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

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Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF
Key Features
  • 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
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.
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Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di USD Overview

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.

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di USD Specs

Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View28° 33'
Minimum Focus Distance2.62' / 80 cm
Maximum Magnification0.14x
Optical Design13 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.34 x 3.59" / 84.8 x 91.3 mm
Weight1.54 lb / 700 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.405 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7 x 6.15 x 5.7"

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di USD Reviews

Really happy with this lens.

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-24

There are so many choices for portrait lenses these days, and most of them are outstanding (including this one). If money were no object, I would be shooting with the Leitz 90mm Cine Thalia (over $22K), or even the lowly Leica 90mm f/1.5 (much cheaper at about $13K). But alas, my budget is sub-$1K. And, I needed one with stabilization, since my camera body does not have IBIS. So, this is the only lens that fits the bill. The good news, is that the image quality from this lens is fantastic, and I am able to shoot at lower shutter speeds without a tripod. If I was shooting exclusively with a tripod, I probably would have chosen something different, perhaps the Sigma 85 f/1.4.

Perfect lens for Nikon D850

By Carl
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-05

Excellent optical performance, effective image stabilization, fast auto-focus, attractive design and solid construction, value priced; a tough combination to beat.

The GUILLOTINE of portrait primes!!

By Lyndon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-17

This Tamron 85mm 1.8 is the sharpest lens I have ever owned! It performs as well if not better than it's counter parts! (Nikon, Cannon, & Leica) The sweet spot is 2.8, absolutely stunning!! This lens should be in the thousands of dollars, but it's not! It's only $750, don't hesitate, go and get it!! Tamron sure made a masterpiece when they designed and built this baby!! Look out here I come!! King of Beasts Inspirational Photography!! LEK........

Great Prime 85

By Scott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-20

This is my 5th Tamron lens and I've got nothing negative to say about any of them and this new 85mm f/1.8 is no different. Build quality is excellent, picture quality is outstanding with no issues found. And at under $800 for an 85mm f/1.8 prime WITH stabilization, it's definitely worth a look. I'm using them all primarily with a Canon EOS R with great results and no issues.

Great lens for value

By Cassidy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-27

Lens out performs more expensive options. Well built and good image stabilization.

Spend the extra buck and buy the Nikon 85mm 1.4 version

By Kombo
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-05

I will try to be fair in my review of this lens. Basically, it can never be 100% satisfactorily sharp at 1.8 wide. I like to shoot at 1.8 exclusively with and without flash. No matter how I try to achieve a sharp image it just didn't match up. Maybe 2 out of 10 shots comes out 80% satisfactory. I moved to hoot at 2.8 wide, and the image quality is still mediocre. I would have really loved this lens but I have finally made up my mind to send it back. I will spend the extra money to get the Nikon 1.4. And I hope to stick with Nikon, no more 3rd party lens's.

Perfect right out of the box

By Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-16

Stunning detail and a quality build. No issues. This is a remarkable lens and I love the bokeh. The colors are exceptional and the contrast is quite adequate but I do occasionally adjust vignetting in Lightroom. This is a fine portrait lens at f/1.8 and the image is quite acceptable at that stop. Stopping down provides greater sharpness and less vignetting. Image stabilization functions nicely at slower shutter speeds but I turn it off as I approach1/125+.

Overjoyed

By Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-08

This lens is a pure joy to own. The images are sharp, the contrast is great, the bokeh is professional, the lens is solid. It is not to heavy at all. The vibration reduction worked well for me but turn ot off over 500/s or so. Not needed. Thank you B&H for once again providing me with excellent service.

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