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Canon - EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Autofocus Lens
Quick Overview |
Retaining the impressive optical performance and large aperture of the original EF 85mm f/1.2L USM, this new medium telephoto lens uses a Ring-type USM, high-speed CPU and optimized algorithms to achieve an autofocus speed approximately 1.8x faster than the original.

The high-speed AF and circular aperture create a shallow depth-of-field that brings attention to the subject and blurs the background, which is ideal for portraits and weddings.

The floating optical system, which includes an aspherical lens element, suppresses aberrations and ensures excellent imaging performance.

SportsShooter Member Rating | 8.75
List Price | $2099.00
More Information | http://www.samys.com/product_detail.php?item=3570


|| Member Feedback   [add your comments]
Jim Colburn Photo Editor / Photographer
McAllen | TX | USA
Comments | [10/16/10] Just returned one of these as the focusing was so slow (on a 5D) that it would have driven me crazy. Focusing was okay on a EOS-1 Mk4 but I'd rather not spend the money upgrading all of my camera bodies just to take advantage of this lens. It doesn't focus as close as the 85/1.8 either. Very sharp though.
Rating | 5

David Pointon Photographer
Woodbury | MN | USA
Comments | [03/12/10] I have used this lens now for several months and it produces much sharper shots then my 70-200 2.8. I have not found slow focusing to be a major issue. Shooting at 1.2 you need to play with the exposure compensation and proper white balance is tough, but that can be fixed post process. the "Serious Foul" shot on my profile was taken with this lens
Rating | 8

Matthew Sauk Photographer
Sandy | UT | United States
Comments | [03/13/09] This lens is simply amazing. The bokeh is other world like and the contrast and colors it produces are amazing. This lens is worth every penny and more! Auto focus isn't amazing, but I used it quite a few times when shooting basketball (high school and womens college bball).
Rating | 9

Steve Puppe Photographer
Olathe | KS | USA
Comments | [08/07/08] My favorite lens. If you shoot editorial or corporate portraits this is the perfect lens. Negatives are it still focuses too slow for sports and is expensive. On the positive side it has amazing sharpness and color.
Rating | 9

Doug Steinbock Photographer
West Springfield | MA | USA
Comments | [04/29/07] I love mine!
Rating | 10

Joel Kowsky Student/Intern / Photographer
Columbia | MO | United States
Comments | [04/07/07] I know everyone has been saying that the auto-focus speed is slow and that this lens isn't very good to use for sports, but I have to disagree, at least somewhat. I used one of these at the Big 12 Gymnastics Championships a few weeks back and it performed wonderfully. After experimenting with spot-focusing I decided to try AI SERVO on my Mk I and it worked better than expected. All of the images currently on my member page were shot with either this lens or the EF 135 f/2.0 It really helped make the gymnasts jump out against what is generally a cluttered background.
Rating | 10

Jace Delgado Photographer
Valparaiso | FL | USA
Comments | [11/27/06] Well, let's see. Another great lens by Canon. Having owned the Type I, and it's great "fast focusing ablities", I would have to say this lens is definately faster, but not like the 85 1.8. Sure it is slower, but I feel that it suits the purpose. I use it in Weddings and Fashion, and my subject is never running like a Cheetah down the sideline...so keeping up with them is well suited for this lens. I should say that it appears to be sharper the closer you get to a subject, beacause the narrow plane of focus is more visible. For example, on a full body shot at 1.2, the edges will appear softer than on a head shot. But in Portraiture, that, to me, is fine (the softness) because in the style I shoot, I want that pseudo-nostaligic look from an 8x10 view camera from the 1880's -1920's. Great lens at weddings to pick people out of a crowd at receptions and obviously great low light abilities with an ISO other than 3200. Pros? great Bokeh and low light gathering abilities. Sharp as a tack. Cons? If I just HAD to pick any, it would have to be the focus speed, but as previously stated, if not for fast action, a perfect lens. Rating? 9.9
Rating | 10

Randy Tobias Photographer
Wichita | KS | USA
Comments | [09/17/06] Absolutely amazing lens! While not very useful for sports in my opinion, due to relatively slow focus, it is incredible for portraiture, weddings, and low light situations. It's almost as if it creates light where there is none. Color and contrast is unbeatable. Requires a little practice shooting wide open, but the results are well worth it.
Rating | 9



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