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The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is a medium telephoto lens built for everyday use.

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Depth-of-field and bokeh effects are easily achieved - 8-way aperture control enables full control of blur levels

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Shutter speeds are very fast - excellent for low-light applications at "wide open" settings

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Functions very well as a portrait lens - detail, clarity and color balance are top notch

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Provides a considerable increase in versatility as compared to the 85mm f/1.4 model - suitable for wide-angle group and establishing shots due to increased aperture

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Size/weight are well-suited to Canon SLRs - provides excellent balance between components for comfort and confidence

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Lacks a functional zoom range - may not be suitable for inexperienced users unfamiliar with manual viewfinder adjustment

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Does not include a dedicated carrying case - may cause frustration amongst new users who have yet to build a larger camera gear bag

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The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is a medium telephoto lens built for everyday use. This is similar to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, the main difference being a maximum aperture of f/1.8. The weight has been reduced to just under half that of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM as well. A circular aperture is used to capture subjects with a narrow depth of field, giving the background a natural blur. The Ultrasonic focus acts quickly and silently in a rear focusing system. This keeps the lens at the same length regardless of focus, and the front lens does not rotate allowing any applied filters to remain in place. 

  • Medium telephoto lens
  • Ultrasonic focus
  • Narrow depth of field
  • Front lens does not rotate during focusing
  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Maximum Aperture: 1:1.8
  • Lens Construction: 9 elements in 7 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 28 deg
  • Focus Adjustment: Rear focusing system with USM
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.85 m, 2.8 ft
  • Filter Size: 58 mm
  • Max. Diameter x Length: 3.0 in x 2.8 in, 75.0 x 71.5 mm
  • Weight: 425 g, 15.0 oz
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