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.
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 ).
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’s EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM; Portraits Plus Optical Speed
1 August 2006
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.
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 USM L II - Full Format Review / Test
31 March 2010
Conclusion: The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 USM L II is THE portrait lens in the Canon lens lineup and within this scope it offers excellent if not outstanding field capabilities. It has an extremely sharp center quality and a superb bokeh.