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Jun 06, 2011 10:09 |  #1

Hey folks. Had an extra 600 bucks that I wouldn't really feel if I spend. And thought the 85 1.8 would compliment my 17-55 that I'm in love with. I also have a 50mm 1.4. What do you guys think ? Anyone using the 85 1.8 ? What do y'all think of it's quality ? I'm shooting on a 60d.




  
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Jun 06, 2011 10:12 |  #2

sound good, at one point that was my two lens low light set up.
worked very well and i still love the pics i take with it.
now a days, if i am bring two lenses for low light its the 17-55 and 100 because of the IS


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Jun 06, 2011 10:13 |  #3

85 f/1.8 is a very sharp lens, fun to use, suffer from CA wide open, it would like your 50 f/1.4 with longer reach.

If you are not chasing something with the 85 f/1.8, save up and get one of those telephoto zoom lens (70-200, 70-300, 100-400).

EF 70-200 f/4.0L IS USM will compliment your great 17-55 nicely.


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Jun 06, 2011 10:14 |  #4

30D owner here, and the 85mm 1.8 is STUNNING. The focal length on a crop isn't too long for head/shoulder portraits, the USM focusing is unbelievably fast, and it's definitely a great lens for low light events. The bokeh is also great, and even wide open it delivers great detail.

I really can't find anything bad to say about it - except that the lens hood will be the bane of your existence. You've been warned. :)


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Jun 06, 2011 10:15 |  #5

Its a great lens for the money. I just sold mine though, never really used it much. I prefer wider, or my 70-200


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Jun 06, 2011 10:19 |  #6

Get the 85/1.8. It's a good lens. If you like the 50/1.4, you'll almost certainly enjoy using the 85/1.8. Performance is similar, perhaps a bit better than the 50/1.4.

The only thing I don't like about the 85/1.8 is the clip-on hood... I wish it were a bayonet-fit type same as most other Canon lenses. The little tabs that hold the hood in place look like they'd break easily, but actually hold up well. I've been using for at least 5 or 6 years... and I bought the lens and hood used.


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Jun 06, 2011 10:24 |  #7

artemisn wrote in post #12545175 (external link)
30D owner here, and the 85mm 1.8 is STUNNING. The focal length on a crop isn't too long for head/shoulder portraits, the USM focusing is unbelievably fast, and it's definitely a great lens for low light events. The bokeh is also great, and even wide open it delivers great detail.

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I use it on my 550D , i also have the 17-50 + a 50mm prime and it complements the combo very well ! Can't beat it for the price .


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Jun 06, 2011 11:08 as a reply to  @ Mitch.A's post |  #8

As long as it's a FL you would use then it's a good lens. I use mine almost exclusively for basketball but obviously it has many other uses as well. The AF is very quick and it's pretty sharp, though not as sharp wide open as stopped down a little. What you shoot will also make a difference as to whether this lens will be a good choice for you. Portraits and indoor sports are two good uses, but you already have the 50 1.4 that can be used for portraits. If your current longest lens is 55mm then you may want to look at a longer zoom, but again without knowing what you shoot you may not need one. If you do end up going with the 85 it's a very good lens.


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Jun 06, 2011 11:11 as a reply to  @ yourdoinitwrong's post |  #9

I love fast primes. The 85mm f/1.8 compliments the EF 50mm f/1.4 nicely. Next step for you could be a 135L.

These are my three favourite primes..


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Jun 06, 2011 11:14 |  #10

artemisn wrote in post #12545175 (external link)
I really can't find anything bad to say about it - except that the lens hood will be the bane of your existence. You've been warned. :)

What do you mean by this :o?? Just out of curiousity.

I ordered mine from a potn user a couple days ago. It came with a lens hood..


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Jun 06, 2011 11:16 |  #11

Bclaf wrote in post #12545494 (external link)
What do you mean by this :o?? Just out of curiousity.

I ordered mine from a potn user a couple days ago. It came with a lens hood..

My guess is that they don't like the clip-on lens hood, which I despise. Most other lenses have the screw-on type. The lens hood on the 85 manages to irritate me every time I use it.


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Jun 06, 2011 11:20 |  #12

yourdoinitwrong wrote in post #12545501 (external link)
My guess is that they don't like the clip-on lens hood, which I despise. Most other lenses have the screw-on type. The lens hood on the 85 manages to irritate me every time I use it.

Oh, I see. This will be my first time having to ever deal with a lens hood, so I don't know how profound of an effect they have and whether or not it'd be worth buying for my other lenses..


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Jun 06, 2011 11:32 |  #13

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Oh, I see. This will be my first time having to ever deal with a lens hood, so I don't know how profound of an effect they have and whether or not it'd be worth buying for my other lenses..

I think they are definitely worth having. Especially on wider angle lenses they can help prevent lens flare from stray light. The other thing about lens hoods is the protection they offer for the lens. You will usually have much less (or no) damage if you accidentally bang the lens hood against something versus the front element of the lens itself. Unfortunately, as far as I know, only the Canon L lenses come with hoods and you have to buy them for the rest and they aren't cheap. There are a lot of inexpensive knock-offs which probably work just as well.


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Jun 06, 2011 11:35 |  #14

Since you have a 50, I would recommend going for either a 70-200 or a 100. If you really want to get a 85, then, sell your 50 and get a 30. 50 and 85 are too close, IMO.



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Jun 06, 2011 11:50 |  #15

nepali wrote in post #12545594 (external link)
Since you have a 50, I would recommend going for either a 70-200 or a 100. If you really want to get a 85, then, sell your 50 and get a 30. 50 and 85 are too close, IMO.

Not in my opinion:D


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