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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

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  • 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
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 1690 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1303)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (362)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1377)
    • Nice bokeh (966)
    • Consistent output (887)
    • Lightweight (878)
    • Easily interchangeable (743)

    Cons

    • Heavy (103)
    • Slow focus (43)
    • Weak casing (34)
    • Poor in low light (17)
    • Blurry focus (16)

    Best Uses

    • Low light (974)
    • Weddings (835)
    • Sports/action (427)
    • Night photography (406)
    • Portraits (339)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (460), Photo enthusiast (443), Pro photographer (277), Casual photographer (141), Enthusiast (85)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (1136), 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

    Quickly becoming a new favorite

    By Hstrynrd

    from Colorado

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

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

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

    I wasn't too sure about this lens at first since I already owned the nifty-fifty and canon 24-105 L f/4. This lens is quickly becoming my new favorite everyday lens.

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    5.0

    Bokeh for your Buck!!!

    By OSP

    from Central New York

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 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:

      This lens is amazing for the price. I've never had the opportunity to shoot Canon's 1.2 version of the 85mm, however, this lens must be comparable. I'm shooting this lens on a Canon 5D Mark iii, and it's incredibly sharp. This lens a must to add to your portrait lens arsenal; in other words, a purchase you won't regret!

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      5.0

      Must-Have lens for Canon SLR

      By Dr. Mike S.

      from Paramus, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Portraits
        • special events
        • Weddings/Events

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

        This is the perfect lens for portraits. This lens produces the photos that people want and they will ask for copies!

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        5.0

        Great portrait lens!

        By Jackie

        from Buchanan, MI

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

        I am a big fan of prime lenses and I'm really glad I added this one to my collection! It's great for portraits. I like being able to get up close shots of my kids without having to be right in their faces with my camera.

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        4.0

        Portrait lens with good f - stop

        By Twins Dad

        from Pennsylvania

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

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

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

        I purchased this lens as an addition to my recent purchase of the Canon 6D camera purchase with the 24mm - 105mm f/4 kit len. I wanted the lower f stops so that I could shoot indoors without a flash. Thus far, this lens has been wonderful. I used it recently for my daughters' graduation receptions. The auto focus seems to be slightly slower than the kit lens, however the pictures thus far have been very good.

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        5.0

        Great value

        By Len

        from Bolingbrook

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

        Love the color and fast focusing. Very sharp and great value

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        5.0

        don't miss out . no brainer

        By artman

        from florida

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

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

          great quality dispite its great price using it on regular basis for portraits and body shots of our daughters newborn . excellent. bought this lens after reading other reviews and it does not disapoint

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          4.0

          Awesome just pure awesome

          By Re-Pete

          from Marysville WA.

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful Focus

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Prortraiture
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

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

            This is a wonderful portrait lens! Don't know how I got along before I bought it!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great bang for your buck!

            By Sheriphoto

            from Huntington Beach, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              I was looking for a fixed lens that would give me crip images, but didn't break the bank. I'm very happy with this lens.

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              5.0

              Love this lens!

              By Jamie1826

              from Sandusky, Ohio

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Weddings/Events

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

                Great quality for a great price!

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                • No

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                5.0

                New Portrait Lens

                By mgunter

                from Shawnee, OK

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    I bought this low light lens for my portrait photography and so far I love it!

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                    5.0

                    Great lens for the cost

                    By Wayne Jordan

                    from Terre Haute, IN

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraiture

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

                      Almost bought this lens last year, but held off to buy a 90mm macro lens. But was needing a good portraiture lens for my job and decided to get this lens. Will probably buy one for my person photography later. Love the shallow depth of field this lens is capable of creating.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens For The Price

                      By Hagar

                      from Butler, Pa.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Really Clear Images
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portrait
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I purchased this lens to use as an all around lens. It has proven to be great for portrait work. It is very fast and smooth. The images are clear and crisp. This lens is a must have if you are looking for that great portrait.

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                      5.0

                      Awesome Prime Lens

                      By Frankie's mom

                      from Brighton, MI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Low Light Shots
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • PORTRAIT SHOTS
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Shots
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Night Photography

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

                        I was torn between a macro lens or a prime lens. I chose dsthe 85 Canon prime lens. The prime lens is great for portrait shots, low light shots and use it with a higher F stop and it is incredible for those close up shots. Lower the F/stop and you blur the background. Does a wonderful job, many uses

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                        5.0

                        Awesome....

                        By Parker

                        from Cullman, Al

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

                        I purchased this lens on line and wasn't exactly sure it would do what I needed it to do...but after speaking with a sales rep from B&H I felt better... I have to say I am more than impressed and very happy with this lens it is a great carry around lens that does it all... And I can't say enough about how good the people at B&H are to work with... Their knowledge is second to know and I look forward to doing more business with them!

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                        5.0

                        One of Canon's best kept secrets

                        By Amber N

                        from Palm Bay FL

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

                        This lens is fast and amazingly sharp. I've played with the Canon 85mm 1.2L and this lens is almost up there. Matter of fact, it's sharper than the big L brother when wide open.

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                        5.0

                        Superb Optics

                        By Planar98

                        from Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              I have previously used the 100L, 35L, and 17-40L canon lenses. This lens is optically as good as any of my L lenses at half the price. Light, fast focusing, and wonderful for both portraits and my landscape work. Will disuade you from being an "L" snob.

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                              4.0

                              Don't be fooled by the price-tag ...

                              By Roo

                              from Southern California

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Ease-of-use
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Sharpness

                              Cons

                              • Less Rugged Than 'l'

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Portraits
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              Don't be fooled by the price-tag of this lens. The quality is superb. With most products and industries, a direct correlation between price and quality is marketed. However, as a consumer, sometimes it is best to test this relationship for yourself (or research trustworthy, technical reviews). In this case, the 85mm f/1.8 lens is a gem. The only knock against the lens is the 'L' ruggedness, but, for a savings of $ over the f/1.2, you can afford to take the risk. I highly recommend this lens for most practical uses. High-quality. Excellent images. Reliable functionality. You will not be disappointed.

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                              5.0

                              Great prime lense

                              By Chris

                              from Philadelphia, PA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              This lense is absolutely one of the best portrait lense. The images come out sharp and crisp. Since the highest aperature is 1.8 it works well with low light conditions and gives that creamy bokeh look. Highly suggest this lense for anyone who is into portrait photography!

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                              5.0

                              A little reach out and touch

                              By Timbo Photo

                              from Savannah, GA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                My go to short telephoto lens

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