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Canon EF 85 mm f/1.2L II USM

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Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 85 mm f/1.2L II 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 March 2006
Average rating (13 owners reviews)
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4.59 Good
Owners reviews (13)
  1. Charles
    Charles 1 March 2021, 22:48
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    IP 203.109.x.x
    Owner since: 6 years
    Price: 2000
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: It\'s a special tool that requires mastery and perseverance is rewarded. You need to learn it\'s idiosyncracies so you can incorporate or work around them when using. Initially is is slow heavy, rear element exposed needs super vigilant care when dis/mounting.

    Pros: Unique results justify its price and the perseverance required to coax out the image. produces similar results to magnificent Zeiss FE110 f2, (also owned) but the Canon is AF!

    Summary: This is a holy grail of portraits. If you\'re serious about this craft there is no finer 35mm tool.

  2. sukasukagw
    sukasukagw 1 February 2012, 07:45
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    IP 111.94.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 2100
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: price

    Pros: superb dof, very sharp @wide open

    Summary: best telephoto

  3. keithinmelbourne
    keithinmelbourne 12 October 2011, 07:57
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    IP 211.30.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: $2,300 AUD
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Heavy, slow AF, MF is tedious

    Pros: Results, cost

    Summary: I have had the 50L for 12 months and loved it, so it seemed natural to get the 85L. The 85L has been a little more difficult to learn than the 50L, but it has given me some stunning results when I have got it right. I believe I will grow into this lens as time goes by.

  4. leeloojame
    leeloojame 18 August 2011, 15:47
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    IP 92.37.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: too much
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: manual focusing by wire and slow AF, cannot focus when shooting video, heavy, expensive

    Pros: wide open performance

    Summary: Worth only for those, who need to use it wide open. Canon should produce f/1.4 version like Nikon, which is half the weight and practically as good (at a price of only 1/3 of a stop - like anyone could see the difference between f/1.2 and f/1.4 bokeh). In short, if you really need godo portrait lens, you should get 200mm prime.

  5. samu78
    samu78 10 March 2011, 01:37
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    IP 109.70.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 2300
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: -

    Pros: everything

    Summary: best telephoto lens

  6. Sarah86
    Sarah86 15 February 2011, 03:40
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    IP 85.25.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 2000
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: slow af, expensive

    Pros: sharp, wonderful dof, best quality

    Summary: this lens is a a miracle

  7. HiResPic
    HiResPic 13 February 2011, 05:06
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    IP 67.159.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 2300
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: nothing

    Pros: fast and sharp

    Summary: extraordinary lens

  8. LeoJan
    LeoJan 9 January 2011, 00:44
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    IP 80.56.x.x
    Owner since: 4 years
    Price: 1000 euro'
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Non that really maters, yes it is heavy, yes it is not a super fast performer, but nothing bothers me.

    Pros: Sharp from F1.2, Bike out of this world, color, build. A joy to see all that glass...

    Summary: I own the Mark I, witch is a little slower, but still no problem for me. The best portrait lens you can buy and usable as nature lens to if you like razor thin DOF's. I bought it second hand for a reasonable price.

  9. Simon
    Simon 8 January 2011, 17:59
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    IP 86.158.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: ?
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Heavy for an 85mm lens; evrything else is just picky

    Pros: Stunningly sharp; Fab bokeh; useable wide open;

    Summary: If you are planning to take pics of people - this is the lens for you.

  10. Puliukko
    Puliukko 21 November 2010, 10:15
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    IP 94.101.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
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    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Expensive. Slow AF.

    Pros: Bokeh. Rendering.

    Summary: Good.

  11. Valdemar Atterdag
    Valdemar Atterdag 3 October 2010, 02:20
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    IP 86.58.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 2200
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: nothing

    Pros: aperture, bokeh, sharpness, colors, quality,

    Summary: best professional lens for people photography

  12. spoony
    spoony 2 October 2010, 13:05
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    IP 80.109.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 2050 Euro
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: manual focusing by wire - the lens case is a joke and not able to protect this lens.

    Pros: excellent in all terms!

    Summary: a breathtaking lens!

  13. lightray
    lightray 26 September 2010, 13:37
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    IP 94.136.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 2000
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: price

    Pros: outstanding DOF, extremly sharp, wonderful colors,

    Summary: best portrait lens available!

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