|EF||Autofocus lens designed both for Canon full frame and APS-C SLR cameras.|
|L||Professional lens with high quality optics and robust build. Meets the highest standards and provides excellent performance and flawless image quality unachievable with traditional optical technologies.|
|II||Second version of the lens.|
|USM||The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor to provide very fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|Position in the lineup|
|Canon EF 85mm F/1.2L II USM||Mar 2006||⊗|
|Canon EF 85mm F/1.2L USM||Sep 1989||⊗|
|Canon FDn 85mm F/1.2L||Mar 1980||⊗|
|Canon FD 85mm F/1.2 S.S.C. Aspherical||Jan 1976||⊗|
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|Maximum format:||35mm full frame|
|Diagonal angle of view:||28.5° (35mm full frame)
22.7° (Canon APS-H)
18.2° (Canon APS-C)
|Lens construction:||8 elements in 7 groups, including 1 ASPH, 2 HR|
|Closest focusing distance:||95 cm|
|Number of diaphragm blades:||8|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Ultrasonic (Canon EF)
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø91.5 x 84 mm|
|Materials:||Metallic barrel, metallic mount|
|Filter size:||72 mm|
|Hood type:||ES-79 II|
Design and Features
Exceptionally fast medium telephoto prime lens. It was designed for superior bokeh and offers extremely fine control over depth of field. The autofocus speed was improved compared to the first model (1989).
The lens is a part of Canon’s series of Luxury lenses notable for their excellent build quality and robust design. The lens barrel is heavy, made of metal. The lens mount is metallic.
The focusing ring is not physically coupled with the focusing mechanism and works electronically (focus-by-wire) - turning of the ring actuates an electric motor that moves the focusing group of the lens to the proper position to achieve sharp focus.
The camera must be powered on for manual focus to work. The focusing ring is ribbed and rubberized, has reasonable width and angle of rotation of 250 degrees for comfortable focusing. It moves very smoothly but too freely and has some play which makes it harder to fine tune the focus compared to conventional mechanical rings.
The lens features AF/MF focus mode switch.
|AF||Autofocus mode with Full-Time Manual Focus.|
|MF||Manual focus mode.|
Full-Time Electronic Manual Focusing is performed in the following way - half-press the shutter button, wait until the camera has finished the autofocusing and then focus manually without releasing the shutter button using the manual focusing ring.
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 72 mm which are easy to find. However, filters of such size are more expensive and mainly used with professional lenses.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor, the autofocus is virtually silent and reasonably fast compared to the predecessor.
The lens is based on almost symmetric variant of double Gauss design which is one of the most developed lens designs in the world frequently used for large aperture standard prime lenses and large aperture moderate wide-angle prime lenses. It provides excellent compensation of aberrations, except for the oblique spherical aberration which lowers peripheral contrast.
Aspherical elements (ASPH, XA) minimize spherical aberration, astigmatism, coma and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
Extra refractive index elements (XR, UXR, HID, HR, HRI etc) minimize aberrations and allow the development of smaller and lighter lenses.
The lens incorporates a floating system that provides correction of aberrations and ensures constantly high image quality at the entire range of focusing distances from infinity down to the closest focusing distance. Learn more
The sharpness is very good at the center of the frame already wide open and excellent at subsequent apertures. The edges of the frame are good wide open and very good at subsequent apertures. The image contrast is high and the background blur is very smooth and pleasant at large apertures. The subjects look almost three dimensional at large apertures due to high micro contrast and smooth transition between in-focus and out-of-focus areas of the image.
|Camera||Canon EOS 5D mark II||Canon EOS 1Ds mark III|
|Sensor size||36×24 mm||36×24 mm|
|Distortion||-0.98 %||-0.28 %|
|Vignetting at F/1.2||-1.82 EV||-2.1 EV|
|User Manual. English, Adobe PDF, 218 KB|
|User Manual. Русский, Adobe PDF, 218 KB|
|Prime lenses for Canon EOS DSLR cameras|
Alternatives (AF, 74..96 mm)
|Canon EF 85mm F/1.2L USM||1989||⊗|