Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
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slow and lovely
Sara, B&H Photo
29 September 2014
Excerpt: I use this lens for portraits. I like that I can go wide open with it in low light. It can be slow to focus a lot, but I knew that before I bought it. It's heavy, but I like it because it's heavy for a good reason....it's all glass!!
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: The control over DOF with this lens is amazing; that's probably the only reason to own it. The focus is slow and tricky to nail at 1.2. The back glass element is right there at the metal edge so extra care is required when changing this lens. Most of these issues have been reported, so no news here, just confirmation.That said, you can get shots with this lens that are spectacular and unique. If you need almost zero DOF, then this is a great lens.
Excerpt: This is an amazing lens for portraits and fine art photography. I have used it a few times now, and am blown away by it's sharpness. Nothing else compares. It is absolutely fabulous. I echo all the other reviews; the DOF is razor thin full open. Amazing look though, both eyes head on will be sharp, but if the head is turned, at 1.2 one eye will be slightly soft. This is easily corrected by stoping down only one or two stops.
Excerpt: This lens is a MOST HAVE in any professional's bag. The quality of the image you get is phenomenal, it's crisp, very well balanced contrast and sharp in all it's range. (maybe little too sharp) Price is VERY high, but well worth the money. Most photographers will gravitate towards the more versatile 70-200 f/2.8 because of it's range, but results are not the same. The only reason I won't give 5 stars to it is because of the feel of the focus ring.
Excerpt: You've seen the pictures taken with this lens. What else is there to say? The bokeh is luscious. The photos are good enough to eat. Image quality is as fantastic as it gets. It's solidly built, and as heavy as you'd expect for this much glass. I wish the AF were a little bit faster, but otherwise, just look at the pictures and your budget and decide whether you can afford *not* to have those dreamy backgrounds in your photos.
Pros: Durable, Image quality, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I've used this lens for 3 shoots so far and I am very impressed. This is my first f/1.2 lens and having an aperture that wide makes for some pretty awesome photos! It's easy to miss your mark with the focus because the DoF is so incredibly narrow, but when you get it just right, the results are pretty spectacular. It's tough to shoot children with this lens because the autofocus is sooooo slow, but great for adults, ie: weddings, portraits, headshot.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Fantastic lens. Beautiful results. I use it for street photography, portraits and low light shooting. Depth of field at 1.2 is very, very shallow. It has a remarkably smooth bokeh so your background or foreground gently slide out of focus. I would give it 5 stars except for two points. One is that the autofocus is slower than many other lenses. I don't use it for action photography but someone might so just be warned.
Excerpt: This lens is unreplacable and unbeatable if you know how to use it. It is really sharp and it is a magical lens that can create stunning bokeh. But it is also not a everyday day lens for snap shot! You need patient to wait for it to focus if you are already used to USM focus speed of other L lenses. I used it mainly for portrait and wedding shoot. Not a great walk around lens but a must have for wedding photographer.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: After finding that I was renting this lens 3-4 times a year I realized I just needed to get one. Love this lens for shooting indoors without flash...Love the warmth this lens give to the photos... My only compliant is that its makes for a heavy system to lug around and its a bit slow to autofocus....but its worth it...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Strong Construction
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.