One of my clients ordered such lens and I checked it before sale, and at the same time decided to acquaint readers with this remarkable glass.Canon_EF_85mm

The lens impresses from the very beginning with the size and weight. It is great and weighty. Huge forward and big back lenses. Plus unusual form of a shaft.

canon 85mm

There were any other reviewes, even in English and I  fill this emptiness.


Here how it looks on the camera

Blenda is it a little bit unusual — it is not a bayonet type, and on latches. It was pleasant to me. In itself it rather dimensional and it is necessary to unsnap it correctly, clasping a palm at “neck”.

canon ef85 mm f1.2
Diameter of the light filter 72mm.
The optical scheme contains a polished aspherical element thanks to which HA are very well controlled for such high-aperture lens.
optical scheme
At once I will tell something about an auto focus. Auto focus is absolutely responsible. It is not so fast, but more than for shooting at normal lighting. Perhaps it even quicker than my fresh Canon EF 100/2.8L IS USM. And this with the fact that focusing on F1.2 demands from a lens motor where bigger accuracy. Here is how  it pleased me with focusing accuracy on F1.2. So I don’t consider an auto focus of Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM to be the best. It is better, than I expect…
The lens Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM is unambiguously designed for portrait shooting which doesn’t demand the watching auto focus and other. For sporting events there is a mass of other options.
Among other things so open diaphragm brings to us both pluses, and minuses.

There are a lot and also they are, because we can easy separate the object of shooting from a background. This remarkable property for a portrait lens. Focus is also one of the most successful for a portrait on 35mm cameras (85mm, 100mm — optimum in my opinion). The high illumination allows to work at weak light. It is huge plus. There where are other lenses, they will already compel the owner to lift ISO, Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM will continue to work in the normal mode.

When using a lens with F1.2 illumination, it is necessary to understand that it is necessary to endow something.
canonAnd first of all those who looks for “pixel-by-pixel sharpness” will be afflicted. Of course, it isn’t present on F1.2 and can’t be. But I want to note that this lens shows very good results on this diaphragm and it is quite working.

Second minus, it is HA. Those whom strongly irritate violet fringings in the corner light, will find them at once. Well here are any miracles all lenses give these fringings . Even very expensive. Fortunately the form of a diaphragm doesn’t give us stars, for example, and it already pleases. A diaphragm form from “a cat’s eye” to a polygon (8 leaves). In general it is pretty equal and good form.

If somebody is interested to look at different forms of diaphragms, whether, it can be done in the article Eat a difference between the lenses Carl Zeiss “made in Japan” and “made in West Germany”

The lens gives a beautiful picture and does firm for the beautiful drawing “cat’s eyes” from dot light sources. In this case huge disks of unsharpness are combined with Canon low contrast and many people will consider this tandem as ideal for a good portrait photo.
There is a wish to note also that disks of unsharpness are cut by mine of a lens during the focusing at a short distance (I removed it on the minimum). Therefore if you make the emphasis on that dot light sources on a background were beautifully washed away, don’t put the main object of shooting too close to yourself. This effect almost disappears on F2.2 and completely disappears on F2.5. For example, Canon EF 50/1.2L.
I publish such photos for those whom disturb violet fringings. That they saw that at the wrong foreshortening of a fringing will be always on rather contrast lenses in contrast plots. That they weren’t, it is desirable not to shoot “in a forehead” light sources or to use low-contrast lenses.
In the article Testing 85mm and 100mm of lenses (Carl Zeiss and Jupiter-9) if to look, it is visible that Jupiter-9 is almost relieved of violet fringing. Also it is relieved and of “excessive” contrast :)

Examples of a photo of Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM on F1.2


“Face” of a cat the absolutely sharp. But wait… You want to see how to distribute sharpness?  Here it is visible (black and gray) as focus gets on the muzzle of a cat. If it got slightly aside or the cat turned the head, one his eye would be not in focus any more. So it is necessary to shoot on F1.2 or from a bigger distance the moment when both eyes of it are parallel to the camera (is recommended).
All pictures on F1.2 are lower

canon 85 mmf1.2 photo


The lens Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM causes desire to make experiments on F1.2. Very is very artly. In the same time F1.2 imposes on the photographer a certain framework in the plan as it is worth using a lens and forces to think once again.
The lens is excellent. And it is proved once again, that there is nothing new in this version (the optical scheme is the same). There is an updated motor and the price jumped up almost in twice. It is worth to rememb, that it is a portrait lens. It isn’t necessary to look for separate pixels — they won’t make a portrait better. Especially on  F1.2 no one modern lens gives an ideal result.
By the way, once again it is indirectly proved to what even Carl Zeiss doesn’t let out new lenses with hight illumination, than F1.4. Its masterpieces have F2.
Generally all to who can efford it, I will recommend to try this lens. It is worth it.