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

 
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Jun 10, 2012 20:34 |  #31

Nice Review! Had the opportunity to briefly use a friend's 85L II today.... Shouldn't have done that, as I may have to add this lens to my kit! :-)


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Jun 10, 2012 20:55 |  #32

Very thorough and informative review...well done! In addition, very classic, well composed and nicely lit images. You must be very busy.

To add to a few of your observations, maybe it's my copy, but my 85L II is relatively quick focusing and I guess I'm just accustomed to "focu-by-wire" of this lens. It certainly is not a lens for the inexperienced and does take some seat time. Like you, why did Canon put that stupid red dot where they did. I was cringing as I was reading your description of your friend attaching the lens to a camera.




  
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Oct 19, 2012 10:02 |  #33

Thanks for the extensive review Smorter, I had a version I copy and sold it in favor of the much quicker focussing 50L at the time a couple years back.I am thinking of getting a version 2 85L now. I do remember all the PF and hopefully on the version 2 some things are much better and things i can live with but a version 3 that resolves those issues would be nice. I wonder what Canon has up its sleeve for the next 85...


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Oct 19, 2012 11:27 |  #34

Something that would be even more expensive I bet lol :lol:


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Oct 19, 2012 13:17 |  #35

Agreed, this review is one of the best that i've read. To the point to where it made me sell my 50L and buy this lens :).


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Oct 19, 2012 15:01 |  #36

gah... will be posting my current lenses for sale to grab an 85... thanks a lot... gee




  
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Oct 19, 2012 21:15 |  #37

I was thinking, since this thread is back from the dead, it isn't a bad idea to talk about the 85L II and its focus speed issues.

As Smorter indicated, the 85L II is a slow focusing lens. Some folks wil argue that this is only when you ask the lens to rack across the full range. To some extent this is true. Watching the lens run from MFD to infinity is an exercise in patience.

Then others will say 'so what' and point out that the lens can in fact track fast moving subjects pretty well. This is also true. Once you lock on, the lens tracks normal movement just fine.

So is the 85L II a usable sports lens? It depends. If you are really shooting a single subject (like your own kid) in some sporting event, the 85L II is probably going to work well. But once you introduce shooting multiple subjects the wheels do start to come off. I like to shoot volleyball. If I use the 85L II and pick one girl to shoot per volley, the lens works fine. But it is also true that it cannot adjust focus distance fast enough to cover the pass, the set and the hit. My 70-200/2.8 II can do that no problem.

So for most sports shooting, the 85L II can be used, but it requires some serious restrictions on how you will work.

Here are some volleyball shots using the 85L II.


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Oct 19, 2012 21:44 |  #38

Wow, very impressive review. You answer all my curiosities about this gem. Now i'm itching to put my hand on one :lol:


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Oct 19, 2012 23:48 as a reply to  @ Naturography's post |  #39

Nice review..Thanks.. Can't wait till I get mines. It should arrive by Monday.


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Oct 20, 2012 02:16 |  #40

To be honest I'm not a big fan of those half body or head shot at f/1.2.

The full body shot at f/1.2 looks much better though.


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Oct 20, 2012 13:47 |  #41

JeffreyG wrote in post #15145121 (external link)
I was thinking, since this thread is back from the dead, it isn't a bad idea to talk about the 85L II and its focus speed issues.

As Smorter indicated, the 85L II is a slow focusing lens. Some folks wil argue that this is only when you ask the lens to rack across the full range. To some extent this is true. Watching the lens run from MFD to infinity is an exercise in patience.

Then others will say 'so what' and point out that the lens can in fact track fast moving subjects pretty well. This is also true. Once you lock on, the lens tracks normal movement just fine.

So is the 85L II a usable sports lens? It depends. If you are really shooting a single subject (like your own kid) in some sporting event, the 85L II is probably going to work well. But once you introduce shooting multiple subjects the wheels do start to come off. I like to shoot volleyball. If I use the 85L II and pick one girl to shoot per volley, the lens works fine. But it is also true that it cannot adjust focus distance fast enough to cover the pass, the set and the hit. My 70-200/2.8 II can do that no problem.

So for most sports shooting, the 85L II can be used, but it requires some serious restrictions on how you will work.

Here are some volleyball shots using the 85L II.

Stunning photos my friend, the subject pops!


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Oct 20, 2012 13:55 as a reply to  @ bosmankb's post |  #42

Oh by the way I went to my local camera shop and tested out the sigma 85 1.4 against the 85 f1.2 and although many laud the sigma and i thought i would too since it is a grand less expensive, i found the sigma producing extream amounts of purple fringe on text when i exposed properly for white paper with black text. The canon looked stunning in comparison. Now i know since i like to shoot to the right of the histogram it will mean i will have some post to do on fringing or chroma but it will be much less than the sigma. Also i shot a man in the store with both lenses and at F1.4 the sigma rendered the guys face some in focus and some out even at 1/160th sec. At F1.2 the canon rendered the guys entire face sharply. I can tell you he was standing there still the whole time he was talking so it wasn't blur. i shot diff text on displays and the canon nailed it every time. even stacks of books the canon rendered the exact spot i focussed on perfect in focus. Needless to say i paid money based on the results I wanted not on the price, i walked out with that lens in a fairly short time. I just wish i had the whole summer to use my new baby. :D


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Oct 20, 2012 14:05 as a reply to  @ bosmankb's post |  #43

85L 1.2 and Sigma 85 1.4 has the same amount of calibration wide open^


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Oct 20, 2012 14:41 |  #44

Personally, if the Sigma wasn't so inconsistant in focusing, i'd kept it. Another reason why i bought the 85LII instead.


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Oct 21, 2012 09:35 |  #45

WOW, really NICE review,, I just wish I can shoot pictures like you. BTW. I like mine too


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