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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM : Specifications and Opinions


Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 1992. The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 362 €; 206 users have given it an average vote of 9.4 out of 10.

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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   85 mm
 Angle of view   28.6°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/1.8
 Aperture blades   8
 Lenses/Groups   9 elements in 7 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.85 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.13x

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal AF   Yes
 Full Time MF   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   58 mm
 Lens hood   Yes (not supplied)
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   425 g
 Dimensions   72 x 75 mm
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avatarjunior
sent on September 17, 2018

Pros: Very good image quality - sharp, good contrast and bokeh. Light, compact, fast and silent AF with FTM, popular 58mm filter thread. And all that for less than $400.

Cons: Color aberrations (the fringing) can be too much sometimes, in some specific lighting conditions. Disappointing lens hood design, and it's not included. The minimum focusing distance is 0.85m and it doesn't make it a good close-up lens.

Opinion: In short, for the price, it's a dream lens. A wonderful option for someone starting his FF adventure. The moment I put it on my 5D2 for the first time it was like magic. I could shoot a nice, or seemingly flawless picture of anything and everything with it. Almost no boring images. I even kept many misfocused ones. Compared to a cheap 50F1.8, this is a next level lens. And it's the level that I'm comfortable with to this day. However, if you have an extra $100 lying around, then you might like its bigger "sister" more, the EF 100F2 USM, which is a bit better in many aspects, same level though :).

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avatarjunior
sent on June 07, 2019

Pros: Sharpness already at f 1.8, at F2 we work with reliability, speed, true ultrasonic motor, excellent overall yield, doughy colors, cost in the used.

Cons: For its value for money none.

Opinion: What about, a classic maybe home Canon, little but pure poetry, perhaps comparable to the L-series, the first thing that amazed me is the sharpness already at 1.8, closed then becomes sharp as a knife, the general rendering and colors then we do not talk , a pastiness and surprising delicacy.... I understand then even faster and distinctly more accurate than the 28-70 I have in the kit, excellent focal for portraits even full length, for American planes then there is an absurd detachment with a beautiful blurry... It is true that it presents some aberration but it is easily manageable in post, as far as the construction if it had been bigger would have been perfect, I really recommend it to all those looking for a non-competing portrait optics, which costs little and has High performance, highly recommended!

avatarjunior
sent on February 17, 2019

Pros: Value for money, autofocus, compactness.

Cons: AC, Lens hood coupling.

Opinion: It is one of the historical optics of Canon production, still in the catalogue after many years. As focal length 85 mm on FF I find they are perfect for portrait. Compared to the competition affected by the dated project but not even disfigured in 2019. And it costs really little for what it returns. The lens hood is for a fee and has a very bad graft.

avatarsenior
sent on February 05, 2019

Pros: Perfect focal length for portraits, good even to TA becomes excellent by closing slightly, compact and lightweight, autofocus fast and accurate.

Cons: Unstabilized but you know it before you buy it

Opinion: I wanted to do portraits again and for me the 85mm are ideal. I could have made an effort and take directly the 85mm 1.4 but I preferred to spend much less to regain confidence with the focal. The lens turned out to be a guessed purchase. Very usable TA just close one stop to have an excellent performance. Excellent really blurry, unexceptionable autofocus for precision and speed. In short, a perspective that costs little and really makes a lot. The only limitation is the absence of stabilization but all in all it is not an insurmountable problem. It is certainly not comparable to the 85mm 1.4 stabilized, which I tried and I find stratospheric, but it costs less than a quarter. Recommended.

avatarjunior
sent on January 20, 2019

Pros: Very good from F2, super autofocus

Cons: Antiquated design, embarrassing lens hood, minimum distance of MAF

Opinion: Defined par excellence the optics from portrait, it pulls out of the images nothing bad even to f 1.8, closing gives the best of itself. Autofocus is fast and accurate. Some chromatic aberration but nothing disastrous. Personally I do not like the surrender of the old USM canon, characterized by slightly cold colors, as opposed to the canon sensors that push a little more towards the warm colors (purely personal opinion). Let's not talk about the lens hood, please, uncomfortable and done on purpose to break at the first opportunity. As other Canon fixed the focus distance is nice long, we're almost at the meter away, so forget about details and close up with this lens. Also be careful not to stay too close otherwise nothing yellow dot fixed and no pictures. It's a project that Canon has been carrying on for almost 30 years, and canon is not worthy of upgrading the mid-range lenses like this, although it churns 4 SLR's per year in the consumer and semi Pro range, too bad.




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