Lately I’ve been lugging around my big Think Tank Airport Security bag around. It’s filled with all kind of things, Ranger Quadra, Speedlights, 70-200mm, 50mm, 35mm 16-35 and the 85mm and a bunch more including 60′ reflectors stuffed in the pockets. That gets heavy to lug around. But when it comes to shooting time, I pull out the 85mm and mount it on the Mark III. So I don’t know why I’m lugging all the crap around when I never use it. Before, I was using the 50mm 1.2 (what’s in my bag) all the time but now, it’s all about the giant 85mm of overpriced goodness.
The Reason I like and use it so much is because it’s actually pretty versatile. Sure you gotta have a lot of room to move around, unless you’re doing close up’s it being 85mm but it makes you rethink your shots but taking a step back and re-thingking you compositions.
So what makes the Canon 85mm 1.2 so special?
Getting the close-up’s without being so up and close during moments you don’t want to be.
It’s a fantastic low light lens. The Image above was shot in a dark studio with only the modeling lamp on an Elinchrom Ranger.
Great for low lights. BUT (I’m adding this in cause most people just leave it at that) when I had the Canon 5dMII I could never use it at its widest aperture f/1.2. my photos would look great on the back of the camera but when I’d get home and look, it was always out of focus. so if you’re using the 5dMII, gooood luck! the Canon 7D and the Mark III is your better off choice. But like I said, its a really good low light lens.
The Bokeh is so cool.
The depth of field.
Its super sharp.
Its the perfect portrait lens.
It’s Heavy. Yeah! the weight, it almost weights 2 lbs thats like as much as the 70-200mm.
The focusing is a little slow.
Its a little over priced. Yeah call me cheap but at $2199.00 you can get you a lot of other useful things. Honda Civic, LOST DVD’s, no wait! even better a plane ticket to pretty much anywhere. First class!