Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Reviews

Mar 23rd, 2007josacdalan

Priced Paid
$320

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
Less than a year

Just bought this lens for portrait and indoor sports but what i like this lens is for astrophotography..I'll keep this whether i use APS-C body or full frame body in the future..
Jul 2nd, 2007bahudda

Priced Paid
$369

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
Less than a year

I am new to the Canon system and am very much impressed with the 30D on which I use the 85mm f1.8. I find this lens to be very sharp at f1.8 and gets better as you stop down. At f4 you get good bokeh and brilliant clarity. This is an excellent portrait lens and very fast focusing. It is somewhat different in intent than the Minolta 85mm f1.4, which has some of the best bokeh I have seen (short of the M 135mm STF). The Canon lens is more sharpness oriented while the Minolta is more inclined to mastery of shade and light gradation. I assume that the Minolta is a kin to the Canon f1.2 in that it requires a lot of practice to bring out the best it can offer.
Aug 10th, 2007brn

Priced Paid
300 Euro

Product Understanding
Poor

Time Owned
More than a year

Great performance on a 5D. Unsurpassed sharpness and color rendition in the price range. Much better than any affordable zoom
Nov 27th, 2015Alwev

Priced Paid
171 s/hand

Product Understanding
Good

Time Owned
Less than a week

I am gobsmacked. Just acquired one of these second hand by auction. I use Zeiss, 28mm, 35mm and 50mm because of their quality being better than my L series zooms but had a 85mm and sold it because it was difficult to focus. The other Ziess just go on infinity and that's job done. I own a 400 L series prime and 2 x L series zooms. I want a fast 85mm for low light with moving subjects and have read good reviews on this lens, but was sceptical. It front focusses so I set the micro focus adjustment on my 7D. WOW! Can't believe it, sharp at f1.8. So impressed I just came straight on here to write this review. It was the same as my 70-200 L series zoom at f4 BEFORE I sorted the focus out. Not tried it since as it's going dark, but another WOW, can't believe the quality at f1.8. Canon have got this one right. It has to be the best value for money lens I have. This is L series quality and I think I might buy a red stripe for it!!!!!

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