The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM my new prime lens which I had my eye on for a while. I doubted for a while if I would save a whole lot more money to buy the f/1.2 version but that didn’t fit in my budget. It all started with me reading about the Brenizer effect (more on that later). I read that for this it would be wise to use a prime with a low aperture and a bit longer focal length than usual. So I ended up with the EF 85mm f/1.8 and after some first tests I gotta say – I am loving it. What a beautiful lens it is. Nice bokeh, great sharpness and high focus speed.
I was able to buy it secondhand from our local camera shop, and it is only three months old, so still in perfect condition. I consider myself lucky.
Here are some specs:
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 85mm 1:1.8
- Lens Construction 9 elements in 7 groups
- Diagonal Angle of View 28° 30′
- Focus Adjustment Rear focusing system with USM
- Closest Focusing Distance 0.85m / 2.8 ft
- Filter Size 58mm
- Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 3.0″ x 2.8″, 15.0 oz. / 75.0 x 71.5mm, 425g
So I am ahead of many new adventures with this new piece of glass and I can’t wait to test it to it’s full extend.