Canon Releases Popular Portrait Lens for Its Mirrorless Full-Frame Cameras

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM Lens

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Proving its commitment to providing quality lenses for its full-frame mirrorless cameras, Canon has released the RF 85 mm 1.2/f L USM lens. This not only expands the offerings for the EOS R full-frame mirrorless system, but is the first RF lens to feature Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics. It's an upgrade that enhances this lens, which is already a favorite of portrait photographers, by reducing chromatic aberration.

As the fifth lens in the RF family, the 85mm 1.2/f L USM provides the depth and perspective that photographers seek when taking portraits. Canon's EF 85mm f/1.2L II is one of the company's most popular lenses, so it comes as no surprise that they've made this focal length a priority for the RF family.

“Optics is at the core of Canon’s heritage. It is engrained in our DNA and the top priority when developing the EOS R Camera System around the RF mount and accompanying lenses,” says Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is very enthused to now bring the lenses we shared in the RF lens development announcement, starting with the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM. We envision this product as being the quintessential workhorse lens for portrait photographers of all skill levels.”

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM Lens

The lens works well in low-light conditions and provides soft backgrounds to make subjects pop. By working in tandem with EOS R's in-camera digital lens optimizer, image deterioration and aberrations are kept to a minimum. But surely the greatest feature is the Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics, which was first incorporated into Canon's EF 35mm f/1.4L II. The system works by refracting blue light from its position between convex and concave lenses. This results in the entire wavelength of light converging in one point, thus keeping high quality across the entire frame of the photo.

Additional features include Air Sphere Coating to cut down on flare and ghosting, L-Series dust and weather resistant build with fluorine coating, and a customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO.

The RF 85 mm 1.2/f L USM lens is currently available for pre-order for a suggested retail price of $2,699, with an estimated ship date of June 2019.

Learn more about the new Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM Lens.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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