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Canon announces the new RF 85mm F1.2L USM lens

Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM lensCanon Europe today launches its latest generation of iconic 85mm f1.2L lens – the RF 85mm F1.2L USM.

Offering the highest resolution of a Canon lens launched to date, it features a super-fast aperture and outstanding AF speeds, making it ideal for capturing candid portraiture and wedding photography.

Following Canon’s lens development announcement in February, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM is the first of six RF mount lenses being introduced by Canon in 2019.

The 85mm short telephoto lens provides the ideal focal length for portraits and a flattering perspective for faces. The RF 85mm F1.2L USM is only the second lens in Canon’s line-up, after the EF 35mm f1.4L II USM, to use Canon’s unique Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) optic technology, which effectively corrects axial chromatic aberration that is not completely correctable with a combination of traditional glass lenses – improving resolution and sharpness.

It also houses aspherical and Ultra Dispersion (UD) lens elements which reduce lens aberrations.

Using the same ring type USM motor as the RF 50mm F1.2L USM, the RF 85mm F1.2L USM ensures sharp focus is found swiftly and accurately, allowing objects to be tracked as they move around the frame. Coupled with a new microprocessor, which uses a new high-performance CPU and firmware, the lens utilises the extra pins of the redesigned RF lens mount to data transfer, resulting in faster operation and AF.


RF 85mm F1.2L USM key features

• 9-aperture blade
• BR optics (Blue Spectrum Refractive optics) for reduced chromatic aberration
• Aspherical and UD elements
• USM motor for smooth, near-silent operation
• Control Ring and Full time Manual Focus ring
• ASC (Air Sphere Coating) prevents flare and ghosting

For full specifications and press release, view the RF 85mm F1.2L USM lens in the EOS system section of the EOS magazine website.

Pricing & availability

The RF 85mm F1.2L USM lens will be available from June 2019 with an RSP of £2,799.99 / €3,219.99. A dedicated Lens Hood ET-89 will be available for £69.99 / €79.99.

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