Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Review

by admin on March 30, 2010

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

The Canon 85mm f/1.8 medium telephoto lens is designed to deliver a practical solution for photographers who require a portable lens that performs well in low light conditions at a reasonable price. The value of this lens is exceptional. It boasts a sturdy Canon build quality and optical elements specially designed to create sharp images across all apertures.

The 58mm f/1.8 is a very fast lens that offers good performance in low light and indoor shooting situations. Many photographers recommend this lens as an affordable option for portrait applications. The wide aperture range and special design of the lens’ optics provide for perfect depth of field characterizes and great background blur outs.

Overall, this lens is an excellent choice for the photographer looking to add a dedicated portrait lens to their collection. It provides a light weight, compact and portable option that includes all the features professionals look for. The very fast 85mm f/1.8  produces premium results at an affordable price.

Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM Features

  • Medium Telephoto Lens
  • Focal length: 85mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/1.8
  • Filter Size: 58mm
  • Optics: 9 elements in 7 groups
  • Weight: 425g
  • Canon EF Mount

What Users Like About This Lens

The price to performance ratio with the Canon 85mm f/1.8 is very high. Photographers get stunning results out of this lens. The optics of the lens deliver an excellent background blur as well. Many find the focal length of 85mm ideal for portrait photography. Additionally, a very fast maximum aperture of f/1.8 allows accurate low light and indoor shooting.

Moreover, the lens comes in a very small and light weight package making it easy to carry in a bag as an additional lens for dedicated portrait applications or easy to handhold while using. Finally, the 85mm f/1.8 is sturdy and reliable. With solid Canon construction and superior build quality, the Canon 85mm f/1.8 will stand up to years of use.

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What Users Don’t Like About This Lens

While this lens is seen as an exceptional value and a perfect performer by some, more astute photographers are critics of the images it produces. When the aperture is wide open (f/1.8) the lens tends to cause vignetting on the outer edges of images. This effect occurs even on popular 1.6x field of view crop factor camera bodies. On a full frame SLR, the vignetting effect becomes even more prominent at f/1.8 and slightly noticeable at f/2.0.

Because of this, high level amateurs and professionals looking for absolute image perfection tend to stray away from the 85mm f/1.8 lens. While the vignetting effects are slight and the consistency of image quality is slightly lost from corner to corner in images, few untrained or inexperienced image critics will notice without an image taken with a much more expensive lens for comparison.

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Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM Sample Photos

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Sample Photo

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