This 85mm f/1.2 Canon RF lens is just $709!

This 85mm f/1.2 Canon RF lens is just $709!
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Want a lightning-fast f/1.2 portrait lens for the Canon EOS R system, but don't have two and a half grand to spend on the Canon version? Well you're in luck, because the Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 has just been announced – and it's almost a quarter of the price!

The new Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 clocks in at only ¥73,800, which converts to $708.90 / £552.05 / AU$976.09 at current exchange rates. Compare that to the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM, which sells for $2,599 / £2,799 / AU$3,599. And of course, the bokehlicious Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS is a whopping $2,999 / £3,219 / AU$4,500, making Zhongyi's option even more appealing – especially if you're a Nikon shooter, as the lens is also available for Z-mount cameras. 

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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.