Summary: Bought the lens for a variety of uses, depth of field is amazing, bokeh is beautiful. Glass and image quality is superb Overall quality is great. Slight chromatic aberration at low aperture, fixable but can be an issue. Pros: Quality build Sharp images Beautiful Bokeh Cons: Chromatic aberration tough focus in low light best with full frame camera Would definitely recommend this lens to any photo enthusiast, at this price and quality there is no way you can go wrong.
Summary: I am primarily a wedding photographer, but I do shoot portraiture now and then (especially engagement shoots), and so I have divided my review accordingly into those two categories. If possible, I would have given this a 4.5 star review as for my specific needs this lens is not ideal. In it's own right however, it is a great lens as I will explain below. GENERAL In general, this is a great lens.
Conclusion: The EF 85mm f/1.8 was the first lens I purchased outside of the 18-55 kit that came with my Rebel T1i. Before this lens, I had experienced nothing like the amazing sharpness and silky bokeh that a wide aperture prime lens such as the 85mm f/1.8 can produce. Focusing is extremely fast with its USM motor and the build quality is excellent. The only downside was the purple color fringing going on in extreme contrast situations.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Super-sharp images, lightweight
Summary: I got this lens for portraits and low light photography, and I am quite impressed with it. It is well built, and the USM autofocus is fast and quiet. Even on crop sensor cameras, like the EOS 50D like I use, the focal length is great, equivalent to a 135mm lens on full frame.