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CanonEF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 1643 reviews)

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    (356)

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    (23)

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    (2)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1349)
  • Nice bokeh (944)
  • Consistent output (862)
  • Lightweight (862)
  • Easily interchangeable (727)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Low light (949)
  • Weddings (812)
  • Sports/action (425)
  • Night photography (395)
  • Portraits (335)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (452), Photo enthusiast (432), Pro photographer (264), Casual photographer (139), Enthusiast (85)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1100), 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

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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          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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            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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                            • No

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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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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Nice glass!

                                    By Captain

                                    from Braselton, GA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Weddings/Events

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

                                      Loving this lens....have only had it a short amount of time, but have tested it a little and love the results thus far. Nice addition to my collection of fine Canon lenses.

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                                      5.0

                                      Super Lens

                                      By Photography Student

                                      from Illinois

                                      About Me Photography Student

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Nice Bokeh

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Portrait

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

                                        Right out of the box, I fell in love with this lens. It has crystal clear focus and beautiful bokeh at a great price. I still consider myself a beginner, but this is going to be a great lens to learn with.

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