Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM Portrait Lens

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The Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens is a very practical portrait lens. It is a medium telephoto lens with excellent build, not so massive as to make it cumbersome after long periods of shooting and carrying. The Canon EF 85mm lens produces sharp and clear images at all apertures. It has been designed to give very nice bokeh (or background blur), while at the same time bringing the portrait subject into crisp view.

Techy Stuff:

  • Focal length: 85mm
  • Maximum aperture: 1:1.8
  • Lens construction: 9 elements in 7 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 28 degrees (at 30 feet)
  • Focus adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 2.8 feet
  • Filter size: 58mm
  • Dimensions: 3 inches in diameter, 2.8 inches long
  • Weight: 15 ounces

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Canon 85mm f/1.8 portrait lens

Some observations from happy Canon EF 85mm buyers:

“Bar none, the best “portrait” lens I own. There’s just something about this 85mm focal length + f/1.8 that brings out detail….faces have so much dimension with this lens, they look 3 dimensional.”

“I love this lens. I love how dramatic my pictures come out in their natural settings. The bokeh adds so much more emotion to each photo. And since you can shoot with such a wide open aperture, you’ll catch the moments when they happen without it blurring away from a too-slow shutter speed or a bright flash of blinding light!”

“I can’t state this enough, if you are concerned about the financial implications of purchasing L series glass, you can NOT lose by picking this lens up. It retains it’s resale value very well.”

“There’s allot to be said for a non “L” lens which consistently winds up on my camera when I own several “L”s which cover the mm of this lens. To me, its an L: built like an L, color and saturation comparable to an L It’s my “L” lens that doesn’t have a red stripe.”

Here are a few sample images to show the versatility of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

Canon Portrait lens performs in low light

Canon portrait lens does very well in low light

Portrait of a cat with Canon 85mm f/1.8

Portrait of a cat with Canon 85mm f/1.8

Canon 85mm lens handles light contrast well

Contrasting light is handled well with the Canon 85mm lens

85mm f/1.8 is fast

You have to be fast with babies - the 85mm f/1.8 is up to the task