Canon Unveils the RF 85mm f/1.2L, Its Go-To Mirrorless Portrait Lens

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Canon has announced the new RF 85mm f/1.2L USM, a portrait lens for its new full-frame mirrorless cameras and the 5th lens in the RF lineup.

The new standard prime lens is the first Canon RF lens to pack Canon’s proprietary Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics technology, which greatly reduces chromatic aberration in faster lenses.

“The BR optical element, first introduced in the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, is inserted into the lens and refracts blue light between the concave and convex lenses,” Canon says. “This enables the convergence of the entire wavelength of light to one point, resulting in higher image quality from the center to the edges of an image.”

Features and specs of the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L include a minimum focusing distance of 2.79 feet (0.85m), a customizable control ring (for adjusting exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, or ISO), a 12-pin communication system, a dust/weather-resistant build, fluorine coating for resisting smudges, and Air Sphere Coating (ASC) that reduces flare and ghosting.

Here are some official sample photos captured with the lens:

And here’s a short Canon video introducing the new lens:

The Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L will be available in June 2019 with a price tag of $2,699.

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