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CanonEF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens
 
4.9

(based on 696 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (607)

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    (79)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (432)
  • Nice bokeh (380)
  • Durable (351)
  • Consistent output (331)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (265)

Cons

  • Heavy (294)
  • Slow focus (222)
  • Tough to attach (49)
  • Pricey / poor value (12)
  • Blurry focus (9)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (372)
  • Low light (369)
  • Night photography (248)
  • Portraits (176)
  • Landscape/scenery (67)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (190), Semi-pro photographer (169), Photo enthusiast (115), Enthusiast (40), Professional (39)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (392), Yes (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love this lens

I spent a lot of time reading reviews on this lens before I bought it. I mean A LOT of time. I read official reviews and user reviews and hunted down forum posts and...Read complete review

I spent a lot of time reading reviews on this lens before I bought it. I mean A LOT of time. I read official reviews and user reviews and hunted down forum posts and blog posts. The overall concenses was that for its purpose - a portrait lens with wicked wide aperture and gorgeous blur/bokeh it couldn't be beat. There were also a lot of reviews complaining that it was too slow to focus.

After using it for several months now, I can say that I have no regrets. Love the images. Skintones are fabulous. Honestly, I don't feel the lens is slow to focus - it's not the lens I would pick up to go shoot a soccer game, but that's not what it's for! I've photographed babies, adults and dogs. No problems.

One person on a forum pointed out that it could be that the complaints about focusing this lens may well be from people not used to the challenges of photographing with a super shallow DOF.

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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

Perfection!

By Przemek

from Undisclosed

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

Yes it's big. Yes it's a bit slow. YES it's expensive, but...man oh man does it deliver! It delivers sharp, crisp, bright, simply spectacular images. The shallow dof takes a bit of getting used to and it tends to be a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang o fit...prepare to be blown away. Fantastic lens.

 
5.0

sharp

By Edward

from Undisclosed

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

If you can get over the weight and the price which are actually quite reasonable then you won't be anything less then completely amazed by the results this lens produces.

 
5.0

Excellent

By CurtD

from Washington, MO

Verified Buyer

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

Really great medium length lens, sharp as a tack and well made. I use this for portraits and the control over depth is terrific.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens Great choice thanks for the help B&H

By My baby

from Brentwood Ny

Verified Buyer

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

I use EF 85 f1/2 II usm lens great for portraits the blur background is outstanding.Its worth the price I don't regret it. New cellphones are great quality doesn't compare to the EF 85 f1/2 II usm lens.

 
5.0

Sweet!

By Timothy

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent glass! I am extremely pleased with the images! 1.2 adds a whole new dimension to my work. Well constructed, not as slow to focus as I was expecting. Weighs a little more than some other L lenses I have, but very usable for events. I'd recommend to a friend in a minute, but wouldn't to a competitor. :)

 
5.0

Beautiful images

By Ryan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Although it is quite heavy, this lens is wonderful and creates very nice images.

 
5.0

Canon 85mm

By Ccm

from Undisclosed

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

This prime lens is second to none! The f/stop of 1.2 gives amazing depth of field.

 
4.0

Awesome Lens!!!

By Cross Studio

from Iowa

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens, like many others, for portrait work primarily. I've shot other subjects as well and the images are excellent. Soft creamy bokeh as expected and is brilliant wide open. I know this isn't a "sports" lens but I shot some volleyball games with it and when the focus manages to keep up with the gameplay the shots are superior. The focus isn't lightning fast but I was still able to get some great shots with this lens with a subject (volleyball) that probably rarely sees anyone using this type of lens to shoot. For portrait work it is absolutely amazing. Nice distance from the subject and not too "in their face" while still filling the frame very nicely. I'm getting great results and am absolutely happy with this purchase. I wish I would have bought this lens a few years ago. Why didn't I? It's somewhat expensive! :)

 
5.0

Great lens for shooting sports

By Jr

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great lens for low light situations (football and soccer games).

 
5.0

85mm Magic

By Tyler

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this because i missed my 56/1.2 when i sold my entire fuji x kit. I am now using this lens on a 5dsr and the entire experience is as good or better than the fuji. The 85mm fov is by far my favorite and this lens really turns anything you point it at into magic. I really cannot recommend this lens enough. Yes, it is big, heavy and focuses slowly but man does it deliver in rendering and sharpness. Makes me smile every time i use it :)

 
5.0

Best portrait Glass

By Roger

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

It takes a little getting use to but a outstanding piece of glass. Supper sharp and just what you need for portraits.

 
5.0

Seriously, the best.

By Amanda

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love this glass. I'm so in love with the images I've captured with this lens.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it

By Ryan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Awesome Ken's and crystal clear. Love it!

 
5.0

Excellent Portrait Lens -

By Vineet

from Chandler AZ.

Verified Buyer

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

Clicked over 300 pics on New years Eve. Excellent results. I highly recommend this lens. It takes a little getting used to prime lenses.

(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Massive lens.

By Nathan

from Undisclosed

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

This things is a beast of a lens! But you can't beat the image quality. One thing I wish though would be it having weather sealing.

 
5.0

Amazing Clarity & Bokeh

By arun

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I bought this lens years ago when Canadian dollar was more expensive than US(1.06) . I had to micro-adjust my AF on my EOS-1DX by 15 tics to get AMAZING clarity. Now i am getting the full benefit of this most amazing lens. I use it now as a go to lens for everything . The workmanship is superb. Just make-sure  you check the micro-focus before downgrading this lens. I have no problem focusing in darker scenes. I have taken astrophotographs with this lens (the ultimate test of Clarity IMHO) that are tack sharp!

 
5.0

Sharp and Heavy

By Rommel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Sharp portrait images, but very very heavy lens

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This lens is exquisite!

By Geoffrey

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is exquisite! It really is an amazing piece of glass. This is the third L-series lens I have purchased and once again I am blown away by the things you can do with it. Wide open at f/1.2 it has a very shallow dof with a very pleasing bokeh. I have used it for some portraits and everyone has been pleased with the results.

Stills and video taken with candle light are amazingly clear.

The biggest drawback (besides the price) is that this lens is heavy. It can make hand holding a bit of a chore after an hour because the camera becomes very front-heavy.

I would buy this lens again though!

 
5.0

Awesome Lens - Highly Recommended

By Antonios

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I just wanted to +1 on the comments of everyone one else that appreciates this lens and give it a 5 star rating. It's been on my 5D since it arrived, it's perfect for portraits, bokeh is "to die for", and just looking at this lens makes me want to grab my camera and go out and shoot something. Love it ! -- enough said :)

 
5.0

Definitely would buy again

By Josh

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a fantastic lens. I previously owned the 50 1.2 which was also great but I simply wanted a little more length for portraits. The bokeh is fantastic and this lens renders beautiful images. If your budget allows, this lens will blur most any background as well as allow you to shoot in very low light situations with a very low ISO

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