Canon 85mm f1.8 USM EF Lens

A very popular short telephoto lens with portrait photographers.

A short telephoto focal length, combined with a large maximum aperture and fast autofocus speed, make the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is an ideal optic for any photographer shooting portraiture
  • New Or Secondhand: New
  • Lens is suitable for: Canon EOS APS-C (EF-S) & Full Frame (EF)
  • Fitting: Canon EF/EFs
  • PRIME
  • Standard PRIME
  • Telephoto PRIME
  • Filter Size: 58mm

Product code: 9077 (4960999212906)

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A short telephoto focal length, combined with a large maximum aperture and fast autofocus speed, make the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM an ideal optic for any photographer shooting portraiture

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Rounded 8-Blade Diaphragm

A practical and portability telephoto lens

The EF 85mm f/1.8 USM produces images that are sharp and clear at all apertures. A virtually circular aperture diaphragm gives out-of-focus regions a softer, more even feel, and lets in-focus subjects stand out against a blurred background. The lens features a non-rotating front element during focusing, enabling specialist filters (such as polarisers and graduates) to be used.

Large f/1.8 aperture

A large maximum aperture of f/1.8 lets photographers shoot hand-held in difficult, low-light conditions, as well as restrict depth-of-field for creative effects.

Compressed perspective in portraiture

The short telephoto focal length of the lens slightly compresses perspective, reducing the size of prominent facial features for a flattering result.

Ultrasonic focusing

A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.

Super Spectra coating

Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.

Integration with E-TTL II flash metering

The lens passes distance information back to a compatible EOS camera's E-TTL II flash system to ensure optimal flash metering.

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Lightweight, Sharp focus, Quick focus, Good value for money, Consistent output
LensTip.com

The Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8 USM is a lens almost 20-year-old. Looking at its achievements we must admit its age makes itself felt. The lens doesn’t break any resolution records, its anti-reflection coatings are not of the highest quality, it doesn’t feature any low-dispersion glass elements and maybe...

ePHOTOzine

With the price being only £315, this lens is a cracking bargain for those looking for a very capable lens for portraiture that delivers excellent sharpness with low levels of chromatic aberrations and distortion.

Camera Labs

Canon’s EF 85mm f1.8 USM is an affordable classic portrait lens for both full-frame and cropped bodies. The 85mm focal length allows you to stand a little further away than 50mm models, while accentuating the blurred background effect.

What Digital Camera

Far cheaper than Canon's f/1.2 equivalent, but still a mighty good performer for a more than reasonable price

Technology X

Over the course of my ownership the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM has been quite impressive. Despite its color fringing in high contrast scenes, the lens performs wonderfully for almost any composition. It’s fast and accurate autofucus has helped me to capture shots I thought I had missed.

OpticalLimits

There isn't really much to talking regarding the build quality of the lens - the outer lens barrel is made of high quality plastics combined with a metal mount. The broad, rubberized focus ring operates pretty smooth. The physical length of the lens remains constant regardless of the focus setting.

The Digital Picture

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens is relatively inexpensive but yields very good image quality. It is reasonably sharp wide open, but really shines from f/2.8 on.

SLR Lens and Camera Reviews

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is one of the best medium telephoto prime lenses in Canon's arsenal. Combination of stellar performance with both APS-C and FF type cameras and affordable price, make this lens an interesting choice for general as well as portrait photography.

Photodo

This medium telephoto lens from Canon sports a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture and ultrasonic silent focusing that is performed internally for around £315.

Images by William Castleman

Digital camera resolution and 50% MTF was measured using this methology .

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Canon

Fantastic lens for portraiture, some landscape and flora and fauna. Good low light performance and lovely smooth bokeh. I would thoroughly recommend this lens to anyone.

Wex Photo Video

Probably thought of as a portrait lens by most, it is superb for general use too. It lives up to it's reputation as being sharp throughout it's aperture range, it does not disappoint there. It makes a superb macro lens when used with extension tubes, the focus ring is easy and smooth in use.

WEX

Probably thought of as a portrait lens by most, it is superb for general use too. It lives up to it's reputation as being sharp throughout it's aperture range, it does not disappoint there. It makes a superb macro lens when used with extension tubes, the focus ring is easy and smooth in use.

LensTip.com

cheap and excellent lens for portret

Wilkinson Cameras

I was going to purchase more expensive pro version but at half the price this is more than adequate for my use. Excellent images so far

Littlewoods

A very good lens with exceptional colors. Clear clarity. This lens recommends for potrait and for a beautiful landscape.

Very

I've recently upgraded from the 600d to the 5d mark iii and with that the 24-70 2.8 ii lens. That is incredible. But this little 85mm 1.2 has blew me away with the first try. Both lens's are quality and I'm working heavily with the 24-70. But the smoothness the 85 offers.. I have never known.

Clifton Cameras
Canon

Plenty sharp across the frame even wide open, nice bokeh, and AF is so fast it smokes. My personal favourite for candid portraits and stage shows. It handles well too, both on APS-C and FF bodies.

WEX

I decided to upgrade my Canon camera body recently and thought long and hard whether to get the 6d or 7d Mark 2. I opted for the latter as it seemed to be more versatile for general use.

Optically suburb lens but build quality issue: there is play in the focus ring, Canon say they are all like that!

Hi the 85mm lens is brill fast posting great service

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