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 USMNikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S135mm F1.8 GM
Name Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USMNikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 SSony FE 135mm F1.8 GM
Max Aperture At Min Focal f/1.8f/1.8f/1.8
Year 199220192019
Mount Type Canon EFNikon ZSony FE
Lens Type Lens Medium,lens TelephotoLens Medium,lens TelephotoLens Telephoto
Auto Focus NoNoNo
Price $379$800$1900
Lens Zoom PrimePrimePrime
Lens Range 8585135
Global 34.922549.0239
Effective Mega Pixel 23.169741.4052
Distorsion 0.4050.065
Vignetting -1.56875-1.08906
Tstop 2.054911.90191
Ac 2.667622.57863
Vignetting Ranking 104088037
Tstop Ranking 23181749
Ac Ranking 522484
Pixel Depth 50.645.7
Price Sensor 39003400
Sensor Raw 51.1645.75
Sensor Format Sensor FullframeSensor Fullframe
Type SemiProDSLRHybrid
Zoom Factor 111
Weight 1lb1lb1lb
Macro NoNoNo
Launch Date Jul. 1992Jul. 2019Feb. 2019
Brand CanonNikonSony


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