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Make the rest of the world go away

If you're a candidate for owning this lens, you'll probably know it. It's definitely a specialist. If you have a need for shooting in very low light, or you want to see a focus difference between an earlobe and an eyelash in a tight close-up, you'll enjoy your time with this lens immensely. Its focal plane (the slice of space in your camera's view that's actually in focus) at f/1.2 is almost paper-thin. While the in-focus parts of your portraits will be exquisitely sharp, your backgrounds will melt away to put your subjects into a world of their own. Wedding photographers will adore this lens, as it creates a sense of poetry and emotional depth in portraits that's hard to equal.

This lens is large and not exactly light. Its framework exists to support the sizeable precision-machined glass elements necessary for a lens this light-sensitive. But the attention paid to the optics shows up in every picture, with outrageously sharp reproduction from edge to edge, even at f/1.2.

Product Highlights:

  • EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens
  • compatible with Canon EOS SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 85mm with full-frame digital or film cameras
    • 137mm on APS-C sensor cameras
  • Canon L Series lens with a meticulously ground aspherical element for superior image quality
  • selectable full-time manual focusing
  • Ultrasonic Motor for silent autofocus
  • minimum aperture: f/16
  • minimum focus distance: 27 inches
  • constructed of 8 elements in 7 groups
  • filter size: 72mm
  • lens is 3-5/8" in diameter, 3-5/8" long
  • weight: 36.2 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • ES-79 II lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • soft lens case

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

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What's in the box?

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  • Canon EF85mm f/1.2L II USM lens
  • E-72U front lens cap (installed)
  • Rear lens cap
  • ES-79 II lens hood
  • LP1219 Soft case
  • Instruction manual
  • Instructions on CD-ROM
  • Warranty card

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Canon
Image Stabilization No
Focal Length 85mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.2
Weight 36.2 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens is an L-series, fixed length, medium telephoto lens for Canon EOS cameras. The lens has a high-precision, large-diameter aspheric lens element for excellent imaging performance, even at maximum aperture. The high-speed autofocus and circular aperture hole gives you the narrow depth of field and soft background blur so loved by portrait and wedding photographers. The lens includes the LP1219 Lens Case and the ES-79 II Lens Hood.

Ultrasonic Motor (USM): The EF85mm lens is equipped with a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for silent, high-speed auto focusing. Combined with a high-speed CPU and optimized algorithms, the lens achieves an auto focusing speed approximately 1.8 times faster than the original EF 85mm lens.

Focusing Ring: Regardless of whether you're in manual or auto focus mode, the full-time focusing ring always works. This means you can auto focus on a subject, but manually change the focus by turning the focusing ring.

Focus Mode Switch: You can switch between Auto Focus and Manual Focus using the two-way AF/MF switch on the barrel of the lens.

Lens Hood: The lens kit includes the ES-79 II lens hood to keep unwanted light out of the lens, and protects the front of the lens. The hood can be reverse-mounted on the lens for storage. When installed, the hood adds approximately 2" to the overall length of the lens.

Optional Filters/Extension Tubes: The EF85mm lens has a 72mm mounting thread on the front of lens for attaching screw-on type filters. You can attach optional Extension Tube EF12 II or EF25 II for magnified shots or a 500D (72mm) Close-up Lens for close-up photography.


  • Focal Length/Aperture: 85mm f/1.2
  • Lens Construction: 8 elements in 7 groups
  • Minimum Aperture: f/16
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.11x
  • Field of View: 8.9" x 13.3" (at 37.2")
  • Angle of View:
    • Diagonal: 28° 30'
    • Vertical: 16°
    • Horizontal: 24°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 37.2" (0.95m)
  • Supplied Accessories:
    • Lens Hood: ES-79 II
    • Lens Cap: E-72U
    • Case: LP1219
  • Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 3.6"
    • Length: 3.58" (4.151" with caps)
    • Weight: 36.2 ounces

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