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Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8 USM

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Manufacturer Canon
Model EF 85 mm f/1.8 USM
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 85 mm
Maximum aperture f/1.8
Angle of view 28.5 o
Closest focusing distance 0.85 m
Maximum magnification 1:7.69
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Auto focus type USM
Lens Construction 9 elements / 7 groups
Filter diameter 58 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Canon EF
Dimensions 75 x 71.5 mm
Weight 425 g
Additional information Marketed July 1992
Average rating (17 owners reviews)
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Owners reviews (17)
  1. Angela
    Angela 28 September 2017, 12:31
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    IP 86.120.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 200e
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: not 1.4 or 1,2 and have some cromatic aberation

    Pros: sharp wide open and very cheap

    Summary: cheap and excellent lens for portret

  2. Mac
    Mac 8 February 2017, 17:07
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    IP 24.201.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: $250
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Some longitudinal chromatic aberrations. Bokeh sometimes feels a tad \'nervous\', but it also depends on the structure of your background. To my great pain, it does not work well at all on digital infrared! (Too bad; it\'s stellar in color)

    Pros: Bright, fast aperture, very fast AF, light, portable, sharp: and the images will make you smile! As AlexJ put it below, bad images will be a result of operator error. :) I got this over the also-excellent EF 100mm f/2 as this one lens works as a great portrait lens on both FF and APS-C (on the later, the 85 has an angle of view roughly equivalent to a 135mm on FF -- great for head and shoulders). If you use both formats like me, this is a great lens.

    Summary: Given the huge opening on the EF lens mount this really should have been an f/1.4 lens (and the 35mm f/2 a 1.8, etc.): that said, there isn\'t much I would change about this lens. Lenses like this one, the 100 f/2, 50 1.8, original 35 f/2 and 28 2.8 have become rarities in the Canon (and Nikon) line: excellent lenses at a reasonable price. Hobbyists should by this instead of the L zooms and use the money saved to go shoot portraits in an exotic location.

  3. gigaphoto
    gigaphoto 18 March 2015, 10:38
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    IP 46.14.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 345 EUR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: No weather sealing.

    Pros: Low weight. Very high image quality. Fast and accurate autofocus. Cheap price.

    Summary: It's every bit as good as a lens can get, and with a very low price. There's no reason not to buy this one, if you're interested in the 85mm focal length.

  4. panoramapeople
    panoramapeople 22 November 2013, 11:26
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    IP 92.78.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 350€
    User profile: Professional

    Cons: Not sealed against dust. Plastic housing.

    Pros: perfect video lens! same filter size as the 28mm, 50mm and 100mm lenses. Lightweight! Feels good on manual focusing. Great images.

    Summary: The image quality is good enough for most professional jobs. If not, let the costumer pay you to rent a zeiss lens. Hard to find anything better for that price!

  5. lepetitnicolas
    lepetitnicolas 9 February 2013, 22:27
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    IP 91.37.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 380
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: -

    Pros: sharp, even at f/1.8.

    Summary: performance of an L lens for a non-L price.

  6. AlexJ
    AlexJ 28 March 2012, 14:50
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    IP 60.240.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: $430 AUD
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: More susceptible to longitudinal CA and purple fringing than most lenses. Depth of field is so narrow, slight misfocus on cheaper bodies compromises sharpness.

    Pros: Usable at f/1.8, reasonably sharp at f/2.2 and pin sharp at f/2.8 onwards. No lateral CA, barely any distortion. Autofocus is fast and accurate (on a 5D). Lovely bokeh. Cheap and common 58mm filter thread.

    Summary: Cheapest lens I own that offers nearly flawless performance at any setting. If you make an ugly photo with this lens, it's your fault. The lens is small, so shy subjects are more comfortable with this lens than a bulky zoom. It's a perfect all-round lens. The only 85mm lens I'd consider an alternative is the Samyang 85mm 1.4 (cheaper, better bokeh and brighter but manual and not quite as sharp). All the others are barely sharper, only slightly brighter, but much more expensive.

  7. Fuzzy
    Fuzzy 10 February 2012, 21:11
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    IP 62.225.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 370 EUR
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Really good image quality you don't get under f 6,3 (on a 5D MII)

    Pros: Top focus, top build, compact, fine on a FF Lense for fashion, portrait and a really fine lense for always having with you

    Summary: ok but nothing special

  8. Sunil
    Sunil 23 October 2011, 13:21
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    IP 183.82.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 26000
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Sharp-even wide open.

    Pros: None

    Summary: Good value for money.

  9. Jog-dude
    Jog-dude 13 July 2011, 09:28
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    IP 95.133.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 400
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: There is no cons, dot. Not for the price. At all.

    Pros: Very sharp starting from 1.8 - you just gotta be careful when playing with depth of field, great built, "big hole in there") Indeed, a very nice lens. People who say it's weak wide open just got a bad sample or ain't know how to use it wide open.

    Summary: Buy it and start laughing at those who hasn't)))

  10. Bioibon
    Bioibon 9 March 2011, 16:55
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    IP 150.241.x.x
    Owner since: 3 years
    Price: 300 euro
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: None at this price!

    Pros: Excellent price for amazing IQ. Sharp even wide open. Excellent USM. Small size.

    Summary: Must have. Very little lenses offer this IQ at this price.

  11. Manu
    Manu 10 January 2011, 18:40
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    IP 88.179.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 350€
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: ?

    Pros: Well made, F:1.8, 52mm filter, not too heavy, not too big and silent ! I like its discretion and its bokeh.

    Summary: Excellent "little" lens for money. It's my favorite lens for portraits.

  12. lightray
    lightray 4 July 2010, 03:51
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    IP 67.159.x.x
    Owner since: 1 month
    Price: 400
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: none

    Pros: superbe image quality

    Summary: very good portrait lens. good price.

  13. spoony
    spoony 4 July 2010, 03:26
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    IP 80.109.x.x
    Owner since: 6 months
    Price: 400
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: not sealed

    Pros: very good image quality

    Summary: exeptional lens with a very good price.

  14. Ezio
    Ezio 22 December 2009, 22:21
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    IP 79.31.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 350 EUR
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: none noted

    Pros: excellent resolution, even wide open; excellent price/performance ratio; well built (but is not an "L")

    Summary: buy it

  15. Dajon
    Dajon 12 December 2009, 05:56
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    IP 70.66.x.x
    Owner since: 2 years
    Price: 450
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Wish focused alittle closer

    Pros: Sharp-even wide open. Have not noticed any purple finging wide open. Well made and balances perfectly on my 40D

    Summary: a near perfect lens

  16. Jakobskovgaard
    Jakobskovgaard 20 October 2009, 04:51
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    IP 130.228.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
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    User profile: Amateur

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  17. Johny
    Johny 23 April 2009, 11:58
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    IP 83.24.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 300 USD
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Weak wide open.

    Pros: Sharp from f/2.8

    Summary: Good value for money.