Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM

        

General information

This is a prime lens manufactured by Canon and the model was launched 1992.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto prime lenses, a telephoto lens where you do not have the possibility to zoom in and out.

It's been a long time since the lens and this model first was launched. Before you buy an older (and perhaps used and pre owned) lens a recommendation is to check with the manufacturer and their service centers whether there still are spare parts available. Hopefully spare parts wont be an issue but imagine accidently damaging the lens and finding out afterwards that no spare parts exists. We therefore recommend that you, to be sure, check this prior to purchasing.

If you buy a new lens, in a store, you always have your warranty to fall back on, regardless of the age of the lens but if you are interested in buying a pre owned and used lens without warranty this may be even more important to look up because you might otherwise be left without both warranty and spare parts.

Compatibility, autofocus and focal length

This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.

The ability to use autofocus is available for all cameras.

The lens has a focal length of 85 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.

Lens brightness and image stabilizer

The lens brightness and aperture value is f/1,8.

This aperture value indicates that the lens is extremely bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues.

The lens lacks image stabilization, which otherwise os good for avoiding the blur that can occur when using slow shutter speeds. Since the lens is bright, with good aperture value, the lack of image stabilization might not be that big of a deal, although a image stabilizer is always an advantage to have.

Filter and Lens Hood

The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 58 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.

There is a lens hood that fits the lens (model name "ET-65 III") but unfortunately this is something that is not included when purchasing the lens and must be ordered and bought separately, as an accessory.

Pictures (product and sample images)

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Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Things to consider before buying

Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilities. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.

  • The price (more info)
  • The lens brightness, f/1,8
  • Works on all sensor types
  • Light weight (425 gr)
  • No lens hood is included
  • The lens model is more than 15 years old
  • The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust

Specification

Product Name:Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM  (See dictionary)
Release date: 1992
Manufacturer:Canon
Type of lens: Telephoto Lens
Construction: Prime lens (no possibility to zoom)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:  No Macro lens
Compatibility: Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Autofocus (AF): Yes
Built-in autofocus (AF) motor: Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/1,8
Focal Length 85 mm

Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  • 85 mm on Canon FF, Full frame
  • 110 mm on Canon APS-H
  • 136 mm on Canon APS-C
See list, camera for camera

Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 9 elements / 7 groups
Image Stabilizer: No
Closest Focusing Distance: 85 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 58 mm
Lens Hood: ET-65 III (not included)
Tripod mount: No (Read more)
Weather sealing: No
Dimensions (diameter x length): 75 x 71 mm
Weight: 425 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
Retail price (USD) 419 USD
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Reviews

fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
bobatkins.com
focus-numerique.com
fredmiranda.com
juzaphoto.com
slrlensreview.com
sportsshooter.com
the-digital-picture.com
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Does this lens work with my camera?

Below you will find all registered cameras here on Lensora. Whether the actual camera works with this lens or not is displayed with a green or a red symbol, and if you want to know more about why the lens and the camera work or do not work together you click for further information..

Product name Release date Type Sensor Focal Length ? Total weight
Canon EOS 1000D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 927 gr
Canon EOS 100D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 832 gr
Canon EOS 10D 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1300 gr
Canon EOS 1100D 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 920 gr
Canon EOS 1200D 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 905 gr
Canon EOS 1300D 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 910 gr
Canon EOS 1D 2001 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 110 mm 2010 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark II 2004 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 110 mm 1990 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 2007 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 110 mm 1580 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark IIn 2005 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 110 mm 1990 gr
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 2009 DSLR APS-H (1.3x) 110 mm 1655 gr
Canon EOS 1D X 2011 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1765 gr
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 2016 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1955 gr
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III 2020 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1865 gr
Canon EOS 1Ds 2002 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 2010 gr
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II 2004 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1990 gr
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III 2007 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1810 gr
Canon EOS 2000D 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 900 gr
Canon EOS 200D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 878 gr
Canon EOS 20D 2004 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1195 gr
Canon EOS 20D Astrophotography 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1195 gr
Canon EOS 20Da 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1195 gr
Canon EOS 250D 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 874 gr
Canon EOS 300D 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1070 gr
Canon EOS 30D 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1209 gr
Canon EOS 350D 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 965 gr
Canon EOS 4000D 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 861 gr
Canon EOS 400D 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 981 gr
Canon EOS 40D 2007 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1247 gr
Canon EOS 450D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 949 gr
Canon EOS 500D 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 945 gr
Canon EOS 50D 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1247 gr
Canon EOS 550D 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 935 gr
Canon EOS 5D 2005 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1320 gr
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 2008 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1275 gr
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 2012 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1375 gr
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 2016 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1315 gr
Canon EOS 5DS 2015 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1355 gr
Canon EOS 5DS R 2015 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1355 gr
Canon EOS 600D 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 995 gr
Canon EOS 60D 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1180 gr
Canon EOS 60D Astrophotography 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1180 gr
Canon EOS 60Da 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1180 gr
Canon EOS 650D 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1000 gr
Canon EOS 6D 2012 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1195 gr
Canon EOS 6D Mark II 2017 DSLR Full frame 85 mm 1190 gr
Canon EOS 700D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1005 gr
Canon EOS 70D 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1180 gr
Canon EOS 750D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 980 gr
Canon EOS 760D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 990 gr
Canon EOS 77D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 965 gr
Canon EOS 7D 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1285 gr
Canon EOS 7D Mark II 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1335 gr
Canon EOS 8000D 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 990 gr
Canon EOS 800D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 957 gr
Canon EOS 80D 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1155 gr
Canon EOS 850D 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 940 gr
Canon EOS 9000D 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 965 gr
Canon EOS 90D 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1126 gr
Canon EOS D30 2000 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1280 gr
Canon EOS D60 2002 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1280 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1070 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital N 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 965 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 981 gr
Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 945 gr
Canon EOS Kiss M 2018 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 815 gr
Canon EOS Kiss M2 2020 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 812 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X10 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 874 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X10i 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 940 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X2 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 949 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X4 Digital 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 935 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X6i 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1000 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X70 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 905 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X8i 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 980 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X9 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 878 gr
Canon EOS Kiss X9i 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 957 gr
Canon EOS M 2012 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 723 gr
Canon EOS M10 2015 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 726 gr
Canon EOS M100 2017 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 727 gr
Canon EOS M200 2019 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 724 gr
Canon EOS M3 2015 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 791 gr
Canon EOS M5 2016 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 852 gr
Canon EOS M50 2018 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 815 gr
Canon EOS M50 Mark II 2020 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 812 gr
Canon EOS M6 2017 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 815 gr
Canon EOS M6 Mark II 2019 Mirrorless APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 833 gr
Canon EOS R 2018 Mirrorless Full frame 85 mm 1085 gr
Canon EOS R5 2020 Mirrorless Full frame 85 mm 1163 gr
Canon EOS R6 2020 Mirrorless Full frame 85 mm 1105 gr
Canon EOS Ra 2018 Mirrorless Full frame 85 mm 1085 gr
Canon EOS Rebel 2003 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1070 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 832 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 878 gr
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 2019 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 874 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T1i 2009 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 945 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T2i 2010 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 935 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T3 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 920 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 2011 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 995 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T4i 2012 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1000 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T5 2014 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 905 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T5i 2013 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 1005 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6 2016 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 910 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6i 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 980 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T6s 2015 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 990 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T7 2018 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 900 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T7i 2017 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 957 gr
Canon EOS Rebel T8i 2020 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 940 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XS 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 927 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 2008 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 949 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XT 2005 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 965 gr
Canon EOS Rebel XTi 2006 DSLR APS-C (1.6x) 136 mm 981 gr
Canon EOS RP 2019 Mirrorless Full frame 85 mm 910 gr
Nikon D1 1999 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D100 2002 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D1H 2001 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D1X 2001 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D200 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D2H 2003 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D2Hs 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D2X 2004 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D2Xs 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3 2007 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D300 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3000 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D300s 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3100 2010 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3200 2012 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3300 2014 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3400 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3500 2018 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D3s 2009 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D3x 2008 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D4 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D40 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D40x 2007 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D4s 2014 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D5 2016 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D50 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D500 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5000 2009 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5100 2011 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5200 2012 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5300 2013 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5500 2015 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D5600 2016 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D6 2020 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D60 2008 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D600 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D610 2013 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D70 2004 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D700 2008 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D7000 2010 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D70s 2005 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D7100 2013 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D7200 2015 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D750 2014 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D7500 2017 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D780 2020 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D80 2006 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon D800 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D800e 2012 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D810 2014 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D810A 2015 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D850 2017 DSLR Full frame
Nikon D90 2008 DSLR DX (1.5x)
Nikon Df 2013 DSLR Full frame

Pictures (product and sample images)

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Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.

Alternatives to Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM for Canon photographers

Below you will find four interesting alternatives to Canon EF 85mm f/1,8 USM . Make sure to compare these (and other) options before deciding which lens you will buy.

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1,8 II
Canon EF 85mm f/1,2 L II USM
Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM

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