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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,Lens Type:Telephoto Zoom Lens
- 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||1.05 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
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|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
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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
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.
This Canon 85mm f/1.8 has good reach, it's compact, light weight and is fast enough to shoot pictures of musical artists in very bad lighting without a flash. I also use this lens to shoot wildlife at night, I've taken some great pictures of raccoons on the trees in my backyard with only a little bit of light from my back porch light fixture.
This lens is a bargain for the features, quality, speed of focus and beautiful pictures.
I am comparing this lens to my 50 1.8, old kit lenses from the rebel series, and the 24-105 4L. It's comparable (but better) in overall image quality to the 24-104 L, but with a 1.8 max aperture it runs away from the 24-105. The 50 1.8 is soft and low contrast by comparison. I am not comparing it to the 85 1.2 which costs $1,900...or various L zooms that have 2.8 apertures and also cost 5x as much ad the 85 1.8.
To say I love this lens would be an understatement. Autofocus is fast and accurate. Colors are rich and vibrant. Subjects are sharp, and the f/1.8 aperture produces rich and beautiful bokeh. I barely even have to touch the photos in Lightroom because they just look that accurate. If the quality of all my other lenses matched the quality of this lens, I would be a happy man.
My one complaint? 85mm is sort of an awkward focal length for a lot of things. You have to be a good deal away from your subject, which may prevent you from using it in the house, but it's not enough of a telephoto lens to zoom in to distant objects. I use this for portraits, where I can easily control how far I am from the subject, but as much as I love this lens, I usually take my 55-250mm lens if I'm out and about. And then I die a little inside because this baby is left at home.
Would I buy it again? Yes. Absolutely yes. If you want to see a grown man cry, wait until the day this lens gets damaged or stolen. Then I will cry. I will cry buckets over the loss of my poor 85mm lens.