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- In short
- Differences from the version for Nikon
- All lenses from Yongnuo
- Main Specifications
- Image quality
- Sample photos (full frame, crop)
- Differences from Canon 85 / 1.8 USM
- All autofocus 85s
- My experience
- Video review
- User Comments
- Add your review or question on the lens
The YONGNUO YN85mm F1.8 lens (YN85mm F1.8 model) in the review I will call in abbreviation - 'Yongnuo 85 / 1.8'. Important: on Radozhiv there is already a review of the version Yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8N for Nikon cameras, but the Canon version has a number of differences, described in the section below.
Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 is an inexpensive short telephoto lens with a large focal length aperture for Canon EOS SLR cameras.
In general, Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 is a replacement for the original Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM from which his appearance was copied. But the original lens is still better.
In its parameters, the Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 is a very attractive lens for amateur photographers as an inexpensive creative lens, primarily intended for portraiture.
YONGNUO YN85mm F1.8 (model YN85mm F1.8) for Canon EOS cameras was announced in February 2017 of the year. FROM October 2018 a new subversion is released that is cured of focus problems in Live View with some Canon cameras, as well as improved performance with adapters Canon EF-EOS M. The new version is no longer fundamentally different. Most likely, the review shows me an updated version, since it was made in December 2018. Lenses are found in different boxes: white and black and gold.
Differences from the version for Nikon
Differences between the Yongnuo version for Canon and Nikon (Yongnuo 85 mm 1: 1.8N) turned out to be quite a lot:
- for Canon there is no backlash focus ring
- for Canon microprocessor contacts gold plated
- Canon with auto focus is much less trouble
- for Canon there is no notch from the aperture on f / 1.8
- for Canon the case is matte without a characteristic rough coating inherent in some Nikon lenses
- for Canon notch under the inscription 'Yongnuo Digital'
- for Canon, the focus ring direction matches the original Canon lenses
- but for Canon, the focus ring rotates more tightly
- for Canon, the aperture only closes to F / 19
- the version for Canon much less trouble when shooting in backlight and side light
- the version for Canon will be installed without problems on any Canon central control gear (the version for Nikon had an unusual embarrassment with this)
In general, the version for Canon was more successful.
All Yongnuo Digital Lenses
For Nikon SLR cameras:
- Yongnuo 14 mm 1:2.8 (model YN14mm F2.8N)
- Yongnuo 35 mm 1:2 (model YN35mm F2N)
- Yongnuo 40 mm 1:2.8 (model YN40mm F2.8N)
- Yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 (model YN50mm F1.8N)
- Yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.4 (model YN50mm F1.4NE)
- Yongnuo 60 mm 1:2 MACRO (model YN60mm F2NE MF MACRO)
- Yongnuo 85 mm 1:1.8 (model YN85mm F1.8N)
- Yongnuo 100 mm 1:2 (model YN100mm F2N)
For Canon EOS SLR cameras:
- Yongnuo 14 mm 1:2.8 (model YN14mm F2.8)
- Yongnuo 35 mm 1:2 (model YN35mm F2)
- Yongnuo 35 mm 1:1.4 (model YN35mm F1.4)
- Yongnuo 35 mm 1: 1.4C DF UWM (model YN35mm F1.4C DF UWM)
- Yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 (model YN50mm F1.8)
- Yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.8 II (model YN50mm F1.8 II, in black or white version of the case)
- Yongnuo 50 mm 1:1.4 (model YN50mm F1.4)
- Yongnuo 60 mm 1:2 MACRO (model YN60mm F2 MF MACRO)
- Yongnuo 85 mm 1:1.8 (model YN85mm F1.8)
- Yongnuo 100 mm 1:2 (model YN100mm F2)
- Teleconverters for Canon EF / EFS mount: Yongnuo Extender EF 2x III, Yongnuo Extender EF 1.4X III, Yongnuo YN C-AF 2x Teleconverter IImaybe some others
- and adapters Canon EOS - Sony E, EF-E IImaybe some others
For Mirrorless Micro 4/3 Cameras:
- Yongnuo 42.5mm 1: 1.7 (model YN42.5 F1.7 4/3)
For Sony E mirrorless cameras ::
- Yongnuo 50mm 1: 1.8 DA DSM (APS-C, model YN50mm F1.8S)
- Yongnuo 85mm 1: 1.8 DF DSM (Full Frame, model YN85mm F1.8S)
Yongnuo also launches a Yongnuo YN450 camera with Canon EF mount and Micro 4/3 sensor.
Main technical characteristics of YONGNUO YN85mm F1.8
|Review Instance Name||On the lens body: YONGNUO DIGITAL 85mm.
On the case, near the front lens: YONGNUO YN85mm F1.8 Ø58mm MADE IN CHINA. On the box: YOUNGNUO DIGITAL Standart Fixed Focal lens YN85mm F1.8
|Front Filter Diameter||58 mm|
|Focal length||85 mm|
|Zoom ratio||1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom)|
|Designed by||for full-frame digital cameras. The lens is suitable for all Canon DSLR cameras|
|Number of aperture blades||8 rounded petals (the number of petals is not indicated in the instructions)|
|Labels||mount label, window with focus distance scale|
|Diaphragm||F / 1.8 to F / 18 (F / 19 at step exposure 1 / 2)
|MDF||0.85 m, maximum magnification ratio 1: 7.7|
|Optical design||9 elements in 6 groups|
|Lens hood||No lens hood included. The instructions indicate that a YN-ET-65 hood or Canon ET-65III|
|Manufacturer country||MADE IN CHINA (China)|
|Period||From February 2017 to the present day|
In terms of focal length, the Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 is a cross between a short telephoto and a standard lens. Yongnuo company refers it to standard fixes (standart fixed focal lens), and the model Yongnuo 100 / 2 already to short / moderate telephoto (medium telephoto prime lens).
Real indicators of aperture (T-feet) are quite large, and are at the level of T / 2.0-T / 2.23. During focusing from MDF to infinity, the decrease in aperture, expressed in T-stops, is not felt at all.
Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 design copied from the original Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USMhowever, Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 itself turned out to be more puffy than the original.
The lens came to the review completely new in a black and golden box.
In a small box is a warranty card, a certificate of quality control, instructions in Chinese and English, a carry case, a bag of desiccant and the lens itself with a front (YN-58) and a back cover. This is the first lens from Yongnuo, in which the front and rear lenses of the lens were not initially covered by special transport films.
The wardrobe trunk has a belt mount, the main valve with Velcro. Wardrobe trunk is very similar to wardrobe trunks from flashes of Yongnuo.
Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 has metal mount mount. The focus ring is rubberized. It is stated that the contacts of the microprocessor are gold-plated. The weight of the Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 is approximately 460 grams (the same Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM weighs about the same - 425 grams).
Unfortunately, there is no hood in the package. But the lens can use YN-ET-65 bayonet hoods or Canon ET-65III (indicated in the instructions).
Unlike Yongnuo 100 / 2 and many other Yongnuo lenses, Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 model does not support firmware update via USB port.
The diaphragm consists of 8 blades; it will not work to achieve the correct round hole at F / 4-F / 19. At F / 2.0-F / 3.5 values, the hole has notches.
Important: with high-speed shooting, more than 5 frames per second, the aperture blades do not have time to completely close and open. On F / 18-F / 19 apertures, the diaphragm closing mechanism closes and opens the diaphragm for a rather long time. On some cameras, this may lead to an error on the camera display or to an incorrect exposure.
For focusing, Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 uses micro motor and is an analog of Canon MM (Micro Motor). Auto focus will work with any SLR camera Canon EOS. Most likely, mirrorless cameras with an appropriate adapter should not have any special problems.
When focusing the motor is very noisy. Noise unpleasant and annoying.
Auto Focus Speed average. Focusing speed is enough for comfortable work in most photo tasks. Autofocus speed is significantly lower than that of Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM.
When using auto focus through JVI on cameras Canon EOS 20D Digital (с simple 9-point focusing system) and Canon EOS 6D (с simple 11-point focusing system) the lens behaves well, does not scour, it induces immediately, with good tenacity, but the number of focusing errors is still large. The quality of work varies slightly from camera to camera. Focusing accuracy is much worse than with original lenses. Significantly more rejects are obtained when using lateral (not cruciform) focus points, especially on Canon EOS 6D.
The focus ring is rubberized and in manual focus mode rotates approximately 135 degrees. Upon reaching extreme positions, the ring does not abut, but continues to rotate freely. Focus ring spinning very tight. During manual focusing, you hear 'plastic rubbing against plastic or metal', friction noise is unpleasant. Manual focus uncomfortable. The focus ring travel is heavily 'knocked into a heap' in the range of 2-5 meters, which requires a very, very thorough rotation. The direction of rotation of the focus ring is the same as the original Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM.
There is a 'AF-MF' (auto focus / manual focus) mode switch on the lens body.
Lens supports continuous manual focus control. This function is similar to the Canon FTM function of the original lenses. Some features of working with FTM are described in detail for me in the Canon 24-105 / 4 L IS USM lens reviewwhich also possesses FTM.
During auto focus focus ring remains stationary.
Lens has internal focus, the front and rear lenses remain stationary during focusing. It is possible to use various filters without any problems. I easily used a Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 with a polarizing filter HOYA 58mm PL-CIR.
The lens has a window with a focus distance scale in meters and feet. The number of values on the scale is small, the scale itself is not very useful. There are values only for 0.85, 1, 1.2, 2, 5 meters and an infinity mark.
The minimum focusing distance is 85 cm and the maximum magnification ratio is 1: 7.7 (0.13 X magnification).
- Important: The focus quality of the Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 in Live View is highly dependent on the camera used.
- Sometimes the lens continues to focus for a short time after the focus activation button has been released
- Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 has a very pronounced 'Focus Breathing' effect (changing the viewing angle during focusing). During focusing towards the MDF, the viewing angle decreases (usually with internal focusing lenses, the angle increases).
- Focus Shift (focus shift, changing focus distance due to iris)
- Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 does not have a hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens to infinity under any external temperature conditions. For accurate aiming at infinity, you cannot just bring the focus ring to its extreme position.
- Important: Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 is a third-party lens. It may happen that it will not work correctly with some cameras. Details on this issue are considered by me. here. It is known that there are problems with the camera Nikon D750.
- Unknown compatibility with teleconverters.
- It is known for certain that the lens has no problems with the adapter Canon mount adapter EF-EOS M (for installing mirror lenses on mirrorless cameras Canon EOS M)
- Unknown compatibility with adapters Canon EF-EOS R
Typically, some Yongnuuo lenses copy the optical design of older Nikon / Canon lenses to achieve comparable image quality. Many people believe that the optical scheme of Yongnuo 85 / 1.8, like its appearance, is copied from the original Canon 85 / 1.8 USM. But the original Canon 85 / 1.8 USM uses the 9/7 circuit, while for the Yongnuo 85 / 1.8, the 9/6 circuit is used with the diaphragm placed elsewhere. The schemes are similar, but differ in the rear pair of lenses.
It is very suspicious that Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 was announced exactly 25 years after the announcement of the original Canon 85 / 1.8 USM. Most likely a quarter century difference is due to patent obligations.
Optically, Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 did not go far from the original Canon 85 / 1.8 USM, with the exception of certain additional flaws in the Chinese counterpart.
- in the center of the frame at F / 1.8 in terms of resolution it does not shine, but still it is enough for some undemanding photo tasks
- there is a drop in sharpness to the edges of the frame at f / 1.8
- at the edges of the frame, sharpness becomes acceptable after f / 4.0
- good / excellent resolution in the center of the frame on covered apertures after F / 2.8
- the overall level of distortion is at a level typical for such lenses
- the nature of distortion is unified, easily corrected in the editor
- the overall level of vignetting is at a level typical for such lenses
- noticeable vignetting is observed only at F / 1.8-F / 2.5
- vignetting is enhanced with focus towards MDF
- vignetting almost disappears at F / 2.8-F / 4
- vignetting is easily fixable in the editor
- open apertures have a lot of spherical and chromatic aberrations
- the strongest chromatic aberration visible at the edges and corners of the image
- Yes strong milling (HA in the blur zone)
- have a strong blooming (HA on very contrasting small details)
- color reproduction differs from original similar lenses, in numerical values it is difficult for me to express the differences, but visually color rendering faded
- the aperture at F / 2.0-F / 4 has small notches, at F / 4-F / 19 it is poorly rounded and is an almost regular octagon
- the lens normally tolerates backlight, there are no such serious problems as in the version of this lens for Nikon. Who can explain why? First of all, the version for Canon does not give a color rainbow. Perhaps another enlightenment is used?
- in many scenes, the lens can create a pleasant / neutral bokeh
There is no lens profile for the lens in popular RAW converters, but most likely the profile will appear shortly or you can create it yourself.
Sample Photos on Canon EOS 6D
Full-frame shots Canon EOS 6D. Photos taken using RAW ('.CR2') file conversion with Canon original utility Digital Photo Professional 4 (Canon DPP) without any changes. The control mode 'Standard' was used with the default settings '3/0/0/0'.
Sample Photos on Canon EOS 20D Digital
Pictures taken with a cropped camera Canon EOS 20D Digital (that?). Photos - on-camera JPEG without any modifications. All photos were taken without a hood, some photos were taken using a light filter HOYA 58mm PL-CIR.
Photos in processing
Differences from Canon 85 / 1.8 USM
According to its characteristics, Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 is most similar to the original Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM.
Advantages of Canon 85 / 1.8 USM over Yongnuo 85 / 1.8:
- Canon 85 / 1.8 USM focuses much quieter and more accurately
- Canon 85 / 1.8 USM uses Canon USM Ultrasonic Focusing Motorand Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 uses a conventional micro-motor
- Canon 85 / 1.8 USM has infrared label
- Canon 85 / 1.8 USM has depth of field scale
- Canon 85 / 1.8 USM uses more high-quality enlightenment optics. The specific type of multi-enlightenment Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 is unknown
- comes with Canon 85 / 1.8 USM lens hood
- Canon 85 / 1.8 USM focuses significantly faster
- Hood for Canon 85 / 1.8 USM (Canon ET-65III marking) can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. The same lens hood specified in the manual cannot be mounted in the opposite direction on the Yongnuo 85 / 1.8, since the lens turned out to be more puffy than the Canon 85 / 1.8 USM
- Canon 85 / 1.8 USM per centimeter thinner in diameter
- Canon 85 / 1.8 USM closes aperture to F / 22, and Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 only up to F / 18 (F / 19 at step exposure 1 / 2)
- Canon 85 / 1.8 USM sewn into modern camerasthat can automatically correct some kind of distortion, for example, distortion or vignetting. Also, the profile for the Canon 85 / 1.8 USM is present in almost all modern RAW converters and allows you to quickly get rid of some distortions.
Advantages of Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 over Canon 85 / 1.8 USM:
- Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 25 years newer. The original Canon 85 / 1.8 USM was introduced back in 1992
- Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 costs about 2.5 times cheaper
- Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 uses gold plated contacts microprocessor (doubtful advantage)
Lenses have almost the same weight, the same diameter of the filters, the same MDF, maximum magnification factor and the same number of aperture blades.
All autofocus 85s
Choosing a good portrait lens with a focal length of 85 mm is very important for a large number of photographers. I pay a lot of attention to this issue, because I prepared this list of all such autofocus lenses for full-frame cameras:
Nikon (F, Z mounts)
- Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8 AF Nikkor
- Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8D AF Nikkor (Thailand or Japan)
- Nikon 85mm 1: 1.8G AF-S IF SWM Nikkor
- Nikon 85mm 1: 1.4D AF Nikkor
- Nikon 85mm 1: 1.4GN AF-S Nikkor SWM IF Nano Crystal Coat
- Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm 1: 1.8 S
Canon (EF, RF mounts)
- Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.8 USM
- Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.2 L USM
- Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.2 L II USM
- Canon LENS EF 85mm 1: 1.4 L IS USM
- Canon lens RF 85mm F1.2 L USM
- Canon lens RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS (DEFOCUS SMOOTHING)
Yongnuo (different mounts)
- Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8 (YN85mm F1.8) [Canon EF / EF-S, February 2017]
- Yongnuo YN85mm F1.8 (YN85mm F1.8N) [Nikon F, May 2019]
- Yongnuo Ynlens YN85mm F1.8S DF DSM (YN85mm F1.8S) [Sony E / FE, Aug 2020]
Meike (Canon EF, Nikon F)
Samyang / Rokinon (different mounts)
- Samyang AF 75 / 1.8 FE (for Sony E / FE)
- Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 [EF or F] (for Canon EF / EFS, Nikon F, 9/7 scheme)
- Samyang AF 85 / 1.4 FE (for Sony E / FE, Canon RF, circuit 11/8)
Tamron (different mounts)
- Tamron SP 85mm F / 1.8 Di VC USD Model F016 (for Canon EF / EFS, Nikon F, Sony A [without VC function])
Tokina (Sony E / FE mount)
- Tokina atx-m 85mm F1.8 FE (for Sony E / FE)
Sigma (different mounts)
- Sigma EX 85mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM (two versions with different body coatings, for Canon EF / EFS, Nikon F, Pentax K)
- Sigma 85mm 1: 1.4 DG HSM | A [Art] (for Canon EF / EFS, Nikon F, Sigma SA, Sony E / FE, Leica L)
- Sigma 85mm 1: 1.4 DG DN | A [Art] (for Sony E / FE, Leica L)
Sony / Minolta (A or E mounts)
- E: Sony FE 1.4 / 85 GM (SEL-85Z)
- E: Sony FE 1.8 / 85 (SEL-85F18)
- E: Zeiss Sonnar 1.8 / 85 T * (Batis 1.8 / 85)
- A: Carl Zeiss Planar 1,4 / 85 ZA T * (Sony SAL85F14Z)
- A: Minolta AF 85mm 1: 1.4 (22) (AF lens 85) she is Minolta Maxxum, as well as Dynax, as well as G and G / RS and a few more subversion
Pentax (K mount)
Contax (Contax N mount)
Viltrox (different mounts)
- Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm F1.8 STM (Fujifilm X, Sony E / FE)
- Viltrox AF 85 / 1.8 II XF STM ED IF (Fujifilm X)
You can also see prices at E-Katalog on this linkor in the price block located below:
Yongnuo lenses in the Nikon / Canon version often differ in a lot of small things. Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 is no exception. In general, the version for Canon, even though it is 2 years older than the version for Nikon, turned out better.
Most likely 25 years that have passed between the announcement Canon EF 85 / 1.8 USM and Yongnuo 85 / 1.8, are related to patent obligations.
On Canon APS-C cameras, the EGF of the Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 lens will correspond to about 136 mm due to crop factor. On crop, it is almost a real 135th weave, such EGF is quite convenient for portrait shooting in open locations.
New Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 costs less than the cheapest portrait original lens Canon EF 85 / 1.8 USM in a used state, which I recommend instead of Yongnuo 85 / 1.8.
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Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 is a very interesting lens in terms of parameters and price. The Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 may be the first 'true' budget portrait lens in a camera enthusiast case. Significantly cheaper than the new original Canon EF 85 / 1.8 USM. Optically, Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 is almost at the level of Canon EF 85 / 1.8 USM, but the original lens is much more stable in terms of focus accuracy.
10 main advantages
- low cost. This is the cheapest 85 / 1.8 autofocus lens in the state of the new
- there is a window with a scale of focusing distances
- internal focus
- average auto focus speed sufficient for comfortable operation
- continuous manual focus control, equivalent to Canon FTM
- good build quality: metal bayonet mount, most of the body is metal, reliable and comfortable covers, bayonet type hood, rubberized focus ring
- carrying case included
- eight-petal diaphragm
- nice / neutral drawing, which can be used as a good artistic technique during portraiture
- Confident sharpness starting at f / 2.5 in the center of the frame. Moderate level of basic optical distortion (aberration, vignetting, distortion) comparable to the original lens
10 main disadvantages
- no USB port for firmware upgrade (lens Yongnuo 100 / 2 and some other Yongnuo lenses can update firmware via USB)
- rubbing sound from the focus ring during its rotation (independent of AF / MF mode), rather inconvenient and tight manual focus
- strong and unpleasant noise from the focus motor
- conventional micro focus motor (y Canon EF 85 / 1.8 USM USM motor used)
- serious problems with focusing in Live View with some cameras in the first lots of this lens
- focus accuracy is noticeably worse compared to the original lenses
- no lens hood included, original lens hood Canon ET-65III cannot be installed in the opposite direction
- the aperture at F / 4-F / 19 is poorly rounded and is an almost regular octagon. F / 2.0-F / 3.5 values have notches. The aperture closes and opens at a noticeably slower aperture than the original lenses.
- lack of data about the lens in modern cameras and RAW converters, which makes it difficult to automatically correct some types of optical distortions (distortion, vignetting etc.)
- certain imperfections in the image, for example, severe chromatic aberration
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