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Sigma 50mm 1.4 or Canon 85mm 1.8?

 
Mr ­ Luvpants
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Jul 02, 2013 05:07 |  #1

Hi Guys

The time has come for me to get that new lens that I have been promising myself for ages otherwise it is not going to happen. I like doing portraits and street photography. I have a 7D. I have narrowed it down to either the Sigma 50mm 1.4 or Canon 85mm 1.8?

Help would be appreciated please. I think I prefer primes as I am a fussy bugger and love sharpness over the convenience of a zoom.

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Jul 02, 2013 05:21 |  #2

I have/had both lenses with the 7D.

For indoor, 50 > 85 because of focal length. 85mm on crop has more limited use. In most cases it is an outdoor lens.

In terms of sharpness, 85/1.8 wide open will be sharper than the sigma 50/1.4 at f/1.4, especially at the corner, which isn't that important for portrait. However the sigma 50 improves really quickly at f/1.6 or f/1.8. At f/1.8 I think they're probably similar or the siggy will be a little sharper.

The 85 has siginifanctly faster AF than the Siggy, especially at low light. Focus accuracy in general is more reliable with the Canon.

The siggy is more handholdable than the Canon though.


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Jul 02, 2013 05:39 |  #3
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What other lenses do you currently own?

I have the Sigma 50 and have owned 2 copies of 85 1.8 in the past. I am not a fan of either tbh...


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Jul 02, 2013 05:51 |  #4

I have an old EF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM.




  
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Jul 02, 2013 06:05 |  #5
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Generally I prefer longer focal length for outdoor portrait, but it really comes down to the effects you want.

Similarly street photography can be done with both wide to normal lens when you want to include more 'street', or longer focal length if you want to be stealthy.

I can't help but think that you might want to start with something wider, such as a Sigma 30 for indoor portrait and streets, and use your 28-105 @ 105mm for outdoor portrait.


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Jul 02, 2013 07:19 |  #6

I've had the 7d, 28-105, sigma 50, canon 85 and the canon 50 f/1.8 / 50 f/1.4. If it's down to the 2 lens you mentioned I'd go with the canon 85 in a heartbeat. It's af is deadly accurate while the sigma 50 isn't. Easily one of canons better bang for the buck primes.


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Jul 02, 2013 07:36 |  #7

The 85 is great value for money.
For portraits I would pick 85 over 50, but it depends on what you want for street photography, 85 is going to be pretty restrictive in that respect.


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Jul 02, 2013 07:37 |  #8

Mr Luvpants wrote in post #16083262 (external link)
I have an old EF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM.

Set this lens to 50mm and 85mm, and try the two focal lengths to see which works best for the types of shots you intend to take.


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Jul 02, 2013 07:58 |  #9

There is a difference 'tween 50 and 85 when it comes to perspective in portraits. No one but you knows which you personally prefer.


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Jul 02, 2013 08:32 |  #10

dont discount canon 50m its very sharp. the canon 85 is even sharper.

on a crop the 85 is just too tight. i rarely ever used my 85 when i had my 60D.


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Jul 02, 2013 08:39 |  #11

the canon 85 1.8 is my favorite "cheap" lens. It is fantastic for portraits. highly recommend.
I have the canon 50 1.4 but it gets little use compared to the 85.


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Jul 02, 2013 09:07 |  #12

FWIW, here is a canon 50mm

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and an 85mm

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Jul 02, 2013 09:09 |  #13

For portraits I do not grab the sharpest lens I own.


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Jul 02, 2013 09:16 |  #14

Check which focal length is useful for you; and you will find the lens... and regarding 50mm focal length, for me the Sigma 50mm is a far better lens than the (too old) Canon 50mm f/1.4, especially if you're interested by wide apertures.

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Jul 02, 2013 09:20 |  #15

gasrocks wrote in post #16083729 (external link)
For portraits I do not grab the sharpest lens I own.

I'm just the opposite, I would rather have a sharp image to start with and process down if needed. Much more difficult sometimes to sharpen a soft image.


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