Summary: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is an outstanding lens with one weakness - price. All right, so it's not really a weakness, but US$1,600 is too steep a price for casual and amateur photographers. Nevertheless, with excellent overall performance on both APS-C and FF cameras, solid build construction, super fast AF and enormously large maximum aperture, this medium telephoto lens is not going to disappoint you should you decide to shed that much money.
Excerpt: The new version of Canon's flagship medium telephoto lens costs around £1730 and sports a unique fast maximum aperture of f/1.2, fast, silent autofocus and is sealed against dust and moisture.
Conclusion: With this lens’s almost infinitely variable depth of field and its high image quality, along with an ability to suck in light from the dimmest of scenes, it has the capability of making friends fast and keeping them for a long time. As well as the portraiture that it is primarily designed for, the lens is likely to find favour in other disciplines as well, such as indoor sports, Gig and event photographers and anyone wanting to photograph the proverbial ‘black cat in a...
Pros: Excellent performance wide open and throughout the aperture range., Whisper quiet and fast AF performance, Huge light gathering ability
Cons: Hood (although not front element) rotates with MF ring, Price (Although worth it if you have a genuine use)
Excerpt: The Canon 85/1.2L lens is Canon's fastest and highest quality short telephoto lens. It is designed for full-frame digital SLRs such as the Canon EOS 5D ( review ). If you are passionate about portraits in available light, buy one right now from amazon.com , ( compare prices ). What's so exciting about an f/1.2 lens? In medium light, the lens can produce an extremely shallow depth of field, throwing any background distractions out of focus.
Excerpt: The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens is the widest aperture lens Canon currently makes (review update: the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens now shares this aperture) - allowing handholding and action stopping in the darkest conditions. The background blur the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens is capable of producing is stunning .
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II (Mark II) Compared to Mark I Lens and to Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 lens
Images by William Castleman
17 August 2007
Conclusion: You should draw your own conclusions based on your photographic objectives and the need for light gathering capacity, background blur in out of focus areas (bokeh), and for autofocus speed as well as cost and weight considerations. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II (Mark II) Strengths: This lens along with the original mark I f/1.2L lens produces excellent out of focus background blur (bokeh).
Canon’s EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM; Portraits Plus Optical Speed
1 August 2001
Excerpt: For some time now my favorite portrait lens has been Canon's EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, but now my new favorite is the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. It replaces the EF 85mm f/1.2L USM and offers the widest aperture of any lens in Canon's EF family. All in all it provides a useful combination of focal length, depth-of-field control, and low-light performance. The superb optics...
Summary: Buy this lens if : - You want fast a prime lens that is ideal for portraiture. - You require good edge-to-edge sharpness for copying. - You want fast and quiet autofocusing. - You want a fast lens to use on an APS-C camera when photographing indoor sports and events that are poorly lit. Don’t buy this lens if : - You require built-in image stabilisation. - For macro photography and extreme close-ups. - You're concerned about size and weight.
Pros: You want fast a prime lens that is ideal for portraiture., You require good edge-to-edge sharpness for copying., You want fast and quiet autofocusing., You want a fast lens to use on an APS-C camera when photographing indoor sports and events that are poorly lit. Buy this lens if :, You want fast a prime lens that is ideal for portraiture., You require good edge-to-edge sharpness for copying., You want fast and quiet autofocusing., You want a fast lens to use on an AP...
Cons: You require built-in image stabilisation., For macro photography and extreme close-ups., You're concerned about size and weight. Don’t buy this lens if :, You require built-in image stabilisation., For macro photography and extreme close-ups., You're concerned about size and weight.