Canon Launches Pre-Orders for New RF 85mm f/1.2L USM Lens

Canon has announced the launch of its newest L-Series lens, the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM. The lens is now available for pre-order via B&H Photo-Video for an MSRP of $2699. Shipments are expected to begin in June.

"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," said 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."

Designed for use with the EOS R Full-Frame mirrorless camera system, the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM is a standard prime lens geared toward portrait photography. The unit's optical design features one aspheric and one UD element, along with Canon's proprietary Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) element. The BR Optics element allows the device to refract blue light between the concave and convex lenses, helping to greatly minimize chromatic aberrations and color fringing. In addition, the lens uses a rounded 9-blade diaphragm for pleasing bokeh.

Meanwhile, quiet and quick autofocus performance and full-time manual focus override are achieved via the device's ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM). Finally, like other L-Series models, the lens features a dust and weather resistant design with fluorine coating.


Here's a full rundown of key specs per Canon and B&H:

• RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
• Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
• Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics Element
• One UD Element, One Aspherical Element
• Air Sphere Coating
• Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
• Customizable Control Ring
• Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Source: Canon