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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed
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- 85 millimeter 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: 85 millimeter, 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
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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
A highly practical medium telephoto lens with superb delineation and portability. Images are sharp and clear at all apertures.
Through computer simulations, the lens has been designed to give beautiful background blur.
Since the front lens group does not rotate during focusing special filter effects are not affected.
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF, Canon EF-S||Canon EF||Canon EF-S|
|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Auto/Manual||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.83 x 2.95 x 2.95 inches||1.54 x 2.72 x 2.72 inches||2.01 x 2.91 x 2.91 inches||1.54 x 2.72 x 2.72 inches||3.27 x 3.27 x 3.27 inches||3.62 x 3.31 x 3.31 inches|
|Item Weight||0.94 lbs||5.60 ounces||0.64 lbs||—||2.65 ounces||1.25 lbs|
|Lens Type||Telephoto||Standard||Telephoto||Prime Lens||Wide Angle||Standard|
|Maximum Aperture||1.8||f/1.8||f/1.4||f/1.80||2 millimeters||2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||85 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50.00 millimeters||35 millimeters||50 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||85 millimeters||50 millimeters||50 millimeters||50.00 millimeters||35 millimeters||17 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||49 millimeters||58 millimeters||49.00 millimeters||52 millimeters||77 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.
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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens
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WHATS IT FOR?
- Portraits. Take your time, take 5-7 shots of each pose. You will be very pleased with the result and quality.
- Products. Unless the product is huge, this can really make your product pop. The DOF is amazing and the background is almost pure bokeh if you work it right.
- Depth of Field. Anything you feel you will need a sharp DOF, this is it. A shot of a model sitting on a bench, with some leaves in the foreground could be a one in a million shot. But like I said before, take your time, make sure the model is the focal point and shoot 5-7 shots.
WHAT IT ISN'T FOR
- Sports, action, family barbecue. This is NOT a general lens. If you use it for that you will be very disappointed in 75%+ images being blurry.
- Full body shots. To get a full body shot I had to step back almost 25-30 feet. This is a 85mm and no zoom in and no zoom out.
- Wide angle. I know UH DUH... but my 50mm 1.4 or my 18-55 2.8 lens does very well with general shooting. But 85MM would be a huge problem to get say a full car, or a building or... etc (without moving back a half mile).
Bottom line, the lens is amazing. In just a few shots I was in love. But I knew right away this lens has to be used in controlled environments and never to be taken for granted (i.e. if you think you nailed a shot, focus 3 more times and take 6 more shots). It will be a welcome addition to my camera bag. Final analysis? Worth every penny.
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.
I had the 85 1.2 for a year but i couldnt justify its performance for the price. It is heavy, focus hunts, slow to focus, can easily be soft at wide open.
Then i bought this 1.8. What a surprise! I use it 70% mostly for video work on a gimbal and cant believe how sharp or sharper it is than the 1.2. The 3d look is still there tho not too pronounced, great looking bokeh and shallow depth or field, contrast and colors are well balanced, it is fast and accurate to focus. It is light, and I dont worry about getting it tossed around or stolen because it is affordable.
Basically it is Canon’s hidden gem and I dont see why one would spend a fortune on the 1.2 or 1.4 IS which are far more expensive when this one works well.
Skip the “luxury” 85 variants, this one should be your staple portrait lens.
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.
I honestly can't justify the price difference between the L version and this. Side-by-side the L version has slightly better bokeh and a larger aperture, but not almost 5 times the price better!
The 50mm 1.4 is often compared to this lens. Imho, the 50mm 1.4 isn't a bad lens but the build quality of the 85mm 1.8, while they look the same, is far more solid. The 50mm 1.4 suffers from focus inconsistencies and is prone to damage (poor internal design). Autofocus on the 85mm is also far more consistent. Shooting the 50mm 1.4 wide open is useless, it is very soft until about 2.2. The 50mm 1.2L or a Sigma 50mm 1.4 ART is worth the upgrade cost over the 50mm 1.4.
Overall this is a great portrait lens for the money and competes head to head with the bigger more expensive 85mm 1.2L.
Top international reviews
A photgrapher must have this lense in his /her bagpack.
You can get a great dept of field with this camera and takes beautiful portrait photos.
I originally bought it for my Canon Rebel T3i but am now using it on a 5d. Works on both cameras.
The seller is quick to respond with any problems. My parcel was showing it had arrived but I had no recieved it. The seller immediately took the time to find out where it was and called me to let me know it had arrived. It had it just went some place different then I normally get my mail.
My only problem was that I had paid for the order to come quicker and it actually arrived later then it would have had I not paid for the faster shipping. But I did not contact the seller reguarding this issue.
I would recommend this lens and will be purchasing more from this seller in the future.
Don't wait as I did, go for it...all worth it!
It's brand new looking and very happy!
The bad thing is that the don't include a hood to protect the lens and the Sun rays.
The other thing is that when I got a bill not a English translation or instruction.
Appreciate that they kept me in touch about the order prior shipping ..by email.
I would buy again from them!