Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
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Stevo, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: This lens give you an awesome look for both video and photography. The depth and of field and unbelievable sharpness make great images regardless how you use it. It has become my favorite portrait and interview lens for video.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This is a lens I have always wanted to own, and every time look at the results, I am dumbfounded at the sharpness and color rendition this lens offers. I could NOT be happier with any other lens than I am with this one. PERFECT for portraits-almost a three-dimensional look to it with such a creamy background blur. I leave it on my 5DII all the time and think of ways that this lens could work in so many different situations. Hard to top this! Worth EVERY PENNY!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Conclusion: I'll skip the sweet stuff and go directly to things I disliked: 1, The focus by wire FTM ring. I understand that the lens is actually moving ALL but one elements -- that's a lot of glass-- while focusing but I'd still prefer a stiff, heavy, mechanically connected FTM ring than the loose slippery electronic focus by wire system. Since the electronic FTM on this lens is pretty much useless I always disable the 'electronic manual over-ride ' feature in my 1DS settings menu.
Excerpt: This lens is addictive. At a 1.2 the depth is so shallow it looks surreal. Try it once and you're hooked.<br /><br />I wish it had a bit closer focus, and it's so girthy it can impede with some tripod plates. But that doesn't matter, it's so beautiful it's worth it. It is a bit heavy, but I wouldn't say that's a con.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: I use this mostly for people shots, especially intimate facial ones. For whatever purpose, this is a stunning lens, significantly better than my EF 24-70mm f2.8L or my EF 70-200mm f2.8L. It's true what they say about primes. This one is especially sweet, the cavernous aperture producing heart-rending bokeh. Skill needed to master the ultra-shallow depth of field property inherent in a f1.2. Came in a soft tie-string bag case, would have preferred a stif zippered case.
Pros: Breathtaking Clarity, Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
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.
Excerpt: Overall a great lens. The color rendition is superb and the sharpness is incredible. That being said, there is a lot of glass here. The lens is heavy and very slow to focus. However, for portraits and situations where blazing fast autofocus is not required, the image quality is worth the wait and weight.
Excerpt: I have only tested this lens out with a 5D Mark iii for a couple days. However, in this time frame I can say this lens is truly amazing. I disliked the canon 85mm 1.8. The 85mm 1.2 focus is not fast or slow. The image quality is superb. It is unevenly heavy. It looks like it will be hard to keep clean and have to be very careful to not damage the back. The color/contrast is perfect for portraits. I would recommend getting.