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Canon Lens EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Review

 
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Jun 25, 2013 04:13 |  #61

I bought mine just to brag about it to the newbies. Haha JK.




  
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Jun 27, 2013 19:43 |  #62

very impressive, great photos. well done keep them coming I enjoyed reading this.




  
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Jun 27, 2013 20:47 |  #63

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Done! :)

You need to clear your PM box... it wont take any more.. :(


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Jun 27, 2013 22:26 |  #64

Invertalon wrote in post #15956290 (external link)
Great review! As much as I love the 85L though, the 85 1.8 is just as good, but MUCH cheaper if you don't need the f/1.2.

I sold mine here to upgrade to the 85L II, the difference in overall IQ is quite significant to my eyes. Color reproduction, sharpness, contrast, and bokeh are better than the 1.8. AF, price, and compactness are where the 1.8 does better but I wouldn't trade my 85L II for two dozens 1.8. :D


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Dec 03, 2013 04:52 |  #65

canon_shenanigans wrote in post #16071215 (external link)
very impressive, great photos. well done keep them coming I enjoyed reading this.

yea, wheres the next review :)


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Dec 03, 2013 06:50 |  #66

Excellent review. I want this lens. I have seen a rumor that an upgrade will be anounced in 2014. I guess that should not hold me back, I could always upgrade.


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Dec 03, 2013 10:17 |  #67

could you go a little more in depth? Feeling like you really rushed this review out.


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Dec 03, 2013 10:21 |  #68

Invertalon wrote in post #15956290 (external link)
Great review! As much as I love the 85L though, the 85 1.8 is just as good, but MUCH cheaper if you don't need the f/1.2.

Hmmm.

I want believe my 85 1.8 is as good as the 1.2, but I know it's not.

it does some things better, but it does not produce the same color, contrast, or dreamy look as the 1.2.


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Dec 07, 2013 07:34 as a reply to  @ Jerobean's post |  #69

I too would like to thank the original poster & author of this most excellent review.
It is beautifully written, honest, and considered.
The first representative image presented blew me away.
Clearly, the lens and the author are well qualified.

I found the review last week when I learned of the recent pricing discount and rebate for the lens.
The lens was not on my radar before, but after viewing the first image in the review, all of that changed.

I received my lens last night. Knowing the quirks of the lens in advance was helpful, and I am glad I went into the purchase with a bit of knowledge.
The focus speed of the lens was a concern but in actuality it is not bad (I have a EF 300 f/2.8 L IS II USM to play with when I want mind-boggling AF performance).
I also own an EF 50 L and the 85 easily out performs it at f/1.2 in regards to focusing speed and image sharpness (based on only one night of experimenting though). I use these on a 5D Mk III.

So thank you sir for your time and passion that generated this review.
Know that your first representative image cost me $1,800, and and I feel like I am the lucky one.
Many of the other images are also just plain breathtaking.
I know that these images don't happen on their own, and the skill that took them is also readily apparent.

I so look forward to using and learning about this gem of a lens!

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Dec 07, 2013 21:00 |  #70

Got mine just to see how well it does compared to sigma 85mm f1.4. The initial AF is slow but tracking is not bad. Need to spend more time to test both but initial results show sigma is like 98% of the canon for $1000 cheaper.


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Dec 07, 2013 21:16 |  #71
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bobbyz wrote in post #16509846 (external link)
Got mine just to see how well it does compared to sigma 85mm f1.4. The initial AF is slow but tracking is not bad. Need to spend more time to test both but initial results show sigma is like 98% of the canon for $1000 cheaper.

The 2% difference is due to the Sigma not being a f1.2? :p

I've never tried the Canon, it's just way too expensive, and I only paid $700 for my band new Sigma. Paying triple of that for f1.2 is just not worth it for me personally.

Awaiting for your review bobbyz ;)


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Dec 07, 2013 22:48 |  #72

Mark A. wrote in post #16508361 (external link)
I also own an EF 50 L and the 85 easily out performs it at f/1.2 in regards to focusing speed and image sharpness (based on only one night of experimenting though). I use these on a 5D Mk III.
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With regard to focusing speed, have you changed your mind yet?


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Dec 08, 2013 02:01 |  #73

Dj R wrote in post #16510020 (external link)
With regard to focusing speed, have you changed your mind yet?

lol, no way the 85L keeps up with the 50L. Especially hate it when you miss focus with the 85L, it keeps going and going, then goes reverse and on and on. I didn't want to believe it when I read about the 85L being a one trick pony, but it really is. Other than posed shots, or predictable lateral movements, there's not much it can do. I do have it permanently mounted on my 5D so that I would try to learn it more, but it's fairly upsetting using it as a normal lens.


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Charlie wrote in post #16510256 (external link)
Other than posed shots, or predictable lateral movements, there's not much it can do.

My Sigma 85 is probably one of my slowest lens in terms of AF speed, but still I'm pretty amazed of how it performed in this shot (minimum crop).

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Dec 08, 2013 03:07 |  #75

Charlie wrote in post #16510256 (external link)
I didn't want to believe it when I read about the 85L being a one trick pony, but it really is. Other than posed shots, or predictable lateral movements, there's not much it can do.

I wish I had one to ride the pony for myself, but this sounds like '85L II trolling', it can do anything you want can't it, 'lightning fast' AF isn't the be all and end all?




  
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