Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
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If you have extra money to spend, purchasing this lens.
10 February 2014
Summary: This lens was the one I planned to have for a long time but could not affort it because of its high price. Finally, I took the courage and purchased it used. After just a few images taken, I immediate fell in love with the lens. When using it wide open, it produced nice bokeh! Another nice feature: Even with dim light, when using f1.2, there was no need to turn on the flash for many of my indoor pictures.
Summary: You are not going to find a better portrait lens than this one. The clarity and detail is incredible. I know I will get great shots with this lens every time. Canon outdid themselves with this one.
Summary: This is one phenomenal lens. It is a very specialized but there is nothing better than this for portraits. It produces beautiful bokeh that can make almost any background beautiful. This lens has a lot of character and the images it produces are amazing. This lens is known for slow auto focus and while that it is true that while it is not extremely fast, it is not unusable.
Summary: I read much about this lens on the internet and was impressed by the sharpness and the buttery soft bokeh it produced with its shallow depth of field. Decided to jump in and bought a used one when it came up. At first, when I put it on my 5D mk iii, I thought I bought a defective lens. From f2.8 to f1.2 my target focus was consistently off. Back to the internet for more research and voila, I realized it was the operator and not the lens.
Pros: good portrait lens, good contrast, very sharp
Summary: If you want to shoot sports, this isn't for you. If you want to shoot you're kids or pets running around, this isn't for you. But if you want to create beautiful portraits that have a razor sharp focus point and completely blurry background with beautiful bokeh, contrast and color....This lens is probably for you.
Summary: so to start, this is a portrait lens. used for taking portraits. i use this exclusive when i take wedding and event portraits. the distortion is nonexistent, beautiful sharpness at f/1.4. focus on the eyes - try not to do the focus and reframe thing you can do on most lenses as the depth of field is super shallow. try to use one of your focusing points on the subject's eyes.
Conclusion: I love this lens, the DOF is extremely low as one would expect. I can shoot in near total darkness as long as I have a light for focus assist. Ambient light looks true and beautiful! With that said however this lens is the worst of all I own for backlit subjects. The chromatic aberration is awful, and it is nearly impossible to focus.
Summary: Pros: Bokeh and sharpness (as with any L prime) Cons: Don understand why the fringe is comparable to the 50mm 1.8, its L glass. Focus is slow (has like 10lbs of glass inside) THE FRINGE IS HORRIBLE! Nasty purples and blues all around my subjects, I feel like people will judge me asking why I am shooting weddings with consumer grade glass.
Summary: For specifics, see several of the other very well written reviews posted here. I do want to say, this is not a lens you simply grab out of the box, attach and begin shooting with. To master this lens, it really takes lots and lots...and lots of practice. Once you master the lens, you will be amazed at the quality, clarity and pop of your photos. Mastering this lens demands patience on your part.....and did I mention practice?