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ocabj
10-26-2010, 9:22 PM
I ordered the Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II USM lens last Wednesday from B&H.

I have to refrain from posting photos taken with the actual lens itself, since posting any of the photos I have taken with it so far will most likely result in a thread deletion.

http://www.ocabj.net/gallery2/d/12978-2/Canon_EOS_7D-IMG_8170-pp.jpg

http://www.ocabj.net/gallery2/d/12984-2/Canon_EOS_7D-IMG_8174-pp.jpg

IntoForever
10-26-2010, 9:41 PM
Daaaammmmnnnn! That's purdyfull!

ponderosa
10-26-2010, 9:57 PM
Wow, 1.2... amazing. My old Canon AE-1 Program had a 1.4 and I thought I was special ;)

Way to go!

minuteman
10-27-2010, 12:21 AM
You are a lucky guy!

bigmike82
10-27-2010, 7:33 AM
pics or gtfo.

:D

For the neophytes here...why is that lens so expensive? I always figured price tags like that were reserved for the giant paparazi telephoto lenses...

nmerced
10-27-2010, 7:51 AM
pics or gtfo.

:D

For the neophytes here...why is that lens so expensive? I always figured price tags like that were reserved for the giant paparazi telephoto lenses...

It's a faster lens (i.e. bigger aperture). Gives the photographer more flexibility in camera settings.

jcardona1
10-27-2010, 7:59 AM
pics or gtfo.

:D

For the neophytes here...why is that lens so expensive? I always figured price tags like that were reserved for the giant paparazi telephoto lenses...
Yup, the giant, lighting fast f/1.2 aperture makes it very expensive. In comparison, I have a little 50mm f/1.8 that only cost me $80. It takes a lot of high quality glass and engineering to get great image quality at f/1.2, hence the price tag.

ocabj
10-27-2010, 8:36 AM
pics or gtfo.

:D

For the neophytes here...why is that lens so expensive? I always figured price tags like that were reserved for the giant paparazi telephoto lenses...

I can't post pics. Thread will get locked/deleted. Explore my signature line for pics with the lens.

Canon only makes two lenses right now that will open up to f/1.2, a 50mm and a 85mm. As indicated by earlier response, f/1.2 is very hard to achieve. It requires a lot of glass elements and large glass elements. Also, since it's an L-series lens, they use very high quality glass.

As far as price tag, the high end telephoto lenses are far more expensive that the 85 f/1.2L. To go 300mm f/2.8 will be $4300, and 300 isn't even that long a lens. The Canon 400mm f/2.8 is $7000.

evidens83
10-27-2010, 3:20 PM
Wow very nice!

jcardona1
10-27-2010, 3:24 PM
I can't post pics. Thread will get locked/deleted. Explore my signature line for pics with the lens.

Canon only makes two lenses right now that will open up to f/1.2, a 50mm and a 85mm. As indicated by earlier response, f/1.2 is very hard to achieve. It requires a lot of glass elements and large glass elements. Also, since it's an L-series lens, they use very high quality glass.

As far as price tag, the high end telephoto lenses are far more expensive that the 85 f/1.2L. To go 300mm f/2.8 will be $4300, and 300 isn't even that long a lens. The Canon 400mm f/2.8 is $7000.
Great portfolio :D But seriously though, that's some amazing portrait work

Black Majik
10-27-2010, 3:44 PM
I have to refrain from posting photos taken with the actual lens itself, since posting any of the photos I have taken with it so far will most likely result in a thread deletion.

Those were some great pictures on SH. Thanks for sharing. :D

bandook
10-27-2010, 7:40 PM
pics or gtfo.

:D

For the neophytes here...why is that lens so expensive? I always figured price tags like that were reserved for the giant paparazi telephoto lenses...

It's a wide 'L' lens - part of the Canon Pro series. If you thought guns were an expensive hobby... I spent more on my flash than the last rifle I bought...

Rhythm of Life
10-27-2010, 7:44 PM
It's a wide 'L' lens - part of the Canon Pro series. If you thought guns were an expensive hobby... I spent more on my flash than the last rifle I bought...

I know quite a few pro's shooting on a $29.99 Holga! Not all photography is expensive, its just as expensive as you want it to be.

IntoForever
10-27-2010, 7:57 PM
My 24mm L f/1.4 lens was $1700 and I consider it well spent. Next I'm getting the 5D for $2500, then the next on the list is the 50mm L f/1.2 then on to the 85mm L f/1.2. I get irritated when photographers next to me keep blinding everyone with their damn flash and I know how their photos are generally going to look. Now if only Los Angeles would start issuing CCW's!!! After I shoot you, I'd shoot you.