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Canon - EF 85mm f1.8 USM Autofocus Lens
Quick Overview |
A highly practical medium telephoto lens with superb delineation and portability. Images are sharp and clear at all apertures. Through computer simulations, the lens has been designed to give beautiful background blur. Since the front lens group does not rotate during focusing special filter effects are not affected.

SportsShooter Member Rating | 9.33
List Price | $339.95
More Information | http://www.samys.com/product_detail.php?item=3731


|| Member Feedback   [add your comments]
Lennart Wiedemuth Student/Intern / Photographer
Ennepetal | NRW | Germany
Comments | [10/06/08] My favorite basketball lens, F1.8 helps alot, crisp images and fast focus for little money, what else could you ask for?
Rating | 9

David Harpe Photographer
Louisville | KY | USA
Comments | [08/21/08] This lens is nice if you are shooting things that do not have specular highlights. Purple fringing is a real problem, particularly when stopped down. At night with highlights you'll be singing songs from a Prince album.
Rating | 7

Steve Puppe Photographer
Olathe | KS | USA
Comments | [08/07/08] Great lens for the price. It focuses fast and is very compact. Not at the level of the 1.2 but not far behind. Great for basketball or weddings.
Rating | 10

Ramsay de Give Student/Intern / Photographer
Ventura | CA | USA
Comments | [02/28/07] FANTASTIC LENS! I could almost use this lens exclusively. For the build quality, images quality & price - you just can't beat it!
Rating | 10

Nick Wright Photographer / Photo Editor
Independence | KS | USA
Comments | [02/23/07] Small, light, very fast, and sharp. Very nice lens.
Rating | 10

Seh Suan Ngoh Photographer
Singapore | SG | Singapore
Comments | [03/15/06] Been using this on and off over the last half-year or so, it's incredibly fast-focussing, and gives really sharp images (well, JPG/RAW is your own cup of tea) for my general work. Great for dingy-lit venues; good for portraits. Do try it out!
Rating | 9

Bret Kelley Photographer
Brownsburg | IN | USA
Comments | [08/24/05] Bought this a few months ago and love the clarity. Great at the full aperture range. I have a lot of L glass and this ranks right up there with them all...
Rating | 9

Will Duncan Student/Intern / Photographer
Johnson City | TN | USA
Comments | [07/24/05] My favorite lens in the small collection I call my arsenal. What brought me to buy it was the price really, running on a college budget and just getting into sports photography left me pretty slim with options. After reading up on what focal length I needed out of a prime (and could afford) I decided to try out the 85 1.8 and WOW! AF is smooth and faster than anything else I had used and the DOF is beautiful. I loved it so much that it's all I would bring in the bag to basketball games last season. I HIGHLY suggest this as something everyone should have in the bag.
Rating | 10

Ben Shyman Photographer
New York | NY | USA
Comments | [07/24/05] The 85/1.8, in my opinion, is one of the very best values in the entire Canon line. It's great wide open on the baseline for hoops without strobes and it's my go to lens for concerts in small clubs....albeit you have to be very proficient with single point auto focus to get sharp pictures wide open. The lens focuses fast and in my view is just as sharp as the 50/1.4 at comparable apertures. It's also a great lens for portraits. For 300 bucks, the 85/1.8 is hard to beat.
Rating | 9

Craig Mitchelldyer Photographer / Assistant
Portland | OR | USA
Comments | [07/23/05] I really, really love this lens. It is fast, and light and sharp. I use it all the time, it may be my favorite lens. And the price is perfect too! There is nothing NOT to love about this one.
Rating | 10

Neil Turner Photographer
London | UK | United Kingdom
Comments | [07/23/05] Very good lens, sharp and easy to use. I have owned two of these. The first was stolen and it took me a long time to get around to replacing it. When I got the new one I instantly remembered what I had been missing and I use it a lot for available light portraits. I always have a criticism of equipment (just to keep manufacturers on their toes) and with this lens it is the way that the lens hood attaches to it. It isn't a secure attachment and a new version of the lens with a bayonet hood is required. The ratings on this site come in whole numbers and if a 9.5 were available I'd award it.
Rating | 9

Cameron Davidson Photographer
Arlington | VA | USA
Comments | [07/22/05] Killer Lens - almost as good as the "L" - I use it for portraits - in close - almost wide open and I am extremely pleased.
Rating | 10



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