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Is the Canon 85 1.8 ok on a cropped body?

 
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Oct 09, 2011 15:55 |  #1

Hello,

I bought the Canon 85 1.8 recently and saw something that made me think not ok for a cropped body camera. Is this true? Can I still work with it? Haven't had a chance to use it yet. Planning on using it for portraits.

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Oct 09, 2011 15:55 |  #2

It's fine for a Crop body.


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Oct 09, 2011 16:01 as a reply to  @ RHChan84's post |  #3

Yes. Good for head and waist up shots outdoors. I've used it for full body but you end up standing too far away IMO.


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Oct 09, 2011 16:10 as a reply to  @ Frugal's post |  #4

I've used the 85 on a FF, 1.3, and a 1.6

It will be fine--with bright highlights stopping down a bit helps with CA.

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Oct 09, 2011 16:30 |  #5

Great combination - I use it all the time.


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Oct 09, 2011 16:51 |  #6

Used it with my 1D2 for a long time for indoor basketball in low light. Perfect FOV for the sideline and in the corners.



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Oct 09, 2011 16:53 |  #7

Think of it like a cheap 135L for APS-C :)

I found it to be a great lens, but the length is not as versatile as I had hoped. Most of the time I tried to use it, I'd put the camera to my eye, find the shot too cramped, and have to step back 3-4 steps to get the shot. That's personal preference, though. Make sure you like the 85mm focal length a lot and the required working distances for the subjects you shoot, and if so, the 85 is a great buy.

I'd strongly consider 50-60mm for portraiture on APS_C, though.


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Oct 09, 2011 17:01 as a reply to  @ tkbslc's post |  #8

Thanks..I'm a little worried that I'm going to have to change lenses because I will have to be to far away to get a full body shot with some background. So is it only going to work for waist up shots? Anyone find that it is versatile for close up and a full body? The last thing I want to do is have to change the lens all the time..darn.

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Oct 09, 2011 17:09 |  #9

You have a 28-135 you can set to 85 and see that it will be too tight for a full body shot unles you're far away.

What is the purpose? Most people do not require a full body portrait.


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Oct 09, 2011 18:19 |  #10

krystal99 wrote in post #13226142 (external link)
Thanks..I'm a little worried that I'm going to have to change lenses because I will have to be to far away to get a full body shot with some background. So is it only going to work for waist up shots? Anyone find that it is versatile for close up and a full body? The last thing I want to do is have to change the lens all the time..darn.

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You can do close up or full body, you'll just be running back 30 feet for the full body and back up to 6 feet for the close up.

FWIW, that's why I use my 50-135mm f2.8 for portraits now. I had 50, 85, 100 and 135mm primes for portraits and it was too much work for not enough gain.


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Oct 09, 2011 19:31 |  #11

It can be a bit long on a crop. If you have intentions of full body shots then be prepared to shout at your subject. As much as I like the 135L on a FF, I use the 85 far more often, on a FF.


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Oct 09, 2011 19:31 as a reply to  @ tkbslc's post |  #12

The purpose is sometimes you want to get them sitting on a log in the lake, or standing in a grove of aspen trees. I like the variety as close ups get boring and can't be very artistic. I was hoping this lens was going to serve both purposes. I really don't want to send it back. Guess I may be doing a lot of running around? So if I send it back what lens would be best to cover this range and at an affordable price.

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Oct 09, 2011 19:32 |  #13

Probably the Sigma 50 or the Canon 50.


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Oct 09, 2011 20:00 |  #14

You have a 50mm... which is the traditional "short" portrait focal length on a crop camera. 80 to 85mm is the traditional "long" portrait lens on your camera. It's a great combo that I use a lot.

These two lenses are often used for portraits because of a couple important features they offer.... One is that their large apertures allow you to blur down the background when you can't control it and want to minimize it. The closer you are, the more easily you can blur down the background and the shallower depth of field will be. The other important thing for portraiture and probably the main reason they are what's been used so extensively for this type of photography over the years is that they put you, the photographer, at the right distance to render a natural perspective.

Wider focal lengths used too close will exaggerate people's features a little or a lot, depending upon how close you are. Think of silly photos you've seen of people with really big noses and tiny ears. That's from using a wide lens in close. Humorous, perhaps... if that's what you are going for. But your subject might not like it. Even stepped back a littly you have to be careful... the exaggeration can be subtle, but just leave a feeling that something is not right, is out of proportion.

Longer tele tend to do the opposite, to flatten or compress perspective. This is far more subtle than wide angle exaggeration, but there none-the-less. Some fashion photography uses the effect deliberately.

Another thing with wide lenses is that there is increasing bending and distortion closer to the edges and corners. You can end up with people "anamorphically" distorted, making them look "wide" or like Hellboy, with one arm larger than the other, or otherwise distorted. So, you have to be careful where you position people in the frame when shooting with a wider lens.

But you mention what sounds more like "environmental portraiture", which is showing a person or several people in their surroundings, doing something, or perhaps illustrating their livelihood or way of living. For that you might want a wider lens.... I use Canon 28/1.8 and 20/2.8 for this type of shot. I suppose this recent shot qualifies as an environmental portrait, though I used a zoom and a longer focal length because I had adequate working distance...

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Just be careful using anything wider for portraits, especially close up...

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Oct 09, 2011 20:08 as a reply to  @ amfoto1's post |  #15

Very nice lens on crop or full ... it's a nice combo with my 50D


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