Earlier in 2019, Canon lens engineers made a development announcement of six new, upcoming RF lenses for the Canon EOS R system. Canon has announced the first of these lenses, the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM, for the mirrorless EOS R series cameras.
Its short telephoto, fixed 85mm focal length makes it a superb lens for portraits, fashion, studio work, weddings, and more. And, its wide F1.2 maximum aperture makes it a stand-out for low-light situations and produces beautiful, soft backgrounds.
This lens takes full advantage of the Eye Detection AF feature on the EOS R and RP cameras. Normally, shallow depth of field can make focusing a challenge at F1.2, but Eye Detection AF can put tack sharp focus right on your subject’s eye — even if it’s moving.
Optically, this is an entirely new design, and its image quality is a signature characteristic. It’s highlighted by a large diameter Aspherical element, an Ultra-low Dispersion glass element, Air Sphere Coating to further reduce flare and ghosting, and Canon’s Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics. BR Optics, in particular, help reduce color fringing or chromatic aberrations to extremely low levels. It is only the company’s second lens, to feature Canon’s Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics.
The bottom line is a design that can be counted on by the most critical professionals for outstanding sharpness and fidelity, even at its maximum F1.2 aperture. Focusing is via Canon’s powerful ring-type Ultrasonic Motor, using an inner focus design.
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens Sample Images
This RF 85mm F1.2 has enhancements we’ve seen in the Canon RF lens series like the customizable Control Ring, for quick adjustments of settings like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, or exposure compensation.
A nice, subtle feature is the step-up in lens diameter as you reach from the focus ring to the Control Ring. This gives additional tactile feedback as to which ring you’re about to rotate. The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens underscores the solid optical foundation of Canon’s full-frame, mirrorless EOS R series. If you shoot in challenging low-light conditions, or are simply looking for an outstanding lens for photographing models, fashion, portraits, or events, for photographing models, fashion, portraits, or events, this lens simply must be on your short list. The combination of this lens simply must be on your short list.
The combination of its superb optical quality and the “look” that its F1.2 maximum aperture produces can make this lens a powerful part of your imaging arsenal. It will sell at a recommended price of $2699. There’s no news of the DS ‘Defocus Smoothing’ variant.
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Specifications
|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||35mm FF|
|Focal length||85 mm|
|Lens mount||Canon RF|
|Number of diaphragm blades||9|
|Aperture notes||Circular aperture blades|
|Minimum focus||0.85 m (33.46″)|
|Motor type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Weight||1195 g (2.63 lb)|
|Diameter||103 mm (4.06″)|
|Length||117 mm (4.62″)|
|Filter thread||82 mm|
|Hood product code||ET-89|
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