Canon’s EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM; Portraits Plus Optical Speed Page 2
Bokeh is an optical buzzword derived from the Japanese word for "fool"
(as in it's not nice to fool Mother Nature) and is used to describe the
pleasing quality of an image's out-of-focus areas. A little more subjective
than the Richter scale, most photographers know good bokeh when they see it,
even if they don't know the term. At f/1.2, the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
produces a pleasant bokeh.
For a while I stopped being a fan of Skylight, UV, or even protection filters, but putting a scuff mark on the front of my (expensive) EF 10-22mm zoom convinced me otherwise. Similarly, you'll want to invest in a high-quality 72mm Skylight (or whatever) filter to protect the front element of a $2000 lens like this one. While filter shopping you might also want to pick up a Neutral Density filter to let you use the lens at its widest aperture on sunny days. A lens hood is also a good idea, but while there's a nice pouch included in the box, the (ES-79II) lens hood is a $50 option.
To paraphrase Speed TV's Tom Hnatiw (www.dreamcargarage.com): Do you need a lens like this? If you are a professional photographer the stunning image quality Canon's EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM delivers is what you want and your clients expect. If you shoot weddings and portraits, the ability to capture luminous low-light portraits gives you an edge in capturing that decisive moment, and can make the different between a good shot and a great one. Do you want a lens like this? Oh yeah, but it's still heavy.
Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 85mm, f/1.2
Lens Construction: Eight elements in seven groups
Focus Adjustment: AF with full-time Manual
Closest Focusing Distance: 3.2 ft
Filter Size: 72mm
Max. Diameter x Length: 3.6x3.3"
Weight: 36.2 oz (2.26 lbs)
For more information, contact Canon U.S.A., Inc., One Canon Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042; (800) 652-2666, (516) 328-5000; www.canonusa.com.