Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM review

Is this the lens that could make Canon portrait photographers switch to the mirrorless RF format?

Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 is massively expensive and specialised, but it does everything you’d hope and more. Its image quality wide open is quite superb, and the autofocus performance can deliver sharp ‘eye’ shots time and time again, even with the razor-thin depth of field at f/1.2. We can’t really mark it down for its price because it’s designed to be good, not cheap, so it all depends on how much you want one…?


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    Stunning quality wide open

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    Fast autofocus response

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    Great hit rate of sharp ‘eye’ shots

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    Build quality and operation


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    No image stabilisation

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    Pretty big and heavy on an EOS R body

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    That price will sting!

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The Canon RF 85mm f1.2L USM is the perfect portrait lens, combining a fast f/1.2 maximum aperture for soft background blur, with the 85mm focal length reckoned to give the best balance between flattering facial perspectives and a useful working distance.

Canon says its new lens is also suited to street photography and low light photography, though it’s likely to be categorised solidly as a ‘portrait’ lens by most photographers. It's the wrong mount to go in our best Canon lens guide, which is for Canon EOS DSLRs, but it's an important addition to the Canon RF lens roadmap.

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Dan Pearce