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85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras
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Bell and Howell 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras

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The Bell and Howell 85mm f/1.4 Manual Focus Lens is an excellent addition to any photographer's collection, giving users the ability to expand their creativity and capture incredible scenes from a vivid perspective.

The Bell + Howell 85mm F1.4 Aspherical Lens is razor sharp and crystal clear for photo and video.  It is widely used as a portrait lens to shoot ultra-bright & vivid portrait pictures.  Bell + Howell's 85mm lens stacks up extremely well against the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 and against the Nikon 85mm f/1.4.  It is also the least expensive lens of its kind in the market!  The lens is manual focus and the aperture needs to be controlled directly from the lens, but at a cost of less than $300, how can you go wrong?  

The Bell + Howell 85mm lens is made with mostly glass and aluminum components and the build quality is superb.   Its focusing is silky smooth with an internal focusing (IF) mechanism so that the physical size remains constant during focusing.  There are little or no chromatic aberrations and Bokeh is just about perfect.  The lens comes complete with a removable lens hood, lens caps, lens pouch, instruction manual and one year warranty.   The lens is available in the following mounts:  Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony & Olympus 4/3. 

There is also a slightly more expensive version (Model # 85MAF-N) for Nikon that features a built-in focus confirm chip.  


  • Mounts directly to your Canon DSLR camera - no additional adaptors required!
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Fully compatible with the automated features available on digital SLR cameras
  • Aspherical type lens provides clear and sharp images
  • Ideal use as a portrait lens

Detailed Specifications:

Bell + Howell 85mm F/1.4 Aspherical Lens

Aperture Range:

F1.4 ~ 16

Optical Construction:

9 Elements in 7 Groups

Min. Focusing Distance:

3.3ft (1.0m)

Focus Type:


Filter Size:


Mounts Available:

Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Olympus

Angle of View:

28.3 Degrees

Dimensions & Weight:

6.0"x 3.5"x 3.5" (in.), 1.4 lbs (20 oz.)

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Bell and Howell 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras

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2 out of 5 stars   You get what you paid for
By tudole on June 14, 2014
Review submitted for Bell and Howell 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras (BH85MC)
Pros: *f/1.4 *better construction for the price *better IQ compare to other lens in this price range (i.e. Canon 85 mm f/1.8) *nice bohek, but it's not very nice if your subject is the bohek
Cons: *Although the IQ is better than other lens in this price range, but IQ is not stunning. *It's impossible to get a focus with AF focus screen. The only solution is to use a focus confirmation mod. Without the mod this lens is impractical. *No macro
Other Comments: It's not a practical lens. [...]
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5 out of 5 stars   Incredible Value
By Bill R on August 07, 2012
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Review submitted for Bell and Howell 85MAF-N - 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras w/Automatic Chip (BH85MAFN)
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction, Nice Bokeh, Consistent Output, A bargain, Durable, Rugged
Cons: Manual Focus, Heavy
Other Comments: This lens has excellent build, smooth manual focus and gives amazing results for the price. Focus can be very challenging wide open but it is the most amazing lens I have ever owned for so little money.
I recommend this product Yes, I recommend this product
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