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Jul 29, 2013 21:30 |  #631

I am really enjoying this FL. I just wish I could should wide open and get the same sharpness as I can get at 2.2.

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Jul 30, 2013 00:02 |  #632

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Action you say?? :-)
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Jul 30, 2013 07:40 |  #633

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I am really enjoying this FL. I just wish I could should wide open and get the same sharpness as I can get at 2.2.

but at 2.2 you will get more of the face in focus, and the bokeh will be discernible, sometimes when the OOF areas are so undefined, the subject seems to float...I like that shot you posted, very nice.


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Jul 30, 2013 08:00 |  #634

idsurfer wrote in post #16165131 (external link)
I am really enjoying this FL. I just wish I could should wide open and get the same sharpness as I can get at 2.2.

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Nice shot. I love 85mm also, which makes me wonder why it's my cheapest lens. :confused:


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Jul 30, 2013 08:03 |  #635

Randy, I have used the 85 1.2....and I like my 1.8 better, its faster to focus, lighter and I think the image quality is great for what I paid for the lens.


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Jul 30, 2013 08:10 |  #636

TRhoads wrote in post #16166092 (external link)
Randy, I have used the 85 1.2....and I like my 1.8 better, its faster to focus, lighter and I think the image quality is great for what I paid for the lens.

I know it is a great lens. Sometimes I do wish I could shoot wider. And there is definitely a psychological element to picking it when there is a 35L and 135L sitting on either side of it. Maybe I should paint a red ring on the front of it. :D


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Jul 30, 2013 08:11 |  #637

It certainly leaves nothing to be desired. This was shot at 2.0.

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Jul 30, 2013 08:13 |  #638

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I know it is a great lens. Sometimes I do wish I could shoot wider. And there is definitely a psychological element to picking it when there is a 35L and 135L sitting on either side of it. Maybe I should paint a red ring on the front of it. :D

It all comes down to the best tool for the given job...I have been lusting after a 35L...but haven't bought one yet...just not sure I would use it. but the 85....I can't get rid of it, its been too good to me, and captured some of my favorite photos of my daughter growing up...


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Jul 30, 2013 08:19 |  #639

TRhoads wrote in post #16166111 (external link)
It all comes down to the best tool for the given job...I have been lusting after a 35L...but haven't bought one yet...just not sure I would use it. but the 85....I can't get rid of it, its been too good to me, and captured some of my favorite photos of my daughter growing up...

Check out my 35L set on Flickr (external link). I shoot a lot of my kids. Should give you a feel for the look you get. Not sure how old your daughter is though. My oldest is only 4.


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Jul 30, 2013 08:20 |  #640

Thanks for the comment TRHoads. I hear you with the "floating" subject when you use to shallow of Dof. I think this is where real control over the Dof comes into play, not just opening it up and firing away. I do wish I had the option to shoot wider that 2.2 with greater sharpness, but mainly for when I shoot with longer focal distances. I am really learning to love 85mm again. I use it for lots of stuff and not just closer portraits. I would love to shoot a full length environmental portrait at 1.4 from a longer focal distance and have the subject to really pop AND be super sharp as well. Having said this, this lens is an absolute steal for the going used price. I love it!


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Jul 30, 2013 08:54 |  #641

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Check out my 35L set on Flickr (external link). I shoot a lot of my kids. Should give you a feel for the look you get. Not sure how old your daughter is though. My oldest is only 4.

there are some really nice shots in there...making me still want one! mine is only 2...and moves fast!


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Jul 30, 2013 09:07 |  #642

TRhoads wrote in post #16166201 (external link)
there are some really nice shots in there...making me still want one! mine is only 2...and moves fast!

Thanks. One more from my 85 to get us back on topic. ;) This one is also at 2.0. I seem to just set this lens at 2.0 and go.

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Jul 30, 2013 17:06 as a reply to  @ randy98mtu's post |  #643

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I shoot wide open when its called for. What a great lens. Oh sure, I sometimes have to b*tch-smack the purple fringing in Lightroom - but that's just a quirk ;)

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Jul 30, 2013 18:19 |  #644

TRhoads wrote in post #16166111 (external link)
It all comes down to the best tool for the given job...I have been lusting after a 35L...but haven't bought one yet...just not sure I would use it. but the 85....I can't get rid of it, its been too good to me, and captured some of my favorite photos of my daughter growing up...

I really love my 85 1.8 too but the only thing that bugs me is the purple fringing. My copy is tack sharp wide open but I was using it at the weekend and ended up with alot of purple around the edges. Its ok when its not bright outside. There is a slider in lightroom to remove it but it sort of messes up the adjacent colours when you use it (when pixel peeping). Apart from that its great bang for the buck.

With regards to 35L I really regretted selling mine recently. Im glad though that im now loving the sigma just as much after sorting out some initial focus issues.


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Jul 30, 2013 21:17 |  #645

Weird tree!

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Not bad for mid day lighting!

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