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Jul 29, 2011 15:24 |  #1

I an currently selling my 50mm 1.8 and 55-250mm to purchase a new prime. I am looking at the 28mm 1.8, 50 1.4, and 85 1.8. I like to do portraits wide open or near it...but atm the nifty fifty's auto focus isn't working out for me often enough. I heard great things about the 85mm, some good some bad about the focus motor on the 50mm, and not much on the 28mm. I am leaning towards the 85mm atm. If anyone could help me out on this i'd appreciate it. Thanks!


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Jul 29, 2011 15:27 |  #2

I love the 85, but some people find it too long for comfort on a 60D. If you have sufficient room to work Its a great lens. If not, the 50 1.4. Avoid the 28 for portrait work, as you end up with significant perspective distortion if you arent careful, not too flattering. Before you sell the 55-250 zoom to 85 and see if you can live with that length.




  
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Jul 29, 2011 15:30 |  #3

im yet to see someone that doesnt like their 85. yea the canon 50 1.4 apparently has focus motor problems or it just isnt a quality motor. my next lens is the canon 85 1.8




  
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Jul 29, 2011 15:33 |  #4

Having actually owned and used all those lenses, I recommend the 50/1.4. It only has trouble focusing in unusual and dark lighting situations, which are easily surmountable with its easy to use focus ring and distance scale. If you're shooting portraits, you're not likely to ever see any focus issues.

You won't go wrong with any of those options, though.


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Jul 29, 2011 17:08 |  #5

i would have suggested the 50 1.4 but since you already have the 1.8 and it performs well under good light conditions unless you just have money to blow i would stick with it until your ready to upgrade. at least in my situation i cant afford to have 2 different 50s when one already performs nicely

the canon 50 1.4 takes great pictures from what i see but i read lots of complaints about the focus motor. the sigma 50 apparently doesnt have that issue but you run the risk as people say to get a bad copy with sigma but all you have to do is get it calibrated to your camera. i bought my first sigma and had no problems with it, great piece of glass




  
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Jul 29, 2011 17:12 |  #6

I love my 50 1.4 and will be adding the 85 1.8 next


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Jul 29, 2011 17:16 |  #7

the 85 1.8 is a phenomenal lens. L quality at an extremely cheap price. Only thing is that its a tad tight on a 60d (which i see you have) and some people dont like it. Play around with one at a shop or something where you can get a feel for it. If you like the crop on it, definitely get it!


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Jul 29, 2011 17:19 |  #8

Definitely the 85mm. The new FOV is a good addition, unless you are set on the 50mm FOV. 35mm is also a nice FL to consider.



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Jul 29, 2011 17:24 |  #9

85mm 1.8 is great for the type of portraits that I like to take.


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Jul 29, 2011 17:41 |  #10

Thanks everyone. I think I am going to get the 85mm. Not going to risk the motor failing on the 50mm. Besides I like the longer zoom too. Maybe I'll get a 50mm later on when the motor issue is gone for sure. ;)


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Jul 29, 2011 18:43 |  #11

maybe one day canon will make the 50 1.4 mkII because i am worried about the whole motor thing




  
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Jul 29, 2011 23:54 |  #12

If you haven't actually used the 50/1.4, I'd recommend taking the naysayers with a grain of salt and trying it out before dismissing it.


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Jul 29, 2011 23:56 as a reply to  @ Brian_R's post |  #13

Good choice on the 85MM
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Jul 30, 2011 02:24 |  #14

Get both... The 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 are a nicely matched set for portraiture, on crop cameras. The 50mm is a "short portrait" lens, and the 85mm is a "long portrait" lens. They represent the short and long "traditional" portrait lengths and serve somewhat different purposes. The 85mm gives you more working distance, perhaps is better for more candid shots. But it might be too long for some indoor shots, where working distance is limited.

28mm or any wider lens does need to be used carefully. They are good for "environmental" portraits, that include a lot of the subjects surroundings. Don't get too close with wider lenses. And don't put the subject too close to the edge of the frame.


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Jul 30, 2011 04:56 |  #15

amfoto1 wrote in post #12847091 (external link)
Get both... The 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 are a nicely matched set for portraiture, on crop cameras. The 50mm is a "short portrait" lens, and the 85mm is a "long portrait" lens. They represent the short and long "traditional" portrait lengths and serve somewhat different purposes. The 85mm gives you more working distance, perhaps is better for more candid shots. But it might be too long for some indoor shots, where working distance is limited.

28mm or any wider lens does need to be used carefully. They are good for "environmental" portraits, that include a lot of the subjects surroundings. Don't get too close with wider lenses. And don't put the subject too close to the edge of the frame.

Thanks for the info...This choice is still hard, I probly will get both. I just don't know which atm.


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