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The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM is a medium telephoto lens with a high speed focus.

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Pros

less light falloff (vignetting) than the previous generation lens - reduced significantly stopped down, which is easy to do without sacrifice

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low distortion

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fast and silent AF - a big improvement over the previous generation version, 1.6x the speed

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stunning creamy bokeh

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good portrait lens - perfect distance from the subject, comfortable for both crop and full frame shooters

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a lot of glass (required for such a large aperture) - beautiful to the lens enthusiast

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sharp all over at F/2 for crop-sensor, at F/2.8 for full frame

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stunning image quality - with an additional small albeit noticeable improvement over the first generation lens

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L-series - Canon's highest quality glass, with a build to match

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widest aperture lens available at F/1.2 - great for low light shooting, offers the best isolation of subject / slimmest depth of field

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Cons

extends during focusing (non-internal focusing)

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really big and heavy - obviously due to the large amount of glass

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extreme price point

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prime / fixed focal length - not as versatile as zoom options

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The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM is a medium telephoto lens with a high speed focus. The ring-type USM works with a high-speed CPU and optimized algorithms, setting the autofocus at about 1.8x faster than the original Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L. The manual focus is accessible even when in autofocus mode, allowing quick adjustment for special circumstances. The circular aperture creates a shallow depth-of-field, highlighting the subject while giving the background a natural blur effect. A floating optical system includes an aspherical lens element, which works to suppress distortions and provide reliable image quality. An ES-79 II hood is included, which has a cylindrical shape and clips on easily.

Features
  • Ultrasonic Motor focus
  • High-speed CPU, optimized algorithms
  • Circular aperture
  • Floating optical system
  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Maximum Aperture: 1:1.2
  • Lens Construction: 8 elements in 7 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View 28 deg
  • Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time manual
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 3.2 ft, 0.95 m
  • Filter Size: 72mm
  • Max Diameter x Length: 3.6 in x 3.3 in, 91.5 mm x 84 mm
  • Weight: 36.2 oz, 1,025g (lens only)
  • Hood: ES-79 II (cylindrical clip-on hood; attachable in reverse)
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