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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Short telephoto primes covering the 85mm focal length don’t come much faster than this example in EF-mount. Its extreme f/1.2 maximum aperture creates a razor-thin depth of field and dreamy background blur that makes portrait images pop, but it can call for a neutral density filter to be attached via its 72mm filter thread when it’s used wide open in bright, sunny conditions. Users must be vigilant when focusing and it’s worth shooting more than less to make up for a reduced hit-rate of pin-sharp results. It’s a special lens capable of breathtaking results using available light, but the EF 85mm F1.4L IS USM makes a better choice if a well damped manual focus ring and optical stabilisation are a priority.

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'Short telephoto primes covering the 85mm focal length don’t come much faster than this example in EF-mount. Its extreme f/1.2 maximum aperture creates a razor-thin depth of field and dreamy background blur that makes portrait images pop, but it can call for a neutral density filter to be attached via its 72mm filter thread when it’s used wide open in bright, sunny conditions. Users must be vigilant when focusing and it’s worth shooting more than less to make up for a reduced hit-rate of pin-sharp results. It’s a special lens capable of breathtaking results using available light, but the EF 85mm F1.4L IS USM makes a better choice if a well damped manual focus ring and optical stabilisation are a priority.'

 


 

The details

Features

• 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

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 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 of 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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Description Quantity
Back Cap1
E-72mm Lens Cap1
ES-79 II Lens Hood1
Lens Packaging Note1
iM2075 Flight Case / Original Packaging1
72mm UV Filter1
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