Canon RF 85mm images are phenomenal – is the EOS R now a legitimate pro tool?

Canon has unleashed the latest optic for its full frame mirrorless system: the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM. And not only does it rank as one of the best portrait lenses we've ever used, it might be the lens that single-handedly legitimizes the EOS R as a professional tool. 

Available at the end of June for the cool price of £2,800 / $2,700, it's not just the price tag that's hefty when it comes to the RF 85mm. This lens weighs a whopping 1,195g – more than double the weight of the Canon EOS R itself. 

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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.