E293827

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Telephoto AF Lens

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Telephoto AF Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent portrait lens, tack sharp wide even wide What to say about this lens! Excellent, outstanding bokeh and tack sharp even at wide open. It's even better with R system with excellent eye tracking. It produces excellent portraits no matter what your subject and what the background is. Simply set it to eye AF and set f1.2 or 1.4 and the lens do the magic for you. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2020-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best 85 in the game! This is an excellent lens with a beautiful bokeh. Great for headshots and product photography!
Date published: 2020-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy but astonishing I bought this lens for portraiture and the quality is astonishing. The lens itself is fairly heavy but there’s quite a bit of glass involved. I see a lot of chromatic aberration when shooting high contrast subjects. Although editing software usually does a decent job of removing it, it can sometimes be an issue when a subject is in business attire with a white shirt. Regardless, the depth of field is razor sharp and I recommend taking at least a few shots per pose to ensure that you get the eyes in focus. Speaking of focus, it’s slow. This is not a lens for fast-paced action. It wants you to take your time.
Date published: 2020-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best one in my hand Perfect lens for portrait. Had a lot of fun with my kids now.
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super lens I have wanted an 85mm 1.2 since my first days of serious photography, back in the 70s and the old SSC (Super Spectra Coat) lenses. All my years of waiting ended about 6 months ago, and I couldn't be happier with this lens. As other reviewers have mentioned, this lens is meant to be shot wide open, and it does a great job. You can keep the ASA really low and still maintain reasonable shutter speeds (but be sure to enlarge the image in the camera if you're working on the edge to be sure there's no camera shake.) It gathers light better than the human eye; on several occasions I have taken some shots in poor lighting, observed that the lens seemed to provide its own fill, and asked others if they saw the same thing I saw. They did. I have had success in lightening dark areas (if needed) by overexposing by about a stop - I don't do much photoshop or raw file manipulating. It provides great warmth (perhaps its greatest asset) which is generally lost even with well balanced flash. I took some portraits of my wife for publication and the editor inquired about what equipment was used because of the beautiful bokeh. I loved my 85 1.8 but they are two very different lenses. Yes, it's heavy and costly, and as noted it mounts a little funny, but I'm sorry I waited so long to enjoy this.
Date published: 2015-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exclusive look Perfect for portraits, but only for pictures . Slow focus and critical depth of field.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real difference maker! I assume anyone looking at this lens is an experienced photographer, has read various reviews and is very near a buy decision. My advice is buy it! Since I've owned this lens complements on my work have tripled. Shooting wide open produces images that are frankly unmatched by any other lens. The negatives you will read about such as weight and slow to focus are in my experience overstated. The lens is heavy but still more than a pound lighter than the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS. Focus is a little slow if you are going from macro to Infinity but I rarely do that and I have never had a problem shooting a moving model. I guess the most important question is always would you buy it again if you had it to so all over again? My answer is in a heart beat. In fact, I own 5 L lenses and if I could only keep one this would be the one I would keep.
Date published: 2014-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful lens So worth every penny !! The focusing is slower than others.
Date published: 2014-08-05
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