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Old 21st of February 2006 (Tue)   #1
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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.
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Old 21st of February 2006 (Tue)   #2
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Default Re: First Pics 85mm 1.8

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
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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!



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Default Re: First Pics 85mm 1.8

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?
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Default Re: First Pics 85mm 1.8

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.
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I've posted this one a couple of times. I like the shallow DOF.
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Welcome to the 85 club
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There - I thought I should add to the dog theme!
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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.
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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?

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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...

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Ooops, forgot to attach to keep the canine theme going

erm...10d, sigma 70-200 f2.8
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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?
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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!)
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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...
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