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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
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Initial Price: 
$420
  • USM focus motor with full-time manual focus.
  • 8 (rounded diaphragm)
  • Super Spectra coating
  • Metal mount
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Overview

Description by Canon:
 
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.
 
  • Fast f/1.8 aperture
  • Short/medium telephoto lens
  • USM focus motor with full-time manual focus
  • 85cm closest focusing distance
  • 58mm filter size
  • Super Spectra coatings reduce ghosting and flare
A very popular short telephoto lens with portrait photographers.
 
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."

 
 

Reviews

"The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is one of Canon's classic portrait tele lenses. In the APS-C DSLR scope the field-of-view resembles a 136mm lens here. 

The lens features a ring-type USM AF drive (rear focusing) with full-time manual focusing in one-shot AF

Post date: 08/02/2012 - 16:24

"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. 

Wide open, vignetting will be apparent even on a 1.6x FOVCF body. Full frame body users will see some vignetting remaining at f/2. 
Post date: 01/02/2012 - 21:12

"Weighing around 425g, you can tell there is a fair bit of glass inside this lens, thanks to the fast f/1.8 maximum aperture. Still it isn't overly heavy and the lens balances extremely well on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II used for testing. The lens barrel is constructed mostly from high quality plastics and the lens mount

Post date: 09/10/2011 - 00:00

"Prime lenses in this focal length range have always been great choices for portrait photography, because of the tendency of the moderate telephoto focal length to slightly "flatten" facial features, avoiding the problem of too-big noses in frontal shots taken with wider-angle lenses. In the digital era (at least with sub-

Post date: 20/04/2011 - 00:00

"The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is one of Canon's classic portrait tele lenses. It is part of the Canon lineup ever since 1992 so Canon is obviously still confident about its usability on digital SLRs. We have tested this lens in the APS-C scope already but naturally it is also interesting to check its performance on a full format EOS DSLR.

Post date: 15/06/2010 - 00:00

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$420
Release Date: 
07/1992
DXO Mark Score
Resolution: 
15.0 P-Mpix
Transmission: 
2.0 TStop
Distortion: 
0.40%
Vignetting: 
-1.6 EV
Chr. aberration: 
3.00µm
Specifications
Lens type: 
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
USM
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
85mm
Angle of view: 
28.5°
Zoom Ratio: 
1.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.1x
Lens construction: 
9 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades: 
8 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/1.8
Minimum Aperture: 
f/22.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
0.85m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system : 
No
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
75.0mm
Length: 
71.0mm
Weight: 
425.0 g
Body material: 
Plastic with metal mount
Weather sealing: 
No
Filter Diameter: 
58mm
Lens Hood included: 
No

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