Canon has released the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens, a medium telephoto lens that's the first RF lens, and only the company's second lens, to feature Canon's Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics. It will sell with a recommended price of $2699. There's no news of the DS 'Defocus Smoothing' variant Canon has said is in development.

The lens features a new optical design compared to the EF version of the 85mm F1.2 II USM lens that includes one aspherical element, one ultra-low dispersion (UD) glass element and the aforementioned BR optics, which is placed between the concave and convex lenses and is designed to eliminate longitudinal chromatic aberration (typically seen as purple and green fringing in front of and behind the focal plane). In total, it contains 13 elements in 9 groups. Canon has also included its Air Sphere Coating (ASC), which helps to minimize lens flare and ghosting.

The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens has an aperture range of F1.2 through F16, a minimum focus distance of 85cm (2.79ft), an 82mm front filter thread and is weather-resistant with a dedicated fluorine coating. Like other RF lenses, the RF 85mm F1.2 features a customizable control ring at the front of the lens that can be used to adjust exposure compensation, aperture, ISO or shutter speed.

Below are three high-resolution sample photos provided by Canon:

The lens measures in at 10.4cm (4.1") diameter, 11.6cm (4.6") long and it weighs 1.2kg (2.6lbs). Compared to its EF counterpart, it's both wider, longer and heavier.

The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens is currently available to pre-order (Adorama, B&H) for $2,699 and is set to ship in June 2019.

Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length85 mm
Image stabilizationNo
Lens mountCanon RF
Maximum apertureF1.2
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades9
Aperture notesCircular aperture blades
Minimum focus0.85 m (33.46)
Motor typeRing-type ultrasonic
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Weight1195 g (2.63 lb)
Diameter103 mm (4.06)
Length117 mm (4.62)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockNo
Filter thread82 mm
Hood product codeET-89
Tripod collarNo