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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Medium telephoto prime lens for Canon EOS SLR cameras

Item # 280EF85USM

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About the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Julie Govan

Pair Canon's superbly built EF 85mm f/1.8 lens with your Canon SLR, and it may become your go-to lens. This "prime" or fixed-length lens delivers sharp, detailed images, with lovely background blur. Its large maximum aperture of f/1.8 takes in tons of light, letting you "freeze" moving subjects, even when shooting indoors without a flash. And with Canon's built-in Ultrasonic Motor (USM), you get extremely rapid, accurate autofocus, so you never miss a shot. If you need an ultra-responsive lens that snaps exceptional candids, yet has enough telephoto power to capture action scenes in the mid-distance, you've found it.

Product highlights:

  • 85mm f/1.8 standard lens
  • compatible with all Canon digital and film EOS SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 85mm with full-frame sensor digital or 35mm film cameras
    • 136mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • minimum focus distance: 2.8'
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for quiet, rapid autofocus
  • lens construction: 9 elements in 7 groups
  • diaphragm blades: 8
  • attachment/filter size: 58mm
  • lens is 3" in diameter, 3-3/16"" long
  • weight: 14.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps
  • MFR # 2519A003

What's in the box:

  • EF-85 mm f/1.8 USM lens
  • Lens cap (installed)
  • Back cover (installed)
  • Limited warranty card
  • Multi-lingual Manual

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More details on the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Mark G.

Features & specs

Mount Type Canon EF-mount
Sensor Size Full frame
Image Stabilization No
Lens Type Telephoto
Focal Length 85mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.8
Weight 14.9 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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Overview: The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is a medium telephoto prime lens for Canon EOS full frame and APS-C cameras. On cameras with an APS-C image sensor, the lens provides a 136mm equivalent focal length range. The lens provides a natural angle of view and perspective, and is an excellent choice for portrait photography.

Ultrasonic Motor (USM): The lens features a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) that delivers fast, accurate autofocusing that is quiet enough that it isn't picked up by the microphone while shooting movies.

Auto/Manual Focus: To shoot in Autofocus mode, set the focus mode switch on the lens to "AF". To manually focus the camera, set the switch to "MF", and focus by turning the focusing ring. The focusing ring always works, regardless of the focus mode.

Lens Construction: The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens features a lens construction with 9 elements in 7 groups.

Optional Accessories: The 58mm filter mounting thread on the front of the lens lets you add optional screw-on filters. The Lens Hood ET-65 III and Case LP1014 are optional accessories available directly from Canon.


  • Focal Length: 85mm
  • Equivalent Focal Length (APS-C cameras): 136mm
  • Lens Construction: 9 elements in 7 groups
  • Maximum Aperture: f/1.8
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.13x
  • Angle of View:
    • Diagonal: 28°30'
    • Vertical: 16°
    • Horizontal: 24°
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.79' (33.6")
  • Dimensions:
    • Diameter: 2.985"
    • Length: 3.145"
    • Weight: 14.9 ounces

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