Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF

Model #AFF016C700

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Weight 1.54 lb (700 g)
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.34 x 3.59" (84.8 x 91.3 mm)
Filter Thread Front: 67 mm


Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital SensorAPS-C
Angle of View 28° 33'
Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' (80 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7.2
Focal Length 85mm
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Elements/Groups 13/9
Aperture Maximum: f/1.8Minimum: f/16
Camera Mount Type Canon EF


Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
5 days ago

The Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is an incredibly sharp prime lens in a classic portrait focal length,featuring an image stabilization system that sets it apart from the competition.

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    Extremely sharp. Minimal distortion. Wide aperture. Optical stabilization system. Available for multiple camera systems. Full-frame coverage.

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    Dim corners at wide apertures. Pricey.

12 May 2016

The Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD prime lens is a fast short telephoto in the classic focal length for portraits. It is also a focal length that usually offers the very best of the lens makers' art, so the standard expected is very high. It is a 35mm-format “full frame” lens.

20 April 2016

A slightly slower maximum aperture of f/1.8 (many 85mm lenses are f/1.4 designs) does seem to have its advantages in terms of a more compact, lighter lens and also a lower cost. Performance is impeccable, the lens handles superbly and the price well within reason.

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    Beautiful, high-quality images, Fast and silent AF, Effective VC system, Very well controlled CA, Excellent flare resistance, 5-year warranty, Low distortion, Beautiful bokeh

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    Limited choice of mounts

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
6 days ago

I rented this lens for a shoot to try it out. I have looked at a few other primes and wanted to see how this one compared. I was not disappointed at all. Very sharp and not much CA when shot wide open at 1.8.

B h photo.32817553
3 weeks ago

All I can say is if you are in the market for an upper end 85mm, look no further. Tamron has hit a homerun with this lens. It is incredibly sharp, has creamy bokeh, built like a tank and is worth every penny I spent.

3 weeks ago

This lens is great! Focus on a Nikon d750, D4 and d810 is fast and spot on.. The bite of this lens is why I'm keeping it and sold my Sigma 85 1.4 that was on occasion sharp and full of ca. The VC works but I shoot mainly in dark clubs and venues and this one is a keeper.

3 weeks ago

I was about to pull the trigger on the Canon L 85mm 1.2 when I discovered Tamrons new 85mm 1.8 DI VC and at a price much more to my liking. I can't express how happy I am with this lens, it is simply fantastic, extremely sharp, creamy bokeh, fast focus, and built like a tank.

1 May 2016

Wow... I'm not inclined to hyperbole. I'm not easily blown away by a lens, but this is something special. This might be THE must-own lens for Canon and Nikon portrait shooters. I had been shooting with the Nikon 85/1.8g. A truly excellent lens. May have been my favorite lens.

1 May 2016

Not had much time with it yet but it satisfies some of the issues I've had with my Sigma 85m. The autofocus is great, reliable and works on continuous mode. Images are sharp although VC isn't as useful for the work I do as it might be for some.

1 May 2016

I have had the lens for about 2 weeks now and man is it sharp. Can be too sharp at times. The VC is wonderful for handheld even at low light. Pictures taken handheld with VC are much more usable and successful. Its not as bulky and heavy as Canon 85 1.2L but much bigger than Canon 1.8.

B h photo.32817553
26 April 2016

Razor sharp and the VC allows me to take shots that would have been difficult without a tripod.... This lens is solid and well built, not at all plastic feeling like many other lenses.

B h photo.32817553
15 April 2016

On my D7200, the autofocus is outstanding, bokeh is terrific, "VC" (Tamron's version of Nikon's VR) works well (consistently sharp down to 1/50). The lens is big and heavy compared to the Nikon 85 1.8g, but those are actually benefits, IMO.

B h photo.32817553
7 April 2016

What is this strange magic? look at the uploaded pictures, this thing has bokeh like no other lens, it cuts with detail like a katana through a soft cantelope!!! But that sharpness works against it too. Instead of giving you a nice skin tone, it shows all the imperfections, even from 5 meters away.

Product Highlights
  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One LD Element and One XLD Element
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • USD AF Motor, Full-Time Manual Focus
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Compatible with TAP-in Console
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In The Box
  • Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Lens Hood
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio Software
  • Limited 6-Year Warranty
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