New Canon RF85mm f/1.2L USM Empowers Photographers to Capture Stunning & Soulful Portraits
Working in sync with the cutting-edge EOS R RF mount technology, the RF85mm f/1.2L USM expands the range of RF lenses and achieves superior optical performance with its large aperture to create an ethereal bokeh effect
SINGAPORE, 8 May 2019 - Canon today announced the launch of the new RF85mm f/1.2L USM portrait prime lens. Prime lenses with an 85mm focal length are sought after by professionals and advanced amateurs for their optimal distance to provide perspective, depth and the ability to capture beautiful bokeh effect. Now, the new RF85mm f/1.2L USM redefines what an 85mm lens can achieve on Canon’s new EOS R system.
As a L series RF lens developed for professional photographers using the EOS R system, the RF85mm f/1.2L USM utilises the wide diameter and short back focus distance of the RF mount to achieve an 85mm lens with a bright aperture of f/1.2, ultra-high resolution and autofocus function.
“The 85mm f/1.2 lens has always been viewed as the industry benchmark for many professional and portrait photographers, and the new lens will continue to meet the highest demands of professionals on the EOS R system,” said Hirano Eiji, Senior Director of Regional ICP Sales & Marketing, Canon Singapore. “We are committed to delivering the same excellent optical standards as the L-series predecessors of the RF85mm f/1.2L USM while leveraging on the latest RF mount to maximise lens performance.”
All About Light
From a soft diffused glow to a spectacularly lit skylight, the mastery of light makes a vital difference to photography. With its large aperture of f/1.2, the RF85mm f/1.2L USM allows more light to enable photographers to control light exposure and its 9-blade circular aperture also delivers amazingly beautiful and soft bokeh. The f/1.2 aperture enables the capturing of sharp and crisp images in low light environments with a higher shutter speed.
The 85mm focal length has been the ideal choice for portrait photographers, allowing them to create natural-looking portraits and producing beautiful bokeh in conjunction with large-aperture lenses.
The lens achieves a minimum focusing distance of 0.85m and 0.12x maximum magnification, expanding the shooting capability from close-ups of people to shooting small objects.
This lens is newly developed with 13 elements in 9 groups, including Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) optical element in one location, one UD and one ground aspherical lens element to achieve superior image quality from centre to periphery even at the maximum aperture of f/1.2.
The RF85mm f/1.2L USM also features Canon’s Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to reduce lens flare and ghosting caused by reflections and improve image clarity and contrast when shooting into backlight.
A New Sensory Experience with RF Mount & Control Ring
The RF85mm f/1.2L USM also features a new control ring found in new RF lens series. Users can assign settings including aperture value, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and exposure compensation. The control ring provides an accurate tactile feedback in the form of soft click-stops to the user as they make adjustments.
When the control ring is operated alongside the main dial and quick control dial on the EOS R camera, the user will have three dials to set the aperture, shutter speed and ISO sensitivity respectively, it reduces the difficulty of operations that formerly required several steps.
It is recommended that users try assigning exposure compensation to the control ring during portrait shooting. For example, when shooting portraits outdoors and the lighting conditions change unexpectedly, users may use their left hand to operate the control ring and adjust exposure compensation while simultaneously focusing on using the shutter button with their right hand. The dust and drip resistance ensures high durability even when shooting outdoors.
The RF85mm f/1.2L USM is available from June 2019.
|Angle of View (Diagonal)||28°30′|
|Angle of View (Horizontal)||24°00|
|Angle of View (Vertical)||16°00′|
|Closest Focusing Distance (m, ft)||0.85 / 2.79|
|Construction (groups elements)||9-13|
|Diameter x Length (mm) (Max.)||103.2 x 117.3|
|Drive System||Ring USM|
|Filter Size (mm)||82|
|Max. Magnification (x)||0.12|
|No. of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Anti-dust and Moisture||Provided|
|Weight (g) (Approx.)||1195|
|Accessories (Lens Cap)||E-82 II|
|Accessories (Lens Hood)||ET-89|
|Accessories (Lens Bag)||LP1424|
About Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company covers 22 other regions including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc. has a global network of more than 300 companies and employs close to 200,000 people worldwide. It is dedicated to the advancement in technology and innovation and commits more than 8% of its total revenue each year to R&D. Canon is consistently one of the top few companies to earn the most number of patents over the last 20 years. As a Fortune Global 500 company, Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good.
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