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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Imported

B&H # CA8518EF Mfr # 2519A003
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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8-22
  • Ultrasonic Focus Motor
  • Internal, Rear Focusing System
  • Distance Scale
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.8'
  • 58mm Filter Thread Diameter

The EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens from Canon is a highly practical medium telephoto prime lens ideal for a range of applications including portraiture. Its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light and ideal for shallow depth of field focus control. An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides fast, smooth and quiet AF action and because the front lens group does not rotate during focusing, polarizing and special filter effects can be used effectively.

Fast Maximum Aperture
A bright f/1.8 maximum aperture makes this lens a good choice for low-light photography and provides shallow depth of field control, ideal for portraiture with pleasing background blur.
Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
With an ultrasonic motor (USM), the autofocus action on this lens is fast, smooth and quiet.
Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 137 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 28° 30'
Tilt/Shift None
Minimum Focus Distance 2.79' (85 cm)
Magnification 0.13x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 9/7
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.95 x 2.81" (75 x 71.5 mm)
Weight 14.99 oz (425 g)
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
  • E-58U 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
     
    4.8

    (based on 1598 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1231)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (343)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1324)
    • Nice bokeh (916)
    • Consistent output (843)
    • Lightweight (843)
    • Easily interchangeable (714)

    Cons

    • Heavy (100)
    • Slow focus (40)
    • Weak casing (34)
    • Blurry focus (16)
    • Poor in low light (16)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (927)
    • Weddings (796)
    • Sports/action (419)
    • Night photography (390)
    • Portraits (331)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (439), Photo enthusiast (425), Pro photographer (256), Casual photographer (136), Enthusiast (85)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (1066), Yes (47)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Buy regret free!

    This lens is so sharp it hurts (the models of course). It's definitely sharper than my Canon 50mm 1.2L and that thing cost me 3 times the price. This baby's light, focuses...Read complete review

    This lens is so sharp it hurts (the models of course). It's definitely sharper than my Canon 50mm 1.2L and that thing cost me 3 times the price. This baby's light, focuses really quickly and quietly and has a terrific build (plenty good, unless you're going to subject your lens to the very extreme warlike scenario). Not too expensive. The bokeh is superb too. Focus ring just stiff enough for comfy video focus pulls. Couldn't, even if I tried, come up with a single reason why the wad of cash in your safe is any better than this little glass beauty. Get it whenever you can afford it. I own four L-Lenses and this one just outdid every single one of them in image quality.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good Prime for portrait, not perfect

    I bought this prime mainly for portrait and close up of people/animals/objects. The lens is very fast and light, the assembly is of good quality and overall is a good bang for...Read complete review

    I bought this prime mainly for portrait and close up of people/animals/objects. The lens is very fast and light, the assembly is of good quality and overall is a good bang for your bucks (in the range of $400-$450). I'm really happy about its sharpness and it's very fun to use, the colors of the subjects are nice and the contrast is perfect. Overall, a good lens and it gives all you would expect from it.
    What it really disappoints me is a very bad purple fringing and a very bad chromatic aberration around small details, particularly in high contrast and high luminosity situations. They say that stepping the aperture helps reducing these well-known defects, but as far as I can say, they are still annoying up to f4.0 in a consistent number of pictures, so this is an annoying defect that spoils the evaluation what is, apart from that, an excellent lens. I'm happy of the purchase, but there is margin of improvement.

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    5.0

    Best Lense a Little Bit of Money Can Buy

    By IronJazz

    from Brooklyn,NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

    • NONE

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

    Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

    This lense has out performed my "L" lenses in many instances.
    The low light portraits I get while shooting in jazz clubs is amazing.
    I also use a 50 mm 1.4,but I find this lens better.It gives much clearer and defined photos.
    Every photographer should have one of these.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great lens

    By thephoto

    from long island ny

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

        Lens is great for portraits
        Very fast auto focus!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Amazing!!!

        By Jar;

        from Argentina

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

        I did not use it much, but it is perfectly constructed , and its focus is awesome

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        • No

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        5.0

        Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM

        By G-Daddy

        from Clemmons, NC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

          Fantastic lens! I wish I had bought it sooner. Tack sharp and very fast focusing. Love it!

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great portraits!

          By Markham

          from Chicago

          Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

          This lens excels in contrast and color. Very sharp! It does however have some issues focusing in low light situations.

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          4.0

          Great lens and Budget

          By wgvalle

          from Yauco, PR

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

            portraits,
            love stories

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            • No

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            5.0

            Small wonder

            By Bruno Almeida

            from Brazil

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Night Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

              I was looking for a short telephoto and the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM was the perfect choice. Fast, quiet, light and very good optical quality.

              I´m a happy shooter.

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              5.0

              Great value

              By etb

              from Williamsburg, VA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                    For the price, and the image quality, this is an excellent value. Sure you don't get aperture control on camera, but for this type of lens, it doesn't really matter.

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                    5.0

                    Beautiful Bokeh

                    By Paula L

                    from Texas

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                      Great prime lens at a reasonable price. I'm very happy with the Bokeh for portraits when shooting wide open which is what I wanted this lens for. Loving it!

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                      5.0

                      purchased for portraits

                      By Peter

                      from Hadley, MA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                        I have used this lens on one wedding job for head shots and during the reception with a flash. Tack sharp, very good boken, fast focus. No regrets on the purchase of this lens. It added another perspective to capturing the events of the day that the clients were very pleased with.

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                        5.0

                        Great lens

                        By thechadphoto

                        from Long Island New York

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                          For the price you pay the quality of the lens can't be beat. It went above and beyond my expectations.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens!

                          By DC

                          from Tulsa, Ok

                          Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                          I got this lens looking for a low light portrait lens. I have a newborn baby and the kit lens with my 3Ti wasn't producing the shots I needed. Crisp, fast focus in low light and reasonably priced for what I consider a nice second lens.

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                          4.0

                          Excellent lens

                          By dwight

                          from austin, texas

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                            Very good portrait lens, with pleasant bokeh. Teams up nicely with my 6D

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                            5.0

                            Great Budget 85mm Lens

                            By KevinECSP

                            from Seattle, WA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Nice Bokeh
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Night Photography
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                              One of my favorite lenses in my arsenal. Great bokeh, crisp pictures, an all around awesome lens.

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                              5.0

                              Great!

                              By KrameRMU

                              from Pittsburgh

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light

                                Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                                Loving it! Great DOF Great Detail

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                My latest favorite lens!

                                By butteryourbacon

                                from Austin, Tx

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                                  This is a must have lens for anyone that wants a fast and sharp prime lens. After just one roll of film, this has become my walk-around lens that I keep on my camera. Not only is it great for portraits, it takes great sharp landscape pictures and really excels with close up shots.

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect portraits

                                  By Brody Brodo

                                  from New Jersey

                                  Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                                  Simple and affordable. I use this everywhere bit primarily as a portrait lens.

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                                  5.0

                                  I love this lens

                                  By WJM429

                                  from Harrisburg, PA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Rugged

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Street photography

                                    Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                                    I bought this after I used my sister's at a family gathering. It is said by some that Canon's EF 135mmF2L is the sharpest lens in their inventory. I have that lens and it is incredibly sharp, but this lens is just as sharp and amazing in every aspect. Razor sharp and excellent for portrait shots, producing awesome bokeh. When I had my crop sensor camera I used a 50mm as a street lens. Considering that a 50mm on Canon's crop sensor cameras is roughly 80mm, this serves the same purpose for me now on my 6D. Fast, accurate, auto focus, superior build quality, and super sharp photos. I love this lens.

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                                    5.0

                                    Love it!

                                    By Ajanson

                                    from Ohio

                                    Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                                    I am not a professional but I purchased this lens for my used canon 60 D and my photographs are beautiful!

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                                    5.0

                                    When Tack Sharp Means Tack Sharp

                                    By Kyle May

                                    from Cleveland, Ohio (Strongsville)

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Exceptional Wide Open
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Great balance
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Strong Construction
                                    • Super sharp

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Night Photography
                                      • Portraiture
                                      • Product Photography
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens:

                                      I always read reviews prior to purchasing a product. They are always helpful and you learn to read between the lines...ie a negative reveiwers skill level and knowledge, etc. When I read the reveiews for this lens I was surprised at how many were positive reveiws. Since I do product photography, I need the absolute sharpest lenses - but since I am just a professional upstart, I lack the cash for the seriously expensive lenses. This lense is perfect for me. When they say that this lense is tack sharp, you absolutely must believe it -even I was surprised at how tack sharp it is even at larger aperatures. This is helpful particularly when you want to blur backgrounds or shoot in low light. This 85mm lens is also easy to use freehand when shooting at slower aperatures as the balance it has on a 6d body is nothing less than incredible. If you are looking for seriously sharp glass for product shots or want a medium telephoto for portraiture, this lens can do it all. Trust me, this'll be the best money you've ever spent on glass. Bravo Canon.

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