|FD||The lens is designed for Canon 35 mm film SLR cameras and is not compatible with Canon EOS digital SLR cameras due to shorter flange focal distance of Canon FD mount.|
|S.S.C.||The Super Spectra Coating is applied to the surface of lens elements. It boosts light transmission, ensures sharp and high contrast images, minimizes ghosting and flares.|
|ASPHERICAL||The lens incorporates aspherical elements to minimize spherical aberration, astigmatism, coma and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.|
|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)|
|Lens construction:||8 elements in 6 groups, including:|
|Number of blades:||9|
|Closest focusing distance:||100 cm|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø81 x 71 mm|
|Filter size:||72 mm|
Design and Features
This large aperture telephoto lens completely compensates for aberrations by adopting an aspherical lens optical system and offers high-contrast definition without flare even at maximum aperture. When it was released, this was the brightest SLR 85mm lens with an aperture of f/1.2.
Normally, aspherical lenses require advanced design technology and extremely high-precision production technology, making them special lenses with a high price tag. However, Canon has fully utilized the latest technology such as measuring machine using laser light, grinding stones using special materials and electronics technology for controlling polishing machines. By doing so, we have established mass production technology with a precision better than 0.1 microns (1/10,000 of a millimeter) that was considered difficult to achieve even in the laboratory, and this has made it possible to mass produce like normal lenses and provide products to the market at a reasonable price.
This was the first 85mm telephoto lens to incorporate a compensation mechanism (floating system) for preventing deterioration of images due to aberration changes in close shooting, while offering high performance at all distances from maximum to a small aperture through appropriate power distribution using advanced design technology and the selection of the appropriate glass material.
The lens also exhibits Canon’s own high level of technology such as optimal color balance obtained through super spectra coating of multiple layers.
Alternatives (MF, 74..96 mm)
|Canon FDn 85mm F/1.2L||1980||⊗|