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Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« on: March 05, 2013, 10:02:18 AM »
Discuss our review of the Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II here.
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Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« on: March 05, 2013, 10:02:18 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2013, 10:51:53 AM »
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2013, 10:58:11 AM »
The 85L is a legendary level lens. Everyone shooting SLRs on any platform want or envy this lens or atleast know about it. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a use for one in my bag yet. The 135L is just as good for me.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2013, 10:59:41 AM »
The 85L is a legendary level lens. Everyone shooting SLRs on any platform want or envy this lens or atleast know about it. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a use for one in my bag yet. The 135L is just as good for me.

That's exactly how I felt about it. Really nice, if not tricky, lens to use. I got some great shots.

Buuuuut... actually using a lens is really important, otherwise it's just a couple grand sitting like a rock.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2013, 11:29:11 AM »
The 85L is a legendary level lens. Everyone shooting SLRs on any platform want or envy this lens or atleast know about it. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a use for one in my bag yet. The 135L is just as good for me.

That's exactly how I felt about it. Really nice, if not tricky, lens to use. I got some great shots.

Buuuuut... actually using a lens is really important, otherwise it's just a couple grand sitting like a rock.

Mine has not seen major use, though I will have to more after this review.

It will hold its value, but it really is a specialized lens ...portraits and still life ...yes....action or moving kids or events with adults...only way to get enough keepers is to just take a lot of shots...which is fundamentally different from the way I work and is less satisfying creatively...and sometimes you will miss the moment regardless.

Can be frustrating...but when it hits...it is splendid.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2013, 11:45:01 AM »
I keep the 85 on my 5DIII almost all the time.   I love it for so many reasons and often use it wide open (probably more often than I should).   I don't take pictures of fast moving things so the slow focusing speed is not an issue.  I do wish it could focus a bit closer than the 95cm MFD so would add this to the cons.

I just love the bokeh and the centre sharpness at F/1.2.   Colour and contrast are beautiful.   I have all the usual suspects and need a good reason to move to the 50 F/1.2L or the 135 F/2L. 

I have tried the 85 on an ASP-C camera a few times and have found it profoundly "meh" compared to the beautiful performance on full-frame.  I quite like the vignetting, but as the review says, this is easy to fix in post.

Of all my lenses this is the one I would replace in a heartbeat if it was lost.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2013, 12:02:32 PM »
  Colour and contrast are beautiful.   I have all the usual suspects and need a good reason to move to the 50 F/1.2L or the 135 F/2L. 

I think if 50L works for you, and is your preferred standard lens, then 85L is just a little close in focal range and may be a tad redundant for the price. I know many have both and find use...but the focal lengths if one is fair are not really that far apart.

35mm as a standard is a better pairing with 85mm but weather one needs the f1.2 or the f1.8 which does 90% of the L for one-fifth the price depends on the kind of use and of course finances.

Unfortunately, IMHO, the "look" the 85L produces lies in that last 10%.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2013, 12:04:31 PM »
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A way to get good results would be to take a number of sequential shots of your subject, since a slight change in your posture could throw your intended focus point completely off.

I've always heard this referred to as "poor man's IS." Take a burst of several shots, and chances are good that one will catch you at the apex of your shaking.

Without implying that the 85L is anything other than a superlative lens, I have to put it alongside the 50L as Canon's two worst value lenses. Both the 85 f/1.8 and 50 f/1.4 outperform and often outright spank their bigger brothers in all sorts of ways more important for 90% of photographers, and there's very little the L lenses can do that the non-L counterparts can't.

Unless you actually need that extra half a stop in either case -- and damned few people do -- these lenses are a waste of money.

Of course, for those who really do need that extra half a stop (and, yes, there absolutely are those who do need it), or for those for whom a couple grand is pocket change, it's either a smart investment or a no-brainer.

But almost everybody else is better off in every meaningful way with the non-L versions.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2013, 12:22:33 PM »
I still shake my head when I see a cheap filter on a premium lens such as the photo posted with the review.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2013, 12:29:00 PM »
Did you have any concern with the gap between the protruding barrel and the outer lens body?
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2013, 12:43:26 PM »
I still shake my head when I see a cheap filter on a premium lens such as the photo posted with the review.

Would you shake your head if it said "Made In Germany - B&W"?

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2013, 12:46:50 PM »
Call me a snob but unless the glass is made by Canon, Nikon or Zeiss you're better off without it.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
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