Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Review

November 29, 2017 | Amy Davies |
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Sharpness at 85mm

For this review, the sharpness test is carried out by photographing a real-world sample, rather than a test chart.

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM  was mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, which was in-turn mounted on a sturdy tripod. Exposure delay was activated to prevent camera-shake. Any changes in tone you might see across the crops are due to natural light changes during the shooting session.

The full frameThe full frame at 85mm

At the centre, sharpness is very good even when shooting wide open at f/1.4. It improves as you go through f/1.8 and f/2.0, being as its sharpest between f/2.8 and f/8. From f/11, results are fractionally softer, and softer again at f/16 and f/22, but still acceptably sharp. At the edges, the lens is sharpest between f/5.6 and f/16.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/1.4 f1_4.jpg f1_4.jpg
f/1.8 f1_8.jpg f1_8.jpg
f/2 f2.jpg f2.jpg
f/2.8 f2_8.jpg f2_8.jpg
f/4 f4.jpg f4.jpg
f/5.6 f5_6.jpg f5_6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/22 f22.jpg f22.jpg