Opticallimits reviews RF 85mm f/1.2

Codebunny

EOS R1
Sep 5, 2018
648
631
Such a lovely big fat lens that takes excellent photos. I don't think I could ever justify buying one for myself given that is a big chunk of change to go to a super tele. But I would certainly rent one if I knew there was a situation where f/1.8 just would not do or perhaps just to try it out for a weekend.
 

H. Jones

Photojournalist
Aug 1, 2014
470
689
Just dropped a bunch of change on the R5, RF 35 1.8, and RF 70-200, but the next decision I have to make is between the 28-70 f/2 or 85mm f/1.2... Going to be a tough choice. Historically almost all of my portraits are shot with the 24-70mm for environmental portraits, or 70-200 for tighter headshots, so I lean towards the 28-70 F/2 actually having a greater impact on my day to day news portrait work. But I don't have a "real" portrait lens for standard headshots or a fast telephoto prime, so the 85mm is a gap in my gear. Ultimately the choice will probably come down to which I can find a better deal on first though.

I had been considering the 85mm f/2 when it was announced, but I think the RF 70-200 will be perfectly fine and small enough for my travel/vacation telephoto needs, and the 28-70mm f/2 is *so* close to 85mm f/2 at 70mm f/2, so I don't see myself spending money on an 85mm slower than f/1.4.
 
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BeenThere

EOS R
CR Pro
Sep 4, 2012
1,217
642
Eastern Shore
Just dropped a bunch of change on the R5, RF 35 1.8, and RF 70-200, but the next decision I have to make is between the 28-70 f/2 or 85mm f/1.2... Going to be a tough choice. Historically almost all of my portraits are shot with the 24-70mm for environmental portraits, or 70-200 for tighter headshots, so I lean towards the 28-70 F/2 actually having a greater impact on my day to day news portrait work. But I don't have a "real" portrait lens for standard headshots or a fast telephoto prime, so the 85mm is a gap in my gear. Ultimately the choice will probably come down to which I can find a better deal on first though.

I had been considering the 85mm f/2 when it was announced, but I think the RF 70-200 will be perfectly fine and small enough for my travel/vacation telephoto needs, and the 28-70mm f/2 is *so* close to 85mm f/2 at 70mm f/2, so I don't see myself spending money on an 85mm slower than f/1.4.
Looks like you have it figured out. :unsure:
 

JoTomOz

EOS M6 Mark II
Nov 21, 2018
89
66
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Just dropped a bunch of change on the R5, RF 35 1.8, and RF 70-200, but the next decision I have to make is between the 28-70 f/2 or 85mm f/1.2... Going to be a tough choice. Historically almost all of my portraits are shot with the 24-70mm for environmental portraits, or 70-200 for tighter headshots, so I lean towards the 28-70 F/2 actually having a greater impact on my day to day news portrait work. But I don't have a "real" portrait lens for standard headshots or a fast telephoto prime, so the 85mm is a gap in my gear. Ultimately the choice will probably come down to which I can find a better deal on first though.

I had been considering the 85mm f/2 when it was announced, but I think the RF 70-200 will be perfectly fine and small enough for my travel/vacation telephoto needs, and the 28-70mm f/2 is *so* close to 85mm f/2 at 70mm f/2, so I don't see myself spending money on an 85mm slower than f/1.4.
Fyi, in case you didn’t know already, the RF 28-70 has a fair bit of focus breathing- at closer distances it’s not quite as long as you might think. It’s still an amazing lens for sure, unfortunately for me it’s not really a replacement for an 85mm If you shoot at close distances
 
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