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January 28th 2012 6:20 am

Is the f1.2 of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM worth the premium price?

I'm not a professional photographer, but I am thoroughly enjoying taking photographs and have found the Canon 50mm f/1.4 to be a joy to use.

I'm quite interested in the 85mm prime but the mid-range lens, the f/1.8 doesn't offer the same sort of aperture to be found on the 50mm.

Is it worth the extra cash to go for the L series f/1.2 lens. Of course I'm sure that you'll get more than just a wider aperture, the glass quality must be excellent, but it is a big jump in price ($358 -> $2,049).

I'd have to save an awful lot longer to go with the L series..
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The 85/1.2L is one of Canon's sharpest lenses. It's a full stop faster than the f/1.8 version. But it also is a massive hunk of glass that focuses slower than molasses, effectively limiting it to being a dedicated portrait and still life lens.

I'd say it definitely depends on what type of photography you mostly do. Portraits/Still life? Go for the 85L. Action/Sports? Have a look at the very excellent 135mm f/2L
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