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Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM Full-Frame Lens (2019)

MSRP 3000 EURNeoscore 71%NEX score 79%

Product Overview

The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens is Canon's RF-mount portrait lens for its new EOS R line of full-frame digital mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.
This lens utilizes Canon's proprietary Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics to reduce chromatic aberrations that could occur with large aperture lenses. It refracts blue light between concave and convex elements to improve the convergence of the full light spectrum of light to one point.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Exceptionally sharp
  • Very bright maximum aperture
  • Weather-sealed
  • Smooth bokeh
Cons
  • On the heavy side

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 79% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent image quality
  • Excellent optical performance
  • Excellent sharpness at f/1.2
  • Excellent optics
  • Fast f1.2 focal ratio
  • Compact design
Cons
  • Lacks autofocus limiter
  • No optical stabilization
  • Lacks focus limiter
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Pricey compared to non-DS lenses
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
9 blades, Circular aperture blades
Form Factor
Short Telephoto Prime Lens
Image Size
Full-Frame
Lens Mount
Canon RF-mount
Motor
Ring-type ultrasonic
Optical Formula | Elements
13 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
9 groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
82 mm / 3.23 in
Size | Diameter
103 mm / 4.06 in
Size | Length
117 mm / 4.61 in
Weight
1195 g / 42.23 oz

Function

Angle Of View
28.6° Diagonal | 23.9° Horizontal | 16.1° Vertical
Aperture
f/1.2
Autofocus
Yes
Focal Length
85 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No
Weather Resistance
Yes

Performance

Min Focus Distance
850 mm / 33.46 in

Production

Accessory
Lens Hood: ET-89 (sold separately)
Debut
2019-02-14

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cameralabs[1]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from cameralabs have found the following***:
The Canon RF 85mm f1.2L USM is a short telephoto prime lens designed for the full-frame mirrorless EOS R system. Announced in May 2019, it’s the fifth native lens for the Eos R system and the first of six new RF lenses promised for the year. The lens employs 13 elements in nine groups, an aperture range of f 1.2 to f16, nine diaphragm blades, and a closest focusing distance of 85cm.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fast f1.2 focal ratio
  • Very shallow depth-of-field effects
Cons
  • No optical stabilisation
  • No body-based stabilisation

dpreview[2]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from dpreview have found the following***:
Canon's RF 85mm F1.2L USM is among the costliest lenses in the RF lineup. Aimed primarily at portrait, fashion, wedding and event photographers. Can focus as close as 85cm (2.8 ft) away from the subject, which is a 10cm reduction on the previous EF 85mm f 1.2 L II USM.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Super-wide aperture
  • Excellent optical performance
Cons
  • Pricey compared to non-DS lenses

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The 85mm F1.2 includes dust and splash protection and its front element is protected with anti-smudge fluorine. The difference between this edition of the RF 85mm and the DS edition is in the background blur. The DS version of the lens is $300 more and it gathers less, with the light transmission closer to f/2.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Ultra-thin, ultra-thin depth of field
  • Excellent optics
  • Compact design
Cons
  • Lacks autofocus limiter

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 87%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS is an optic with few, if any, notable flaws. Its absolutely sharp from center to edge, even when shot wide open. It draws images with pleasingly shallow depth of field. When shot at wider f-stops you'll enjoy sharp photos with perfectly defocused backgrounds.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp from center to edge
  • Dust and splash protection
  • Fluorine coating
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy
  • No optical stabilization

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM is one of the best lenses on the market at the moment. Weight makes it very front-heavy, and some may wonder how safe this is on the EOS R or EOS RP body. Focusing is, however, quite audible – not to the point where it's an issue if you're trying to shoot discreetly, but certainly loud enough to be picked up when recording video. Bokeh has a lovely smooth texture and is free from chromatic aberrations.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness at f/1.2
  • Wide open
Cons
  • Bulky and heavy
  • Vignetting at widest aperture

digitalpicture[6]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
Great lenses are seldom cheap and this one does not break that rule. The RF 85 F1.2 L DS has a price tag high enough to keep it out of the hands of most casual photographers. Professionals will appreciate how this lens can differentiate their work. This is a key lens for portrait and wedding photographers.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High quality background blur at wide apertures
  • Compatible with all Canon EOS R series cameras
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Relatively high price tag

digitalpicture[7]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from digitalpicture have found the following***:
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L vs. EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens comparison. RF lens has 82mm filter threads vs. 77mm and has a focus limiter switch. EF lens features image stabilization and is priced a 4-figure amount (in USD) less.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sharp f/1.2 aperture
  • Excellent image quality
  • Dust and splash protection
Cons
  • Lacks focus limiter

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Canon RF 85mm f1.2L USM review – preview. [cameralabs]. https://www.cameralabs.com/canon-rf-85mm-f1-2l-usm-review/. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
2. ^ Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM review. [dpreview]. https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-rf-85mm-f1-2l-usm-review. 2020-01-21. Retrieved 2022-01-21.
3. ^ Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/canon-rf-85mm-f12-l-usm. 2021-06-11. Retrieved 2021-06-12.
4. ^ Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/canon-rf-85mm-f12-l-usm-ds. 2020-09-03. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
5. ^ Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/canon-rf-85mm-f12l-usm. 2019-07-24. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-RF-85mm-F1.2-L-USM-DS-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-26.
7. ^ Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens Review. [digitalpicture]. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-RF-85mm-F1.2-L-USM-Lens.aspx. Retrieved 2022-01-21.

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