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.
- EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
- Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
- One Aspherical Element
- Super Spectra Coating
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Overview
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Specs
|Lens Format Coverage|
|Angle of View|
|Minimum Focus Distance|
3.12' / 95 cm
8 Elements in 7 Groups
72 mm (Front)
|Dimensions (ø x L)|
3.6 x 3.31" / 91.5 x 84 mm
2.26 lb / 1025 g
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
7 x 5.45 x 5.3"
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Reviews
Extremely sharp lens
This is an awesome lens for portraiture shots. The 1.2 is extremely fast and the details are evident in every shot. A tripod is necessary to take full advantage of the wide open features. Focus is fast and accurate, and you can really dial in on the subject and blur the background. Highly recommend if you can handle a bit of weight.
They're going like hotcakes!
Learn, learn, and learn! I can't stress it enough. Learn your gear. Do not buy this lens, spend 2 or 3 hours, or an entire weekend in your backyard, then, when you get back to your computer, complain about your pictures not looking razor-sharp. It does not work like that! Does the Canon EF 85mm 1.2L have chromatic aberration problems? Yes. Correctable? Yes. I correct mine in camera because DSLRs come with a feature that makes the correction if you choose to activate it. I shoot with a Canon 5Ds R, a very unforgiving camera; and I absolutely love it! 50 megapixels will teach you things about a lens that no book, classroom, or pixel-peeping critic can teach. When you nail your shot with this lens, bragging rights, baby, bragging rights! Remember, at f/1.2, if you or your subject moves just a tad forward or backwards, you'll miss the shot. Your eye-hand coordination has to become fine-tuned to the point where you snap the picture instinctively. That takes practice, lots of practice. Technical 'types' can find something wrong with anything, even if it's a Zeiss 100mm f1.4 Otus, the finest of its kind in the world! If you're spending your time criticizing, you are not shooting! In closing, let me say this. Any lens, in the hands of an artist, is a formidable tool! Take your time; and learn to take good pictures at 1.2!
On a Sony A9II
Stuck it on my A9II, works really well, Auto focus no problem. Because of Sony's focus accuracy and speed this is my new walk around lens!
Canon 85 1.2 ii
Canon 85 1.2II Really what can I say? About this lense, sharp sharp sharp much better then the Canon 50 1.2.. This lens has it all in one package.. Buy one you you will understand what this lens really holds. Push your self to your outer limits. My have a somewhat slow focus still it is a beast of a lens.... for get the new canon 1.4 IS ,,, buy this one instead,,,,,,
Excellent portrait lens, tack sharp wide even wide
What to say about this lens! Excellent, outstanding bokeh and tack sharp even at wide open. It's even better with R system with excellent eye tracking. It produces excellent portraits no matter what your subject and what the background is. Simply set it to eye AF and set f1.2 or 1.4 and the lens do the magic for you. Highly recommend.
Easy to take great portraits!
I bought this lens for myself, having owned the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L for a decade or more. Where the 50mm is great for capturing a stage full of performers, the 85mm is great for focusing on an individual. The first assignment for this lens was actually to loan it to an amateur with no still photography experience, and the results were three times as many good photos as would be typical. I am using this with an original Canon EOS 5D (I) with great results.
Canon EF 85 f/1.2 II USM lens
I’m an armature photographer but fortunate to spend a good deal of time in Africa and the US shooting wildlife pictures. This lens is very useful for landscape and foe specifies that let you close. It pits really well with the 1D X III, which is also an amazing step up.
For portraiture and art
Well-made, exceptional optical quality and build. It excels at separating the subject matter against the background in a very pleasing off-focus rendition. Whatever must be in sharp focus is exactly that with no compromises. I use it for portraiture and art photography.
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