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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

85II
Review Date: Feb 23, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Tack sharp from F1.2. Build quality, Bokeh.
Cons:
fly by wire focus can be incredibly slow to focus. No weather sealing.

I recently hired one of these gems to do a birthday party for a niece of mine. As many others have said, the AF is slow, so slow it's almost painful. To me it makes the 50 F1.2 AF feel like a race car in comparison.

For portraits it's not a problem, it locks on and the photo's are stunning, tack sharp with wonderful colour renditions and beautiful bokeh.

Candid portraits on the other hand - especially young ones who like to randomly and spontaneously go from 0 to 100 mph in a blink of an eye I found far more tricky, almost frustrating, but as with portraits, if and when the focus locks on you usually nail the shot.

I found the weight of the lense to compliment the body (5d mark 3) rather than throw it out of balance like some lenses do.

I've read complaints about where the red alignment dot is located, and whilst it's not in the most convenient of places, I think you'd have to be a butcher to scratch or mark the rear element given it's slightly recessed below the mounting ring.

Would I purchase this lense? Absolutely, once the funds allow for it.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

ef50lusm
Review Date: Jan 25, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: F1.2, Bokeh, Sharp.
Cons:
Price.

Wow, what a lense. Superb @ F1.2, Sharp @ F1.2 and the Bokeh, brilliant. Worth every cent.

Either it's user error or there is a variation in quality between copies, mine has no such issues. My new favourite lense.