Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Autofocus Lens

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Weight 2.26 lb (1.03 kg)
Filter thread 72 mm
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.6 x 3.3" (9.14 x 8.38 cm)


Angle of view 28°
Magnification 0.11x
Diaphragm blades 8
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:9.09
Aperture Maximum: f/1.2
Minimum: f/16
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Minimum focus distance 3.12' (95 cm)
Focal length 85 mm
Groups/elements 7/8
Camera mount type Canon EF


Tripod collar No
Image stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
Slr lens and camera reviews.33034498
6 June 2009

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is an outstanding lens with one weakness - price. All right, so it's not really a weakness, but US$1,600 is too steep a price for casual and amateur photographers.

25 February 2009

With this lens’s almost infinitely variable depth of field and its high image quality, along with an ability to suck in light from the dimmest of scenes, it has the capability of making friends fast and keeping them for a long time.

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    Excellent performance wide open and throughout the aperture range., Whisper quiet and fast AF performance, Huge light gathering ability

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    Hood (although not front element) rotates with MF ring, Price (Although worth it if you have a genuine use)

Photo net.32822890
7 February 2008

The Canon 85/1.2L lens is Canon's fastest and highest quality short telephoto lens. It is designed for full-frame digital SLRs such as the Canon EOS 5D ( review ). If you are passionate about portraits in available light, buy one right now from , ( compare prices ).

1 August 2006

For some time now my favorite portrait lens has been Canon's EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, but now my new favorite is the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. It replaces the EF 85mm f/1.2L USM and offers the widest aperture of any lens in Canon's EF family.

The digital picture.32823291
19 August 2007

Is the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens right for you? Learn all you need to know in's review!

Bob atkins.32834441
4 December 2009

In keeping with Canon's Kyosei philosophy of living in harmony with the environment, the lens features only lead-free glass.

Images by william castleman.34355705
17 August 2007

You should draw your own conclusions based on your photographic objectives and the need for light gathering capacity, background blur in out of focus areas (bokeh), and for autofocus speed as well as cost and weight considerations.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
9 February 2016

This is my favorite lens. Hands down. Why the four stars then? Because of performance that doesn't live up to the description and I simply work around it because the image that this thing produces is gorgeous. It's the aberration.

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction

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    Chromatic Aberration

29 July 2014

It's heavy and a little slow to focus (in my opinion) but it's a great focal length that provides a deliciously creamy background! I tend not to use it wide open but rather keep my aperture around 2.0.

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    Strong Construction

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    Heavy, Slow Focus

25 October 2013

I love this lens, the DOF is extremely low as one would expect. I can shoot in near total darkness as long as I have a light for focus assist. Ambient light looks true and beautiful!With that said however this lens is the worst of all I own for backlit subjects.

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    Superior build quality

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    Semi-sharp images, chromatic aberration

13 February 2015

I love love love this lens! I'm a professional photographer specializing in seniors, couples and families. I use this lens a lot in my senior portraiture. I primarily shoot this lens to create the beautiful creamy backgrounds that the 1.2 aperture allows for.

Review buydig com.33956271
8 March 2013

Results of the images show the pros outweigh the cons. If you want to take really fine portraits, this fast and sharp lens makes it a whole lot easier.

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    Durable, Rugged, Strong Construction, Unbelievably Sharp, Buttery Smooth Bokeh, Consistent Output

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    Caution Changing Lens, Heavy But Short Is A Plus, Pricey

20 October 2010

Camera-tech comes and goes, but photography is really just about light. That’s why you should buy the best lenses you can afford. They will probably last longer than you.

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    35f1.4L, 85f1.2L, 135F2L - these are the Trinity of Canon lenses. There is no better portrait lens made, period. Due to the depth of field, pairing it with a 5dmkii, 50d or 7d is HIGHLY recommended - micro focus adjustments will allow you to calibrate the optics to your camera body.

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Review us shopping com.33655990
28 August 2009

Get this lens after all of your essential lenses, this is a specialty lens that has its quirks.

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    f/1.2 is fantastic if you know how to use it. So much light and bokeh!

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    f/1.2 is horrible if you don't know how to use it. Heavy. Focus really difficult.

Photography review.32822891
4 July 2007

This has been on my wish list for portraiture since the original version was released. So when I had the chance to grab the MkII version at a bargain price I could not resist. It's the perfect focal length for a portrait with the perspective being very flattering to the subject and the working...

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    Amazing image quality, f/1.2 aperture., f/1.2 aperture. (I know I said already but it's so good I'm saying it twice!), Beautiful isolation of subject from background., Beautiful smooth unbeatable bokeh., Solid weather sealed build., Superb lens flare control especially for a lens of this aperture.

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    Slow focus compared to L lenses or 50mm f/1.4 & 85mm f/1.8., 72mm Filter not standard size for L lenses (Except 135 and 180 I suppose)., Cost is huge compared to 85mm f/1.8 which is a d*** fine lens also.

Product Highlights
  • Fastest Lens In Its Class
  • Superior Optical Performance
  • Ring-Type USM
  • Ideal for Portraits and Weddings
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In The Box
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens
  • E-72U Front Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • ES-79 II Lens Hood
  • LP1219 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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