Canon is pleased to announce the launch of its latest professional
L-series prime lens: the exceptionally fast EF 85 mm f/1.2 L II USM.
With the widest aperture of any lens in the current EF range, the new
model becomes Canons definitive portraiture lens, offering
extremely fine control over depth of field and consummate low light
performance. With vastly improved auto focus speed, the lens replaces
the popular EF 85mm f/1.2 L USM. As with all
L-series lenses, the EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM incorporates the very
finest standards of precision optics.
The EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM features:
- Canons finest standards of image quality
- Latest Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast and near silent auto
- Full-time electronic manual focus override
- Super Spectra coatings and optimised lens element shaping
to suppress flare and ghosting
- Large circular aperture diaphragm for good background bokeh
and removal of distracting backgrounds
- Distance information passed back to the new E-TTL II flash
algorithm of all current model digital EOS cameras
- Lens hood and pouch included in the box.
The L-series is Canons flagship professional lens range,
designed and built to meet the needs of the most demanding professional
photographers. The superb optics of the EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM and
other L-series lenses represent the pinnacle of optical performance,
enabling focal length/speed/quality combinations not readily attainable
using traditional optical technologies.
The combination of an almost circular aperture diaphragm for attractive
bokeh (evenly graduated blurring of out-of-focus areas) and the
extremely narrow depth of field at its widest aperture combine to make
this an ideal portraiture and studio lens. With the lens
aperture at f/1.2, photographers can create dramatic effects such as
keeping a models eye sharp while blurring the eye lash ends.
Low light shooting
The maximum f/1.2 aperture is the widest in Canons current
range and provides for shooting in low light conditions without the
need for flash or slow shutter speeds. With improved auto-focus speed
from Canons latest Ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), the
lens is expected to be popular with professional photographers shooting
indoor sports. The USM holds the lens with precision and accuracy, the
instant it arrives at the correct focus and without overshoot, and
features full-time electronic manual focus override1. Super-fine
control over depth of field afforded by the lens large
aperture allows sports photographers to deliberately blur
out crowds, hoardings and other distracting backgrounds.
Wide aperture lenses using traditionally manufactured elements suffer
from spherical aberration which causes an overall softening and optical
smearing of the image. To ensure high
corner-to-corner sharpness and contrast of in-focus subjects throughout
the focus range and at wide apertures, the EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM
incorporates a large aspherical lens element with precise variable
curvature and a floating group construction.
Super Spectra coatings
In addition to optimised lens shapings to reduce reflections and the
use of anti-reflective material inside the lens barrel, the EF 85mm
f/1.2 L II USM employs Canons patented Super Spectra lens
element coatings. These suppress flare and ghosting more
prone to occur with digital cameras due to reflection off the image
sensor. By increasing light absorption, coatings reduce reflections off
lens element surfaces to deliver crisp, undistorted images with natural
E-TTL II flash integration
The EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM transmits distance information to the E-TTL
II flash system of all current model digital EOS cameras, improving
flash exposure metering when used in conjunction with Canons
range of EX Speedlite flash units.
The EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM comes with a cylindrical lens hood and lens
In keeping with Canons Kyosei philosophy of living in
harmony with the environment, the lens features only lead-free glass.
Pricing and availability
The EF 85mm f/1.2 II USM will be available from April 2006, priced at
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