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85mm Lenses: Canon, Nikon, Zeiss, Leica

This page shows results and examples from 85mm lenses. The 21-megapixel Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III was used to allow the maximum number of lenses to be tested, including Leica and Nikon.

The amount of focus shift varies by lens. These examples were shot at a distance of approximately 68 inches (1.72 meters). This is a distance that frames a loose head-and-shoulders portrait, which means that focus shift has the potential to throw the all-important eyes into blur when focusing wide open (f/1.2 or f/1.4 or f/2) and shooting stopped down.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II

The lens was focused at f/1.2. Focus shift is negligible, effectively absent.

Worth noting is the obnoxious color bokeh in the foreground and background with ugly magenta/green fringes. This is due to uncorrected (non apochromatic) color aberration and is very common with fast lenses. It improves greatly by f/2.8.

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Focused at f/1.2

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