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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM lenses

introduction

  • a unique, heavy, short telephoto rectilinear prime lens with incredibly shallow depth of field (DOF) but this comes at a considerable cost in terms of price, weight, size and slow AF
  • two versions:
    • version I introduced in 1989
    • version II:
      • introduced in 2006
      • 1.8x faster AF due to new CPU and improved AF algorithms (but still slow)
      • improved MF mechanism
      • improved lens coatings for less flare
  • it is one of the reasons to use a full frame camera rather than Micro Four Thirds system if you want this unique look
  • which 85mmm lens to buy?

specs

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L version I

  • 85mm f/1.2 lens
  • 8 elements in 7 groups incl. 1x ASPH and 1x UD
  • USM AF with full time MF
  • blades
  • front focusing
  • close focus 0.95m giving 0.11x magnification
  • 72mm filter thread
  • 91.5mm x 84mm
  • 1025g

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II

  • 85mm f/1.2 lens
  • 8 elements in 7 groups incl. 1x ASPH and 1x UD
  • USM AF with manual override being an indirect wired electronic system
  • 8 blades round to f/2.0, octagonal from f/4 onwards
  • IR index
  • front focusing but do not rotate
  • close focus 0.95m giving 0.11x magnification
  • 72mm filter thread
  • 91.5mm x 84mm
  • 1025g
  • $A2499

reviews

version II

photo/canonef85mmf1.2.txt · Last modified: 2015/07/04 08:52 by gary1