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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. Refer User manual for troubleshooting steps.
- 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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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF-S||Canon EF||—||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Stepper motor||Ultrasonic||auto-focus||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.83 x 2.95 x 2.95 in||1.54 x 2.72 x 2.72 in||0.91 x 2.68 x 2.68 in||2.01 x 2.91 x 2.91 in||4.1 x 3.5 x 3.5 in||2.48 x 3.07 x 3.07 in|
|Item Weight||1.05 lbs||5.6 ounces||4.41 ounces||0.64 lb||2.09 lbs||0.74 lb|
|Lens Type||medium-format||Prime lens||Prime lens||Prime lens||telephoto||wide-angle|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||50 millimeters||85||35 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||85 millimeters||50 millimeters||24 millimeters||50 millimeters||85||35 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||49 millimeters||52 millimeters||58 millimeters||—||67 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.
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I don't have many lenses so I decided to take a leap and try this one based on other good reviews from countless YouTube videos and written reviews here on Amazon. I have had excellent results from this lens. You do have to allow a good bit of distance from your subject in order to fit the frame. This is, in my novice opinion, a fairly wide angle lens. It seems like a great option for portraits and small group shots. The attached photos are just a couple of the ones I took the day I received the lens.
The only thing I can say that's remotely negative is the lens is somewhat heavy. If you're looking for lightweight everyday photography I'd stick with the 50mm. If you don't mind the added weight, this is a great lens for thr money.
Since I have a Rebel and it's not a full frame camera, there's an adjustment phase when you
first start shooting to fully understand the crop factor, etc. Once you get comfortable...the quality
and composition of shots below 3.0 makes you fall in love with this lens...This 85 and a nifty fifty are
a must for any avid novice looking to get more out of your shots.
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.