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Meatbarn
21st of February 2006 (Tue), 01:41
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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM (II)
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I am a long time browser of this forum and would like to thank all of you whose advice I use shamelessly. I recently purchased the 85mm for my 300D, and now my friend Sam here is under threat of losing the Best Friend status he has enjoyed for a while. Thanks again everyone and keep up the good work. All comments welcome.

tdaugharty
21st of February 2006 (Tue), 04:43
Go AV or manual to increase DoF .... It takes trial and error with this lens but once you get it the PICS are just simply stunning!

I find this lens on the 20D most of the time.

Sample in low light @ ISO800 - F/2.2 - 125 Shutter
http://www.daugharty.com/circus2.jpg

RichardtheSane
21st of February 2006 (Tue), 06:24
The 85mm is a superb lens, you will love it!

Took me a while to get the best results with it but when I did - wow!

http://www.lindleypetphotography.co.uk/images/tippy/IMG_9807.jpg

http://www.lindleypetphotography.co.uk/images/tippy/IMG_9827.jpg

Carlos05
21st of February 2006 (Tue), 12:32
wow....those are great pics...is that an italian greyhound? Would you recommend the 85mm over the 50mm? I would like to get one of these lens but the 50 mm F1/8 is 80 bucks which make it a great bargain..what do you think?

Meatbarn
21st of February 2006 (Tue), 17:44
I was playing to see how shallow the dof is and it can be a killer. You have to be careful what you focus on. On the advice of everyone here I either go manual focus or use the centre point only. I do a lot of indoor basketball and can't wait to see how it performs there. It seems to need hardly any light to operate at all. Will post a few when the season starts.

bolantej
21st of February 2006 (Tue), 20:02
I've posted this one a couple of times. I like the shallow DOF.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v346/bolantej/Sakeboy0001.jpg

Master-9
21st of February 2006 (Tue), 21:46
Welcome to the 85 club :-)

aparmley
21st of February 2006 (Tue), 21:53
Welcome to the 85 club :-) here here!

aparmley
21st of February 2006 (Tue), 23:04
http://parmley.smugmug.com/photos/38351961-L.jpg

There - I thought I should add to the dog theme!

emidyl
21st of February 2006 (Tue), 23:14
Just got my 85 two weeks ago and it has become my co-favourite lense next to my 50 1.4.
Just need to step down slightly and you can get some stunning results as DOF is shallow.
Decent build quality too.

wooof98
22nd of February 2006 (Wed), 11:24
Awwww...this isn't fair! I'd just made my mind up on the 135 f2 then my brother-in-law lent me his 50mm f1.2 which I'm quite taken with and now all this talk of the 85mm, which I have to admit after some investigation seems quite tasty.

Seems alot of people regard the 85 f1.8 as the one to go for over the f1.2 L series (cost being the obvious factor) any opinions?

cheers

Steve Parr
22nd of February 2006 (Wed), 11:26
Seems alot of people regard the 85 f1.8 as the one to go for over the f1.2 L series (cost being the obvious factor) any opinions?

Certainly.

The 85mm f/1.2 ain't the cheapest lens on the shelf. The quality of the image from the f.18 version is stellar, so one would need to ask oneself if one should spend all the extra dough, wouldn't one?

Also, and this is a big factor for me, the f/1.8 version has lightening quick focus. The f/1.2 version? Not so much...

Steve

wooof98
22nd of February 2006 (Wed), 11:33
Ooops, forgot to attach to keep the canine theme going

erm...10d, sigma 70-200 f2.8

RichardtheSane
22nd of February 2006 (Wed), 12:12
wow....those are great pics...is that an italian greyhound? Would you recommend the 85mm over the 50mm? I would like to get one of these lens but the 50 mm F1/8 is 80 bucks which make it a great bargain..what do you think?
Hiya
THanks :) He's actually a Lurcher, but is about the size & shape os an IG

In honesty, I could have got these shots with the 50mm had I moved a bit closer, so if you can't afford the 85 then a 50 will do just fine :) The 85 is definitly a nicer lens to work with though!

Here is one showing the DOF, and sharpness where needed, on the 85mm

(Also loving the canine theme!)

superdiver
22nd of February 2006 (Wed), 13:52
I love my 85 for a couple of reasons....1) I am so new and therefore so bad at photoggraphy it covers up alot of my mistakes, 2)I like very small DOF and the focusing it renders on the subject, and lastly 3)my kids are multi-sporters so I am constantly trying to capture them in action...

nitsch
22nd of February 2006 (Wed), 13:56
Hiya
THanks :) He's actually a Lurcher, but is about the size & shape os an IG

In honesty, I could have got these shots with the 50mm had I moved a bit closer, so if you can't afford the 85 then a 50 will do just fine :) The 85 is definitly a nicer lens to work with though!

Here is one showing the DOF, and sharpness where needed, on the 85mm

(Also loving the canine theme!)

That is a really beautiful dog Richard. Great shots too! I don't really need this lens for the sort of shooting I tend to do but everytime I see shots from it I want it anyway! :D

RichardtheSane
22nd of February 2006 (Wed), 15:00
That is a really beautiful dog Richard. Great shots too! I don't really need this lens for the sort of shooting I tend to do but everytime I see shots from it I want it anyway! :D
Thanks Nick :) I think Tippy is one of the most photographed dogs in existance!
I couldn't really justify buying the 85 as I had the 50mm 1.8 Mk1 and that was working just a treat. Then I had one of 'those' moments and bought it anyway. Now I use it, a lot! In fact I'm about to sell the 50.

goatee
9th of March 2006 (Thu), 10:55
This was one of the first shots I took with my 85mm f/1.8 :)

Am also posting an unprocessed 100% crop for the benefits of this thread http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=141406

taramcg
15th of March 2006 (Wed), 01:35
WOW! Jaw dropping WOW to all of these beautiful photos. I am a dog lover too so I am especially taken by the dog photos.

Then I had one of 'those' moments and bought it anyway. Now I use it, a lot!

I'm having one of those moments now. Should I go for it? I have the 50mm 1.8 but the focus doesn't always go where I want it to go. My usual subjects are my small kids and a dog (boder collie) all of whom move quickly. Would the 85mm be better?

RichardtheSane
15th of March 2006 (Wed), 08:03
WOW! Jaw dropping WOW to all of these beautiful photos. I am a dog lover too so I am especially taken by the dog photos.



I'm having one of those moments now. Should I go for it? I have the 50mm 1.8 but the focus doesn't always go where I want it to go. My usual subjects are my small kids and a dog (boder collie) all of whom move quickly. Would the 85mm be better?

Do it, the lens has great USM focusing so will be able to keep up with the quickest

A couple of canine action shots from the 85...

http://www.lindleypetphotography.co.uk/portraits/traceysdogs/img_0375_std.jpg

http://www.lindleypetphotography.co.uk/portraits/traceysdogs/img_0351_std.jpg

It is also popular with the indoor sport shooters...

taramcg
15th of March 2006 (Wed), 10:25
You don't have to twist my arm too hard. LOL I just did it! Woo hoo!!! Your dog photos are beautiful. I love the way the border collie is keeping a watchful eye on the smaller dog as if to say "Don't even THINK about stealing my ball". I couldn't dream of getting a shot like that from the 50mm 1.8. Do you mind sharing your settings? Thanks!

Tara

RichardtheSane
15th of March 2006 (Wed), 11:01
There was definitly some ball stealing going on that day!

I don't mind sharing settings at all.
Top image 1/640th Second @ F4 ISO 400.
Bottom Image 1/1000 Second @ F4 ISO 400

Congratulation on your purchase - you'll love it! I recommend picking up the hood too.

SYS
15th of March 2006 (Wed), 11:19
I just placed an order for 85 f/1.8 yesterday. I will be using it mostly for my kids' indoor school performances, recitals, and other low light indoor situations where flash is typically not allowed. For these situations I've been using my 24-70 and 70-200 f/2.8, but I'm hoping to get better results with the 85. I thought about going for 135, but in comparison 85 is such a bargain...

Anyone used the 85 mostly for indoor low light situations? How is it's performance? (just want some confirmation that I did the right thing.;) )

blacksmurf
15th of March 2006 (Wed), 11:19
I ordered the 85 f1.8 on March, 2: it was "available on 2006/03/06", then it became "available on 2006/03/13", now it is "available on 2006/03/16".
Try to wonder what happens to my stomach when I see your 85 f1.8 pictures!!!

:p

SilentBob
15th of March 2006 (Wed), 12:57
Here (http://www.pbase.com/carltibbitts/canon_85mm_f18_photos)are a few photos put together that are all taken with this wonderful lense. There is a combination of indoor lowlight as well as outdoors.

Regards,

glowie
5th of April 2006 (Wed), 01:13
Just got mine today and this is my first post..woot! I've been converted to a prime groupie. To make things worse, I work 2 blocks away from B&H!!!! the main reason why I have no intention of looking for work somewhere else in the city!

and yeah..BTW..I love this lens!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v104/stoner_on_a_bicycle/lePix/blueberryMuffin.jpg

goatee
5th of April 2006 (Wed), 03:55
You have a great model there. She seems a little rigid in her posing, and her skin has peeled off her right hand ;) Lighting looks really good - only issue is the shadow from her haircut on her forehead.

The 85mm f/1.8 really rocks doesn't it! I'm thinking of ditching my zoom altogether - getting a 50 and a wideangle to go with my 85.

InfamousDX
5th of April 2006 (Wed), 09:53
It's decided... the 85 1.8 will absolutely be the next lens I'm getting. In comparison to all the other ones I want, it's a steal!

SYS
5th of April 2006 (Wed), 11:20
I got mine about a week ago. IQ wise, it's as good as my 24-70L and 70-200L, and so I'm absolutely thrilled to get this lens at only one-third or one-fourth of the cost of L lenses.

bigman606
11th of April 2006 (Tue), 17:59
One of my first with the 85mm. You won't regret this lens.
http://static.flickr.com/33/51035217_ea779b47a8_o.jpg

buckwheat
11th of April 2006 (Tue), 22:17
I just sit there for hours and 'stare' at how sharp anything is that I've taken with this lense. The AF is blazing and dead on. It doesn't get much better than this beauty!

thx-1138uk
12th of April 2006 (Wed), 19:43
One of my first with the 85mm. You won't regret this lens.


That is one beautiful picture, my mind's made up, don't tell the wife but the credit card is coming out.

halfmoonray
13th of April 2006 (Thu), 13:12
Thanks for sharing the great pics everyone. This lens just made it to the top of the list of lenses to buy.

johneo
18th of June 2006 (Sun), 13:36
I always thought when you got a new lens you were supposed to get a pic of a duck? Then I come here to tell how much I like my new EF 85 f/1.8 and I see dogs ... what's up with that?

Zinka & duck! (http://members.cox.net/johneo/zinkaduck.jpg)

OK, that's not my photo but it stays with the theme and is a duck photo :). That photo is by my wifes friend Carol ( www.adigitalmoment.com ). It is my dog though!

Here are a few of my guys with my new 85. What a GREAT lens! Have a feeling this is my new walkaround lens. Only had it a few days but I really like it. Highly reccomended!

Dazzle dozing (http://members.cox.net/johneo/IMG2563n.jpg)
Hildi (http://members.cox.net/johneo/IMG2577n.jpg)
Zinka (http://members.cox.net/johneo/IMG2597n.jpg)
Zinka profile (http://members.cox.net/johneo/IMG2598n.jpg)

BTW ... these are cropped and resized but unedited. I was just sitting around shooting

geofftelforduk
18th of June 2006 (Sun), 16:00
Heres one from my 85mm f1.8:

http://www.geofft.co.uk/files/forum/silent.jpg

danster
18th of June 2006 (Sun), 20:50
Richardthesane, I charge you with being guilty for making me drool over the 85mm. That is one sharp lens! Tippy is guilty of being overly adorable and making me want to own a dog again. To all the owners of the 85mm... congratulations. I hope to join your ranks shortly,:)

Denise40
18th of June 2006 (Sun), 21:42
Great pics everyone!! What is the biggest difference btw the 85mm 1.8 and the 50mm 1.4? Sorry I am a newbie. I have been thinking for awhile to get the 50mm one, but still not sure. I just have the kit lens for Digital Rebel XT

enquiry@tcbrake.com
18th of June 2006 (Sun), 22:21
I have recently bought the 85mm f1.2 L MK II lens. A lot of people complain about the focus speed of this lens, whereas I find it fine. Both these shots were at f1.2, hand held inside my shed, in average light at 1/500 sec. The speedo shot was aimed at the 200km number and the turn signal was aimed at the middle of the orange lens. Both on autofocus which was acheieved extremely quickly. The fast shutter speed is a huge bonus for the hand held shots. I cetainly do not have a problem with the focus speed on this lens. Cheers.

rklepper
18th of June 2006 (Sun), 22:26
Personally I think the AF is the deciding factor, at least it was for me, not the cost. I use the 85 for indoor sports, and really could not be without it.


Awwww...this isn't fair! I'd just made my mind up on the 135 f2 then my brother-in-law lent me his 50mm f1.2 which I'm quite taken with and now all this talk of the 85mm, which I have to admit after some investigation seems quite tasty.

Seems alot of people regard the 85 f1.8 as the one to go for over the f1.2 L series (cost being the obvious factor) any opinions?

cheers

rklepper
18th of June 2006 (Sun), 22:27
Start the thing moving and then try it. That will give you a real feel for the AF speed.




I have recently bought the 85mm f1.2 L MK II lens. A lot of people complain about the focus speed of this lens, whereas I find it fine. Both these shots were at f1.2, hand held inside my shed, in average light at 1/500 sec. The speedo shot was aimed at the 200km number and the turn signal was aimed at the middle of the orange lens. Both on autofocus which was acheieved extremely quickly. The fast shutter speed is a huge bonus for the hand held shots. I cetainly do not have a problem with the focus speed on this lens. Cheers.

enquiry@tcbrake.com
19th of June 2006 (Mon), 01:02
I bought this lens purely for portraits and natural light indoor shots. I have a 35-350 L zoom that I use most of the time. The extra 2 stops on the f1.2 gives me a more usable shutter speed when hand held, and I like the full time manual override when mounted on a tripod. The DOF is so narrow that I often use the manual override, take about 4 shots in the eye area, and the difference when viewed is remarkable (due solely to the lens, movement when the shutter is pressed, not me). The viewfinder brightness of the 5d really helps focus adjustment, as on my previous camera (10d) it was quite difficult.

I have never used the f1.8 so I can not comment, except to say that the photo's shown here are excellent, which is all that really matters in the end.

liza
19th of June 2006 (Mon), 01:13
The 85mm f/1.8 remains on my 20D for most of our high school basketball season. I couldn't imagine photographing gymnasium sports without it.

And Richard, thanks for posting the images of Tippy. It's always a pleasure to see her.

gama
19th of June 2006 (Mon), 06:46
It is a great lens. Here are some of mine, nothing as great as those posted already but still I like them because they are my sons :)

geofftelforduk
19th of June 2006 (Mon), 06:56
gama - i love the second one!! Cute little man!!

Steve Parr
19th of June 2006 (Mon), 07:01
I certainly do not have a problem with the focus speed on this lens.

Hehehehe... those who do also have a hard time waiting for thei "minute rice" to cook...

:lol:

whiskaz
19th of June 2006 (Mon), 07:49
To add to the dog pics taken with the 85mm. This was one of my first shots with it (it was the first lens I added to my gear):

http://www.thejonzes.net/gallery2/d/2562-3/IMG_1550.jpg

Takes good baby pics too ;):

http://www.thejonzes.net/gallery2/d/2883-2/IMG_2721_001.jpg

Mr. Clean
9th of August 2006 (Wed), 23:45
My contributions! Process from RAW to JPEG using DPP, IQ 10, Sharpness 5, no change to saturation or what not.
Extra special props to B&H for another SEAMLESS transaction - Great great service!

http://home.comcast.net/~mdmortenson/IMG_2780.JPG
http://home.comcast.net/~mdmortenson/IMG_2781.JPG
http://home.comcast.net/~mdmortenson/IMG_2793.JPG
http://home.comcast.net/~mdmortenson/IMG_2794.JPG

I Simonius
21st of October 2006 (Sat), 08:21
canon 85mm f1.8 (2000 th sec @ f2)

For the archive

Richard7481
22nd of October 2006 (Sun), 04:13
f/2
1/400
ISO 100


http://static.flickr.com/94/275967694_45aea444d7.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjgoodchild/275967694)

MacksQu
25th of October 2006 (Wed), 13:48
I just recieved mine. First I was like "why isn't it focusing?!" hehe. Focus is fast and you can't even hear it. It looks really sharp fully open, awsome lens.

Rhinotherunt
25th of October 2006 (Wed), 13:53
I just recieved mine. First I was like "why isn't it focusing?!" hehe. Focus is fast and you can't even hear it. It looks really sharp fully open, awsome lens.
That fast, huh?!? Looks like brown will bring mine to me Friday!!!

In2Photos
25th of October 2006 (Wed), 14:17
That fast, huh?!? Looks like brown will bring mine to me Friday!!!
Haha! Mine is coming on Thursday.:p

Rhinotherunt
25th of October 2006 (Wed), 14:21
Haha! Mine is coming on Thursday.:p
Mine might make it tomorrow! I am thinking Friday though. I did the cheap shipping. :rolleyes: I placed the order too late Fri at B&H so, it was Monday when the order was processed. :evil:

I am looking forward to seeing some pics! Tell me all about how nice it is and stuff, so I can be jealous for a day or two. I am getting a 50 1.4 in the same shippment!

In2Photos
25th of October 2006 (Wed), 14:28
Mine might make it tomorrow! I am thinking Friday though. I did the cheap shipping. :rolleyes: I placed the order too late Fri at B&H so, it was Monday when the order was processed. :evil:

I am looking forward to seeing some pics! Tell me all about how nice it is and stuff, so I can be jealous for a day or two. I am getting a 50 1.4 in the same shippment!
Well I got mine used from the Marketplace here. It is coming to work so I will bring the camera so I can play with it at lunch. Congrats on the 50 as well. I think my 50 1.8 will be up for sale soon.

Rhinotherunt
25th of October 2006 (Wed), 14:30
Sounds like fun!

AeroSmith
25th of October 2006 (Wed), 15:20
f/4:
http://AeroSmith.smugmug.com/photos/96481705-L.jpg
http://AeroSmith.smugmug.com/photos/96482145-L.jpg
http://AeroSmith.smugmug.com/photos/96486346-L.jpg

Rhinotherunt
26th of October 2006 (Thu), 17:51
Well I got mine used from the Marketplace here. It is coming to work so I will bring the camera so I can play with it at lunch. Congrats on the 50 as well. I think my 50 1.8 will be up for sale soon.
So where are the pics? :) Mine is 4 hours away today. So, it looks like I was right about guessing Friday.

DaveL
26th of October 2006 (Thu), 22:25
wow great shots everybody.... I just joined the 85mm 1.8 club tonight.

Rhinotherunt
31st of October 2006 (Tue), 11:21
I got my 85 1.8 Friday. One sweet lens! :)

nismosr
31st of October 2006 (Tue), 11:50
i've been reading all the post on this thread and i just got my new xti with kit lens today - i'm new to DSLR world. and i was thinking of getting the 50mm 1.8 as my 2nd lense. would it be wise to skip the 50mm 1.8 and just get the 85mm instead ? thanks

Rhinotherunt
31st of October 2006 (Tue), 12:02
The 50 is a good lens. The 50 1.4 is better than the 50 1.8. It will focus better as well. The 50 and 85 are about the same price and quality. Use your kit lens for a few days and see what focal range it seems to reside on the most when you are taking images. This will give you an idea of what FL (focal length) you need.

In2Photos
31st of October 2006 (Tue), 12:05
So where are the pics? :) Mine is 4 hours away today. So, it looks like I was right about guessing Friday.
I got mine Thursday. Played with it at the office but nothing good to shoot there. Been away all weekend taking a test for work so I still have yet to get to really play with it. Hoping to use it tonight for some Halloween shots.:)

Rhinotherunt
31st of October 2006 (Tue), 12:11
I got mine Thursday. Played with it at the office but nothing good to shoot there. Been away all weekend taking a test for work so I still have yet to get to really play with it. Hoping to use it tonight for some Halloween shots.:)
Sweet! Looking for scary results! ;)

mrclark321
31st of October 2006 (Tue), 12:16
Took this with my 1DMKII on AI Servo with the 85 1.8
The ride is the "Himilayan" and they were probably moving at 50mph when I took this. :)

http://DanBellyk.smugmug.com/photos/94479588-L.jpg

goatee
31st of October 2006 (Tue), 12:23
I'd agree with Rhinotherunt. Shoot for a few days, or even weeks, and have a look at the focal lengths you are using for portraits. If you find that 50mm is plenty, then pick up a 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4, and if you're looking for more length, then try the 85mm. The main problem with the 50mm f/1.8 is because it doesn't have a USM motor, when using very wide apertures, the depth of field is tiny, and so the focussing needs to be really accurate, and the motors aren't all that accurate in the f/1.8. Having said that, the image quality is superb, and as long as you don't want to use it in really low light, you'll be amazed at the results you get with it.

i've been reading all the post on this thread and i just got my new xti with kit lens today - i'm new to DSLR world. and i was thinking of getting the 50mm 1.8 as my 2nd lense. would it be wise to skip the 50mm 1.8 and just get the 85mm instead ? thanks

Chris R/T
31st of October 2006 (Tue), 12:41
Wow, this makes me want an 85 1.8 really bad, but I've already got a 50, 1.8

Rhinotherunt
31st of October 2006 (Tue), 12:49
Wow, this makes me want an 85 1.8 really bad, but I've already got a 50, 1.8
85 and 50 are two different tools. ;) So, get ya 1. Take a look at 85 L. LOL

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=224258

Chris R/T
31st of October 2006 (Tue), 12:50
you're an evil, evil person.

Rhinotherunt
31st of October 2006 (Tue), 12:59
you're an evil, evil person.
LOL! :evil:

The 85 1.8 is very reasonable. It is about $325.00. That is pretty good bang per buck. ;)

The 85 L on the other hand... LOL!

goatee
9th of November 2006 (Thu), 07:44
Here's another shot (at f/2.0) and a 100% crop (20D, ISO 400, f/2.0, 1/320 sec) - no PP at all, just converted in RSP (with no sharpening or noise reduction, or even levels)

http://www.*****.com/POTN/crop1.jpg

JaGWiRE
9th of November 2006 (Thu), 08:00
http://JaGWiRE.smugmug.com/photos/106901752-L.jpg

goatee
9th of November 2006 (Thu), 08:56
Jagwire - that's beautiful

JaGWiRE
9th of November 2006 (Thu), 09:27
Jagwire - that's beautiful

Thanks. I had to do some exposure boosting in Photoshop, but was happy with the overall result. The narrow DOF kind of killed the leaves all being in focus, but I wanted that mixture of out of focus colors, so I had to settle :|.

And I realise it's not the right lens to do this type of stuff, but I don't a proper lens to do macro stuff now (well I have my Sigma but focusing distance is too far away).

goatee
9th of November 2006 (Thu), 09:30
I quite like the way that the leaves in focus merge with the ones which aren't. I can't remember the link, but a couple of days ago there was a discussion about using extension tubes with the 85mm lens, and the consensus was that they work excellently - the kenko ones are meant to be great value.

JaGWiRE
9th of November 2006 (Thu), 09:47
I quite like the way that the leaves in focus merge with the ones which aren't. I can't remember the link, but a couple of days ago there was a discussion about using extension tubes with the 85mm lens, and the consensus was that they work excellently - the kenko ones are meant to be great value.
Hehe, thanks.

I was considering some Kenko tubes myself, but then I realised I'll have the 100mm macro sooner or later most likely, so probably better just waiting. I'de rather not be playing with trying different combinations of tubes anyway. I'm lazy that way, hehe.

TimothyHughes
9th of November 2006 (Thu), 10:50
First photoshoot with my 85mm. I'll get a nice shallow d.o.f. shot soon.
http://weaztek.com/forums/Julia_web/new/DPP07D60B08121606.jpg

angryhampster
17th of November 2006 (Fri), 15:37
More! Show me more! I just ordered this lens with 2-day shipping from B&H. I'm going south to visit relatives over Thanksgiving break, so I figured I'd order it and try to take some family portraits. Can anyone show me some tight group portraits...or juist more portraits in general from this lens? Anything from a 350D would be appreciated, too! I can't wait to put my hands on this lens. :)

In2Photos
17th of November 2006 (Fri), 15:45
Here are a few from the 85 and my XT. I haven't had the chance to use it that much yet. I love the VF with this lens attached.

http://www.pbase.com/madawson/image/69837331.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/madawson/image/69837332.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/madawson/image/69837337.jpg

angryhampster
17th of November 2006 (Fri), 15:49
Wow! i can't wait. Gorgeous color rendition, especially in the second one. This next 3-4 days are going to be hell! :lol:

ronmayhew
17th of November 2006 (Fri), 18:24
My favorite lens for indoor basketball with available light, f/2.8, 1/400, ISO 3200:

narlus
17th of November 2006 (Fri), 18:34
a shot i hadn't really planned for, but i like how it came out:
http://narlus.zenfolio.com/img/p63069189-4.jpg

Ronald S. Jr.
17th of November 2006 (Fri), 18:47
Just got mine earlier today, and it's just great. Here's the first shot I took with it. It's one of our chihuahuas lying on my father's chest watching him breate while he sleeps.

124909

Chris R/T
18th of November 2006 (Sat), 11:36
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/ChrisACR/Cars/montecarlowheelie.jpg

angryhampster
18th of November 2006 (Sat), 14:19
My god guys this post has me so stoked. Does anyone have any more action shots? :)


Also, if I were to get a teleconverter, would I lose all AF capabilities?

Ronald S. Jr.
18th of November 2006 (Sat), 14:51
TC's are only supposed to be used with lenses of 135mm or longer.

TMR Design
18th of November 2006 (Sat), 15:20
Every time I see pictures taken with this lens I love what I see and I'm convinced this is the lens for me. Very soon!

tommykjensen
18th of November 2006 (Sat), 15:33
A few of mine

http://photo.klein-jensen.dk/photo.php?n=2005carnival_day1_01.jpg

http://photo.klein-jensen.dk/photo.php?n=2005carnival_day1_02.jpg

http://photo.klein-jensen.dk/photo.php?n=2005carnival_day1_03.jpg

http://photo.klein-jensen.dk/photo.php?n=2005carnival_day1_04.jpg

http://photo.klein-jensen.dk/photo.php?n=2005carnival_day1_05.jpg

kevin_c
18th of November 2006 (Sat), 16:46
A few of mine



Nice, err... lens Tommy ;);)

angryhampster
28th of November 2006 (Tue), 16:49
Well I got it..and LOVE IT!

I got this lens just before (as in 20 minutes before) I left town last week, so I haven't had much time to shoot with it. However, everything I've shot so far has turned out great. I can't believe how quick this thing focuses. It's so much quicker than my Sigmas. Anyway...the lens itself seems to be built very solid. It's much better quality than the kit lenses or the 50mm f/1.8 II. The FTM focusing is very nice and the manual focusing ring is quite smooth.

Here are some of my quick shots.

This was taken as soon as I mounted the lens onto my camera. Lighting was bad, so I used ISO 800. neatimage was used to reduce noise, so some sharpness may have been lost.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/christi85mm.jpg
100% crop on what *i believe* was the focus point.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/christicrop.jpg

ISO 100, f/2.2, 1/500s
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/85mmtest.jpg
100% crop of focus point.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/85mmtestcrop.jpg


I'm very impressed and can't wait to shoot more with it.

Amorous
28th of November 2006 (Tue), 16:58
Here is one of my favorite shots with the 85mm.

http://kaitcilla.smugmug.com/photos/86948677-L.jpg

TMR Design
29th of November 2006 (Wed), 20:18
A few from my first day with the 85mm f/1.8. I'm in love with this lens and it's really fun to use.

goatee
30th of November 2006 (Thu), 05:02
Robert - enjoy the lens, it's a cracker, and with a touch of USM you can get immense levels of detail from it.

Rhinotherunt
30th of November 2006 (Thu), 11:17
A few from my first day with the 85mm f/1.8. I'm in love with this lens and it's really fun to use.
Looks like I did not steer you wrong eh? It is my favorite lens!

TMR Design
30th of November 2006 (Thu), 11:26
Looks like I did not steer you wrong eh? It is my favorite lens!

Nooo, not at all Ryan. As a matter of fact it was input and opinion from you and many others here that really helped me to decide.

If you check out this thread (http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=245068&page=3), I have some samples from day one with the lens. I love it.

Shekinah
30th of November 2006 (Thu), 18:54
Certainly.

The 85mm f/1.2 ain't the cheapest lens on the shelf. The quality of the image from the f.18 version is stellar, so one would need to ask oneself if one should spend all the extra dough, wouldn't one?

Also, and this is a big factor for me, the f/1.8 version has lightening quick focus. The f/1.2 version? Not so much...

Steve


I just wondered if you could please help me, I was looking at purchasing the 85 1.2 lens and the shop has told me to purchase the 85 1.8 lens. I am wanting the lens to take photos of kittens or cats, are you able to tell me if the 85mm 1.8 would be the best lens for fast moving animals. I do realize that this is a portrait lens but I am not wanting it for that.

Rhinotherunt
30th of November 2006 (Thu), 20:03
I just wondered if you could please help me, I was looking at purchasing the 85 1.2 lens and the shop has told me to purchase the 85 1.8 lens. I am wanting the lens to take photos of kittens or cats, are you able to tell me if the 85mm 1.8 would be the best lens for fast moving animals. I do realize that this is a portrait lens but I am not wanting it for that.

The af is faster on the 1.8 than the 1.2. The 1.8 is not just a portrait lens, but a favorite for many basketball shooters. I like to use mine for candids and portraits.

goatee
1st of December 2006 (Fri), 04:37
I just wondered if you could please help me, I was looking at purchasing the 85 1.2 lens and the shop has told me to purchase the 85 1.8 lens. I am wanting the lens to take photos of kittens or cats, are you able to tell me if the 85mm 1.8 would be the best lens for fast moving animals. I do realize that this is a portrait lens but I am not wanting it for that.

The 85 f/1.2 is an awesome lens, but not best suited to fast moving anything. You couldn't use it wide open as the depth of field is so narrow, and even with a bit more DOF to play with, the AF isn't anything as fast as the 85mm f/1.8 - mainly due to the weight of glass that needs to be moved to focus!

Shekinah
1st of December 2006 (Fri), 04:42
The 85 f/1.2 is an awesome lens, but not best suited to fast moving anything. You couldn't use it wide open as the depth of field is so narrow, and even with a bit more DOF to play with, the AF isn't anything as fast as the 85mm f/1.8 - mainly due to the weight of glass that needs to be moved to focus!

Thanks for that confirmation, the shop did tell me that today so I would be best to get the 85mm 1.8 then.

goatee
1st of December 2006 (Fri), 05:12
No worries Sharon - in fact, I'd be happy to trade my 85mm f/1.8 for your 1DS or your 200mm f/1.8 ;)

Rhinotherunt
1st of December 2006 (Fri), 12:06
No worries Sharon - in fact, I'd be happy to trade my 85mm f/1.8 for your 1DS or your 200mm f/1.8 ;)
I would just trade my 85 for the 200 1.8... :lol:

greg76
4th of December 2006 (Mon), 02:55
Love my 85mm 1.8 shot on a eos500 with ilford delta 400 film.

http://web.mac.com/gregles76/iWeb/Greg%20Orr/Nicolle%20film%20pictures_files/024.jpg

ronmayhew
4th of December 2006 (Mon), 21:25
Don't forget the 85 1.8 is great for basketball too:

ekie
9th of December 2006 (Sat), 15:56
finally got myself one .. so first thing i had to do was do a sample pic for that bokeh! :D

http://ekkizsikk.info/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/_MG_0812.jpg

ninobrn99
9th of December 2006 (Sat), 21:34
wow. this lens looks great! the boken is much better than that of the 50 1.8. much smoother and better blended i think.

whiskaz
9th of December 2006 (Sat), 21:39
Wide open... f/1.8:

http://www.thejonzes.net/gallery2/d/3558-1/_MG_0137.jpg

banana
10th of December 2006 (Sun), 00:33
NICE

Jarrad
10th of December 2006 (Sun), 01:02
http://x5c.xanga.com/749d032129d3393762433/m65418215.jpg

dtngo
10th of December 2006 (Sun), 01:30
Please stop! I just bought myself the 70-200mm F4L for Christmas (wife wasn't too impressed hehe), I can't afford the 85mm. It's next on my list though, and my birthday is in March :D

km4066
10th of December 2006 (Sun), 03:46
http://koti.mbnet.fi/jpatynen/photo/IMG_6721.jpg

Wide open...

ekie
10th of December 2006 (Sun), 18:27
a lil CA on the right ring of the audi emblem .. f1.8 iso1600 1/30s handheld

http://ekkizsikk.info/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/_MG_0805.jpg

Rhinotherunt
11th of December 2006 (Mon), 18:39
Here is one I got last night...

goatee
12th of December 2006 (Tue), 07:42
You've got to love this lens! The only duff shots I get are either because I'm not careful with the shutter speed, or I'm not careful with the DOF.

PalmBayFlo
12th of December 2006 (Tue), 10:42
Drat this forum...ok ok, I just ordered one and it should be here tomorrow! http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/palmbayflo/89.gif

goatee
12th of December 2006 (Tue), 11:11
POTN strikes again :D.

jesusdelallata
12th of December 2006 (Tue), 21:27
Drat this forum...ok ok, I just ordered one and it should be here tomorrow! http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/palmbayflo/89.gif


You're going to love it. :D

Toogy
12th of December 2006 (Tue), 22:27
Shot at F2.0

http://www.pbase.com/toogy/image/68561653.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/toogy/image/69315582.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/toogy/image/68561316.jpg

PalmBayFlo
13th of December 2006 (Wed), 14:30
It's arrived! http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/palmbayflo/202.gif
All shots handheld with lousey lighting. Just resized and sharpened a bit. Cats are only models I have for now!
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/palmbayflo/first.jpg
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/palmbayflo/second.jpg
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g224/palmbayflo/third.jpg

angryhampster
13th of December 2006 (Wed), 14:52
Not sure if I like this shot yet..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v109/angryhampster/artistic/drop1.jpg

verty
13th of December 2006 (Wed), 17:17
Shot at F2.0

http://www.pbase.com/toogy/image/68561653.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/toogy/image/69315582.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/toogy/image/68561316.jpg

god! all your pics are amazing.. :D

Toogy
13th of December 2006 (Wed), 23:18
god! all your pics are amazing.. :D

Thank you :)

Tony-S
16th of December 2006 (Sat), 20:58
Just got mine a few days ago. It is a remarkable lens.

Chris R/T
17th of December 2006 (Sun), 12:59
Took this last night, I posted it in another thread, but thought it belonged here as well.

I took the image at F2, but I think I needed to step it down a little futher, I had to crop down the picture to remove some DOF "issues".

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v244/ChrisACR/Skyshots/Baltimorenightlevelsfixed.jpg

blacksmurf
20th of December 2006 (Wed), 10:47
Shot last month in the Falcone e Borsellino Theatre, Limena (PD), Italy.
Andrea Franchi, drummer of italian artist Paolo Benvegnų.

Canon EOS 350D, 1/200 sec, F2,5, Exp. -1, ISO 1600

http://www.ilcantiere.info/public/scatti/potn/20061125_AndreaFranchi_2704.jpg

http://www.ilcantiere.info/public/scatti/potn/20061125_AndreaFranchi_2715.jpg

gardengirl13
20th of December 2006 (Wed), 11:43
I hate POTN!! This place makes me want to spend money I do not have!! These shots are great! I LOVE 85 on FF. I may have to try it on a crop and see how I like it because I love the looks of this lens! Plus if I ever go FF it'll be one of my top lenses.

blacksmurf
22nd of December 2006 (Fri), 08:50
I hate POTN!! This place makes me want to spend money I do not have!!
(...)


I totally agree with you. Damned POTN!!!
:oops:
;)
:)


(OT):

IMHO, gooood advice:
if you have (or are waiting for) a 1.3 crop, and don't have an EF-S 10-22,
(1) stay far away from this lens: it's VERY dangerous. ;)
... or ...
(2) if you have already chosen a FF body, you are S A F E :D

johnstoy
22nd of December 2006 (Fri), 08:59
All with 85mm 1.8...

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=253068

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=253079

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=224969

JimAskew
22nd of December 2006 (Fri), 09:08
I hate POTN!! This place makes me want to spend money I do not have!! These shots are great! I LOVE 85 on FF. I may have to try it on a crop and see how I like it because I love the looks of this lens! Plus if I ever go FF it'll be one of my top lenses.

Yep :) But boy do we have fun with our purchases :)

To all the recent posters with photos...are are simply outstanding :) You all have really show cased this lens' capability.

ekie
22nd of December 2006 (Fri), 23:19
f2.2 .. bounce flash
PP: slight curve adj and lil usm after resizing

http://ekkizsikk.info/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/_MG_0912.jpg

peanuthead
23rd of December 2006 (Sat), 00:43
132640

132641

Borderfox
23rd of December 2006 (Sat), 18:40
Just got it the other day, mostly going to shoot indoor showjumping so a bit out of character for me.

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y213/Borderfox/Clontarf9.jpg

JimAskew
23rd of December 2006 (Sat), 21:49
Here is a portrait shot: f/1.8, 1/250th, ISO 400

goatee
2nd of January 2007 (Tue), 06:26
It's hard to tell, due to the jpeg pixelisation, but I would have though that one of the couple will be in focus, and the other out of focus due to the depth of field at f/1.8 - other than the triangle of colour by the guy's shoulder, it's a nice shot!

Richard7481
3rd of January 2007 (Wed), 04:23
1/250
f/2.8
ISO 100

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/130/343593707_5129a48e5c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rjgoodchild/343593707)

runninmann
8th of January 2007 (Mon), 22:41
One of the first test shots from the 85 f/1.8 that I received today.

anomie
12th of January 2007 (Fri), 08:48
Received the 85mm f/1.8 this week and have been having a great time playing with it. Really loving this lens!

A sample:
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/123/354777656_eb9f525be0_b.jpg

Scott_1469
13th of January 2007 (Sat), 03:04
Note the extremely low light and the focal range at 1.8. Great little lens!

PhotoDude25
13th of January 2007 (Sat), 16:33
Congrats on your newest acquisition. I myself have just picked up an 85 and love it!

TimothyHughes
22nd of January 2007 (Mon), 00:25
I hate POTN!! This place makes me want to spend money I do not have!! These shots are great! I LOVE 85 on FF. I may have to try it on a crop and see how I like it because I love the looks of this lens! Plus if I ever go FF it'll be one of my top lenses.

I know you're kidding but geez $340 is not a terrible amount for a great piece of glass. Now if we were talking about the Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II that would be a different story :) :)

km4066
22nd of January 2007 (Mon), 10:18
85 1.8 forever! :D :p

queenbee288
26th of January 2007 (Fri), 18:08
Ordered mine from B&H today. It will be here monday. I can hardly wait.

sismastery
27th of January 2007 (Sat), 14:35
only had a dslr for three weeks and this thread made me want an 85mm so I ordered one and it arrived this morning.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/172/370656306_ab1dc6f013.jpg

Not the best photo ever but I was impressed with the images an amateur like me was able to get, will keep practising.

km4066
27th of January 2007 (Sat), 15:03
Here's a link to some photos taken today in a dog show. All taken with 20D + the mighty 85 1.8 :p

http://picasaweb.google.com/marika.pajunen/20070127TopDogShow

tmr
27th of January 2007 (Sat), 15:56
Here is a recent favorite of mine with the 85 f/1.8 (XTi, f/1.8, 1/160, ISO 100)

http://www.pbase.com/tmr4/image/73184321/large.jpg

anthonyl
28th of January 2007 (Sun), 06:12
I am about to buy one of these 85mm 1.8 "wonder lenses"...will it work OK on my 400D (XTi).

I currently have a 70-200 F/4 L and will be using the 85mm mainly for shots of my 6 kids..

runninmann
28th of January 2007 (Sun), 17:32
Singer Tamia 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 800

orisky
28th of January 2007 (Sun), 17:47
Here are my contributions:


http://orisky.smugmug.com/photos/125148062-L.jpg

http://orisky.smugmug.com/photos/125153642-L.jpg

http://orisky.smugmug.com/photos/124067061-L-1.jpg

verty
28th of January 2007 (Sun), 18:27
Here are my contributions:




http://orisky.smugmug.com/photos/125153642-L.jpg



i hope the husky doesnt eat the bubba for breakfast!
hehehe very cute shot :)

Gary W. Graley
28th of January 2007 (Sun), 20:18
A few shots from the trusty 85 f1.8 the oldest in my lens line up;

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/GaryWGraley/EOS%2020D/85mm/youngbw.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/GaryWGraley/Washington06/IMG_0490.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/GaryWGraley/Washington06/IMG_0494.jpg


G2

goatee
30th of January 2007 (Tue), 09:11
It will work just fine with your 400D. It really is an awesome lens, and you'll love it. Also, the autofocus is very fast, which is very useful when shooting kids :).

I am about to buy one of these 85mm 1.8 "wonder lenses"...will it work OK on my 400D (XTi).

I currently have a 70-200 F/4 L and will be using the 85mm mainly for shots of my 6 kids..

gardengirl13
31st of January 2007 (Wed), 10:02
I know you're kidding but geez $340 is not a terrible amount for a great piece of glass. Now if we were talking about the Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II that would be a different story :) :)

Well when it's a weeks salary yes it is a lot of money. But I'm this |---| much closer to saving for it! :D I'm hoping to get it sometime this year. But my wish list is somewhat long! :o