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Old 19-05-2012, 21:15   #1 (permalink)
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85mm F1.8 question

So here is a question for you all. I have Canon 50mm F1.4 and Canon 100mm F2.8 - I use both for portraits, plus of course my Canon 24-70mm F2.8. Is it worth buying 85mm F1.8? Yes I did see some stunning images done using this type of lens (canon, sigma, nikon as well but not for me, I'm canon boy) but it will sit between my 50mm and 100mm and I'm not sure if it's such a big improvement if I have it. I need to know what is your opinion. I was thinking about Canon 85mm F1.8 - it is a good lens and not that expensive.
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Old 19-05-2012, 22:34   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 85mm F1.8 question

The 85mm is a great portrait lens, but it is very close to your 100mm and realistically I doubt that you would use the extra speed it has over the f2.8 100mm much, if at all.

Unless you are going to be doing a lot of portraits or other work using the 85 I'd say it is probably not worth it. I love my 85 f1.8, but I don't have a 100mm lens. I do have an 80-22 f2.8 and a 24-70 f2.8 but the 85 is very light and compact in comparison.
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Old 20-05-2012, 08:09   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 85mm F1.8 question

I would say it's too close to the 100mm that you already have.

I do mainly sports & photojournalism and own both the 85mm 1.8 and a 100mm f2. The 85mm is my most used lens for indoor basketball and suits my needs.

If possible I would try a 85mm and see if it suits you better than the 100mm.....if it does then you could maybe sell the 100mm.
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Re: 85mm F1.8 question

P-E - selling my 100mm is not an option. This is my only macro lens and I do plan to use it a lot again (maybe even this year). What I find tempting in 85mm is F1.8 which would give me better bokeh for portraits. I just love shallow depth of field. I know it is close to 100mm that I have. If I could only try it for one portrait session would be great but I have no friends here in Kent who do photography.
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Re: 85mm F1.8 question

Thought about renting one?
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Re: 85mm F1.8 question

Just a thought ... it might be interesting to look at the math:

105mm f/2.8 focussed at 3m - DOF = 2.93m to 3.07m

85mm f/2 focussed at 3m - DOF = 2.93m to 3.07m

given the same circle of confusion on an full frame sensor. I know I'm using slightly different focal lengths, but in real life you will probably use the lens at f/4, so a 105mm will give you shallower DOF, with the same light and shutter speed. If you were to then say I want the same image covered, then you will be further away with the 105mm which would accentuate the shallow DOF.

The rest is personal perception and preference. (e.g. weight of lens, or speed of focussing, or you would like the extra stop)
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Re: 85mm F1.8 question

I use both my prime lenses (50mm and 100mm) at their extreme F setting (F1.4 and F2.8) for portraits - and it works perfect for me. I'm thinking of buying 85mm for it's F1.8 - portrait photos should look great with it and I could use it in low light (weddings in the future). I will try to rent one and let you know how it works for me.
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Re: 85mm F1.8 question

you will shoot the 85 at 1.8 if you have it,. 2.8 lenses (especially zooms) always will look murky compared to a fast prime,. I have not used the canon 100 2.8 so can't comment,. for portraits you have canon 85 1.2 (not tried) the 85 1.8 - bargain really and the 135 f2 - can't go wrong on a full frame camera

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I suspect you could do nearly the same shot pretty well on the 100 2.8 though

also heard many good things about the sigma 85 1.4 so might be worth a look
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Re: 85mm F1.8 question

I have all the primes you talk about except the f/1.8. I have the f/1.2. I also have the 50 f/1.2 as i was into very sharp lines and soft left overs. This has nothing to do with your need other then when I used the 50mm I became stuck for space,,,to close to subject. The 85mm worked better then the 100mm which in my opion causes the subject to get smaller unless you are closer and back to the 50mm problem. I love primes for portraits or", and zooms or OK but I love the primes. I was shooting mostly people with the primes, close ups so the 85mm worked good. You might find this funny but when I took a count of the pictures of each lens, it was something like this,,,50mm 60 good pictures, 85mm 60 good pictures and the 100mm 0 good pictures. I took this little glance of good pictures as a note that the focusing was just different and I felt better shooting with the others. These shots came in doors in all kinds of light. the end of this long story is that I finally ended up with some of my best pictures with a long zoom when we were spending time out side and no one knew I was takeing their picture. The portraits were for a set of family books and ended up being very demanding as none of the adults wanted pictures that looked like store bought portraits. Years later I now use the 85mm as a medium landscape lens and it works quite good, it has proven to be one of my best infrared lenses with all the softness I can have. It will completely remove the background.
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Re: 85mm F1.8 question

Boofers - I'm surprised you don't have any good pictures from 100mm lens. I love it, it's sharp and I don't go out without it if I'm planning portraits (not to mention macro but it's obvious as it is macro lens). 50mm F1.2 is a dream - to expensive for me. Why I think about 85mm I can explain - when I see good photos on internet (Welcome to most popular photo site | WWW.PHOTODOM.COM - for example) I always check exif and I have never seen any portrait photo from 100mm F2.8 being close to results from 85mm F1.8. There simply is something good for portraits in this lens and I do try to get close to it with my 100mm but I'm not quite there .

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Re: 85mm F1.8 question

It all comes down to the space I worked in. In a studio I would be OK with any of these lenses, I beleave. I love the 100mm even though the focus seems different from the others. We had three family reunions during a short time at different places. I had fun and was happy. I would dare to say that I might get better pictures today with the 100mm as I have owned it for awhile. You didn't say anything about a studio other then portraits so I was thinking it was anywhere people were crowded togather. At this kind of gathering some people are to old and won't move around, some just don't really want their picture taken. It was a very hard task in that sence.
If I had it all over to do again, for portraits and what I know today, I would use my 17-40mmL as I wouldn't worry about haveing enough space around the people and their faces. I'm sorry because I think we were talking about two different kinds of shooting. That's not a bad thing, oh well.

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