November 25, 2020

Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L Hands-On Field Test



The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L lens is big and expensive. Is it the ultimate portrait lens, or just a big hunk of glass. Watch Dave Paul & Evelyn Drake’s hands-on field test to find out.

Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM:

Videography by Brendan Schmidt

Shot on the Panasonic GH5

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Evelyn Drake: @tcstvev
Dave Paul: @tcstvdave

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50 thoughts on “Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L Hands-On Field Test

  1. Thank you! Seems like an epic lens, One thing i must say, next time don't photograph in day light with flash on, its useless and i think it's makes the pictures here flat and pretty bad compare using this lens without flash. thanks! 🙂

  2. This video was very helpful, esp. that great advice about not always going for the F 1.2 due to the super shallow DOF. I used the RF 28-70 f/2 recently and even that was pretty shallow DOF. Who made the softbox for the flash?

  3. Great review! I’ve been watching as many as I can about this lens and this has been the first that I haven’t sighed all the any through. No hyperbole, no filler and interesting perspectives and opinions. Thanks for your work on this.

  4. I had the version II 85mm 1.2 EF and loved it very much, along with the 200mm 1.8 I also had back than. However I don't shoot portraits/weddings enough anymore to justify a lens like this, but great to see they have fixed all of the previous issues with the original and VII. I would like to see though how fast this is to grab focus, because that was my main complaint with the old version and I feel they did not cover this very well in the video?

  5. I don't find this lens exciting. It is too big, too heavy 2.6 lb / 1195 g and costs too much for what it does. I'd be more interested in the F1.8 version of this lens.

  6. I have the EF version of the 85mm 1.2 and gave up on it. Too slow to focus and tricky in 1.2 to hit the subject properly. I got the 1.4 that is IS instead and LOVE it. Will look into the 1.2 only if/when Canon releases a professional body with IBIS. The focal length and picture quality in 85mm portraits is gigantic. Love it.

  7. Godox (神牛) : 神✝️God / 牛🐂ox
    This 85mm 1.2 is for sure a really nice piece of a lens… but!… I don’t really get why Canon makes such big and heavy lenses for their mirrorless bodies that people choose to buy BECAUSE they are tiny and light… RF lenses range is such a mess, at least for now it makes no much sense.

  8. Amazing lens. The only thing I wouldn't probably do head shots with it – they look way too distorted. A half-body and farther would be more appropriate imho.

  9. On mirrorless i prefer compact lenses. I have the Sony A7III and looked for the most compact. I am happy with the Sony FE 85mm 1.8. Compact and light

  10. Love your portable light setup with AD 400 without light stand. Can you please let us know what is the size and company of the softbox you are using?? A link would be great. Also any specific strap that fits best to the softbox. A link would be great. Thanks.

  11. Nice job! A wonderful lens, to be sure! If I may ask, did camera shake cause the unsharp photos at 2:46 and 2:53? (Not so at 3:09 or 3:11 — those are sharp.) Did eye AF fail at 4:26 or was eye AF not used?

  12. I think until a pro RF mount body is released, a potential EOS R or RP client will be just happier with the 85 1.2, I use one on my 5DV and the chromatic aberrations are easily corrected within camera, so waiting till that lens drops in price seems to be a good idea

  13. ピントが合ったところの解像度が凄い。その割にボケがとても綺麗。大きなレンズなのにAFスピードが速い。

  14. I shoot the original 85mm f/1.2 L USM from 1989. I do enjoy it in my kit, especially for indoor work where working distance can be limited. However, the chromatic aberration is absurd in the EF versions of this lens. I shoot the original because, according to DXO Mark's testing, the second version actually has more pronounced chromatic aberration than the first version. I have never scientifically tested this, but I hope to find out definitively one day. If I need something faster and with better absolute image quality, I reach for my 135mm f/2 L USM lens, which focuses much faster and can get very close to the look that the 85 will give at f/1.2 at the expense of needing a longer working distance for similar framing. I am glad Canon was quick to bring this legendary formula to their RF line, but the cost seems outlandish. I understand that there are some design tweaks to these lenses, but jumping into the RF line is extremely punitive to us existing Canon users. I currently shoot a 1DX and a collection of lenses, but I cannot see myself migrating to the RF system any time soon thanks to the lens costs and being required to use adapters until I exchange my EF lenses for RF counterparts.

  15. Godox – track back to the Chinese factory, copy the two Chinese words (symbols) making up their name and translate (e.g. Google). These translate into "god" and "ox". So, that makes it God-Ox, not Go-Dogs. God ox – holy cow, will they have had fun inventing that name. Now Asian commercial politeness dictates, if all USAnians say Go-dogs, that the Chinese people will say Go-dogs too in conversations with those USAnians. Just like Nikon employees say neekon in Japanese, but will say nycon to USAnians. Your move, Canadians.

  16. No optical stabilization or in-body stabilization while shooting at f1.2? That's gonna be difficult to get consistant sharp images.

  17. So canons eye af not good enough for this lens I just got samyang 85 1.4 for a Sony body and at 1.4 not had a eye shot out of focus yet

  18. Really, a 2700 Dollars lens? without image stabilization? I don`t know what is thinking canon engineers to use a body image stabilization – each camera and mount from canon is worst, each time…

  19. Man I own this lens and it's the best 85 I ever owned!
    I do not hesitate shooting this lens wide open! The speed of this lens put the EF version to shame!

  20. This is where the Sony eye tracking beats Canon. This lens is amazing, but the Camera doesn't take full advantage out of it.

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