Canon Will Release an 85mm f/1.4L Lens this Summer, Report

Canon portrait photographers listen up, you’re got some new glass coming your way. In a few months time, we will allegedly see a brand new lens added to the Canon L lineup of high-end glass: the 85mm f/1.4L.

If you’re familiar with Canon’s L-lens offerings, you know that there’s already a high-end 85mm in the lineup: the 85mm f/1.2L. But if you can’t afford (or don’t want) to spend $1,850 on a portrait lens, Canon Rumors is now reporting with certainty that an 85mm f/1.4L is on the way.

The lens will present a welcome challenge for the newly-released Sigma 85mm f/1.4 ART lens, which photographers are loving so far. Currently, the $1,200 Sigma probably offers the best 85mm bang for your buck if you’re a Canon shooter, but all of that may change if and when this Canon 85 arrives to challenge the new DxOMark king.

Unfortunately, we don’t have a specific release date for the lens as of yet, but CR claims the lens will arrive “some time in Q2/early Q3,” with more details promised in the coming weeks. What we do know is that this lens is in the works, and it will not replace the 85mm f/1.2L, which will remain in the lineup for the time being.

Keep an eye on PetaPixel and we’ll let you know as soon as this exciting new lens is officially announced.

Image credits: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L USM II by David Murphy.

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