Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM AutoFocus Telephoto Lens - Refurbished

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About Canon 85mm F/1.8

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.

The Canon 85mm F/1.8 is commonly used for Weddings and more.The Canon 85mm F/1.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 85mm F/1.8: Consistent output, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (211),Consistent output (152),Nice bokeh (137),Lightweight (136),Easily interchangeable (118),Strong construction (117),Durable (99),Rugged (39),Quiet (7),Clear glass (6),Sharp (5),Simple controls (5) Easy to clean (4),Easily mounted (3),Price (3) View All
Heavy (10),Slow focus (10),Weak casing (5),Blurry focus (4)
Best Uses:
Low light (127),Weddings (112),Portraits (78),Sports/action (65),Night photography (54),Landscape/scenery (28),General purpose (27),Wildlife photos (18),Video (12),Macro photography (8),Portrait (7),Professional work (6) Travel (6),Fun (5),Portrait photography (4),Special effects (4),Landscape photography (3),Photojournalism (3),Upgrade (3),Wildlife (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (71),Semi-pro photographer (66),Enthusiast (27),Pro photographer (24),Casual photographer (14),Semi-professional (13),Professional (12),Photography student (5),Casual user (4),Beginner (3)

Canon 85mm F/1.8 Specifications

7 groups / 9 elements
Angle of view
28° 30'
F stop range
Closest Focusing Distance
0.85m / 2.8 ft.
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.0" x 2.8" / 75 x 71.5mm
15 oz. / 425g

Canon 85mm F/1.8 Reviews

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(based on 248 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Very good and affordable lens.

4 Stars instead of 5 for bad rating. Very fast focus, sharp wide open. Bought used here with E+ condition but with a load of dust inside the lens. Other than the bad E+ rating, the lens delivers more than what I expected.

Reviewed by 248 customers


excellent lense


from louisville, ky.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am using this lens primarily for portraits. lens is very sharp with very good bokeh.


Perhpas the best Canon value


from Arlington Heights, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Back when camera stores had camera pros a guy suggested this lens for me, a budding photo junkie, rather than the thrice as expensive zoom I was convinced I required. It remains my favorite lens and everything else seems too expensive or too limited by comparison. If you are new to prime shooting or looking for your first lens purchase after the kit lens this would be a great choice. The 50 1.8 is also a very good value being cheaper than this so if you are on a tight budget you should have that too, but if at all possible spend the extra for the 85. It works on full frame and cropped cameras.


FANTASTIC Lens! Portraits, close-ups


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I just got into headshot photography, and let me tell you.. I'm head over heels with this lens. The depth of field is shallow, which totally melts the background. Beautiful bokeh. There's a long-standing debate between 50mm and 85mm for portraits, but I think the 85 is better: less distortion, and you have to be a comfortable distance from your subject to get a good shoulders-up shot. If you're low on cash, the nifty fifty 1.8 will probably do a nice job, but the 85 will take you to the next level imo. Also, I'm going to use this for tight closeups when shooting dramatic video. Should be able to get some nice focus on eyes and stuff, while keeping the background and even other parts of the face slightly out of focus.


DElighted with this purchasew


from Tampa, FL  -  Casual Photographer

Purchased this lens for portrait work. It does an excellent job at a reasonable price. Adorama is an excellent company from which to purchase. It is a pleasure to do business with them.


The Best Canon Lens


from TN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is by far the absolute Canon lens I have ever purchased and owned. I own several L lenses, and they do not even compare. This is by far the best portrait lens I have had the opportunity to shoot with. I highly recommend this lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


"L" lens quality.


from Central, NJ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Best lens for the price. An "L" quality lens as far as I'm concern. Wide open @ F1.8 it's a bit soft at corners, with some slight purple fringing throughout. But stopped down to F2.5 all those disappears. Plus fast focusing. The only negative is the minimum focus distance. Better than the 24-105mm @ 85mm in almost all aspects.


Wish I Would Have Bought It Sooner


from Anchorage, AK  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens has allowed me to take my photography to the next level. I was worried that it would be a little long for portraits on my crop sensor (Canon Rebel T3i), but I love it. It's tight for inside portraits if you're trying to get more than headshots, but most of what I do is outside so that's not an issue. The bokeh is also lovely. I would highly recommend this! You won't be disappointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Really Nice Lens for the Price


from Hudson Valley, New York  -  Photo Enthusiast

I'm an amateur photographer working mostly with models for portfolio images. My primary lenses are Canon 24-105 f4L and 70-200 F4L IS. I bought this lens as a refurb from Adorama, mostly for the extra stop and a half and I've been very happy with the results. Between this lens and my 50mm f1.4 I am able to get some outrageous headshots with really nice bokeh.


This is a camera you want to keep


from Washington, DC  -  Photo Enthusiast

I have a bunch of other prime lens, but this is the only one that I didn't sell. On my Canon 6D, it has the perfect 85mm focal length for portrait. The USM is fast and smooth. In low light shooting, it gets job done. I also like the bokeh created by this lens, which is creamy and smooth. The only down side about this length is that you will end up with very obvious purple fringe and chromatic aberration if directly shooting objects that have hard sun light behind it. But, again, you should avoid shooting that in the first place. Other than that, this length has very good optical performance and feels great in hand. Although it's not in the "L" grade, it's the only non-L lens that survives in my camera bag.


Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM


from Jacksonville, FL  -  Photo Enthusiast

Superb Lens. Bright sharp incredible images. Great Bokeh so superb for portraits. compact and lightweight plus solid and well made. One of best lenses I ever used.


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ISABELLA D  I have used this Bill me Later twice in the past, Im assuming all of my info is still in your system? What rating as far as refurbished is this an A ? Regards, IsaBella Davis
KEITH C  I don't quite understand what you are asking. A 'refurbished' lens is one that was sold, returned, and sent back to Canon to refurbish it to like new condition. They generally have very low use when returned. I have had good luck buying refurbished equipment.
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