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CanonEF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
 
4.8

(based on 1897 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (388)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

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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

Best buy for the price!!

By Lynn

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is fanastic!! the quality is insane with the 5dmarkiii. Don't hesitate...just buy it!

 
5.0

Clear and smooth

By Allison

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I only just received this lens, but I'm already loving it! Crystal clear images and beautiful bokeh! Looking forward to playing with it more.

 
5.0

Kash photography

By kash

from Undisclosed

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

Really good lense for portraits..

 
4.0

Great Lens for Great Price

By R.G.

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

It's a great portrait lens, definately a good deal for the price you pay. Lightweight and compact, and the low aperture gets your subject looking really sharp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value!

By Alkolpanim

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is great value! Beautiful bokeh and it works very well with even crop sensors.

 
5.0

Sharp Sharp Sharp !!!!

By Khinelin

from Undisclosed

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

This lens is amazingly sharp, fast focus and smooth bokeh. Never regret!

 
5.0

Sharp Sharp Sharp !!!!!

By KC

from Undisclosed

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

This lens is amazingly sharp, fast focus and smooth bokeh. Never regret!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just get it!

By jlinder

from Cocoa, Florida

Verified Buyer

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

The 85mm f/1.8 EF USM is a handy, small, easy to use and very high performance lens. At its low price, the 85mm f/1.8 EF is a no-brainer. If you think you want it, just get it. It performs excellently.

 
4.0

Excellent All Around Winner!

By Canon Shooter

from Orange County, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I picked up the 85mm f/1.8 for several reasons:
1. Quick focusing speed.
2. Light weight.
3. Overall, great image quality.

The 85mm 1.2L II is an excellent lens, but its focusing is slow and during certain portrait shoots (pet photography or other dynamic situations), I need a quicker focusing lens and the f/1.8 is that lens. The Sigma 85mm 1.4 is a great lens as well, but it's large and heavy so not suitable for long day events; it also has a large lens element so cost of filters was another consideration. I also looked into Tamron 85mm 1.8, but for the price, weight, sharpness, the Canon 85mm f/1.8 was the obvious choice.

I do enjoy the clarity of the 1.2L and the Sigma's 1.4, but my goto lens for portrait shoot is usually my EF 135mm f/2L. The EF 85mm f/1.8 is a great lens and unless you're pixel peeping or the bokeh is more important than the subject to you, this lens will do most of the work of the more expensive lens aforementioned. For less than $350, you'll not get a better lens that has stood the test of time for your money!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best portrait lens

By Sunny

from Undisclosed

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

The best lens at a great price. Will not regret.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tack Sharp

By Geoffrey

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I bought this lens for use in indoor high school athletics.  The gyms are pretty dingy, so I needed the extra reach of the 1.8.  Although I haven't had the opportunity to use it for basketball or volleyball, I've found the lens to be quick and responsive in low-light situations indoors. All-in-all, I own 6 Canon L lenses.  I've had no quality or performance issues with this lens.  For the price, it's an outstanding value.

 
5.0

I WOULD BUY IT AGAIN

By Enkeleon

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

BEST PRODUCT

 
5.0

Best lens for this price! By far.

By Patrick

from Undisclosed

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

I did lots of research before opting for this product, and there very few videos in 2017 pertaining to this lens. One video I did find was a person in Germany shooting video. It was a great video. Took this lens out the past few days and nights and its sharp, fast and takes great images. Yes its old from 1992 but who cares, its a stellar lens better than almost all my non L glass lenses including my other primes. As good as my new 50mm just a bit more zoomed in focal length. I have an ASP_C cropped sensor camera; this lens has lots of uses for landscape, flowers, portraits, etc. So if you have a cropped sensor yes its still valuable and much needed. My only beef is the minimum range is like 3 feet away.

You will not regret getting this lens, the image quality is just superior and the bokeh is creamy! Another review on this site said: "Just buy this lens, you won't regret it". I couldn't agree more.

 
4.0

I would buy again

By Tammy

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

great for photos

 
5.0

Superb lens!

By Michael

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love this lens! I use it on my crop sensor 80d camera. It is so crisp and the bokeh is beautiful! I am still playing and learning but I would buy this lens again.

 
5.0

Love this lens

By Tanwistha

from Undisclosed

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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.

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