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Not happy with the 85 1.8

 
asaulo1
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Jan 14, 2013 17:01 |  #16

just recently re-bought this after selling it a few years ago when I had a crop body... since getting a 6D, I find the focal length more useful now.... like others have said, for a crop body, it seems like it's a little on the long end of being a portrait lens....


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Jan 14, 2013 17:13 |  #17

85mm on a 1.6x crop is 136mm. How is that considered such an odd focal length? If I had a FF I would have a 135mm f2 aswell. Its a good focal length for outdoor sports and tighter headshots.

Common holy trinity on FF:
35/85/135

1.6x crop:
24/50/85
(38/80/136)


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dnauer
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Jan 14, 2013 17:23 |  #18

Since neither the 40D or 60D had MFA, maybe your particular 85 1.8 wasn't a match to your bodies? I've used the 85 1.8 on my 40D for several years and consider it one of my sharper lenses, and find the FL perfect for the closer shots for indoor arena dog agility -- especially with the quick focus. Maybe yours needed calibration? I just rented a 6D for about 5 days and really liked it on the 6D also.


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Jan 14, 2013 20:28 |  #19

I never liked mine on my 30D but it really came to life on the 5D Mk II. Hopefully you'll have a similar experience.


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Jan 14, 2013 20:53 |  #20

35, 85, 135mm, they're all wonderful on FF. I, too, prefer the 1.8 to the 1.2. Faster focusing, lighter and still sharp as a tack. On a price/performance ratio, it may well be Canon's best lens.

This was on my 5D2:

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The 1.8 would be one of my last lenses to go if I had some reason why I had to sell my gear. My holy trinity is the 35L, 85/1.8, 135L and those are the three lenses I carry when I want the highest IQ I can get.

Canon 5DIII \ 17-40L \ 24-105L \ 70-300L \ 35L \ 35/2 \ 85/1.8 \ 100L Macro \ 135L \ 200/2.8L

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Jan 14, 2013 21:07 |  #21

2cruise wrote in post #15486017external link
when I had it on my 40D but on the Mark II will my happiness return? Has anyone else made this transition and been really happy?

I kinda hated it on 1.6x as well. It was CA obnoxious and I dunno...just weird.

I don't have full frame but I too wonder how I'd like it on the "new" 1.3x stuff I'm using.


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Jan 14, 2013 22:26 |  #22

I'll admit it's a pretty awkward focal length for me on my crop body and since I purchased the 70-200 it's probably my least used lens. But it comes in handy for indoor sports especially shooting from the stands so I keep it for those rare occasions when there are no "long lenses" allowed. It's also pretty cheap so I see no need to sell it off....


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Jan 14, 2013 23:54 |  #23

2cruise wrote in post #15486017external link
when I had it on my 40D but on the Mark II will my happiness return? Has anyone else made this transition and been really happy?

I've been pretty disappointed on 50D and 5DII with the 85 1.8. I think for me it's not the lens so much as I can't get in a rhythm with the focal length. I much prefer 24 and 50 for FF. Most people seem to prefer 35 and 85.


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Jan 16, 2013 05:45 |  #24

2cruise wrote in post #15486017external link
when I had it on my 40D but on the Mark II will my happiness return? Has anyone else made this transition and been really happy?

Not with a 85 but yes, with primes in general. On my 60D i hated using my 50mm f/1.4, i never really thought it was a good copy, especially under f/2.8, but on my 5DMKIII its fantastic. My main lens is now a 100 f/2 and im sure id love the 85 f/1.8 now as well now.
I had the 85 f/1.8 and although it was a nice lens i didn't use it much. Hated the amount of CA/PF (back in the days before LR4.2) and found it too long as an every day lens on my 40D and 60D. I guess losing the crop factor has made all my lenses seem different now.

Its funny but now i have a 5DMKIII i much prefer primes to zooms.


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Jan 16, 2013 08:24 |  #25

dave_bass5 wrote in post #15495113external link
Not with a 85 but yes, with primes in general. On my 60D i hated using my 50mm f/1.4, i never really thought it was a good copy, especially under f/2.8, but on my 5DMKIII its fantastic. My main lens is now a 100 f/2 and im sure id love the 85 f/1.8 now as well now.
I had the 85 f/1.8 and although it was a nice lens i didn't use it much. Hated the amount of CA/PF (back in the days before LR4.2) and found it too long as an every day lens on my 40D and 60D. I guess losing the crop factor has made all my lenses seem different now.

Its funny but now i have a 5DMKIII i much prefer primes to zooms.

My 50/1.4 copy was not very sharp until 2.8...


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BrandonSi
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Jan 16, 2013 08:34 |  #26

Been playing around with mine since I got it on Monday.. 1.8 is decent, 2.0/2.2 are pretty damn sharp.. I'd put it on par with my 135L.

100% crop at f/2

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Jan 16, 2013 08:40 |  #27

nonick wrote in post #15495382external link
My 50/1.4 copy was not very sharp until 2.8...

I think a lot of people find this, although i do find it a lot more usable on my 5D than on my previous crop bodies.


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Jan 16, 2013 09:20 |  #28

BrandonSi wrote in post #15495421 (external link)
Been playing around with mine since I got it on Monday.. 1.8 is decent, 2.0/2.2 are pretty damn sharp.. I'd put it on par with my 135L.

100% crop at f/2

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Jan 16, 2013 09:22 |  #29

85mm 1.8 is a great lens! Just got a 50mm 1.2 and a 24-70mm 2.8 recently... if anyone is interested in buying my 85mm 1.8... pm me! :)


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BrandonSi
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Jan 16, 2013 09:40 |  #30

2cruise wrote in post #15495648external link
I would be happy with this!

Mine (purchased brand new) needed MA of +4, I was a bit disappointed out of the box until I dialed it in. Still don't love it at f/1.8, so I couldn't believe the sharpness difference just stopping down 1/3 of stop to f/2 until I saw it with my own eyes. It's even better at 2.2. FWIW, I'm just considering this an f/2 lens from now on, like my 135.


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