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CanonEF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 1882 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1463)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (385)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (1449)
  • Nice bokeh (1035)
  • Consistent output (938)
  • Lightweight (929)
  • Easily interchangeable (793)

Cons

  • Heavy (107)
  • Slow focus (46)
  • Weak casing (37)
  • Poor in low light (19)
  • Blurry focus (18)

Best Uses

  • Low light (1029)
  • Weddings (888)
  • Sports/action (448)
  • Night photography (433)
  • Portraits (351)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (494), Photo enthusiast (466), Pro photographer (298), Casual photographer (148), Enthusiast (85)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1215), Yes (55)

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

Love this lens

By Tanwistha

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Best portrait lens at a reasonable price.. I am very happy with the results and the bokeh I get from this lens..

 
5.0

Great for portraits!

By Troby75

from Augusta GA

Verified Buyer

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

My wife wanted a portrait lens and this exceeded her expectations! She is an experienced photographer but we are in a budget. This gave her everything she needed.

 
5.0

A Definite Do

By Suzanne

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I don't have the cash for a 70-200 just yet, but this lens gives me what I need right now for my portrait photography.

 
5.0

An excellent little investment!

By Allen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

A great relatively inexpensive and fast portrait lens. The USM is a nice addition as well. Keep in mind that your depth of field is going to be extremely shallow at f/1.8.

 
5.0

Outstanding portrait lens

By Todd

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is an outstanding portrait lens, and one of the best values of any Canon lenses. There is a huge amount of glass in this lens - I generally use it wide open all the time for portraits. I really like to pose my subjects in front of foliage - the blurred effect is beautiful. I suppose the 85mm f1.2 lens is even better, but its 5x the price of this one.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens for economical price

By Jean

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This was a gift for a budding photographer who is very pleased with this portrait lens clear, beautiful pictures.

 
5.0

I would reccomend this product

By Kevin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

sharp images, nice bokeh works well on crop sensor cameras as well

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it

By Liana

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love it

 
5.0

Well made, sharp lens.

By Hank E

from Southwest Virginia

Verified Buyer

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

I really like the Canon 85 1.8. It's the fastest lens I own. It's great for indoor sports, particularly for basketball. It is an outstanding portrait lens. The build quality is outstanding. It's very sharp and easy to use.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens!

By Renken_23

from Undisclosed

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

I have a 50mm and i was surprised to how much i enjoy this lens. I like to be farther away from my subject. This lens a lot more zoom then expected. Truly enjoy it.

 
5.0

BEst portrait lens for the money

By Machinchi

from Honduras

Verified Buyer

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

I use this lens for weddings

 
5.0

Perfect!

By Frank

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love this lens, for $300 there isn't a better lens for a FF camera.

 
5.0

Great, sharp prime lens for portrait and other work

By Jason

from Tampa, FL

Verified Buyer

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

I was not sure about utility when I purchased this lens as the portrait work I do is normally in the 150mm+ range. But this lens is awesome. I've tested it for single and multi-subject portraits as well as in nature and street photography where you need just a little more zoom but also need to shoot wide-open at f/1.8 (note on an crop sensor this lens ends up being like a 135mm). I cannot say enough about this lens except "I am sold". The quality is awesome, the usage scenarios are plentiful, and the sharpness is exceptional. Overall a very happy customer!

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this again

By Lori

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is an awesome lens!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A legend....but

By Dexter

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is a legend! It is very sharp. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is long in need of an update. It can have an awful chromatic aberration in bright light. It is rather heavy. I am using the 85mm on a T5i. The lens is worth buying. This lens is likely going to replace my 50mm STM as my go to lens for portrats.

 
5.0

Good basketball court pictures using this lens

By Robin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very good lens for basketball games - the 2.8 aperture allows for good, clear pictures.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

❤️

By Kathryn

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Used this lovely lens at an engagement shoot in the desert and it was perfectly wonderful!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great portrait lens

By Ray

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great focus, and fast.

 
5.0

Great lens!

By BB

from Memphis, TN

Verified Buyer

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

I love this lens for headshots.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

love it, BUT...

By Andy

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a nice lens but Canon should really consider including the lens hood.. to up-sell a piece of plastic makes me feel like I've already spent too much. otherwise, nice lens for the money.

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