Canon 85mm f/1.4 L
Full-Frame EF IS USM
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This new 85 1.4 has a large-diameter high-precision glass molded aspherical element and has an ASC nano coating mostly for marketing, but reduces ghosts even further.
Just grab the ring at any time for instant manual-focus override.
As with all L lenses, it's dust and moisture resistant.
The original 85mm f/1.8 remains as a superb lens for everything at a bargain price with magnificent optics and fast autofocus, but lacks the faster f/1.4 speed and stabilization of this new lens.
The 85mm f/1.2 L II is optimized for astronomy and similar optically crazy tasks; the f/1.2 version's autofocus has always been deliberately slow to allow enough precision in focusing its huge optics precisely enough at f/1.2. This f/1.4 is a great lens for everything, while the slow autofocus of the f/1.2 has always limited its usefulness.
This is a full frame lens and I'm reviewing it as such.
It also works great APS-C cameras, on which you may make the usual inferences.
This lens works flawlessly on every Canon DSLR.
It work flawlessly on every full-frame and every APS-C DSLR.
This isn't Nikon; with Canon, everything just works, even if the camera is thirty years old.
Canon calls this the Canon Lens EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM.
EF: Electronic Focus, as all Canon's lenses have been since 1987.
L: Expensive as L.
IS: Image Stabilization.
USM: Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor.
Canon 85/1.4 internal construction. Aspherical element.
14 elements in 10 groups.
1 glass-moulded aspherical element.
Air Sphere (ASC) nano multicoating.
Fluorine coatings to resist dirt and smudges.
9 rounded blades.
Stops down to f/22.
See also Crop Factor.
Angle of View on Full-Frame
Ring Ultrasonic motor.
No external movement as focussed, so no air or dust is sucked in.
Depth of Field Scale
Infrared Focus Index
2.8 feet (0.85 meters).
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Rated 4 stops improvement.
77mm filter thread.
3.49" maximum diameter × 4.15" extension from flange.
88.6 mm maximum diameter × 105.4 mm extension from flange.
33.5 oz. (950g).
29 August 2017.
17 November 2017.
Canon Model Number
Canon Product Code
2271C002 in USA, 2271C001 in Japan.
$1,599, August 2017.
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM. bigger.
This is Canon's premium choice for a fixed 85mm lens for general photography. People used to buy the 85mm f/1.2 L II, but its slow autofocus made it an iffy choice for general use. The f/1.2 has always been intended for astronomy, not for general shooting.
The original 85mm f/1.8 is intended for general shooting, and remains a spectacular lens. It's at least as sharp stopped down and almost as sharp wide-open as this new f/1.4. The 85/1.8 remains a superb choice, and when you consider that it sells for just $369 because it's been in Canon's catalog since 1992, if price matters and you can live without image stabilization, the 85mm f/1.8 takes the same pictures for less than a quarter of the price.
The very best protective filter for this f/1.4 is the 77mm Hoya multicoated HD3 UV which uses hardened glass and repels dirt and fingerprints.
Filters last a lifetime, so you may as well get the best. The Hoya HD3 stays cleaner than the others since it repels oil and dirt.
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