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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

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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
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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 1661 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1277)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (359)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1359)
    • Nice bokeh (952)
    • Consistent output (872)
    • Lightweight (867)
    • Easily interchangeable (733)

    Cons

    • Heavy (101)
    • Slow focus (41)
    • Weak casing (34)
    • Poor in low light (17)
    • Blurry focus (16)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (959)
    • Weddings (820)
    • Sports/action (426)
    • Night photography (400)
    • Portraits (335)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (453), Photo enthusiast (436), Pro photographer (270), Casual photographer (139), Enthusiast (85)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (1112), 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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    4.0

    Great lens

    By Shoot and Hunt

    from washington

    Verified Buyer

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

    Great lens for the price.

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    5.0

    Amazing 85 MM Lens for any level photog

    By HBGPhotography

    from NYC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Great Great Great Lens !!!

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        5.0

        Amazing lens

        By Chris

        from Kansas

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

        The best lens for portrait photography! love this I can't say anything bad about the lens and for the price unbeatable.

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        5.0

        Cannot beat it for the money!

        By AJ Brann

        from Holland MI

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Great lens! super fast, great color, only thing I would recommend is a good lens hood, there is some weird colors in the lens flaring. but thats easily fixed. The auto focus is little slow in low light, but I am spoiled with my nicer lenses.

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          • No

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          5.0

          i love this lens

          By Victor Morales

          from Orlando, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Night Photography
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I have always used my 70-200LII but I will have to say that I am in loved with this lens.

            I will recommend this 100%

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            • No

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            5.0

            Sharp and Fast!

            By Canonuser

            from Overland Park

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              This lens is another secret in Canon's arsenal of fast, sharp lenses. I use it mostly for indoor sports (basketball) and it achieves sharp, action-freezing shots for me. So glad I purchased this one!

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              • No

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              4.0

              Can't beat the price

              By Kurt Lee

              from Indianapolis, IN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography
                • Video

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

                I'm a videographer. and this lens is a must have, especially for old school discipline. If you're the type (like me) that thinks variable lenses don't make the cut the same way fixed lens do, this is an excellent lens, particularly if you can't afford the next step up which is the L series 85 mm (which is $ more!). I've only had it for a couple weeks, but it rounds out my core lens lengths of 28, 50, and 85. At f/1.8 as well, this is an amazing light capability. I've even used the lens for photos, and it's pretty solid there (although I'm not a sports photographer so the shutter speed may not be the fastest for that).

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                • No

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                5.0

                great affordable prime lens

                By njitgrad

                from Wayne, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

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

                  IQ is superior to my 50mm f/1.4. I highly recommend this lens to someone looking for their first prime lens.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great portrait lens!

                  By Jamie

                  from Lake Placid

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

                  Love this lens. Go-to for portraits.

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                  5.0

                  Great Value

                  By eo

                  from St Petersburg, Fl

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  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:

                    Big bang for the buck! If you are thinking about buying this, do it. You will be happy.

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                    5.0

                    Great medium-telephoto lens.

                    By BHP

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Night Photography
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      This is an absolutely fantastic medium-telephoto lens. It has a great build quality and even better optics. It's a budget-friendly lens, but you get quite a bang for your buck. I would chose this over the Sigma and the larger, more expensive version of the Canon 85mm. The 85mm focal length also adds great versatility to your lens package because it lends itself to both cropped and full-frame sensor cameras as it's not too long for cropped, and perfectly tight for full-frame. Great lens for taking portraits or shooting interviews. Also, the wide aperture allows for great low-light shooting with those cameras that don't have the capabilities of going to higher ISO ranges.

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                      5.0

                      Amazing lens and incredible deal!

                      By Danna

                      from Tennessee

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

                      I am blown away by this lens. The bokeh is beautiful and the auto focus is quicker than I expected! It's my first prime lens and I am in love with it.

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                      5.0

                      Great Lense for the cost

                      By Celebrations of Tampa Bay

                      from Tampa, FL

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        This is a excellent lense. I have the Canon f 1.2 lense but probably use this one more. Its perfect for shooting candid table shots at weddings, where I can shoot from a distance in low light, and with 85mm I can shoot far enough away where people don't know I'm there and just get great candid reactions. It gives a very nice picture.

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                        5.0

                        Favorite Lens

                        By Austin

                        from Phoenix, AZ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          This is my favorite lens. Super sharp and great value.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Go to Lens

                          By Jen

                          from Indiana

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

                          Great for an everyday lens. Sharp, fast and light! B and H ships quick and are great to buy from!

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                          5.0

                          A Great Lens

                          By Shuttermonkey

                          from Gulfport, MS

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            This lens is great! It is first usm lens I have bought and have found that it is super smooth in its focusing. It is definetly the best lens in my bag.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            What a deal!

                            By bd2000

                            from Oklahoma

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Portrait

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

                                It can't be understated how good of a deal this tack sharp lens is for the money.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Close up shots

                                By Arlindo Almeida Jr

                                from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  Very useful in close up shots on internal low light scenes. Good focus and definition.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  great lens.

                                  By maisha

                                  from Salem, MA

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        so much better than my 50mm 1.4.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Truly Fantastic

                                        By Cory

                                        from Yardley, PA

                                        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
                                          • Outdoor portrait
                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Weddings/Events

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

                                          The image quality is a profound cut above most anything else and the focal length is very useful on a crop for outdoor portraits and medium telephoto needs.
                                          Particularly useful for indoor sports and will make your shots look very professional as long as you do your part (high ISO, correct shutter speed, etc.)
                                          One of the better purchases ever made.

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