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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

ef85mmf_12_1_
Review Date: Nov 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Detail, bokeh, contrast and colour saturation, focal length
Cons:
Price, weight. Some will find focusing problematic.

This lens is capable of providing stunning resolution, combined with exceptional colour and contrast.

If you can afford it you will not be disappointed from a final image quality perspective.

That said, vignetting at the very largest apertures (say 2 and lower) is visible, albeit easily corrected and not easy to detect in some images. Focusing for some will take getting used to as others have noted and is of course more of an issue at the wide end. Some will find the weight a problem although I do not.

With those realities in mind what you are left with is simply a very high quality optic.

Some images made with this lens that reveal it's capacity for detail extraction:

http://www.pbase.com/david_meddings/image/51444136/original

http://www.pbase.com/david_meddings/image/51444137/original

http://www.pbase.com/david_meddings/image/51442327/original

At F1.2 the effects from extremely shallow depth of field and a superb bokeh can produce very particular effects:

http://www.pbase.com/david_meddings/image/51632893/original