Canon 85mm f/1.8 EF USM Autofocus Lens

Model: 2519A003

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Filter thread 58 mm
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.0 x 2.8" (7.62 x 7.11 cm)
Weight 14.99 oz (425 g)


Groups/elements 7/9
Camera mount type Canon EF
Magnification 0.13x
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Minimum focus distance 2.79' (85 cm)
Angle of view 28°
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:7.69
Focal length 85 mm
Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 127.5 mm
Diaphragm blades 8
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8
Minimum: f/22


Tripod collar No
Autofocus Yes
Image stabilization No
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
28 March 2011

Far cheaper than Canon's f/1.2 equivalent, but still a mighty good performer for a more than reasonable price

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    Quality and price

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    f/22 performance

Technology x.34355481
18 November 2013

Over the course of my ownership the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM has been quite impressive. Despite its color fringing in high contrast scenes, the lens performs wonderfully for almost any composition. It’s fast and accurate autofucus has helped me to capture shots I thought I had missed.

The digital picture.34755376
25 June 2011

Looking for a good value in a small, light, great performing, fast lens ? Try the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens. 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.

Slr lens and camera reviews.33034498
31 May 2009

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is one of the best medium telephoto prime lenses in Canon's arsenal. Combination of stellar performance with both APS-C and FF type cameras and affordable price, make this lens an interesting choice for general as well as portrait photography.

15 January 2010

This medium telephoto lens from Canon sports a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture and ultrasonic silent focusing that is performed internally for around £315.

Bob atkins.32834441
29 August 2009

The Canon EF 85/1.8 USM is a very good lens. It's one of Canon's best lenses and it's certainly near or at the top of the list of Canon's best value lenses. It's far and away better in all respects than any comparably priced zoom lens, and probably arguably better than any zoom lens regardless of...

Images by william castleman.34355705
23 March 2008

Digital camera resolution and 50% MTF was measured using this methology .

21 July 2011

Gary Wolstenholme reviews the medium telephoto Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Interchangeable lens.

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    Excellent sharpness, Virtually no distortion, Low CA levels, Fast auto focus

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    No lens hood supplied

Practical photography.34754171
20 April 2011

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM offers an equivalent focal length of 136mm when coupled to Canon APS-C D-SLRs like the EOS 50D, 7D, or more recently announced EOS 600D, and features a maximum aperture of f/1.8.

Lenstip com.34355424
8 March 2011

The Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8 USM is a lens almost 20-year-old. Looking at its achievements we must admit its age makes itself felt. The lens doesn’t break any resolution records, its anti-reflection coatings are not of the highest quality, it doesn’t feature any low-dispersion glass elements and maybe...

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    well-made casing,, very good image quality in the frame centre,, good or decent image quality on the edge of APS-C sensor and full frame,, lateral chromatic aberration corrected splendidly,, low distortion,, slight astigmatism,, sensibly low vignetting on APS-C,, fast and efficient autofocus,, good...

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    noticeable longitudinal chromatic aberration,, modest accessory kit,, lack of repeatability of particular specimens.

User Reviews
9 December 2016

I have one zoom lens (18-135) and all the rest are prime.My two favorites and most used are the 85mm f.2.8 and 28mm f.2.8 which give beautiful and sharp images without having to use the zoom. In both cases the very low weight makes them an additional pleasure.

26 January 2017

Was gifted to me for a christmas present. Performs better than I expected for the affordable version. DOF is right where it needs to be, bokeh is just right, and it doesn't focus hunt on my 1Dmk3. .

6 January 2014

Great lens, especially for the price! Auto focus speed is fast and accurate. Bokeh is smooth and beautiful! Light weight but sturdy build. If you're thinking about getting this lens, don't delay! It's definitely worth the asking price!

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    Fast AF, sharp, beautiful bokeh

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    No Hood included

20 December 2013

An outstanding portrait lens for Canon shooters on a tight budget, or even those who can afford anything. Not as beautiful as the 85/1.2, but smaller, lighter and quicker handling.

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    Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, good bokeh, sharp from corner to corner, fast focus, cheap

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    Bokeh not as smooth as the pro lenses, plasticky build

3 November 2013

Having sampled the delights of the Nifty Fifty on my EOS 7D, I thought that it'd be fun to go slightly longer and get the 85/1.8. I wasn't disappointed. Bad bits first... Purple fringing can be quite bad at f1.8, plus the lens is very edge-soft when wide-open. Good bits, as there are loads of 'em...

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    IQ, build, speed, compact size

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    Bad purple fringing at 1.8

8 December 2014

A Great Lens and a decent price.

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    Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Overall Great Lens, Strong Construction

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    I Can't Come Up With One

8 February 2013

I bought this lens for low light work. It has a good reputation for sharpness. It's light, very sharp, focuses well and for portraits gives a nce depth of field. Everything I wanted. <br /><br />I don't have any cons right now. I felt it was a good investment for the money and it hasn't let me down.

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    Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Sharpness, speed

23 September 2011

I use the lens for action shots at dog shows. Most of the time the lighting leaves a lot to be desired at these events. (indoors) This lens is fast and accurate and blurs out a lot of the activity that you do not want to see in the background.

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    Consistent Output, Lightweight, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction, Nice Bokeh

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29 October 2010

I have really only had this lens for a day, so perhaps i am still bedazzled by its awesomeness...i haven't shot in any overly bright settings yet so have experienced the vingetting or abberation that others have commented on.

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    sharp, beautiful bokeh, easy to use, quiet

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    none so far

Product Highlights
  • USM - Ultra Sonic Motor
  • Fast f/1.8 Aperture
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In The Box
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens
  • E-58U 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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