Review Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Lens Overview - Canon EF 85mm f/1.8

Prized for portraiture, the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM from Canon is a short-telephoto prime characterized by its slightly compressed perspective for achieving flattering results. Its bright f/1.8 maximum aperture also enables isolating subjects and working with shallow depth of field techniques, and further benefits working in low-light conditions. Helping to achieve high color fidelity and contrast, a Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements and serves to minimize reflections, lens flare and ghosting. Additionally, a ring-type USM is employed to deliver quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus control.

Short-telephoto, portrait-length prime is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 136mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also affords greater control over depth of field for working with selective focus techniques.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override. Additionally, the front of the lens does not rotate during focusing to better permit working with polarizing and graduated filter types.
Rounded eight-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
UPC: 082966212901

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Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF
Format CompatibilityFull-Frame
Angle of View28° 30'
Minimum Focus Distance2.79' / 85 cm
Maximum Magnification0.13x
Optical Design9 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades8, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNone
Filter Size58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.95 x 2.81" / 74.93 x 71.37 mm
Weight14.99 oz / 425 g

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Lens Technical

85mm f/1.8 USMYongnuo YN 50mm F1.8 II CanonSigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM A
Name Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USMYongnuo YN 50mm F1.8 II CanonSigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM A Sony FE
Max Aperture At Min Focal f/1.8f/1.8f/1.8
Year 199220182018
Mount Type Canon EFCanon EFSony FE
Lens Type Lens Medium,lens TelephotoLens MediumLens Telephoto
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $379$90$1400
Lens Zoom PrimePrimePrime
Lens Range 8550135
Global 34.9225
Effective Mega Pixel 23.1697
Distorsion 0.405
Vignetting -1.56875
Tstop 2.05491
Ac 2.66762
Vignetting Ranking 10372
Tstop Ranking 2294
Ac Ranking 520
Pixel Depth 50.6
Price Sensor 3900
Sensor Raw 51.16
Sensor Format Sensor Fullframe
Type SemiProDSLR
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Jul. 1992May. 2018Aug. 2018
Brand CanonYongnuoSigma


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