography.
Date published: 2009-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Best "L" lenses I've just finished making a few portrait shots with this lens and I must say, I am amazed by the image quality. The images have a great contrast, sharpness, and beautiful clarity; even at aperture wide open. The background blur (bokeh) is ASTONISHING--it just melts like cream. I was very nervous at first convincing myself about the price. However, the instant I saw the pictures I made with this lens, my worries quickly were put to rest, and great happiness and satisfaction filled my soul! If you are in the market to have "THE" best 85mm lens in the world, and you have the money, don't think twice and purchase this lens. You will be very happy you did.
Date published: 2012-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very fast but at a cost. I love this lens, the DOF is extremely low as one would expect. I can shoot in near total darkness as long as I have a light for focus assist. Ambient light looks true and beautiful! With that said however this lens is the worst of all I own for backlit subjects. The chromatic aberration is awful, and it is nearly impossible to focus. Keeping in mind manual focus only works to around 4.0 I find myself constantly using auto, which is fast and fine most of the time, but very time consuming and annoying with an even slightly backlit subject. I wouldn't trade this lens for anything, but for variable light situations, I would always carry a backup.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of 3 Canon's best This lens will produce images that no other lens in the world can reproduce.No Leica no Carl Zeiss no Nikkor no one can touch the 85mm f1.2 L II Go for the second version as it is definetely noticeable upgreade in speed and aberation control Shoot it wide open that's how good it is or stop it down to f1.8 and it will blow your socks off Be aware. After purchasing this lens you will be hooked and propably buy the 35mm f1.4L and the 135mm f2L which at that point might cause divorce from spouse :-) P.S.Handle the mounting of this lens on to camera with upmost care as the rear element sticks out and one wrong move or slip and by-by Charlie
Date published: 2010-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best lenses out there!!! If you want a great portrait lens with a fast aperture and razor sharp images, LOOK NO FURTHER. Although this lens hits your wallet HARD, I would say this is the best lens I own. (this includes 35mm f/1.4L, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, 400mm f/2.8L, 24-105mm f/4L, etc.) I have used it on my 30D, 5D Mark II and 1D Mark III and it is stellar across the board. And even though I like it the most on my full-frame sensor body, the cropping factor of a 30D, etc. did not bother me. 90% of my favorite images have come from this lens. And, unless you're trying to photograph sports, I don't think the auto-focus is THAT slow. Sure there are faster lenses out there, but it is still the best.
Date published: 2009-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the upgrade I primarily shoot high school seniors on location using natural light. Before purchasing this lens I had been using the canon 85 1.8. I rarely used anything but my 85 so I decided to upgrade to this L lens for the added quality. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The first thing I noticed about this lens is that is substantially larger than the 1.8. The glass is substantial. In the images, can definitely tell a difference! This lens is sharper and the colors seem to be better. Skin tones look great. It is a fast lens that makes beautiful portraits. I feel great about the upgrade. I'm going to sell my 1.8 now since I won't be needing it anymore.
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Hate relationship This lens is both my least favorite and my favorite lens. Wide open it's difficult to get all of the subject or even just the eyes in focus. If you move at all the focus will go out. You have to use not only autofocus but your own eyes as well to make sure what you want is in focus. It's somewhat slow to focus and a heavy lens. All that being said this lens produces the best bokeh I've ever seen! There's just something magical about this lens! ... but it comes at a price. All and all I use this lens more than any other I own! ( note: slow focus & weight comes at the price of having a lens that opens up to a 1.2 for a full frame! )
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from quality of light is amazing Pros: the quality of light that you see through this lens is phenomenal. The rendering is special and no other lens comes close. Amazing in low light. Cons: hard to focus and it's easy to get blurry images if you're not careful This is a portrait lens but I've used it for my kid's concerts indoors and for sports where it does a tremendous job of isolating the subject and really bringing attention. Mostly use this for modeling shots/fashion where it just shines. Also own the 100m f/2.8, 24-105L, 70-200mm, 50 f/1.8, and this is my favorite lens because it makes my pictures look so special and beautiful.
Date published: 2014-05-26
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Would this lens be compatible with the Panasonic GH4 with a Metabones Speed Booster and what focal length would it be when mounted on a mft system with the adapter?
Asked by: Anonymous
Metabones has two different Speed Booster lens adapters that are compatible for use with Canon EF lenses, both which have different crop factor compensation for each. The Metabones T Speed Booster XL 0.64x Adapter for Full-Frame Canon EF-Mount Lens to Select Micro Four Thirds-Mount Cameras, B&H # MESPEFM43BT3, has a crop factor of 0.64x on Canon full-frame lenses. As such, the lens would become the equivalent of a 54.4mm f/0.8 lens, as 85mm x 0.64 = 54.4mm. This is the equivalent focal length/angle of view for the Micro Four Thirds sensor. If you are looking for the full-frame equivalent with this adapter, then as the Micro Four Thirds sensor has a 2x crop factor, the Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens would have the equivalent angle of view of a 108.8mm lens used on a full-frame camera.Likewise, the Metabones T Speed Booster Ultra 0.71x Adapter for Canon Full-Frame EF-Mount Lens to Micro Four Thirds-Mount Camera, B&H # MESPEFM43BT4, has a crop factor of 0.71x on Canon full-frame lenses. As such, the lens would become the equivalent of a 60.35mm f/0.9 lens. This is the equivalent focal length/angle of view for the Micro Four Thirds sensor. If you are looking for the full-frame equivalent with this adapter, then as the Micro Four Thirds sensor has a 2x crop factor, the Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens would have the equivalent angle of view of a 120.7mm lens used on a full-frame camera.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Is this the USA made version?
Asked by: Rebecca
In situations where B&H offers both a USA and an imported version of a product, we label each version clearly and explicitly. If a product does not have an indication either way, it is understood to be by default a USA product. In situations where only a USA version is offered it will not be labeled USA. According to the information we have, our current inventory's Country of Origin is Japan. Please be aware this can change over the product's production life without notice.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Does an instruction manual come with the lens? Many thanks for your reply
Asked by: Anonymous
An instruction manual is not included with the Canon ER 85mm f/1.2L lens, however, you can also find an online version of the instructions here: http://bit.ly/1ycxPhj
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Does this work with the Canon 7D?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, this works on a Canon 7D. As the 7D is a Crop Sensor Camera, this lens will be the equivalent of a 136mm lens on this body. It is an excellent lens. If you ever go to a full frame body, it will be an 85mm on that body.
Answered by: Steven A.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Will this be okay with Canon 80D as it crop sensor?
Asked by: Keyun M.
You probably asked the wrong person as I am the biggest fan of the 85mm 1.2 and therefore you'll get nothing but positive comments from me. Having stated that and I don't have the 80D, I cannot image that it wouldn't work well on the 80D. I have used it with my old 50D and have noticed only slight differences from my 5D Mark III. After all the most important part of the mechanical tools of a camera is the lens. If you have to skimp on something, do so on the camera, not the lens.
Answered by: Martin J.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Will this fit my Canon Rebel t3i?
Asked by: Nina M.
I would assume it does, Nina......I have the Mark IV body, but I think the mount is the same.....it's a great lens for low light people pictures, but a heavy lens, and focus is critical....I would buy it again, because those are the type of photos I like taking....i.e. portrait, but it is a lot of money............
Answered by: Thomas L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Does it come with the canon lens cover?
Asked by: Ariana v.
yes, it comes with back and front covers, the hood and a carrying pouch
Answered by: Philippe P.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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I am a tourist here in America and I really want to buy those lens. am I eligible for the $200 refund? How does the process work and how long till I get the money back? thank you so much!
Asked by: Anonymous
The rebate is only valid for customer's located in the USA.
Answered by: Matthew C.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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