Excerpt: The first copy I received from B&H was definitely too soft and called for a replacement. My second copy is much better but I do not agree with many of the reviews I have read on this lens. The lens struggles to focus in low light and under the best circumstances it is not tack sharp. The images are acceptable after post work and there is nice creamy bokeh. So, yes it is a 1.8, nice bokeh and light weight. But not tack sharp.
Summary: I had high expectations for the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, but it disappoints. I love the distance for portraits and that it's a prime. It's fast and sharp, but it leaves chromatic aberration in almost every photo. I've used it on two camera bodies and always with a hood. Requires too much post production for my taste.
Excerpt: I do a lot of portrait photography and realized that I needed an 85mm lens. I didn't want to spend two grand on the Canon 85mm 1.2 and was skeptical about third party brands. So left with no other options I purchased this one. I mounted it onto my camera and immediately noticed that although the photos are sharp with a nice background blur, it's slow to focus and many times causes me to miss "the shot".
Excerpt: I used this for sports photography after viewing the canon indoor lens page. I'm not unhappy with it but maybe I don't know how to use it correctly. When I viewed the pics that I took on my laptop I gound a lot of them to be fuzzy, unclear.........etc. Again, if someone can fill me in on what I did wrong (if anything) I'd be happy to accept it.
Excerpt: Bought with much anticipated excitement from reading all the wonderful reviews, but somewhat disappointed with soft focus and soft contrast. After about 200 shots in all different aperture settings, focusing distance(10-150 feet), shutter speed of all the way up to 1/8000(sunset) , returned to B & H with disappointments, exchanged for a Canon Telephoto EF 135mm f/2.0L USM.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: I open the box, put it in my camera and started shooting... I am not impressed by this lens yet, a little slow on the focusing, little pale colors, I would still wait to see how it stands intense use...
Excerpt: I bought this lens and thought I did the research on it but I must of missed the mark. I think its sole purpose is portraits but for me it is not wide enough. It is a smooth lens just slow focus. All in my opion. Takes nice pictures.
Pros: Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction