Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM - JerseyPix



The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM is a special lens. It is a unique superfast mid-zoom. My copy came into my hands in 2013. It is a big heavy lens, containing a massive amount of glass. The autofocus is sloooow, but that's not surprising, given the amount of actual glass material that it must move. Shooting at f/1.2 is tricky at best. At that aperture, the focus plane is about as thin as a human hair. Although a tad soft wide-open, I find the affect nonetheless pleasing. As with most of Canon's "L" primes, this lens is super sharp. The downside is the lens has an awful amount of chromatic aberration, which fortunately can be fixed in post. Yes, this is a premier portrait lens. Using for portraits is what it does best. However, I've had a lot of fun using it for landscapes and sports (why not?). If you don't want to shoot at f/1.2, then don't get a lens that opens up to f/1.2. Its big, impracticle, unwieldy and I don't use it much, but I will never part with it.



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