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