Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Canon 85mm f/1.2 Lens Test

Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II @ 1.2

I rented the very very very expensive Canon 85mm f/1.2 lens from borrowlenses.com. My trial started today and runs to next Tuesday. I gotta say, hot dang this is an amazing lens. Some of my Flickr friends have described it as 'magical'. I currently own the Sigma 50mm, and I was looking to move to a longer focal length just for portrait shooting. I've read review after review and I'm strongly looking at the 50's bigger brother as well, the Sigma 85mm f/1.4.

Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II @ 1.2
After shooting with this lens, I've come to realize that on a full frame camera like the 5D Mark 2, the 85mm is such a more comfortable focal length than 50mm. It just 'feels' right. With my 50, it felt like I had to get closer to my subject, and therefore, I had a lot of issues at wide apertures like 1.4 where one eye would be in focus and the other would not. Again, maybe it's just me, but with the 85, f/1.2 felt comfortable, had a more forgiving depth of field for my subject only, and gave me that absolutely beautiful bokeh that I'm looking for. I have yet to try the Sigma, but the Canon is blowing my socks off thus far. This is going to be tough to match; it's like looking through a window.
Canon 85mm f/1.2 L II @ 1.2

And here are a few shots with my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 from this past Christmas for comparison: 
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 @ f/1.6

Sigma 50mm f/1.4 @ f/4

If anyone out there has any additional feedback or recommendations, I'm all ears.