Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

by Enche Tjin on January 19, 2009

Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM is probably the best value Canon lens. The quality of the image is very good, big aperture allow low light hand held shot and create a shallow depth of field. The auto focus is quiet and very fast.

Build quality of this lens is very good, feels very solid and definitely a step up from kit lens. It is relatively short and light weight compared to general purpose lens (3.0″ x 2.8″, 15.0 oz. / 75.0 x 71.5mm, 425g).

Application of this lens will be portrait, indoor sport (basketball, volleyball), art performance and candid photography.

Using this lens for soft and sharp images

  • Wide open at f/1.8, this lens is soft but create a very nice ‘bokeh’ great for girls portraits.
  • at f/2.8, the center of the image is very sharp, my favorite setting for general portraits and sports.
  • at f/4 and above, the image is very sharp edge to edge, especially f/8 where you get the maximum sharpness.

There is nothing that I can complain about this lens at this price point because it has very good built quality, excellent in low light especially freezing motion, and awesome for portraits. It worth every penny. I recommend this lens in addition to your general purpose kit lens.

Image Quality : Excellent 4/5
Build Quality : Very Good 4/5
Price value: 5/5

Travel and general purpose : *
Landscape : *
Portrait/Still Life : ****
Candid/Photojournalism : ***
Sports: ***

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Comments from old blog platform

Dan Bachmann
This is indeed a fine lens. It’s fun because of the USM. As for image quality, I have found that the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 is a little better.

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