Canon currently offers three different 85mm lenses: the $419 85mm f/1.8, the $1,599 85mm f/1.4L IS, and the $1,899 85mm f/1.2L II. If you’re wondering how they stack up, check out this 9-minute video.
The 85mm f/1.2 is a favorite among portrait photographers who prize its extremely shallow depth of field and creamy bokeh. When shooting fast-moving subjects, however, the 85mm f/1.2 is a bit sluggish.
The 85mm f/1.8 captures sharp photos of moving subjects relatively well and, compared to the 95mm f/1.2, it doesn’t break the bank.
The 85mm f/1.4 IS, announced just last year and therefore the youngest lens of the bunch, provides a middle ground in everything: solid autofocus speed, a large aperture, and a cheaper price tag than the f/1.2.