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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Mar 20, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: F/1.2, sharp, excellent color, lovely bokeh and built like a tank
Slightly slow to focus but manageable

Managed to get a good price on a used one as i found the mk12 a bit too pricey for me.

I use this lens with my 5D and the pictures come out fantastic. Never understood people saying they have a favourite lens until i got this lens - I just try to take photos all the time with this lens and dont' feel like changing to my other lenses. I don't know what it is but the images from the lens are just in a different league to the rest of my L lens.

I use this lens for taking photos of my super energetic 3yr old daughter who can't keep still and my 3month old son. Focus is slightly slow but its bearable. Even managed to track my daughter running around in the back garden Smile

Even wide open the pictures come out sharp Smile

I wouldn't mind trying the mark 2 just to see if the focus is better but i'm more than happy with this lens and it comes highly recommeded.

I was going to be sensible and buy the cheaper 85mm f/1.8 but i knew that 1.8 was not enough for me to use indoors when i find my 50mm f/1.4 just about copes.