Included with this "L" series lens is the usual lens hood, which is a snap on version, and works pretty good. I think I like this design better than the standard twist and lock! It also comes with the standard leather lens pouch, that if you are like me never gets used!
One thing that amazes me is that while the lens is weather sealed it does lack the seal on the mount... Because of the lens mounts design, this was left out.. No a big deal but something I wanted to mention..
This lens gives the photographer the true freedom of shooting at the f1.2 aperture and being able to get outstanding images! I have shot with lenses such as the 24-70mm 2.8L Mark I, and almost always the wide aperture 2.8 was soft and basically usable for most print needs. The 85L is simple stunning wide open, and 1.2 is fully usable for print work. To the right and below are 3 shots to illustrate it's wide f1.2 capabilities...
The real nice thing about being able to shoot sharp images at f1.2 is the ability to isolate the subject from the background! Any background becomes a creamy heaven in an instance, while the subject is left to jump out of the image! Shooting wide open with this glass also allows lots of light in, which can give you lightning fast shutter speeds! The shot to the right was shot at 1/8000, and it was an overcast day!
Shooting at f1.2 has it's limitations... Depth of Field is very very thin, so great care with focusing must be made. This shot of the dog illustrates how effective f1.2 can be. This eyes are in good focus plane, but notice how the nose is blurred? this is because of the narrow depth of field up close to the subject... Either opening up the aperture or stepping back further from the subject is all you can do to correct this from happening. In this shot it was my intention, but always keep this in mind when shooting wide open with this lens. Some care and fore thought should be taken with this lens, to avoid focus disappointments! That said it is a terrific lens for anyone who wants to get creative!
The shot below is opened up a bit to demonstrate just how razor shape this lens can be... At f5.0 things sharpen up really nice! Background blur is still very pleasing, and I find that shooting any more stopped down for me will rarely be needed with this lens.
Optical quality ★★★★★
Performance ★★★★ Only because of the sluggish AF speed!!!