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Benefits of the Canon 85 mm 1.8 EF Camera Lens

The Canon 85 mm 1.8 camera lens is a short-to-mid telephoto lens with EF mount fitting. It's designed for general-purpose use in a wide variety of settings, and is especially well suited to outdoors portrait shots. Find a sizeable selection of them on eBay and browse at your leisure through lists of new and used models.

Does the lens perform well in low light?

Yes, thanks to its maximum aperture of f/1.8, the Canon 85 mm 1.8 lens is very light sensitive. It enables you to maintain higher than usual shutter speeds, and to hand-hold your camera at lower light levels without risking camera shake. This feature can be very important in many situations, such as a school play, where the use of your camera's flash would be unwelcome and disruptive.

Does the lens incorporate other useful features?

Yes, the Canon 85 mm 1.8 has been designed to offer convenient and useful features to a wide range of consumers. These include:

  • Autofocus: The lens incorporates silent and fast autofocus, and offers full manual focus override.
  • Non-rotatable lens front: This enables you to attach filters, including adjustable, rotatable filters such as polarising filters. The thread diameter is the standard filter size of 58mm.
  • Enhanced portraiture: The combination of precisely engineered optics and the lens' 85 mm focal length makes it especially suited to portrait shots. The slight perspective shift of the lens slightly flattens facial features for a more flattering look.
  • Creative depth of field: The wide maximum aperture and rounded aperture diaphragm blades enable more control of depth of field. You can feature a sharp subject and have it framed by the beautifully soft, out-of-focus effect, known as 'bokeh', as the background.
Why does the lens name include 'USM'?

Pioneered by Canon, USM means 'Ultrasonic Motor'. It refers to the tiny and virtually silent motor that powers the lens' autofocus so accurately.

What are the dimensions and weight of the Canon 85 mm 1.8 lens?

The lens is 75mm in diameter, 71.5 mm in length, and its closest focusing distance is 0.85 metres. It's compact in build, solid in feel, and it weighs just 428 grams. See the manufacturer’s site for details.

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