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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens USA

You Pay: $419.00

Mail-In Rebate: -$50.00

Offer ends: JAN 31 '15
Price after rebate: $369.00
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 1645 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (1264)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (356)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (23)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1350)
    • Nice bokeh (944)
    • Consistent output (863)
    • Lightweight (862)
    • Easily interchangeable (728)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Low light (950)
    • Weddings (813)
    • Sports/action (425)
    • Night photography (396)
    • Portraits (335)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (452), Photo enthusiast (432), Pro photographer (266), Casual photographer (139), Enthusiast (85)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (1102), 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

    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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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic lens!

                  By Amy in NY

                  from New York

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light

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

                    This is my fifth lens to add to my collection and instantly became my favorite. I love the sharpness of my 50mm 1.8, but this lens is so much faster! It focuses quickly and is the sharpest of all my lenses. I am smitten with the close ups and the gorgeous bokeh.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Clarity

                    By calebhaleyandaddiesmom

                    from Houston, 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
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      This lens provides super sharp photos and the shutter speed is fantastic. This is my new favorite for shooting everything from volleyball to pictures of my lazy dog!

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                      5.0

                      Love this lens!

                      By Kate the photographer

                      from Wahoo, NE

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        I was looking for a prime portrait lens without breaking the bank. This is the lens! If you are looking for a fast lens that will give beautiful portraits get this lens. I specialize in senior photography and am so excited to use this more and more!

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                        5.0

                        great lens for the $

                        By MGS photo

                        from Tampa, FL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            fantantic portrait lens

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Awesome lens

                            By Image addict

                            from Hawaii

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

                            I love this lens, good bokeh effect, sharp image. I have not closely examine the edges of image for any distortion. It's good buy for the price!

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                            5.0

                            Great lens!

                            By MS

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                The is a great lens for the price. Image quality is great and autofocus is fast.

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                                4.0

                                Initial use of lens.

                                By thebartalk'r

                                from Citrus County, Florida

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                • Great For Low-light Situa
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Location portraits
                                  • Night Photography

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

                                  I have only begun to explore the possibilities of the Canon 85mm prime lens, besides portraits, and still-life photos. At close range, it is too much for head/torso portraits. You need 10-12 feet between the model and the camera for its fabulous focus and clarity capabilities to be appeciated. I was genuinely impressed with the detail the lens picked up and magnified so clearly, and so well. It may have been me, but I found it not a bit slow in focusing in low light atmospheres. It also was able to pick up much more detail than even my (Canon) 24mm F/2.8 lens does in macro. A wonderful lens, at a great price to boot. You guys are the best at what you do. Bring back customers, over and over again. Kudos for the great service... a real customer. DMCooper

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                                  5.0

                                  One of My Best Lenses

                                  By Chris

                                  from Lincolnton, NC

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

                                  I wanted this lens for quite some time. My husband bought it for me and it is everything I hoped it would be. It is a great portrait lens, has a good sturdy body and the images are crisp and clear. The price is very reasonable and B&H shipped quickly. I highly recommend this lens and B&H is a pleasure to do business with always!

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                                  5.0

                                  One of My Wish List Lenses

                                  By CmRung

                                  from Lincolnton,NC

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

                                  I am so excited to finally get this Ef 85mm lens that I have been wanting for quite some time. I love Canon products and this lens is awesome; it has a nice solid feel and great for portraits! B&H Photo is always a great buying experience and they ship very quickly.

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                                  4.0

                                  Must have!

                                  By Brad

                                  from Seattle

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

                                  I bought this lens for indoor sports, it's a perfect focal length with a full frame camera. Very happy with the results, the f/1.8 aperture helps to reduce the normally high ISO I would need to freeze the action with indoor sports.

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                                  5.0

                                  wonderful lens

                                  By JK

                                  from Allentown, NJ

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Good Bokey
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • ShRp

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits

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

                                    I bought this lens to shoot portraits. It is fast and very sharp.

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                                    5.0

                                    A wonderful alternative

                                    By Jackie

                                    from Lancaster, NY

                                    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
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events

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

                                      I love this lens. I rented both this and the 85mm 1.4 before purchasing, and honestly I like the 1.8 far better. The focusing is faster (the 1.4 tends to lag) and for event photography, it needs to be able to do so. It has become my go-to lens.

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                                      4.0

                                      Very Nice Portraits

                                      By LL Kool G

                                      from Ft Worth TX

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

                                      I am a novice photographer but pictures with this lens look very professional. I think I am going to like using it but it has limited use indoors because of the magnification. I probably would get the 50mm if I had it to do over.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great for the price!

                                      By susancol3

                                      from Carlsbad, ca

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Macro Photography

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

                                        The lens is great for those who cant afford the f/1.4.

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                                        5.0

                                        Much better on FF camera (for me anyway)

                                        By Dan Singer Photography

                                        from St. Louis, Missouri

                                        About Me Semi-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
                                          • Night Photography
                                          • Weddings/Events

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

                                          I've used this lens a few times now on my 5DMIII and love it, it's tack sharp and exactly what I wanted for a fast lens (no way I could afford the L 1.2) I use mostly my 70-200 for portraits but look forward to trying this lens in times where the 70-200 just won't work (rare). I had owned this lens before on my 7D but with the cropped frame just wasn't working for me....Honestly I think this is just one of those lenses you need in your bag.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great portrait lens!

                                          By rennisk

                                          from los Gatos, CA

                                          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
                                            • Weddings/Events

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

                                            Best use is portraits. Great clarity, amazing bokeh.

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