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Feb 21, 2006 00:41 |  #1

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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.

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Feb 21, 2006 03:43 |  #2

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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Feb 21, 2006 05:24 as a reply to tdaugharty's post |  #3

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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Feb 21, 2006 11:32 as a reply to RichardtheSane's post |  #4

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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Feb 21, 2006 16:44 |  #5

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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Feb 21, 2006 19:02 |  #6

I've posted this one a couple of times. I like the shallow DOF.

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Feb 21, 2006 20:46 |  #7

Welcome to the 85 club :-)


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Feb 21, 2006 20:53 as a reply to Master-9's post |  #8

Master-9 wrote:
Welcome to the 85 club :-)

here here!


Switched to Nikon . . . Thanks to all of you that made my sale a success! Enjoy your new gear!

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Feb 21, 2006 22:04 |  #9

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

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Feb 21, 2006 22:14 as a reply to aparmley's post |  #10

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.


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Feb 22, 2006 10:24 |  #11

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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Feb 22, 2006 10:26 as a reply to wooof98's post |  #12
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wooof98 wrote:
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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Feb 22, 2006 10:33 |  #13

Ooops, forgot to attach to keep the canine theme going

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


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Feb 22, 2006 11:12 as a reply to Carlos05's post |  #14

Carlos05 wrote:
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!)

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Feb 22, 2006 12:52 |  #15

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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