Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF

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Product Highlights

  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One LD Element and One XLD Element
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • USD AF Motor, Full-Time Manual Focus
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Compatible with TAP-in Console
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Lens Mount: Canon EF

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Tamron 85mm f/1.8 overview

  • 1Description

An ideal focal length for portraiture, the SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens from Tamron is a short-telephoto prime designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs. Incorporating one Low Dispersion element and one Extra Low Dispersion element into the optical design, this lens is adept at reducing chromatic aberrations and color fringing for a high degree of clarity and color accuracy, as well as sharpness and resolution. BBAR and eBAND coatings have also been applied to minimize flare and ghosting for increased contrast when working in strong lighting conditions, and a rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality to benefit shallow depth of field imagery. Classic in terms of focal length yet optimized for the recent breed of high-resolution DSLRs, this portrait-length prime melds a familiar perspective with contemporary performance.

Complementing the optical assets, this lens is also characterized by Vibration Compensation image stabilization, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 stops for sharper handheld shooting. Also aiding in creating sharp imagery, a robust ring-type USD autofocus motor with an optimized USD actuator is used for noticeably fast and accurate focusing performance. This focusing system also lends itself to full-time manual focus control for fine-tuned precision. A moisture-resistant physical construction enables its use in trying environments and the front element has also received a fluorine coating to guard against smudges and moisture from affecting image quality. Additionally, this lens is compatible with the optional TAP-in Console for fine-tuning focusing performance and updating the lens' firmware.

An ideal portrait-length prime, this 85mm lens is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, and is also compatible with APS-C models where it will provide a 136mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords extensive control over focus placement for greater separation of subjects from the background, as well as the ability to produce selective imagery.
Both LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements are incorporated in the 13 elements, 9 groups optical design, and contribute to a marked reduction in chromatic aberrations and color fringing throughout the aperture range.
eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) and BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings have been applied to lens elements to reduce surface reflections and prevent lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color accuracy.
VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization is incorporated into the lens' design to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 stops for sharper handheld shooting in low-light conditions.
Ring-type USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor and an optimized USD actuator are employed for fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance that benefits both stills and video recording. This motor also enables full-time manual focus control without having to shift into a dedicated MF mode.
Moisture-resistant construction incorporates seals around the lens mount and other areas to benefit working in inclement conditions. Additionally, a fluorine coating has been applied to the front lens element to repel water, fingerprints, and smudges for easier cleaning of the lens surface.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm produces a pleasing out-of-focus quality when working with shallow depth of field techniques.
An electromagnetic diaphragm system is used to ensure more consistent exposure results, especially at higher continuous shooting rates.
Compatible with the optional TAP-in Console for updating the lens' firmware as well as adjusting focus settings via the TAP-in Utility software.
SILKYPIX Developer Studio software for Tamron is included with the lens, which, aside from enabling basic raw processing and image adjustments, works to specifically correct for various aberrations, including color fringing, distortion, and peripheral light fall-off, using dedicated optical data from Tamron's SP-series of lenses.
UPC: 725211085010
In the Box
Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio Software
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Tamron 85mm f/1.8 specs

    Focal Length 85mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
    Minimum: f/16
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Angle of View 28° 33'
    Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' (80 cm)
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.2
    Elements/Groups 13 / 9
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Filter Thread Front: 67 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.34 x 3.59" (84.8 x 91.3 mm)
    Weight 1.54 lb (700 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.9 x 6.1 x 5.8"

    Tamron 85mm f/1.8 reviews

    SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 21.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Happy With This Lens At 85mm this is just the right focal length for portrait work. The maximum aperture of f/1.8 makes shooting in low light quite practical, and at f/1.8 the depth of field is very shallow. The subject stands out crystal clear, while background distractions disappear. I am very pleased with the sharpness and the color accuracy. I usually use a zoom lens for walking around or getting candid shots in a room full of people. This lens is certainly constraining in those situations, but it does a great job in the situations for which it is intended. It's heavy enough to feel solid, but not a burden.
    Date published: 2016-06-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The master of the 85's Just got my Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 delivery this afternoon and have spent a couple of hours already shooting with it. At first seeing that it was made in China made me a bit hesitant... would it live up to the quality of my 45mm made in Japan? I'm very pleased to say that the AF speed is improved over the 45mm, and accuracy is just as good, perhaps even better. Build and design win high marks. The USD motor is slightly nosier than my 45mm copy. The lens has already proven to me that it was a very good purchase decision. I sold my old Canon 85mm 1.8 to make room for this lens in my bag. No regret at all in that lens sale. Yes it is a heavier lens than the Canon, but in my images so far the sharpness and color is superior to the Canon. I'm definitely well satisfied and loving the vibration compensation. I have a senior portrait session this weekend that I'm so excited to use this lens on. Wide open there is some vignetting but it is easily fixed in Lightroom and Photoshop. By f/4 it's gone. Image sharpness is outstanding in the center and very good corner to corner. No complaints at all. Now I anxiously wait and hope that Tamron surprises us with a 135mm and a wide possibly in the 24mm area based on the new SP design.
    Date published: 2016-04-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Incredibel All I can say is if you are in the market for an upper end 85mm, look no further. Tamron has hit a homerun with this lens. It is incredibly sharp, has creamy bokeh, built like a tank and is worth every penny I spent. I'm at last getting the portrait results that I have been long searching for and I couldn't be happier.
    Date published: 2016-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Razer Sharp - made for the highmegapixel wars What is this strange magic? look at the uploaded pictures, this thing has bokeh like no other lens, it cuts with detail like a katana through a soft cantelope!!! But that sharpness works against it too. Instead of giving you a nice skin tone, it shows all the imperfections, even from 5 meters away. it has super nice colors, cannot be described, not cold and dull like nikon raws, or too warm like canon jpegs, but still not as pleasing as sony jpegs. It has its own character. Now of course, lightroom, photoshop can give you colors to your liking, but this does not take finished product pictures like the sigma art series. its not for everyone. It has great contrast, even though its only 1.8 (only, boy we are spoiled). Very solid construction, not too front heavy like all that glass sigma lenses, but very well put together, all buttons click with assurance, very very very smooth focusing ring, just so cool to look at. Makes L series look weak! For the asking price, you cant ask for more: weather sealed, fluorine coating (no need for filter as protection), image stabilized (i can take pictures in complete darkness with assurance of having something to look at, about 3.5 stops advantage). Yes, i do want to take pictures in the rain, yes, i do want to take awesome pictures when it snows, this is why i got this! No, i cant do that with an 85mm Canon 1.2 L, canon 135mm too far for most situations, people cant hear what you're saying from that distance. Sigma 85 1.4? 2011 called, it says no weathersealing. Wait for sunny days to have fun. Well i dont have to. i also own the tamron sp 35mm 1.8, and this is even sharper, but same character. This is crazy sharp, i cant say this enough, i would go as far as say that it's sharper than the 50 sigma 1.4 art i also own, and that was till now was the sharpest i had. no autofocusing issues, 90% of my shots are in focus. I hope this review helped some of you. Weathersealing and image stabilization were supposed to be its only selling points, but this thing is crazy sharp!!! I hate how sharp it is, i can see all the imperfections on my girlfriend's forehead from 5-7 meters away. I dont want to see that much detail!! To me its a five star all the way, just because it's such an overachiever.
    Date published: 2016-04-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Autofocus Nightmare I'm a filmmaker and I use Canon C100MK2. I just got this lens to use for video with Continuous autofocus mode on. Long story short, the autofocus works only half of the time. When it works, it works well, but when it doesn't, it hunts for minutes, and often never stops that I have to switch it to MF to stop the hunting. Also when I pan and stop on a subject, the image often jumps. This is terrible. I turned off VC and the jumping went away, but autofocus still didn't work. I switched to one-shot autofocus and that never worked either, not even one time. All the reviews I've read here and on YouTube got only good things to say about this lens. I might have gotten a defective one so I'll return it and see if the replacement of the same lens is better, but it's definitely disappointing to see the lens that I was excited about not working.
    Date published: 2017-07-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm now a believer I had my doubts on how a lens in this price range could compete with a Canon L series prime, but this lens keeps proving to me that it can. I've been getting consistent sharpness that makes me happy on my decision to buy it.
    Date published: 2016-08-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best 85mm under $800 This is a very sharp lens with good contrast. The build quality is excellent. There is some vignetting at f1.8 but it's desirable when shooting portraits. The VC works well but I would recommend using it only when necessary because it can reduce sharpness on some exposures. All in all, you won't find a better 85mm for the price.
    Date published: 2017-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens for the price !! I rented this lens for a shoot to try it out. I have looked at a few other primes and wanted to see how this one compared. I was not disappointed at all. Very sharp and not much CA when shot wide open at 1.8. I wouldn't say that it is better than the Canon 1.2 but certainly not a disappointment at all. I am most likely going to buy this over the Canon cause I feel the differences are minimal.
    Date published: 2016-06-06
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