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Canon 85mm f/1.2L USM Lens Announced

Canon 85mm f/1.2L USM Lens - Canon has announced a new 85mm RF lens with the highest resolution of any Canon lens to date which it says will be an iconic lens for a new generation.

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RF 85mm f/1.2L USM

Canon has announced the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM lens, which was first seen at TPS 2019. Canon say the lens will be an iconic lens for a new generation, and it also offers Canon's highest resolution in a lens yet. 


The lens has a fast aperture and outstanding AF speeds, making it ideal for candid portraiture and wedding photography. The RF 85mm f/1.2 is the first of 6 RF mount lenses due to be introduced in 2019. 

The RF 85mm f/1.2L is set to be available from June 2019 at £2799.99. A lens hood priced at £69.99 for the lens can be purchased separately.

Canon RF 85mm Mock Up (1)
 

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM Key Features

  • Extreme high performance 85mm prime lens
  • 85mm focal length to provide flattering perspective ideal for portraits
  • Very Large f/1.2 aperture with 9-aperture blade for superior low light performance and smooth background blur
  • BR optics (Blue Spectrum Refractive optics) reduce chromatic aberration ensuring the highest image quality
  • Aspherical and UD elements ensure the highest resolution across of the image
  • USM motor for smooth, near-silent operation
  • Control Ring - giving direct control over Tv/Av/ISO settings
  • ASC (Air Sphere Coating) prevents flare and ghosting from deteriorating image quality 

 

The RF 85MM F1.2L USM is one of Canon’s fastest aperture autofocus lenses for its full-frame mirrorless range of cameras. When coupled with the short telephoto length and Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the fast f/1.2 aperture creates stunning shallow depth of field, bokeh and background separation. 

Canon RF 85mm SIDE
 

From Canon:

Impressive resolution for every detail

Designed for the EOS R System, the RF mount redefines the possibilities of photography and videography, providing the tools for users to enhance their skills and shoot creatively without limitations. Developed in line with technological advancements and end user feedback, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM uses the RF mount’s advanced possibilities to enhance image quality and communication between the lens and the full-frame mirrorless camera body.

The 85mm short telephoto lens provides the ideal focal length for portraits and a flattering perspective for faces. The RF 85mm F1.2L USM is only the second lens in Canon’s line-up, after the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, to use Canon’s unique BR optic technology, which effectively corrects axial chromatic aberration that is not completely correctable with a combination of traditional glass lenses – improving resolution and sharpness. Ensuring incredibly high image quality for every shot, the aspherical and UD lens elements reduce lens aberrations enabling stunning optical performance.

 

High-speed, high-quality

The RF 85MM F1.2L USM is one of Canon’s fastest aperture autofocus lenses for its full-frame mirrorless range of cameras. When coupled with the short telephoto length and Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the fast f/1.2 aperture creates stunning shallow depth of field, bokeh and background separation. The lens aperture makes the subject leap from the image, whilst the nine-aperture blade system enhances the subject against the smoothly blurred background, ideal for portraiture photography. The ultra-wide aperture transmits 50 percent more light than an f/1.4 lens for shooting in challenging, lighting conditions – down to -6EV (EOS R) and -5EV (EOS RP) – capturing the atmosphere in every moment.

Using the same ring type USM motor as the RF 50mm F1.2L USM, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM ensures sharp focus is found swiftly and accurately, allowing objects to be tracked as they move around the frame. Coupled with a new microprocessor, which uses a new high-performance CPU and firmware, the lens utilises the EOS R system increasing data transfer, resulting in faster operation and AF, allowing the photographer to capture split-second moments.

 

Exceptional handling and durability

Incorporated in Canon’s RF lenses is a control ring - where settings are programmable to TV, AV, ISO and exposure setting - adds a layer of customisation, making it ideal for wedding photographers who need ranging settings for both perfect candid moments and beautifully modeled shots. The lens is also equipped with a full-time manual focus ring, which allows manual focusing by turning the focusing ring, without the need to switch to MF mode. Ideal for shooting outdoors, or on location, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM features the iconic L-series weatherproofing, sealing the lens to protect against adverse weather conditions when shooting outdoors or on location.

Award-winning wedding photographer and Canon Ambassador, Félicia Sisco commented, “As a wedding – and portrait - photographer, I need to be able to trust my tools so that I can focus on the subject and tell their story. I have been using Canon’s iconic 85mm 1.2 lens for over 20 years because of its speed and wide-aperture which guarantees beautiful images, even in low light.

“The new RF 85mm F1.2L USM is better than I could have imagined. This lens produces a depth of field and bokeh that is impossible to achieve with other lenses and I already know it will become a staple in my kit bag. It separates the subject from the background and delivers a sharp focus on the subject’s eyes which is simply breath-taking, capturing every special moment.”


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JackAllTog Plus
10 5.5k 58 United Kingdom
8 May 2019 11:42AM
I wish i was a millionaire. I'd have this and the bokeh smoothing version that may follow.

It says "highest resolution" tempting to ask them up to what resolution sensor this is intended for?

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8 May 2019 6:16PM
A lens hood used to be supplied with L lenses. Disgraceful to charge an extra 70 on top of a very high price.

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