Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Prime Lens is Canon’s First RF Lens to Feature Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics

Canon today announced the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM standard prime lens for the EOS R Full-Frame mirrorless camera system.  The fifth lens in the RF family, the RF 85mm lens provides another vital tool for photographers using the EOS R or EOS RP cameras, in particular, those shooting portrait photography.

The new lens features a bright f/1.2 aperture which, along with the 85mm focal length, encompasses an ideal lens for portrait photographers. 85mm is often the preferred focal length selected by photographers when shooting portraits because it provides an appropriate depth and perspective of the subject relative to the background, helping to capture high-quality imagery with beautiful and desirable bokeh.

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The most unique feature of the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens is Canon’s proprietary optical technology, Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics that helps to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations that could occur with large aperture 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. 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.

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The focal length also allows for the photographer and subject to maintain optimum distance apart to support strong communication, while not being too close. The customizable control ring allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO. The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens is scheduled to be available June 2019 for an estimated retail price of $2699.00.