SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

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The Perfect Lens for Portraiture

Just as a painter instinctively reaches for the right brush, a portrait artist reaches for an 85mm lens. The focal length is ideal for producing a pleasing image with true-to-life facial features in accurate proportion. While a wide-angle lens makes close objects appear larger than they are, and longer telephotos compress and flatten features, the 85mm medium telephoto is just right. Plus the working distance between you and your subject is perfect for making the personal connection that’s often missing when using a zoom.

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The Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 is the world’s first* 85mm fast-aperture lens with image stabilization.  Its unique design allows us to include our VC (Vibration Compensation) system—without the lens becoming too large or heavy. What’s more, our SP 85mm F/1.8 delivers edge-to-edge viewfinder brightness for ease of composition and superior low-light performance. The fast aperture of the F/1.8 also offers the perfect balance of subject sharpness and bokeh, that dreamy blur which separates your portrait subject from the background.

* Among 85mm F/1.8 interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras as of January 2016. Data source: Tamron


Unsurpassed Clarity and Color

Chromatic aberration appears as magenta or green color fringing along edges and contours in images, especially against bright backgrounds. It happens, in part, when the optic fails to focus all colors of light on precisely the same point, and is more conspicuous in cameras with high resolution and high pixel densities. The SP 85mm F/1.8 uses LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements in the optical design to minimize color fringing and to achieve sharp and clear image quality with high color fidelity. In addition, by thoroughly reducing comatic aberrations (distortion of off-axis point source) and astigmatism, subjects that appear as a distinct point source will be captured as a distinct point source even at the edges and corners of the frame.

SP 85mm F/1.8 Lens
Focal length: 85mm Exposure: F/1.8 1/60sec

Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 lens
Focal length: 85mm Exposure: F/1.8 1/320sec

Sharpness in Balance with Bokeh

The SP 85mm F/1.8 is designed to provide tack-sharpness of the subject for stunning clarity and flawless image quality. At the same time, Tamron’s design philosophy embraces the notion that photographers—particularly portrait photographers—use background blur, bokeh, as a creative element to concentrate emphasis on the subject. Through numerous simulations conducted for wide-ranging blur effects, such as a gentle, melting transition from the focused to the out-of-focus areas, Tamron has created a soft, natural blur effect that achieves perfect harmony with the inescapable sharpness.

Hold Steady with Vibration Compensation

The SP 85mm F/1.8 is the world’s first* lens with a fixed focal length of 85mm and a fast aperture of F/1.8 that’s equipped with the VC system. Camera movement—often too minute to be perceptible to the photographer—is the leading cause of unpleasant photographs. In addition, newer DSLR cameras with higher pixel densities are more susceptible to subtle camera shake.

This technology makes it possible to take photographs handheld in dim light and to make optimal use of slower shutter speeds and increased depth-of-field without extreme increase of the camera’s sensor sensitivity (ISO equivalent). This is especially important in portraiture because lighting is often low and the photographer needs the spontaneity of not using a tripod or disruptive flash units.

* Among 85mm F/1.8 interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras as of January 2016. Data source: Tamron

SP 85mm F/1.8 VC system

Focal length: 85mm Exposure: F/3.5 1/25sec



Resists Moisture

Areas of possible ingress surrounding switches and the boundary between the focus ring and the lens barrel are protected by special seals. This provides deterrence against the intrusion of water droplets. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

Model: F016
Focal Length: 85mm
Maximum Aperture: F/1.8
Angle of View (diagonal): 28°33’ for full-frame format
18°39’ for APS-C format
Optical Construction: 13 elements in 9 groups
Minimum Object Distance: 0.8m (31.5 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio: 1:7.2
Filter Size: Φ67mm
Maximum Diameter: Φ84.8mm
Length*: 91.3mm (3.6 in) Canon | 88.8mm (3.5 in) Nikon
Weight: 700g (24.7 oz) Canon | 660g (23.3 oz) Nikon
Aperture Blades: 9 (circular diaphragm**)
Minimum Aperture: F/16
Image Stabilization Performance: 3.5 Stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
For Canon: EOS-5D Mark III is used |  For Nikon: D810 is used
Standard Accessories: Lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony***


Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
*** Sony mount model without VC.


Optical Construction

F016 Lens Optical Construction

MTF Chart
F016 - MTF Chart

Vibration Compensation

VC (Vibration Compensation) – The VC Image Stabilizer delivers sharp and shake-free images, as well as a smooth viewfinder image.

XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) Glass

XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) GlassA special glass with an extremely low colour dispersion index for the greatest level of sharpness and compensation of chromatic aberration.

 Ultrasonic Silent Drive

USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)Powerful ultrasonic motor for quick and dynamic subjects. It is extremely quiet, precise and allows manual control at any time.


LD (Low Dispersion) – Lens element for greater image sharpness and the correction of chromatic aberration.

eBAND Coating

eBAND Coating – Nano-structured lens coating to protect against unwanted reflection and ghosting.

1 review for SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

  1. 5 out of 5

    This lens is great and is probably the best out of the new prime line up which include the 35mm and the 45mm. Colour fringing is contolled much better vs the other two lenses in the new lens line up. Colour, contrast and sharpness are all top notch. Love the vc on this 85mm and have used other 85mm without any image stabilization and when pixel peeping you can see the difference.

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