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If you want a highly practical and creative medium telephoto lens with superb delineation and portability, the EF 85mm f1.8 USM is for you. Images are sharp and clear at all apertures and 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. As this lens features a Canon EF (Electro-Focus) lens mount, you can use this lens on a Canon full-frame camera (Such as the 1D X, 5D Mk III, 6D etc.) and a cropped sensor (APS-C) camera with EF-S mount (EG. 350D, 7D, 550D, 60D etc.). More
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.
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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Quality lens from a quality supplier
By chocolate man
About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Comments about Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM Lens:
I use it for product photography. The main disadvantage is the 2.79 foot close focussing limitation. It means I have to be some distance from the item I am photographing
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Very very sharp. Fast focus great lens
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Smooth and sharp
By Wex Katie
This lens is quick to focus and great for portait, street, wildlife, gigs, night and candid photography. The image produced is always clean and sharp with a natural background blur. It's definitely worth the money!
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first prime lens
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I did not have a prime lenses and this was my first! The 85 1.8 is probably one of the best non L prime lens and is by far one of the best priced for Glass of this standard.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Simply put a pure investment in memories
from North East
Low light photography, no flash
By pa-rapper the snapper
mostly i use it for indoor sports, i bought it after i was asked to take pictures of my local roller derby team, and wanted a reasonably priced lens to start with to see if i could do it before spending big money
About Me Semi-Professional
I use this lens mainly for portraits and street photography (i.e. documentary and travel). The focal length gives you a really nice tight composition and stops you having to be too intrusive on the subject. However, it may have limited uses, you need plenty of space to get the best composition. The aperture capabilities (F1.8) is surprisingly high quality! I found it really beneficial when needing that extra bit of light, the quality of background blur is also very strong. A major weak point of this lens is the build quality, I personally feel it has very weak casing. This lens seems to be the best 85mm prime lens for your money, I highly doubt the L version is worth the extra grand.
Sharp and Creamy Goodness!
By Dan P
If you don't have any prime lenses this should be your first! The 85 1.8 is probably one of the best non L prime lens I have ever used and is by far one of the best priced for Glass of this standard.Treat yourself to this lens you wont regret it!
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Great portrait lense
I brought this lens for portrait photography for an upcoming wedding I have been invited to photograph and wanted to ensure I got some practise in before the event.I have now used the lens on a couple of different occasions and I am over-joyed with the purchase and it is certainly producing good results.Would certainly recommend the lens to anybody who is going to be doing a lot of portrait work.The lens has also worked very well for me in low light environments. I was very pleased with the performance in low light while photographing a local band performing and ended up with taking capturing what I consider some of my best photos.
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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Superb portrait lens
By Volvo Pilot
For a portrait lens that blurs out the background you wont find better unless you pay an arm and leg for an "L" lens. It beats zooms hands down, and for lower light use the extra stops available compared to zooms is invaluable! It's also very light, and easily added to a gajdet bag. A slight minor point is it CAN be hard to obtain autofocus, but the cure is to use the centre point only, this only applies if the subject is being focused at full aperture and does not fill a lot of the viewfinder. Also the depth of field close up is VERY small, use manual focus, this is not a fault with the lens though! Well worth the money!
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