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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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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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Ted Crilly
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Registered: Mar 4, 2014
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Review Date: Mar 4, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: 1. Super sharp. 2. Light weight. 3. Decent price.
Cons:
None

Fantastic lens. Super sharp at all apertures. Light weight and relatively cheap. This is probably my most used lens.

A couple of super sharp examples (on flickr) from this lens...
http://tinyurl.com/l6x5c4c
http://tinyurl.com/mapsjh3


Mar 4, 2014
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lunacat
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Registered: Jan 13, 2014
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 7
Review Date: Jan 22, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Wonderful lightweight prime lens with beautiful bokeh. It is quite sharp and I love using it for portraits. You can see some photos taken with it on my blog:
http://www.lunacatstudio.fr/photographe-blog/


Jan 22, 2014
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fersal05
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Registered: Nov 21, 2011
Location: Mexico
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Review Date: Nov 16, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $530.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very very sharp lighweight price
Cons:
not sealed

Exelente lente por el precio, de hecho las calificaciones en la mayoria de los riviews le dan casi la misma puntuacion de su similar en la serie L. Lo he probado en situaciones de baja luz con mi 6D me he convencido que definitivamente he hecho una muy buena compra.

Nov 16, 2013
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toma7
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Registered: Jan 31, 2007
Location: Austria
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Review Date: Sep 5, 2013 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: sharp, very good contrast, accurate AF, black, good value, light, black, good bokeh, small
Cons:
no hood, CA wide open
Sep 5, 2013
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ChrisRD
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Registered: May 19, 2009
Location: United States
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Review Date: Jul 31, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small, light, not-white, sharp, excellent AF, nice background blur
Cons:
Tough to complain at this price. I do find it a bit annoying that Canon does not include a hood with non-L lenses.

Still one of my favorite portrait and indoor action lenses on the 5D3 and possibly Canon's best bang-for-the-buck lens ever.

Jul 31, 2013
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Registered: Apr 23, 2009
Location: United States
Posts: 22
Review Date: Feb 13, 2013 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Very sharp, good value
Cons:
It's not f/1.2 - joke - seriously if you need razor thin depth of field and are deft enough to know how to do it right, you're probably not reading this post. Doesn't focus that fast

(Update from my earlier review )
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showuser.php?&username=nycandre

Bokeh/ OOF rendering is not butter smooth as on a Zeiss, say, but is perfectly acceptable

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nycandre/sets/72157605832186483/with/8469278166/


Shot daylight handheld - shot w/20D ISO 200 1/750 f/4
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nycandre/2603470465/
A very sharp image, see the accompanying enlargement

Also very hard to beat for indoor shots in low light

The Kiss - shot w/EOS 5D at ISO 1600 1/50 f/2.8 w/85mm F/1.8
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nycandre/5389132199/

Guitar players jamming - Shot w/20D ISO 1600 1/6 F/2.8
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nycandre/2339558065/


Feb 13, 2013
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scott_scheetz
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Registered: Oct 31, 2012
Location: United States
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Review Date: Feb 3, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $335.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Wicked Sharp, especially wide open. Great contrast, low distortion, Incredibly fast and accurate AF. Light weight, small.
Cons:
none.

This is an incredible lens. Wicked sharp, and great contrast and colors. The bokeh is is incredible! The AF is fast, accurate, and quiet.

This lens is small and light weight. I normally have it in a jacket pocket when I'm doing street photography so I can swap it with the 50mm that is mounted on the camera.

This lens is great on crop sensor, but shines on a full frame. I normally use this lens on a 5D, but I've used it on crop bodies in the past. This lens is great for just about everything, and is one of my favorite lenses for portraits.

Here are some shots using this lens and a 5D:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8347900939/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8347897627/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8285376439/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8045743894/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottscheetz/8110900214/


Feb 3, 2013
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blackberryrx
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Registered: Jun 19, 2012
Location: United States
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Review Date: Oct 16, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $325.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast Auto Focus, Excellent Bokeh , great lens for low light events like Basketball. And you cannot beat the price compared to the Canon 85mm 1.2 L
Cons:
Long minimal focus distance.

I was using a 70-200mm f2.8 non-is for youth basketball. And many parents know some of the gyms kids play in have very poor lighting. Even at 3200 iso with my lens I was still having some issues. So I decided to pick up this little gem. I love it. It focuses very fast with my 1D MkIII and I am not having any issues with the lighting. I was not ready to pay $1,700 for the Canon 85mm 1.2L so this was my next option. You will not be disappointment with this lens. Also its nice to loose a little weight compared to the 70-200.

Oct 16, 2012
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Registered: Apr 26, 2010
Location: United States
Posts: 104
Review Date: Aug 27, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp, fast, light weight, nice colors and bokeh and affordable
Cons:

I have this lens for a while and I love it. I always use this lens for outdoor portraiture and I always shoot at f/1.8. The lens is sharp and has a nice color.

Aug 27, 2012
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Registered: Jul 15, 2012
Location: United States
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Review Date: Jul 22, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharp, fast, light, superb value, smooth bokeh
Cons:
CA

i was having some trouble with the minimum focusing distance (around 3ft). you need a tripod to get the correct focus if you're using it wide open. my only complaint is that CA is visible at f/1.8-2.2.

Jul 22, 2012
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Registered: Jun 20, 2012
Location: United States
Posts: 11
Review Date: Jul 11, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Bokeh....
Cons:
Can't Think of any

Simply Magnificent.

Jul 11, 2012
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bonjerdo
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Registered: Feb 14, 2011
Location: South Africa
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Review Date: Jun 18, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Well balanced lens in all respects.
Cons:
non

This was my 1st prime lens. When i popped it on the 5d it just came alive, i couldn't stop taking photos with it.
Its quiet, fast and feels good on the camera. Not too heavy. Just perfect. If all lenses could end up this size it would be great.
F1.8 makes for great low light and with the good ISO capabilities on cameras today you can capture almost any image you want.
You wont be disappointed in this lens. I should have gotten it earlier.

Here are some samples to view
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/6907195830/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/6907195830/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/6477014167/in/photostream


Jun 18, 2012
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Registered: Jan 11, 2011
Location: Netherlands
Posts: 16
Review Date: May 30, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp, cheap compared to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM, well build and light strong.
Cons:
Chromatic aberration

Love this lens. Its well build and very cheap compared to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM. If you don't need the extra stops this lens is a great choice. I use this lens for studio portrait work.

May 30, 2012
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aestiva
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Registered: Feb 17, 2009
Location: Netherlands
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Review Date: May 15, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast, small, light, cheap, fast AF
Cons:
CA

A great lens. Very fast AF, but also very sharp.
One of the sharpest lens I ever used.

I put some samples on my site www.totaalfotografie.nl


May 15, 2012
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Registered: Nov 11, 2006
Location: United States
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Review Date: Jan 19, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great value, super fast.
Cons:
CA and sharpness.

This lens is a great value, they can be had pretty cheap. Focus is practically instantaneous, decently sharp but you need to stop down a little.



Jan 19, 2012
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Registered: Dec 29, 2009
Location: Russia
Posts: 21
Review Date: Jan 17, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $530.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Low weight. Internal focus. Superb sharpness from f/2.8
Cons:
High Chromatic aberration. Lens Flare even with hood.

Great Lens for every day use. Smooth bokeh. Small lens with low weight so you can pack it in small bag. You can pay no attention to barrel due to internal focus, so you can't broke it when carrying it. And no dust collecting when focusing.
Weak perfomance against light. It causes huge flare when light source is in front of the lens.

http://s018.radikal.ru/i519/1201/56/1129b08f0f54.jpg

http://s017.radikal.ru/i422/1201/f4/ffcee3fbf464.jpg





Jan 17, 2012
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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Buy from B&H Photo
Reviews Views Date of last review
311 487079 Mar 4, 2014
Recommended By Average Price
95% of reviewers $350.00
Build Quality Rating Price Rating Overall Rating
8.92
9.45
9.4
ef85mmf_18usm_1_


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