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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
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- 85mm standard lens with f/1.8 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras
- Ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) brings subject quickly into focus, Focal length: 85mm, Closest focusing distance: 2.8 feet
- Natural angle of view and perspective is ideal for portraits and natural images
- Designed to produce beautiful background blur; weighs 15 ounces
- Measures 3 inches in diameter and 2.8 inches long; 1-year warranty
- Lens not zoomable
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ET-65 III|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||2.95 x 2.95 x 2.83 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.94 pounds|
|Macro Focus Range||0.85 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F1.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||85 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||85 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||8|
|Number of Elements||9|
|Number of Groups||7|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.95 x 2.83 x 2.95 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||3.62 x 3.31 x 3.62 in||2.91 x 2.01 x 2.91 in|
|Item Weight||0.94 lb||5.61 ounces||2.26 lbs||0.64 lb|
|Lens Type||medium-format||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||85 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||49 millimeters||72 millimeters||58 millimeters|
The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Standard & Medium Telephoto Lens is highly practical and ideal for a range of applications including portraiture. Its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light and ideal for shallow depth of field focus control. An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) provides fast, smooth and quiet AF action and because the front lens group does not rotate during focusing, polarizing and special filter effects can be used effectively.
From the Manufacturer
A highly practical medium telephoto lens with superb delineation and portability, the Canon EF 85mm lens produces sharp and clear images at all apertures. Through computer simulations, the lens has been designed to give beautiful background blur, thereby bringing your subject into crisp view. The ring-type ultra-sonic monitor (USM) and fast f/1.8 aperture, meanwhile, helps the subject zip into focus in the viewfinder. And because the front lens group does not rotate during focusing, special filter effects are not affected. Best of all, the standard zoom lens--with its natural angle of view and perspective--captures the subject plainly, making it excellent for portraits and images that require a natural depth of field. As with all Canon lenses, the lens carries a one-year warranty.
- Focal length: 85mm
- Maximum aperture: 1:1.8
- Lens construction: 9 elements in 7 groups
- Diagonal angle of view: 28 degrees (at 30 feet)
- Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
- Closest focusing distance: 2.8 feet
- Filter size: 58mm
- Dimensions: 3 inches in diameter, 2.8 inches long
- Weight: 15 ounces
Sharp. Lightweight. Responsive. These are just a few adjectives that describe this terrific portrait-length telephoto lens. With a powerful ring-type USM and fast f/1.8 aperture, subjects zip into focus in the viewfinder. It's great for all types of work calling for moderate telephoto power, but comes into its own in low-light situations, and offers a 1/3-stop speed advantage over the 100mm f/2 USM lens.
A medium telephoto lens with a large aperture brings the subject closer, creates excellent background blur, gives a longer flash range, and affords a faster shutter speed to freeze the action. A standard zoom lens, with its natural angle of view and perspective, captures the subject plainly, with no special effects. However, you can use standard lenses in creative ways by varying the subject distance, aperture, and angle.
Top Customer Reviews
I thought I owed this Lens review an update after shooting with it for almost a couple of years and having the pleasure of shooting with a variety of L Lenses: 70-200L, 16-35L, Fisheye, 50mm and the Kit lens. This is what I've found:
1) Bar none, the best "portrait" lens I own. There's just something about this 85mm focal length + f/1.8 that brings out detail....faces have so much dimension with this lens, they look 3 dimensional. When I want to get shots of my daughter that amaze, I use this lens. When I look at my picture archive on my computer, I can easily spot the ones taken with this 85mm. My friends, some of which who don't know much about photography, pick pictures taken with this lens as their favorites - they ask wow how did you get that picture? I have a few blown up pictures to 16x20 and 11x14 of my daughter for my parents from this lens which are magnificent.
2) I thought that when I bought my 70-200L I would never use my 85mm again, I was wrong. I routinely find myself putting on the 85mm and shooting pictures with it. Also, Its much lighter and less imposing than my 70-200L so when I just want amazing portraits, don't need the higher 200mm and don't want the weight, and want a real shallow depth of feel and out of focus backgrounds, I go for the 85mm.
3) I also have a 16-35mm L which I use quite a bit for inside shots and panoramas which stays on my camera most of the time but there's just a special look to the longer mm rating that you get which makes portraits just work better with the 85mm - so when I take off the 16-35, I usually mount this 85mm.
4) I really thought that between the 16-35mm L and the 70-200L, I'd never ever use the 85mm, I was wrong. There are wonderful advantages to this lens which make it a keeper for me....the construction on this lens has held up very well, after years it looks brand new. I do have a UV/Haze filter that I use as a protector I got from Amazon (about $25) - great value.
There's allot to be said for a non "L" lens which consistently winds up on my camera when I own several "L"s which cover the mm of this lens. To me, its an L: built like an L, color and saturation comparable to an L It's my "L" lens that doesn't have a red stripe.
I bought a 20D recently with the 18-55mm kit lens and to start out I bought a 50mm f/1.8 lens which really got me interested in the faster f/stops to blur backgrounds and take pictures in lower light. My kit lens was not fast enough (hard to blur background and hard to take pictures in low light) and both the kit lens and 50mm lens did not have Ultrasonic which made me miss focus more often with moving targets.
I looked quite a bit and found the 85mm f/1.8 lens. Although Amazon only had a few reviews, the photography forums I found were buzzing about how this lens should've been labeled an L lens. Pros might know why but 90% of the reviews I read said it was comparable to an L lens in quality and that it was very affordable.
I bought this lens and I have to tell you, I was very impressed with it right from the start. On construction, its heavier than the kit lens and the plastic 50mm II lens. It has a metal mount and very solid construction. If you look through it you can see allot of glass which tells you it has a wide aperture and consequently its much heavier than the kit lens or 50mm lens. But...its heavy in a good way. It balances the camera and makes it look like a real camera.
So what's good about this lens? For one, you can take great pictures in low light with the f/1.8. I photographed a stage play handheld with this lens and no flash (non allowed) and I got tremendous results. Ultrasonic helped with every picture in focus and all very sharp with vibrant colors, very nice saturation, and I used ISO 400 and I could even freeze the action on stage.
As a portrait lens, it really can blow the backgrounds into a very nice buttery blokeh and with the Ultrasonic - I haven't missed focus once. Its also wonderful for inside pictures with no flash. The F/1.8 is really versatile.
A few notes. If you're going to get a 70-200 L zoom lens, you might wind up not using this lens as much but for parties, its allot less intimidating than a big white lens. I hear this lens was designed a long time ago and not really designed for digital and that some strange effects can be seen with it on digitals. I have not gone looking nor experienced any of these. Its just a tremendous value at $350. I was not able to use this lens as a macro as it was not designed as such but I have thought of putting an extension tube on it to see what I get but haven't done so yet.
Constructed Solid. Solid feel, smooth focusing ring, distance window, autofocus with a real Ring USM. Five Stars! Amazon shipped fast on this for me - Great store.
The very first thing I noticed is how I can take pictures of my 1 year old from a distance. It really helps him keep his concentration on whatever he is doing. Now I can stalk my own kid and catch him in his natural habitat!
When I first first got this lens, I tried to shoot everything with f-1.8 and I was getting frustrated that so many of my pictures were blurry. But then I realized that 1.8 is super shallow and with a wiggly baby I need to close it up a few stops and concentrate on the f-stops between 2.5 to 4. The background of the picture is plenty blurry still, but it gives the baby a little more wiggle room. Plus, I like more of his head can be in focus, including his ears. This lens has an amazingly clear focus, and the colors are also spectacular!
I'm definitely not a professional, but I feel like this lens bumped my portrait photography up to the next level. I am so glad I got it! It's something I would definitely buy again!
85mm on a full frame camera is just a joy to shoot with. If you fancy yourself as a portrait photographer, THIS is the lens you need to grab those breathtaking shots where the subject just jumps out at you from the background.
So why this lens over the Sigma f/1.4 or the Canon f/1.2? Well, I tried all three. It was an expensive experiment, but a worthwhile one. The Canon f/1.2 is ungodly. It's a beast. A bokeh machine. I loved what I got out of it, but I didn't feel like the performance justified the price for me personally. If I were shooting full-time, and needed my shots to publish in order to survive, it wouldn't even be a question, but as an enthusiastic hobbyist, I couldn't justify the price. It's amazing, but not magical.
I really liked the Sigma f/1.4, and found almost everything about it to be top-quality. The feel, the focusing speed, the colors... all great. The reason I couldn't go with it, however, was the color fringing. I'd read about the problem before, and was anticipating it, but didn't realize how present it would be in everyday shots. While Lightroom has a tool specifically for dealing with this problem, it's a solution that can add softness to high-contrast areas. Picket fences, eyelashes, jewelry... I just can't consider a lens to be sharp if the colors aren't aligned, and I just couldn't get past that fault. Maybe they'll do an ART version of it soon that addresses this?
The EF 85mm f/1.8 has a nice feel to it, though certainly nowhere as smooth as the other two competitors. Focusing is really quick, and while you'll notice vignetting up to about f/2.2, it's not something I've ever really felt compelled to correct in post. There is CA and fringing in very high-contrast situations, but nowhere as bad as what I saw on the Sigma. Considering the price, it's somewhat of a no-brainer for portraiture and outdoor/landscape photography.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pictures I have managed to take so far are great, but still it will take some adjusting to
Probably, the best use would be on a Full Frame Camera because of the zoom.Read more