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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||1.2 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF-S|
|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor|
|Item Dimensions||2.95 x 2.83 x 2.95 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||2.91 x 2.01 x 2.91 in||3.62 x 3.31 x 3.62 in||2.95 x 2.91 x 2.95 in||2.68 x 0.91 x 2.68 in|
|Item Weight||0.94 lb||5.61 ounces||0.64 lb||2.26 lbs||1.01 lbs||4.41 ounces|
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|Maximum Focal Length||85 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||85 millimeters||100 millimeters||24 millimeters|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||49 millimeters||58 millimeters||72 millimeters||58 millimeters||52 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
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.
Its a question of money and timing. I know I'm going to upgrade my Canon EOS 6D body during later this year for either a new 6D Mark II (coming soon) or a 5D Mark IV. So by purchasing the f/1.8 I keep within my planned budget and can start to enjoy this lens. Another consideration is that I'm not a pro. I'm not making a living with my cameras. I've been a serious enthusiast photographer for over 4 decades which means I don't make but spend good money in photography gear within realistic limitations and great personal gratification.
The consensus among photographers is that the smaller Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 is a good to excellent prime lens and a very good value for the price. Having the lens in my hand I can say this is a very decent prime glass, well built (not an "L" level), responsive, small and light. My preliminary evaluation is that the copy of the lens I received is focusing right and quick with my 6D. Its giving me crisp images with nice bokeh at f/2. So far so good.
There are a number of other brands making good primes and maybe better lenses in this focal length. I'm giving this lens 5 stars not because it is the "best" 85mm. But for the high level of quality and the low price, Canon is giving us the option to buy a good solid lens with nice autofocus, crisp images and very good bokeh. I agree with the opinion that the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Ultrasonic lens is one of the best values around so I gave it the 5th star.
This doesn't mean that I'm not going to keep drooling for the bigger, heavier, brighter and special bokeh of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II prime lens. Also the rumor is that later this year Canon is going to release a new EF85mm f/1.4 L IS lens. :-)