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Canon - EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Medium Telephoto Lens - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 51 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb in performance

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    mikewinb

    Here's a few facts you'll want to know to help you decide if this lens is worth your penny: What's in the Box • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Autofocus Lens • 72mm Snap-On Lens Cap • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear) • ES-79 II Lens Hood • LP1219 Soft Lens Case • Year Canon USA & Canada Limited Warranty • Filter Size 72mm • Minimum Focus Distance : 3.2' Notes of Interest: • f/Stop Range f/1.2-16 : • Lens Hood is a pinch/clip on – not the usual Bayonet style • Lens Hood turns with focus ring – but front lens element doesn’t turn • Slow auto focus in lower light situations – fine for Portrait, but, better go manual for dance floor shots! • Very fast focus in good light (overcast day – quick focus!) • Manual focus Ring – spins super easily (many don’t prefer it…very, very loose. Of note – when turning the focus ring manually, the focus ring bobbles a bit (like its not “screwed on tightly” – kind of like the sound of batteries in an old remote control where the end connections have weakened a bit – though tight enough to work, they “bobble around” a bit inside.) I was surprised by this and thought maybe my model was damaged. But, it only bobbles ever-so-lightly when you are manually turning it. Once it stops turning, it’s tight and rock solid again. • Focus Ring bobble has no apparent effect on the quality of the pic as far as I can tell. This lens is best suited for : a) Professionals who "grew up" on non-is, non-auto focus lenses - they'll adopt it with aplomb! b) Aspiring Professionals who opt to use "M/Manual Mode" on Your DSLR - it'll challenge you manual focus skills and make you a better photographer overall... and aide in setting you apart in skill level But if you're just seeking a fast lens with a great hit rate, then I'd suggest the 50mm 1.4 or the 85mm 1.8 from Canon. They both give similar image quality at 1/4th price (just about). For me, this lens was worth every penny

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal Lens!

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    momwithcam
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    I am using this lens with my Canon 5d miii. I rented it out first (from Calumet Photo) tested out, fell in love, and bought it the following week. I am pleased with every shot it makes. It is super sharp. Wide open, it creates superior bokeh that is out of this world. Portraits come out just stunning. According to other peoples reviews, it's slow, I don't think so. On the other hand, I am not chasing deers to take portraits. It is heavy but I don't mind, I feel like it gives me more stability at hand. It looks sexy on my camera, really draws people attention. Price is high, but you get what you pay for. I love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Professional Quality Tool

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    Evangelicalchimp
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    I'm a semi pro Fine Art photographer with many years of experience across traditional film and digital cameras. This is by far the best lens that I have in my bag now. Quality of the images captured is exceptional....even if the compositions aren't all perfect :) It is a challenging lens to use since as many others have mentioned, depth of field wide open in a sliver of focus. I like challenges and have found this aspect of using the lens to be the most fun for me. It's heavy and expensive but I knew that well before I purchased it and frankly don't care. Go to a local photography store and have them slap one on a pro body for you....check it out for yourself.....if you have a limited budget grab the 1.8 85...............best investment to date when paired up with my 5d Mark iii...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I am in Love with this beast

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    TheAnji
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    I am not an expert photographer. This is just my opinion. I did lot of research before buying this beast. I wanted a best lens and quality should be noticeable when comparing with other lenses. I considered 85mm lenses - Canon's 1.8 USM, Tamron 1.8, Sigma 1.4 ART. I can't comment on Tamron and Sigma lenses as I never used. I am not disappointed on spending $1900 on this lens. I can shoot at 1.2. The bokey is excellent. Amazing sharpness. I own Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro, Tamron 70-200mm, Tamron 24-70mm. This one is the highest priority now over other lenses for portrait. If you want the best output irrespective of money and some below negative Feedback, go and get it. Slow Auto Focus (May not be an issue with 5D Mk III) Outer focus. May not be weather sealed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My favorite lens

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    phi303
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    Fastest lens I own and takes ridiculously amazing stills so long as you're competent at focusing. A lens this fast has a razor thin depth of focus so you're going to need to be very careful shooting with it. This lens is not for the fainthearted but it's undoubtedly the best portrait lens Canon offers (but remember it's not a hobbyists' lens)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great glass high for the lens junkie

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    Ultralord
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    I tried out this lens over 15 years ago and have been wanting one ever since. Tac sharp, super fast and very versatile. Not for everyone but, great glass to have in the kit for the discriminating shooter. A little on the heavy side for travel, but, worth bearing the weight. A great addition for getting the most out of the newer higher resolution bodies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great lens

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    Photographer
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    This lens is truly great, I've had it for approx 20 days and was able to just use it last night. I only have 4 stars for a few reasons 1.) This lens is heavy! 2.) It's expensive and 3.) The focusing ring is extremely loose I expected Canon's QC to be much better on top of it being outside of Best Buys "15 day return" policy. Super disappointed

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!

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    swamison
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    The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II is a fantastic lens to have in your arsenal! It's perfect for almost anything: sports, weddings, portraits, and even nature photography. L series prime lenses are on the more expensive side but you definitely get what you pay for. Couldn't be happier having this lens in my collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing lens!

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    Natzky
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    Outstanding bokkeh coming off this lens. A bit heavy to hold and carry around but if its images your after then this is a must prime lens for you. It produces sharp pictures. It's a must to have steady hands when using this lens or you could get pictures that may look ok but appear blurry upon processing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this lens!

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    Photobug
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    Waited way too long to purchase this lens. I no longer have to carry multiple lenses as this one does the trick. Sharp, great in low light. Feels nice and sturdy in your hands. I'm not bothered by weight as I own several heavy lenses and find this one to be easier to carry than my 70-200 F2.8.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not bad!

    Posted
    UsaFromAbove

    Great Bulr but the lens has some back-front focusing issues. I have a it on a Canon 5D and sometimes pictures are totally out of focus. My Canon 28-70 or 17-40 never had this kind of problem...Any suggestion? I have a few examles at www.usafromabove.com Furthermore, it is a heavy lens!!! :):):)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Portrait Lens

    Posted
    Jackie
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    I love my 85 and refer to it as my 2k lens... it helps me achieve stunning portraits and I love having it in my bag. I didn't give it 5 stars because it is kind of heavy and does have slow focusing every now and then.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best portrait lens ever

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    Rogerwilco897
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    Well with that being said this lens rocks when it comes to taking portraits and the bokeh it puts out is awesome love the lens period you cannot go wrong and when used at f/1.2 simply sublime..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent lens for portraits

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    TeresArt
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    Canon L class lens always have that crystal image and this lens is not the exception. The F/1.2 stop is incredible I really recommended for somebody who wanted to excel their portrait photography.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Broke The Expecttation

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    Rong
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    unbelievable sharpe totally portrait specialized lense. auto focusing speed also brook my expectation as a Canon USM lens. it's not s action lens don't try to compare with EF 70-200mm 2.8L is II.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect portrait lens

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    Saqibz
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    One of the best portrait lenses for full frame cameras out there. It’s a niche lens that some people may not prefer over 70-200 2.8, but I am in love with the results.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the investment

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    Schnauzer12
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    This lens is by far worth every penny! The crispness of the subject in focus is outstanding and highly professional looking! Heavy lens but great product and results!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    Posted
    Erlinda
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    The focus ring is a little loose on this lens but once you get it to the right focus its absolutely amazing. The quality of the image is stunning , but the lens is on the heavy side

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb Professional Lens

    Posted
    BeatMining
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    Perfect lens for photographing females. Every serious Canon professional shooting women should have this lens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens

    Posted
    kmoko
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    The lens is great. With the big motor to control the lens, it drains the battery of the camera. But overall great lens and great image quality. Love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend