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Old Aug 5, 2010, 1:18 PM   #1
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Default 85mm L 1.2 Mark II vs Mark I

When looking at the Canon 85MM L 1.2f lens, how can I tell if it's a Mark i or Mark ii?

And how big of a difference do you experience between the two?

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Old Aug 5, 2010, 2:34 PM   #2
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The mkII has II after the L and before USM as can be seen in this photo http://www.warehouseexpress.com/webc...37/1012402.jpg

As for the differences, I think improved AF, not sure if there is anything optical. Check out SLRgear and see what you can find on there.

Are you seriously thinking of getting one of these?
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Old Aug 5, 2010, 4:30 PM   #3
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Hi Mark,

I had my Canon 24-70 2.8 lens stolen.
The cost of replacing it is about $1,400 US Dollars. I have a 24-105 L F4 lens, so replacing the 24-70 may be a bit redundant.

Maybe not.

But I have also located a very nice used 85mm 1.2L Mark II for about the same price.

I'd be happy to hear what you think. My other lenses are Canon 50mm 1.8, Canon 70-200 2.8 IS, and Canon 24-135 3.5 - 5.6. & and I stated above, 24-105 L F4.

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Old Aug 5, 2010, 4:49 PM   #4
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It's a very specialist lens that I would love but really don't have the use for (even at weddings). I really wouldn't want to invest in a lens like that unless you have a very specific need or style. Personally go for the Canon 85mm f1.8 and upg the 50mm f1.8 (if you are using it lots wide open) to the Sigma 50mm f1.4. If you don't use the 50 much then other things would be on my list like flash etc.
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Old Aug 11, 2010, 5:01 AM   #5
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85mm is a tough lens. once you know the region to operate the results can be stunning.....specially weddings.. the DOF is thin...very thin in fact..the chances of getting both the eyes in focus is very tough and requires some practice and angles.

Overall a 5D and 85mm F1.2 would make my day "anyday".

Its a creative lens that requires patience, practice and creativity to create some magic portraits...
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I have had both and the only difference I noted was a bit faster auto focus with the MKII version. This is an optical wonder with crazy sharp results. Just dont expect lightning fast autofocus. If you need fast AF and are willing to give up a bit on the image quality the 85 1.8 makes a nice alternative for a lot less money.
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