Canon 85mm f/1.4 L IS Reviews Begin to Trickle in
The new 85mm f/1.4 L IS is Canon’s most anticipated lens of the year, and with shipments beginning in the last few weeks, the first proper reviews are starting to hit the web. Bryan over at TDP hasn’t quite finished the full review yet, but the image quality comparisons are live and things are looking good. The lens is ,unsurprisingly, considerably sharper than the Canon 85mm f/1.2 L which is a much older design. Interesting for me was by how much it outperformed the highly-regarded 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro in the corners of the frame. Clearly this lens is optically outstanding! Trusted Reviews has also published a full review of the lens saying “This is without doubt one of the finest prime lenses Canon has made in recent years”.
When this lens was first announced, the price was shockingly low. Many people, myself included, expected it to be price $700+ more than the retail launch price. This aggressive pricing is no doubt thanks to the recent competition from brands like Sigma and Tamron, both of whom have been creating some excellent, well-priced glass in the last couple of years. We do love some competition in the marketplace!
Several other reiviews have now popped up on YouTube, as well as the obligatory unboxing videos. Shared below for your vicarious enjoyment.