A Review of the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM Mirrorless Lens

Canon has come out of the gate firing on all cylinders when it comes to lenses for their mirrorless RF mount. One of the most interesting lenses in that lineup is undoubtedly the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM, the mirrorless version of one of the most popular portrait lenses of all time, the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. How does the mirrorless version compare to its DSLR predecessor? This helpful review will show you.

Coming to you from Darren Miles, this great review takes a look at the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM lens. The RF 85mm f/1.2L is the mirrorless version of the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, Canon's lauded, classic portrait lens, known for its extreme aperture and character, which includes a distinctive three-dimensional pop. While the EF version is definitely one of the most popular lenses the company ever made, it had its drawbacks: it is not particularly sharp wide open, and the autofocus is notoriously slow, making it almost unusable for action and tricky to shoot anything that moves even a little. The RF version has the benefit of years of updates and the new mount, and a lot of the improvements are definitely noticeable, making it an intriguing option for anyone in the Canon ecosystem looking for a top-shelf portrait lens. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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