Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Last updated (09 April’13):
- Review by BobAtkins

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is a standard lens. The lens features 85mm at focal length with f/1.8 maximum aperture for Canon SLR cameras. The lens construction has 9 elements in 7 groups with diagonal angle of view at 28 degrees (at 30 feet). Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM, Closest focusing distance: 2.8 feet and has a filter size of 58mm. The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens weighs 15 ounces and it measures 3 inches in diameter, 2.8 inches long.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Overall Rating: ★★★★½


Expert Reviews

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Reviews

Bobatkins.com reviews the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
“The Canon EF 85/1.8 USM is a superb lens. It’s one of Canon’s best lenses and it’s certainly near or at the top of the list of Canon’s best value lenses. It’s far and away better in all respects than any comparably priced zoom lens, and probably arguably better than any zoom lens regardless of price. It’s an excellent performer on a full frame camera and on a crop sensor camera it may be even better since the crop sensor only sees the central region of the image circle. “
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Colm reviews the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
“It’s a reasonably light and convenient lens, and it’s quietness helps too for taking photos without people noticing too much… at the price, it’s an excellent lens, ideal for people like me who don’t want to spend too much but taking good looking photos with a wide aperture. Great for portraits and street photography alike. “
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Brighthub.com reviews the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
“While most lenses tend to be sharper when stopped down by one or two stops, I find the Canon 85mm f/1.8 to be quite usable wide open at f/1.8. Image quality does tend to get better when the aperture is set to f/2.8 or f/4″
Rating: ★★★★★

Camerahacker.com reviews the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
“Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens is a good low-light general-purpose lens, especially with people. I use this lens at many indoor social gatherings with good results. The quiet USM focus keeps the atmosphere of a quiet conversation intact. The fast focus operation of the USM also reduces hunting in low light, allowing me to capture facial expressions with ease.”
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Photozone.de reviews the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
“With the exception of purple fringing in harsh contrast situations the lens performed extremely well. If you’re looking for a near-perfect portrait lens – well, stop here – you’ve found it! Naturally the lens has also a life beyond portraits. It’s also nice for compressed landscape shots and all aspects where you need to seperate your main subject from the background by using a very large aperture. The silky smooth bokeh (background blur) is a nice extra here. And the good news is: the lens is also very affordable at just 350EUR. “
Rating: ★★★★★

SLRLensreview.com reviews the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
“The difference in performance between the first and second samples of Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is quite drastic. Quality in the center, which as I mentioned was already pretty decent, improved by an average of 5% across entire aperture range. The most noticeable improvement however was around borders. … Conclusion? Results are quite impressive (even for a medium telephoto lens) and rightfully put the lens into the top quartile of all prime lenses available on the market.”
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Wlcastleman.com compares the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, Canon EF 100mm f/2 and Canon EF 135mm f/2 L Lenses and writes;
“Canon EF 85mm f/1.8: This relatively inexpensive lens produces outstanding sharpness and contrast. This lens produces pleasing bokeh, although background is not as nicely blurred as with longer length telephoto lenses… “
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Photo.net reviews the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
“For those who use small-sensor digital SLRs and do portrait projects, this is a “must-own” lens. For those who use full-frame cameras, this is a “probably should own” lens. “
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The-digital-picture.com reviews the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM and writes;
“The 85mm focal length and wide aperture make the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens a great church or stage lens. With its wide aperture and fast focusing, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens works well for indoor Sports. This focal length is very good for portraits, and the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens makes a good portrait lens – excelling at head and head/shoulders portraits when mounted on a 1.3x or 1.6x FOVCF body. The wide f/1.8 aperture can create a dreamy OOF (Out of Focus) background blur.”
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Video Reviews

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Manual

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM User Manual

- Download Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM User Manual (PDF – 579kb)

Features

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Specifications

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


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