If I was told to keep only one of my entire collection of lenses, I would have chosen the Canon EF 85mm f / 1.2L II without hesitation.

The Canon EF 85mm f / 1.2L II is a true optical masterpiece, unmatched by any other company in the world. Having seen the first pictures on the Internet, I immediately understood that this is “my” glass. ” Yes, the price was expectedly high - so I bought a used copy, but in very good condition and almost no run. Considering that the purchase was made even before the crisis of 2014-2017, I will not even tell you the amount paid, so as not to upset ...
The lens is wonderful. Light, delicate, airy drawing literally transforms both the shooting hero and the reality around him. It is a more “feminine” lens by its nature (at least for men portraits I try to use a harder Canon EF 135mm f / 2.0L)
When fully open, the result of chromatic aberration is very visible - purple fringes around the contrasting lines. However, this problem can be easily treated in graphic editors. As for the rest, the lens did not cause any complaints.Pure, rich color. Nice contrast. Magnificent, magical hips... Precise hitting the target when focusing.

Canon EF 85mm f / 1.2L II sample photo


What more could a photographer want? Faster focusing? Well, for a portraitist, this is not a critical moment.
Note that I had the opportunity to compare this lens with its progenitor, the Canon FD 85mm f / 1.2L. Nice glass, of course. But, in my opinion, it draws a little heavier than its modern counterpart.
In general, there is no point in praising this lens in the text. Look at the pictures, and if you understand that this glass is yours - feel free to purchase it!


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