Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM Review

January 24, 2020 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star

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The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 is massively expensive and specialised, but it does everything you’d hope and more. Its image quality wide open is quite superb, and the autofocus performance can deliver sharp ‘eye’ shots time and time again, even with the razor-thin depth of field at f/1.2. We can’t really mark it down for its price because it’s designed to be good, not cheap, so it all depends on how much you want one…?
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These are now joined by the new 85mm f/1.2L USM lens, a very attractive proposition for a wide range of photographic applications, not least of course portraiture, social photography and landscape. The f/1.2 aperture also holds great promise for low light shooting. Using the 30MP EOS R full-frame camera body, let's see how the new lens handles and performs, especially considering that we have a relatively large lens on a relatively small camera.
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In the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens, the 5th RF lens to hit the streets, Canon's lens designers are again showing off how well the new RF mount, in conjunction with the latest technologies, can perform. The RF 85 f/1.2 is very similar to the RF 50 f/1.2 in most regards, but thanks in part to blue spectrum refractive optics, the RF 85 optically performs even better than the RF 50.
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It might have a humungous size to match its lofty price tag, but its clear that the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM has been designed to the highest standards of operation and performance. While far from practical for everyday use, this is a seriously impressive addition to the RF line.
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