Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
THIS new L-series telephoto prime will have great appeal with portrait and wedding photographers who desire superior image quality to the aging EF 85mm f/1.8 USM and those who don’t want to splash out £1,765 for the larger and heavier EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. The big attraction is its optical image stabilisation, which is effective to four stops and will be a godsend in low-light venues such as churches and dimly lit interiors. It has a 77mm filter thread, 0.85m minimum focusing distance and weather sealing that’ll provide reassurance when it’s used in variable weather conditions. If it’s anywhere near as good as our first impressions suggest, this is going to be an extremely popular lens with Canon full-frame users and it’s one we can’t wait to get our hands on when our review sample arrives in a few weeks. Watch this space!
This 85mm prime is one of the latest lenses to be added to Canon’s L-series