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Canon EF 85 mm f/1.2L USM

Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 85 mm f/1.2L USM
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 85 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.2
Angle of view 28.5 o
Closest focusing distance 0.95 m
Maximum magnification 1:9.09
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type USM
Lens Construction 8 elements / 7 groups
Filter diameter 72 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 91.5 x 84 mm
Weight 1025 g
Additional information Marketed September 1989
Average rating (3 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (3)
  1. james
    james 23 February 2023, 10:01
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    IP 24.135.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Painfully slow AF and to make things worse MF is focus by wire. When you take into account the imperceptible differences in DOF vs f1.4, this lens make little sense with f1.4 L and Sigma around.

    Pros: For its time a unique lens, but the optics really do show that time in a past sense.

    Summary: Rather overpriced used and new (and overhyped to be quite frank). Youd be better off served by 85/1.4 sigma or canon

  2. Joey-Meowy
    Joey-Meowy 8 April 2013, 19:07
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    IP 149.154.x.x
    Owner since: more than 10 years
    Price: USD 1800 N
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: SSLLOOWW AF!!!

    Pros: Doesn't get any better optically.

    Summary: Beautiful portraits, even beyond beautiful. This original version is a little more affordable than the model II.

  3. LeoJan
    LeoJan 27 February 2011, 04:03
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    IP 80.56.x.x
    Owner since: 6 years
    Price: 1000 euro'
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Slow focusing, expensive, Canon also makes a very good portrait lens, the F1.8.

    Pros: This is pure magic, sharp at F1.2. Beautiful made and a joy to see. There is no better portrait lens this fast

    Summary: You must fall in love with this lens, it gives you what no other lens can give you. Ans a little crazy, that helps also.

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