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Canon EF 85 mm f/ 1.2 L II USM Lens

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Canon EF 85 mm f/ 1.2 L II USM lens

Canon EF 85 mm f/ 1.2 L II USM lens

Canon EF 85 mm f/ 1.2 L II USM lens

Canon EF 85 mm f/ 1.2 L II USM lens

Canon EF 85 mm f/ 1.2 L II USM lens


Canon EF 85 mm f/ 1.2 L II USM MTF Chart

Optical design

Canon EF 85 mm f/ 1.2 L II USM optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Prime lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S

First year of production: 2006

Optical design: 8 elements in 7 groups

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor
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Average price: $1900


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Additional information:

The Canon EF 85 mm f/ 1.2 L II USM  is an  ultra fast  portrait for Canon EOS film and digital cameras.

It succeeded the very popular first version which had been designed for film cameras. Principal changes:

  • It features a new circle EMD, which improved  bokeh representation.
  • The optical scheme was redesigned for a better compatibility with digital sensors.
  • It was equipped with a new update ring-type USM.
  • The lens utilizes the improved  Super Extra lens coating , which made the lens even more resistant to back and side light.

The maximum aperture ratio of 1.2 makes it possible to minimize depth of field, and a 8-blade aperture delivers a beautiful blurring of out-of-focus areas (bokeh).

With a lens speed this fast, the lens allows you to take high-quality pictures in bad lighting conditions without a tripod or a flash.

Basically, the lens is already rather sharp  even at f/1.2, though it is not so easy to focus on necessary details, especially if the subject is static.  Such lens speed allows you to achieve interesting effects, for instance, when the eyes are in focus and the eyelash tips are not.

Due to the aspherical lens used in the optical scheme, aberrations are rather well corrected.

Focusing is internal. The front lens does not rotate. Manual adjustment of sharpness is possible at any time by turning the focus ring.

It is well assembled. It can boast dust and moisture protection, as well as absence of plays and soft movement of the rings.

Color rendering is beautiful and rather accurate.  The lens delivers average contrast, which is useful for portrait photography.

A built-in ring-type 2nd generation USM makes focusing very fast and virtually silent. It perfectly focuses in low-level-light conditions.

The lens is very well resistant to side and back light.

The Canon EF  85 mm f/1.2L USM is ideally fit for portraiture, as well as for photography where a shallow depth of field is important.

You should take into consideration that the lens is rather heavy.

Compatible hood: ES-79II

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Posted by: Sergei Borodin   Date of publication: 29.08.2010

Photos taken with this lens Canon EF 85 mm f/ 1.2 L II USM:

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Mechanical quality4.506
Optical quality4.336
Pricing / Value2.676
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