Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L Mkii USM Lens reviews: Telephoto Lens

49 customer reviews

+ This lens scores high on image quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

£1412 – £2663 at 8 retailers out of 419 retailers checked

9.3 out of 10 based on 49 reviews.
Diameter: 91.5 cm, 84 See full product description

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Laszlo, Vaxjo Sweden Part time pro photographer...

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Tack sharp even wide open...
Isolating a subject from the surrounding is easily done with this lens.
Fantastic bokeh!
Bad points:
Chromatic aberration in some high contrast situations.
It has not the fastest AF... The AF with the 1Dx is reasonably fast though...
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Oct 2014

Stuart, devon

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Probably the best portrait lens...in the world!
Bad points:
A bit tippy on price, but you get what you pay for!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 May 2015

REJI, Ireland

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Love the Bokeh .....
Bad points:
Lack of IS
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Nov 2014

Ian, Notts

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic optics and thus image quality.
Bad points:
Not weather proofed which for the cost is surprising but understandable if the expectation is for studio / indoor use only. Focusing ring appears to be looser than I have come to expect from a canon product. Hence I have only given it a 9.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Sep 2015

Neil, Newport Amateur Photographer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
A great prime lens.
Bad points:
None you get what you pay for.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 17 May 2015

Kathryn , Banbridge

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Just solidly built. Amazing Bokeh. Once you use this you won't go for cheap lenses ever again.
Bad points:
Price but you get what you pay for.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Jun 2015

Healy, Killarney - Irlenad Professional Wedding Photographer

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Extremely sharp ,

- I still Love my 24-70 lens over it tho ,

24-70 is the best lens all rounder and great value ,,

I'm sorry i didn't buy a 24-70 mk 2
Bad points:
Very heavy

Guys Start with a very basic 100euro low light lens ,, This Lens is Great , but its way of priced ,,

buy a 50mm 1.8 to begin with ,
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 1.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 06 Jun 2015

Product Features

Type of lens Telephoto
Autofocus No
Diameter in cm 91.5
Length in cm 84
Weight (g) 1025
Lens Fitting Canon

Also known as: EF 85mm f/1.2 L Mkii USM Lens, Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens, Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM II Lens, Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L USM, Canon EF 85mm f1.2 L II USM Lens

 

Manufacturer's Description

  • L-series construction and optics
  • Large f/1.2 aperture
  • Fast, quiet auto focus
  • Super Spectra coatings
  • Circular aperture for excellent background bokeh
  • Passes distance information to camera for E-TTL II flash system
  • Soft case and lens hood

Performance. When you need it.

L-series quality
The EF 85mm f/1.2L USM II incorporates Canon’s highest standards of precision optics. The L-series is Canon’s flagship professional lens range, combining outstanding image performance and ultimate operability with dust and moisture resistant construction.

Large f/1.2 aperture
A large maximum aperture of f/1.2 provides outstanding speed for shooting in low light conditions, without the need for flash. The large aperture also provides fine control over depth of field for compelling portrait photography.

Excellent background bokeh
A circular barrel aperture helps to create attractive, even background bokeh when isolating subjects at large apertures.

Fast, quiet auto focus
A ring USM (Ultrasonic motor) uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive extremely rapid auto focus with near-silent operation. A high-speed CPU and optimised AF algorithms contribute further to AF speed. Good holding torque stops the focusing lens group without overshoot. Full time electronic manual focus override is available without having to switch out of AF.

Super Spectra coatings
Super Spectra lens coatings and lens element shaping suppress flare and ghosting – more prone to occur with digital cameras due to reflection off the image sensor. Coatings also help achieve true colour balance and increase contrast for vivid hi-fidelity images.

Passes distance information to E-TTL II
The lens passes distance information back to the camera’s E-TTL II flash system to ensure optimal flash metering in any shooting situation.


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