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Canon Unveils the 85mm f/1.4L IS, Its First 85mm with Stabilization


Canon has just officially announced its new 85mm f/1.4L IS lens. It’s Canon’s first ever 85mm lens to offer image stabilization.

The new lens complements Canon’s 85mm lineup rather than replace the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II. It’s still a top-of-the-line professional L lens, but instead of a wider f/1.2 aperture, you get four stops of stabilization and f/1.4.

On a Canon APS-C crop sensor camera, this 85mm offers a 136mm equivalent focal length.

Size-wise, this lens is longer than the 85mm f/1.2 (4.1″/10.4cm versus 3.3″/8.38cm) but lighter (2.09lbs/949.7g versus 2.26lbs/1025g).

The lens features a 9-blade rounded aperture, a dust- and water-resistant build, a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast and accurate autofocusing, full-time manual focus override, Air Sphere coating (ASC) for reducing flare and ghosting, an aspherical element for reducing aberrations and distortion, and a filter thread of 77mm.

Here are some low-res official sample photos captured with this new lens:

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM will be available in November 2017 with a price tag of $1,599. By comparison, the Canon 85mm f/1.2L II currently costs $1,899.