Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

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  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Rounded 8-Blade Diaphragm
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Canon 85mm f/1.8 overview

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Prized for portraiture, the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM from Canon is a short-telephoto prime characterized by its slightly compressed perspective for achieving flattering results. Its bright f/1.8 maximum aperture also enables isolating subjects and working with shallow depth of field techniques, and further benefits working in low-light conditions. Helping to achieve high color fidelity and contrast, a Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements and serves to minimize reflections, lens flare and ghosting. Additionally, a ring-type USM is employed to deliver quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus control.

Short-telephoto, portrait-length prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 136mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords greater control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override. Additionally, the front of the lens does not rotate during focusing to better permit working with polarizing and graduated filter types.
Rounded eight-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
UPC: 082966212901

Canon 85mm f/1.8 specs

Performance
Focal Length 85mm
Comparable 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
Angle of View 28° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance 2.79' / 85 cm
Magnification 0.13x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.7
Optical Design 9 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 8, Rounded
Features
Autofocus Yes
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 2.95 x 2.81" / 75 x 71.5 mm
Weight 14.99 oz / 425 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.039 x 4.567 x 4.409"

Canon 85mm f/1.8 reviews

EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 1986.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2012-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from L Quality paying less money I've been using the EF85mm for more than two years. More recently attached to a Mark II 5D and all I can say is that is like having a L quality lens for less money. Pictures are sharp, the auto focus is very fast, and it's excellent under low light situations (it's a f1.8!!). I bought this lens when my daughter was born and portraits are really really good. It's my new workabout lens and when I see the results in Lightroom the majority of pcs have at least one or two stars, so hard to delete the bad ones. Canon should work on having a good hood for this lens. Image Stabilization is not necessary. It's like having a "L" lens, but paying less money.
Date published: 2010-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My go-to lens. I've been using the EF 85mm f/1.8 for a little over a year now, and it quickly became my go-to lens for any kind of shoot. From shooting ducks and geese down at the river to boats in the local marina to working with models (my main use), I've never been let down by this lens. Quick to focus (with the occasional miss in low-light situations), super-sharp images, and great contrast, I couldn't ask for more. Lens distortion is minimal, and my shots turn out great. I've used this lens with several Canon EOS systems, ranging from the old Rebel XT through the 40D and 50D all the way to the 5D Mk II, and this lens is a perfect match for any camera, APS-C or full-frame sensor. I love this lens!
Date published: 2010-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Portrait lens/ indoor sports I Just got the lens 2 weeks ago. I upgraded from my Rebel T3 kit lens. I think this lens is great for portraits & indoor sports were you are shooting fairly close to your subject. The lens is super sharp, & is great in lighting situations like a gym or indoors. I have not tested it in extreme low lighting situations. Some might not like this lens because it does not have IS, but I think it is not needed. The auto-focus is fast. The build quality is better than I expected. When taking it out of the box you could practically tell by the weight. After buying this lens, I never even want to look at a kit lens again.
Date published: 2013-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite portrait lens I use a 5D MKII, and most of my lenses are top of the line L series. But when it's time for an indoor portrait without a flash, I usually reach for my EF 85 1.8. It has great image quality and aperture, in a small and light package. The auto focus is silent, accurate, and quick. Superb bokeh. This lens is similar to the EF135 L, but smaller, cheaper and has a more useful focal length (at least for me.) It easily fits in a jacket pocket, balances the camera perfectly, and the price is right. I rarely miss IS at this aperture and focal length. You can't go wrong with this one!
Date published: 2010-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressed for an inexpensive lens I bought this lens because I was going to shoot a wedding and I was looking for a light weight lens that could shoot in low light in the evening. What I found is that it not only works for portraits it also is a great landscape lens and shooting night photography. We had a sudden thunderstorm here in California which we never get and it was in the distance. To be truthful I have never shot an electrical storm before but this lens captured the lightning bolts beautifully. Plus it also captured the beautiful 4th of July fireworks. Its a great lens at a great price. It is as sharp as a tack at a great price. At this price point I would go buy it.
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ready for Indoor volleyball :-) What an incredible lens matched to a 30D. I needed a good lens for my daughter's indoor volleyball games (high speed sport in candle light). The 50mm 1.4 was a close contender, but does not have a real USM. Used a nifty fifty last year and that was like a blind squirrel looking for nuts. Initial results with the 85mm 1.8 are great; can catch the action full speed without blur. Focus is fast and silent. Did I mention the candle light in the gyms? Indoor and outdoor portraits are also great, will never use a flash again. The difference a real lens makes! Next: start a support group for dads taking indoor sports shots.
Date published: 2010-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, what a lens! After trying 4 copies of the Sigma 50mm f1.4 and all of them front focusing, I decided to go for this lens. What a difference not only is this the fastest focusing lens I've ever used but it is accurate. A lot of people were complaining about it being soft wide open, but I must of received a sharp copy because it is plenty sharp. The build quality is good but not compared to my L glass obviously, and it much better than my 50 f1.8. Although this lens is lighter than the Sigma 50mm f1.4 this is no light weight. It balances well on my 60d. I think this is one of canon's best kept secrets and you will not be disappointed, like I was with the Sigma.
Date published: 2011-12-01
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