Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Telephoto Lens

Product information

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is a natural choice for portraiture. A short telephoto focal length, combined with a large maximum aperture and fast autofocus speed, make the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM flexible enough for impromptu shoots, or dedicated studio work.

Key benefits:

  • The EF 85mm f/1.8 USM produces images that are sharp and clear at all apertures. A virtually circular aperture diaphragm gives out-of-focus regions a softer, more even feel, and lets in-focus subjects stand out against a blurred background. The lens features a non-rotating front element during focusing, enabling specialist filters (such as polarisers and graduates) to be used.
  • A large maximum aperture of f/1.8 lets photographers shoot hand-held in difficult, low-light conditions, as well as restrict depth-of-field for creative effects.
  • The short telephoto focal length of the lens slightly compresses perspective, reducing the size of prominent facial features for a flattering result.
  • A ring-type ultrasonic motor drives autofocus extremely quickly, and in near silence. Excellent holding torque ensures the point of focus is reached accurately, without overshooting. Furthermore, full-time manual override is available, making it possible to adjust focus without leaving AF mode.
  • Super Spectra coatings ensure accurate colour balance and enhance contrast. They also reduce flare and ghosting – a common problem caused by light bouncing off a camera's sensor.
  • The lens passes distance information back to a compatible EOS camera's E-TTL II flash system to ensure optimal flash metering.
  • For use with EF mount Canon DSLR cameras
Auto Focus Motor
Yes- USM
Diaphragm Blades
L71.5 x Dia.75 mm
Eligible for International Delivery
Equivalent Focal Length Information Focal length when viewed through cameras with a cropped sensor
137mm (APS-C 1.6x crop factor)
Filter Thread (mm)
Focal Length
1 year
Image Stabilisation
Lens Elements
Lens Groups
Lens Mount
Canon EF
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Minimum Focus Distance
85cm (2.79')
Model name / number
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Sensor Format
Full frame, Canon APS-C
Weight Information Unpackaged weight


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Rated 5 out of 5 by 5 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great lens for portraits. After recommendations from many of my colleagues in the photographic field to get an 85mm prime lens for portraits..this was the one for me. I carried out a lot of research on this lens and compared it to many others including the canon ef 85 f1.2. My findings, after careful evaluation of side by side photographs were that the current £1000 difference between the two lenses was not justified for my purposes. This is an amazing lens for portrait work primarily, giving a lovely out of focus background at f1.8 and very nice bokeh from out of focus specular highlights. A must have in any photographers bag. 21 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Telephoto Lens Fantastic lens, used mostly for portraiture and architectural photography. Pin sharp results for an absolute steal at the cost, add that to John Lewis first class service and collection facility - absolute winner ! 10 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Amazing I still regard myself as a bit of a novice with my camera but wanted a lens that gave me good depth of field as well as sharp images. I read quite a few reviews on other sites about this lens & everyone couldn't praise it highly enough so I decided to purchase it. JL gave me 2 year warranty which is why I bought it from them but also I ordered online & collected it at a local Waitrose store near to my workplace the following day. This lens is worth every penny & I cannot recommend it more highly. JL customer service is also second to none. 04 August 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM telephoto prime lens fab lens - and as always a great service from John Lewis! 30 March 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lives up to reputation! The Canon 85mm f1.8 usm lens is legendary for sharpness, image quality and focussing speed. Having just bought one for my humble 1100d it delivers on all fronts. With focal length on a crop sensor camera equivalent to 136mm, camera shake can be an issue at low shutter speeds, but the fast 1.8 aperture means this is not a significant problem. It may be useful to know that the Sony Camera/Camcorder case LCS-U11 (see under camcorder cases in JL website) is a perfect fit for carrying both 85mm and 18-55mm lenses, with its central divider (but without camera!). 02 August 2013
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