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CANON EF 85MM F1.2 L II USM is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 33.
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Product Highlights
  • Canon Medium Telephoto Lens
  • Ideal for portraits and weddings
  • Floating Optical System
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  • Canon Medium Telephoto Lens
  • Ideal for portraits and weddings
  • Floating Optical System
  • Filter Diameter: 72 mm
  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 85mm 1:1.2
  • Lens Construction: 8 elements in 7 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 28&deg30'
  • Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 3.2 ft. / 0.95m
  • Max. Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.6 in. x 3.3 in., 36.2 oz. / 91.5mm x 84mm, 1,025g (lens only)

Lens Performance

Lens Type: Digital SLR Lenses
Focal Length: 85mm
Maximum Aperture: f/1.2
Aperture (Max. & Min.): Max: f/1.2, Min: f/16
Camera Mount Type: Canon EF
Camera Format: Full-Frame
Angle of View: 28 degrees
Minimum Focus Distance: 0.95m
Maximum Close-Up Magnification: 0.11x
Groups/Elements: 7 Groups/8 Elements
Diaphragm Blades: 8

Lens Features

Image Stabilization: No
Autofocus: Yes
Tripod Collar: No


Filter Thread: 72mm
Dimensions (DxL): 3.6x3.3"
Weight: 1.03kg

Additional Information

Warranty: 1 year manufacturer warranty
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular images - worth every dollar I've been shooting with L zoom lenses for several years -- primarily wedding work -- and always considered the long end of the 24-70 or the short end of the 70-200 as suitable for portaits (using a full-frame 5D sensor), but nothing prepared me for the superior clarity and gorgeous bokeh of this lens. The lens is heavy, and is slow to focus, as most reviewers note, but this is a small trade-off for the superior performance. The razor-sharp DoF can work against you if you're tempted to shoot 1.2 all the time, but it definitely adds extreme drama when you've focused correctly. This is the best lens you can have for portrait or low-light photography.
Date published: 2009-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Best "L" lenses I've just finished making a few portrait shots with this lens and I must say, I am amazed by the image quality. The images have a great contrast, sharpness, and beautiful clarity; even at aperture wide open. The background blur (bokeh) is ASTONISHING--it just melts like cream. I was very nervous at first convincing myself about the price. However, the instant I saw the pictures I made with this lens, my worries quickly were put to rest, and great happiness and satisfaction filled my soul! If you are in the market to have "THE" best 85mm lens in the world, and you have the money, don't think twice and purchase this lens. You will be very happy you did.
Date published: 2012-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very fast but at a cost. I love this lens, the DOF is extremely low as one would expect. I can shoot in near total darkness as long as I have a light for focus assist. Ambient light looks true and beautiful! With that said however this lens is the worst of all I own for backlit subjects. The chromatic aberration is awful, and it is nearly impossible to focus. Keeping in mind manual focus only works to around 4.0 I find myself constantly using auto, which is fast and fine most of the time, but very time consuming and annoying with an even slightly backlit subject. I wouldn't trade this lens for anything, but for variable light situations, I would always carry a backup.
Date published: 2013-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best lenses out there!!! If you want a great portrait lens with a fast aperture and razor sharp images, LOOK NO FURTHER. Although this lens hits your wallet HARD, I would say this is the best lens I own. (this includes 35mm f/1.4L, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, 400mm f/2.8L, 24-105mm f/4L, etc.) I have used it on my 30D, 5D Mark II and 1D Mark III and it is stellar across the board. And even though I like it the most on my full-frame sensor body, the cropping factor of a 30D, etc. did not bother me. 90% of my favorite images have come from this lens. And, unless you're trying to photograph sports, I don't think the auto-focus is THAT slow. Sure there are faster lenses out there, but it is still the best.
Date published: 2009-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PERFECT Now more than one year later, this is portrait lens of record for 15,000 images. The glass is heavy and the autofocus has to struggle a bit with all the mass to move, but when the beep goes off you are razor thin focused at full open aperature. I leave my flash in my bags and just love to grab portraits in deep shadows for the most dramatic lighting effects available. If it weren't for the required f5.6 tripod group shots at the weddings I'd only use this one wide open for nearly everything. People think I am a decent photographer, it is really THIS lens. Thanks Canon, a fan for life
Date published: 2011-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Glass Around! Canon has built another truly amazing lens in the 85mm f/1.2L. I bought this one primarily for portraits, but also out of video curiosity with my 5D Mark II. Wow, great choice! The background blur at 1.2 is really amazing, and I haven't found focusing to be much of an issue (even while chasing around a couple of toddlers). Trick is to set the camera's autofocus mode to "one shot", put your desired focusing sensor on the subjects eye (or wahtever you want to be sharp), and fire away. The result is breathtaking!
Date published: 2009-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great glass, but poor focus ring This is a great piece of glass, but shooting at f1.2 results in such shallow depth-of-field that manual focus is essential. This is where the lens has a terrible fault. The focus ring is not really manual, it requires the camera to be turned on to power the focusing ring. The electronics translate manual focus into actual focus. The feel is very awkward, the ring feels too loose, and focus is not as precise. Also, to protect the lens from being stored in an extended position, it requires that you consciuosly refocus the lens to retract it before turning the camera off or changing lenses.
Date published: 2009-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly sharp lens Between my 135/2 and this 85/1.2, I shoot 90% of my work. This is an incredibly sharp lens that makes the most of the current crop of hi-res sensors. I used the 85/1.8, which in and of itself is pretty sharp, for years, but the 85/1.2 leaves it in the dust. Also, less chromatic aberration on the highlight edges.
Date published: 2010-07-15
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