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canon 50mm 1.4 vs canon 85mm 1.8

 
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Dec 12, 2010 01:09 |  #1

which one of these is a better lens looking to replace my nifty 50...mainly which one is sharper

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Dec 12, 2010 01:12 |  #2

They are different lenses for different purposes, but I believe the 85 is the sharper lens. Won't do you any good if you want to use it for portraits though, especially on that 350D...


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Dec 12, 2010 01:15 |  #3

also depends, do you like the focal length on your nifty? if so then get the 50 1.4...if you find yourself always trying to get closer then maybe rent a 85 and see if you like it...


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Dec 12, 2010 03:09 |  #4

85mm f1.8 built better and has smoother bokeh, 50mm f1.4 very slightly sharper at shared apertures and a more crop-friendly focal length. I've owned both. Both are fantastic lenses and I would pick only on focal length.

You say you are looking to replace the 50mm f1.8. Do you want a better version of the same kind of lens, or do you want a lens that is 70% longer in focal length?


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Dec 12, 2010 05:11 |  #5

Kiwikat wrote in post #11437121 (external link)
They are different lenses for different purposes, but I believe the 85 is the sharper lens. Won't do you any good if you want to use it for portraits though, especially on that 350D...

Not quite sure about your comment that the 85mm lens is no good for portrait...:confused:

I've used it very successfully for portraits even on a 450D, and on a 7D my results are even better.

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Dec 12, 2010 07:14 as a reply to  @ forestmat's post |  #6
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I always felt that my 85 gave me better results then my 50 =]




  
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Dec 12, 2010 09:29 |  #7

forestmat wrote in post #11437623 (external link)
Not quite sure about your comment that the 85mm lens is no good for portrait...:confused:

I've used it very successfully for portraits even on a 450D, and on a 7D my results are even better.

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+1. Its a great focal length for portrait work, albeit a longer lens. However, its a lot different focal length than your 50 1.8, so you should be aware of that.


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Dec 12, 2010 09:46 |  #8

i prefer the 85 to the 50.



  
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Dec 12, 2010 10:20 |  #9

Since you have a 28-90 zoom, you must know what mm you use most often, especially 50 vs 85.


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Dec 12, 2010 10:42 |  #10

Don't buy based on which is sharper - buy based on which focal length works for you! Since you already have the 50mm 1.8, I'd take the 85mm 1.8 first. Then save later for a 50mm 1.4. I own both and I prefer the 85mm, but when I need a 50mm, I don't reach for my 85mm because it is a better lens.


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Dec 12, 2010 10:45 |  #11

I own both and consider them different tools for different jobs, so, as others have said, pick based on focal length. Both lenses are fantastic. Have you considered keeping your 50 1.8 and adding the 85 1.8 instead of replacing it?


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Dec 12, 2010 15:52 |  #12

forestmat wrote in post #11437623 (external link)
Not quite sure about your comment that the 85mm lens is no good for portrait...:confused:

It's fine if you have a lot of room to work with, otherwise it is too long on a cropper. Guess I should have been more specific...


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