Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS first look: "absolutely not a Soft Focus lens"

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS first look: "absolutely not a Soft Focus lens"

Canon has provided an explanation and side-by-side comparison images to express the differences between its upcoming RF-mount portrait lenses, the 85mm f/1.2L and the 85mm f/1.2L DS (Defocus Smoothing). 

While most photographers know exactly what to expect with the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM, which was formally announced this week: it's a high performance, professional-grade optic that offers a portrait-length telephoto focal length with a fast aperture, delivering low light performance and shallow depth of field.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.