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Comparison: Canon 85/1.2L II, 85/1.8, Nikon 85/1.4G

On this page are compared the Canon 5D Mark II using the Canon 85mm f/1.2L II (“85/1.2L” on this page), and 85mm f/1.8. The Nikon 85mm f/1.4G is also included, with the 24MP Nikon D3x images downsampled to match the Canon resolution.

Note that this is a comparison setting aside the qualities of out of focus blur for which the 85/1.2L II is well known. As such it should not be used alone in making a lens choice, but rather as one consideration in light of intended usage.


Series at 1/5000 sec @ f/1.2, 1/4000 @ f/1.4, 1/2000 for f/2, etc.

Apertures in 1/3 stop increments used from f/1.2 through f/2.8, full stops thereafter. This helps show just when things start to improve.

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Test scene — Canon 5D Mark II + 85mm f/1.2L II @ f/2.8

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