If you shoot portraits, fashion or work in available light, then you likely want to know about the recently announced Canon EF 85 mm f/1.4 L IS USM lens. This is a classic portrait length telephoto lens, which was designed to combine great image quality, focusing speed, image stabilization and excellent low light performance.
The 85mm f/1.4 joins two current long standing 85 mm lenses in the Canon lens line. The EF 85 mm at 1.8 USM (priced at $369) and the renowned 85 mm f/1.2 L USM II lens (priced at $1,899). It does not replace either current lens, but instead joins them in the canon lens line. The f/1.4 lens provides a tremendous professional option price between the the f/1.8 and f/1.2 versions at $1,599 will be available this coming November 2017.
Image stabilization and the fast at 1.4 maximum aperture make this a terrific lens for available like shooting at weddings, events and even indoor sports where you can get relatively close to the action, such as at a basketball game.
This lens is 2 stops faster than an f/2.8 zoom. To put that into perspective that might mean the difference between shooting at ISO 1600 instead of ISO 6400 in some low light situations. The lens renders out of focus elements beautifully. It has a 9 blade circular aperture. This is an l series lane so its mechanical design emphasizes smooth operation when you manually focus, along with the weather resistance and durability, the professionals and serious enthusiasts expect. A locking bayonet lens hood is included with the lens, and it accepts 77 millimeter screw in filters.
The 85 mm f/1.4 l is is simply an outstanding lens for for serious enthusiasts and pros who want to expand their optical horizons beyond zooms or really put an exclamation point on their imagery. Whether you shoot portraits in the studio, fashion images available light candids or events and weddings, this is an exciting new lens option.
A few sample images provided by Canon USA: