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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is a new medium telephoto lens. Can Read more

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Overall 9
9.0

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

PC Magazine
16 July 2013
  • Conclusion: The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is a specialty lens, perfect for portraits with a very shallow depth of field. Its unique view of the world earns it our Editors' Choice award.
  • Pros: Insane light-gathering capability. Capable of very shallow depth of field. Superb center sharpness.
  • Cons: Focus-by-wire design. No stabilization. Big. Expensive.
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Canon EF 85/1.2L II

Bob Atkins
4 December 2009
  • Conclusion: In keeping with Canon's Kyosei philosophy of living in harmony with the environment, the lens features only lead-free glass.
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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Review

SLR Lens and Camera Reviews
6 June 2009
  • 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.
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REVIEW: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens

photodo
25 February 2009
  • 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.
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REVIEW: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM

photodo
25 February 2009
  • 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)
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Expert Review

photo.net
13 January 2009
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens

The Digital Picture
19 August 2007
  • Excerpt: It takes a lot of glass to be that fast - and it sure looks nice. It is especially attractive with that red ring around the end of it - showing it's L-Series membership.
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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).
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Canon’s EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM; Portraits Plus Optical Speed

Shutterbug
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...
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Overall 9
8.5
Audio & image quality 9
9.0
Versatility 9
8.8
Usability 9
8.8
Build quality 10
9.5

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens

PhotoReview
28 September 2012
  • 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.
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