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Is the 85mm f/1.8 really as good as everyone says?

 
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Jun 25, 2012 06:13 as a reply to  @ post 14627879 |  #16

A wonderful lens. Sharp even at full aperture and very compact.


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Jun 25, 2012 06:21 |  #17

Wonderful piece of glass and every bit an L lens except maybe in build quality.


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Jun 25, 2012 06:54 |  #18

bob_r wrote in post #14627164 (external link)
Yes, it's as good as everyone says.

What he said :cool:

In my opinion the only missing feature is an Image Stabilizer and the only real problem is purple fringing at wide apertures (can be fixed with post-processing).


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Jun 25, 2012 07:54 |  #19

The 85 1.8 is my first non kit lens and even without much practice the photos come out great. hard to go wrong, and about the only learning curve is to know how much DOF you are going for. It is so sharp wide open that even things 1/4" forward or back start to blur on you. It is amazing.




  
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Jun 25, 2012 08:16 |  #20

Geez, I have one for sale with no buyers. Maybe I should keep it... you are making me think twice! It is pretty awesome.



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Jun 25, 2012 09:49 |  #21

Mine has hardly come off my camera since I bought it about a month ago. Even in situations like indoors where it may be a little long. I just suck it up and figure something out to make it work. It is that good.


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Jun 25, 2012 10:22 |  #22

I have listed mine for sale twice, and both times ended up keeping it. Now as I go through shots I think "That is so sharp, it must be from my 135L." Then i look at the info and it's from the 85 f/1.8. An outstanding piece of glass. Makes me wonder why I still long for the 85L...


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Jun 25, 2012 10:40 as a reply to  @ randy98mtu's post |  #23

If you want it, have the cash, and haven't done so, order it. You'll probably end up loving it like the rest of us. It's a great lens. It has a downside, it makes you want even more top performing glass.


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Jun 25, 2012 11:55 |  #24

randy98mtu wrote in post #14628789 (external link)
I have listed mine for sale twice, and both times ended up keeping it. Now as I go through shots I think "That is so sharp, it must be from my 135L." Then i look at the info and it's from the 85 f/1.8. An outstanding piece of glass. Makes me wonder why I still long for the 85L...

The 2 shots you posted in the Kids section clearly show the 85 1.8's results. With that said, the 135 brings it to another level.. I had the 85 1.8 and had a soft copy, was shooting it on a crop, so I plan on another.


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Jun 25, 2012 11:59 |  #25

Thanks. And I agree, I enjoy my 135L more. But in browsing through photos, I'll mistake 85mm shots for those from the 135L. That from a lens that cost less than half what the 135L costs, and less than 1/4 what the 85L cost. No denying you give up 1 stop and some bokeh quality to the 85L though. But as this topic is about whether the 85mm f/1.8 is as good as people say, I would say it's better than people say.

Mine definitely has some pretty bad CA wide open in high contrast areas, but I don't see it as a problem as frequently as I worried it would be.


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Jun 25, 2012 12:06 |  #26

randy98mtu wrote in post #14629182 (external link)
Thanks. And I agree, I enjoy my 135L more. But in browsing through photos, I'll mistake 85mm shots for those from the 135L. That from a lens that cost less than half what the 135L costs, and less than 1/4 what the 85L cost. No denying you give up 1 stop and some bokeh quality to the 85L though. But as this topic is about whether the 85mm f/1.8 is as good as people say, I would say it's better than people say.

Mine definitely has some pretty bad CA wide open in high contrast areas, but I don't see it as a problem as frequently as I worried it would be.

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Jun 25, 2012 12:11 |  #27

Wow, reading this thread is making me really excited about the one I have in the mail coming to my house this week!


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Jun 25, 2012 12:49 |  #28

jimewall wrote in post #14628883 (external link)
It has a downside, it makes you want even more top performing glass.

Ah yes. I understand what you said. I started the lens collection from 60mm macro...


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