Canon New FD 85mm f/1.2 L
9.8
9.8
9.8

Canon New FD 85mm f/1.2 L

Year 1980
Lens Groups 6
Lens Element 8
Aperature Blades 8
Minimum Aperture f/16
Closest Focusing 0.9 m
Max. Magnifcation 1:8.3 (0.12x)
Filter Size 72 mm
Diameter x Length 80.8 x 71 mm
Weight 680 gr (1.5 lb)
Hood BT-72
2017-02-02

Jeroen

IQ
9.5
Build
9.5
9.5
Image quality, bokeh.
Weight, expensive.

Check out my full review (comparison) against the 1.8 : http://www.jeroenterlingen.com/blog/2015/8/24/canon-nfd-85mm-lens-comparison

2017-01-19

kellymjones

IQ
10.0
Build
10.0
10
Sharp, great out of focus character, smooth focusing.
None.

The 85 f/1.2 L holds up amazingly well compared to new lenses when mounted on a Sony A7II. At f/1.2 there just a little loss in sharpness. Stopping down to f/2.0 it is super sharp. I love the build quality and smooth focusing action. It's heavy, but I don't count that against it because that's just physics.

2015-06-03

kausthub

IQ
10.0
Build
9.5
9.8
Creamy Bokeh with a very sharp Focus!!!
Some may find it a bit heavy.

Yet another jewel from the Canon FD Line up. I use this on my Sony A7 series cameras and it has so far never let me down. This lens is an amazing portrait lens and its great to make tight portraits, especially of headshots. But it can also be a very useful telephoto portrait lens, where the subject can be captured in sharp focus and the background disappears magically in the form of a very creamy bokeh. Often this gives an effect of an almost 3D effect for the main subject. Focusing using the Sony A7 series is very easy, thanks to the focus peaking. The build quality is almost perfect, while the image quality is definitely perfect. A used one in MINT condition can be found for about US$ 1000, which is a bargain for the quality this lens offers. rnrnSample photo can be found here - https://instagram.com/p/3ZI_4GHttw/

2012-10-04

db73961

IQ
10.0
Build
10.0
10
Cannot find a better lens in this range.
None

Used it on NEX7, As good as any Leica lens (I have one R and three M-mount in this range) but none of them have f1.2. I use the Leica 90mm f2.8 for travelling because it is super small. But this Canon is much more powerful especially when it's cloudy. Otherwise, use a polorizer to keep it wide open.

2012-03-18

Guest

IQ
8.0
Build
9.0
8.3
. . . sharp
. . . big and . . .

Hallo.

Das 1,2/85 L ist scharf, ja . . .

Aber die Unschärfekreise sind schon ganz leicht abgeblendet dahin . . .

Ich halte es für überbewertet . . . !

2012-03-17

rossbeckernz

IQ
10.0
Build
9.5
9.8
Best equal lens I own.

I bought this lens 2 years ago & replaced the newFD mount with a chipped EF mount that I made & now use it on my 1d4 for portraiture. Just fabulous results.

You can see the conversion here. Also mount converted a newFD 50 f1.2L.

nFD 85L pics here: http://goo.gl/Qah7Y

nFD 50L pics here: http://goo.gl/KE7oy

Ross Becker

New Zealand

2009-12-28

RWB

IQ
10.0
Build
10.0
10
Best lens I have ever owned, never fails to amaze.
Lens hood

I have owned two of these over the years, and both have been superb performers. I like to shoot short telephoto, and this is the first lens I put in my bag for a shoot.

2009-09-24

Guest

IQ
10.0
Build
10.0
10
Absolutely great lens.

Fantastic light gathering power.

Great bokeh

Extremely impressive looks.

This is my absolute number one FD lens.

I bought this lens in New Zealand on Ebay for $ 450.

One drawback is that the shade is loose and comes off easily.

I use this lens also for macro photography with 100mm of extension tubes, at F 1.2. Then you get a magnification of a bit more than 1:1, with razor thin DOF, which makes for unique results you cannot possibly get with any other lens. The bokeh is just perfect, then.

Dirk Dom.

2009-07-26

Guest

IQ
10.0
Build
10.0
10
Best FD lens ever made buy it
Expensive poor lens hood design

This is the best FD lens there is, I have owned two over the years since I dropped one from a great height. This lens is a joy to use and is easily my favourite FD lens. The DOF is amazing and the build quality much higher than the EF replacement. THe only flaw with this lens is the lens hood - it cannot be reversed for transport and the plastic is fairly soft so the guide slot eventually become worn. Unfortunatly you really need to use the hood to see what this lens is capable of. I have also used this lens on the micro 4/3 Panasonic G1 body and the result were also outstanding

2009-07-21

Guest

IQ
10.0
Build
9.5
9.8
This lens is THE reason why I`m keeping my FD gear.
Can`t find a single flaw in this lens.

Very sharp, great color rendition, incredible bokeh, mechanically so much better than most of the non-L FD(n) lenses. A lot of glass but very well balanced on a T-90.

2009-04-29

Guest

IQ
10.0
Build
10.0
10
Sharp, great contrast, awesome bokeh, color, great portrait lens, and Image quality
None.

Unbelieveable reults. My favorite lens. I've had it for 23 years( I paid $600 in 1986; well worth the money). The best for portraits but can be used as an all around lens for sharp pictures & excellent IQ. Just have to be careful with focus(shallow depth of field).

2009-04-25

Guest

IQ
10.0
Build
10.0
10
My favorite lens. Super fast. Nice fall off in DOF.

I use these Canon lenses on a 35mm lens adaptor on a video camera. The advantage is the thin DOF is very cinematic versus the ...