Portrait photographers, are you excited? The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS lens is going to be announced soon.
Rumoured EF 85mm f/1.4L IS Specifications
According to Canon Rumors, the 85mm f/1.4L will have:
• 4 stops of image stabilization
• Fluorine coating
• 1 molded aspherical element
• 9 aperture blades
This will be a tremendous improvement for portrait photographers, many of whom have been discouraged by the chromatic aberration and autofocus issues in the Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens. Despite this upgrade, the 85mm f.1.4L won't replace the well-loved 85mm f/1.2L. Instead, it will complement its $1,800 sibling and provide Canon users, especially portrait photographers, with more opportunities to take the best photos possible.
Portrait photographers generally love the 85mm focal length as it generally minimises distortion for faces – it is the “classic” portrait focal length though some photographers do go as wide as 50mm or as long as 120mm depending on their personal style and intent.
At f/1.4, this lens opens up to allow in a lot of light. That means you can use slower shutter speeds (especially with the built in Image Stabilisation (IS) of this camera) and also means you will be able to achieve a very nice bokeh (see how here). The IS also means you will be able to hand hold this camera at much slower shutter speeds compared to its non-IS cousins and while still avoiding accidental motion blur.
What's the Competition for This Lens?
As thrilling as this may be for photographers, it's a new competitor for Sigma's 85mm f/1.4 ART lens and Tamron's 85mm f/1.8 lens, both of which can be bought for $1,100 and $870, respectively. However, all three lenses share similarities, pointing to the fact that, perhaps, Canon is just catching up with other companies to satisfy its customers. Sigma's 85mm f/1.4 has a super multi-layer coating and a rounded, 9-blade diaphragm. The Tamron 85mm f/1.8 has a fluorine coating and a fast aperture with image stabilization.
When is it Coming?
Though the price and release date of the 85mm f/1.4L are yet to be announced, many are expecting it to both challenge a variety of high-end lenses and award portrait photographers with excitement, inspiration, and successful improvements.
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Further reading on the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS