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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS Defocus Smoothing Lens

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS Defocus Smoothing Lens

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The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS defocus smoothing lens captures the softest out-of-focus areas and buttery smooth bokeh, almost like gaussian blur in your images, whilst retaining a pin sharp subject.


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  • Pin sharp results from several high quality optical elements
  • Silky smooth bokeh and out of focus areas
  • Bright, fast f/1.2 aperture
  • Very practical lens control ring
  • Excellent build quality and weather sealing
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Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS Lens Summary

Continuing with the development of their RF mirrorless lens line-up is the newly announced Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS lens. This high performance prime has been designed with portrait photographers in mind, featuring a unique defocus smoothing coating (DS). This works by pushing the concept of bokeh further, and is most prominent with the aperture wide open at f/1.2. Whilst the subject remains pin sharp thanks to several high quality lens elements, out of focus areas melt away into buttery smooth bokeh. The DS coating is applied to two of the lens elements and progressively smooths the edges of out-of-focus areas as the aperture is opened up.

This 85mm employs a host of advanced optics in order to achieve the sharpest and most high contrast results for subjects in the plane of focus. These include ‘Special Blue Spectrum Refractive' (BR) optics, which remove colour aberrations. Canon also added aspherical and UD elements, together with an ASC coating, which prevents flare and ghosting. There is no noticeable distortion from this prime lens, further enhancing its' abilities to capture beautiful portraits.

Focussing is aptly handled by the tried and tested, fast and smooth USM motor. When coupled with EOS R full-frame cameras, focus acquisition is noticeably quick. The addition of a control ring allows the user to change a series of camera settings directly from the lens, never having to move the eye away from the EVF. This feature is perfect for never missing a moment.

Overall build quality readily lives up to the professional quality L-series labelling with weather sealing as well as dust and water resistant fluorine coatings. This will appeal to outdoor portrait and wedding photographers who work in all weather.

Features in Detail

  • Image size: Full Frame
  • Angle of view: 24º, 16º, 28º 30
  • Lens construction: 13/9
  • No. of diaphragm blades: 9
  • Minimum aperture: 16
  • Closest focussing distance (m): 0.85
  • Distance Information: YES
  • AF actuator: USM
  • Dust/moisture resistance: YES
  • Filter diameter (mm): 82mm
  • Max. diameter x length (mm): 103.2 x 117.3
  • Weight (g): 1195

This lens is also available with identical specifications aside from defocus capabilities in the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM.

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Offer Category: Camera Lenses
Offer Product Type: Canon Mirrorless Lenses
Autofocus: Yes
Aperture ring: N/A
Constant Aperture: Yes
Lens CIPA Image stabilization rating: N/A
Colour: N/A
Diameter (mm): 103
Length (mm): 117
Weight (g): 19595
Distance scale: N/A
DoF scale: N/A
Elements: 13
Environmental Sealing: N/A
Focus distance limiter: N/A
Focal length: 85 mm
Focus method: N/A
Filter Thread: N/A
Full time manual: Yes
Groups: 9
Hood supplied: N/A
Lens Image stabilization: N/A
Lens mount: N/A
Lens Materials: N/A
Maximum focal length: 85
Maximum magnification: 0.12
Maximum aperture (number): 1.2
Maximum aperture (text): N/A
Max Format size: N/A
Minimum focal length: 85
Lens Minimum focus distance (m): 0.85
Minimum aperture (number): N/A
Minimum aperture (text): N/A
Motor type: N/A
Number of diaphragm blades: 9
Power zoom: N/A
Special elements / coatings: BR Optical elements in one location, one UD, one ground aspherical lens
Tripod collar: N/A
Lens type: N/A
Wide/Tele: N/A
Lens Level: N/A
Best For: N/A
Best For Holiday and Landscape: Yes
Best For Interior and Architecture: N/A
Best For Fashion and Portrait: Yes
Best For Macro and Still Life: N/A
Best For Astro: Yes
Best For Street: Yes
Best For Wildlife and Sport: N/A
Zoom lock: N/A
Zoom method: N/A
Notes: N/A

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Our Verdict

The RF 85mm f/1.2L lens is a most welcome addition for EOS R photographers who shoot weddings, portraits or fashion. This is an incredibly well constructed unit, with excellent optics geared towards capturing stunning indoor and outdoor portraits. The DS coating is a unique way of achieving beautiful out of focus areas, whilst aspherical and UD elements look after tack sharp subjects.

The USM focus motor works exceptionally well with Canon's mirrorless bodies, and a control ring allows the photographer to keep shooting whilst accessing essential camera settings via the lens itself. This lens allows photographers to refine their portraits and provides a new way of capturing memorable images for clients, family and friends.

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Our used products are subject to wear and tear in comparison to brand new products. This also applies to accessories that are supplied with the camera including batteries which may have a lower optimum performance level/life expectancy.

  • Like New – The equipment is in a condition as if you have just bought it from the manufacturer. The item is still considered to be ‘Like New’ even without the original packaging and accessories. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect working order. Lenses are optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Excellent – The equipment should be close to being ‘Like New’ but there may be some small cosmetic blemishes that lower its grade. The product has been fully tested and is in perfect excellent order.
    • Cameras – Should have no marks on the LCD screen
    • Lenses – Should have no marks on the elements and optically clear. There may be light dust present that will not effect the imagery.
  • Very Good – The equipment may have some slight cosmetic wear to the paintwork and cosmetic blemishes  with only light signs of use and the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – The LCD screen may have small signs of wear that does not affect its display
    • Lenses – The mount of the lens will start to show signs of wear
  • Good – The equipment is showing more obvious signs of cosmetic wear and blemishes, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen may have scratches or wear that is starting to affect the display.
    • Lenses – May have slight dust inside that does not affect images. The mount shows signs of use.
  • Well Used – The equipment will show significant signs of wear. The paintwork will be coming away in large areas exposing the metal work, but the product has been fully tested and is in great working order.
    • Cameras – LCD screen is heavily worn either by de-lamination or has scratches to it. Rubber grips are starting to come away from the body.
    • Lenses – The lens has dust inside that may affect images. The rubber zoom/focus ring is coming away from the barrel of the lens.

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This product has been thoroughly tested by our team of photographers and we are happy to give a 6 month warranty as a result. The number of tests depends on the individual product but we are confident in this product having tested all the major functions. Anything that isn’t as you would expect, we then make a note of and show this in the condition notes on the page.

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