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Canon 85/f1.8 (IQ wide open?)

 
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Dec 01, 2013 07:49 |  #16

kin2son wrote in post #16491599 (external link)
Same experience here.

Owned 2 copies of 85 1.8 in the past. Both weren't sharp imo. f2.2 is as fast as I'd use that lens.

Sigma 85 is sharper @ f1.4 than the 85 1.8 @ f1.8.

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Same here. I mean I like what it offers for how much investment I have in it, but I have to be hurting for light or have a very cluttered background to want to shoot this lens at 1.8.

Definitely very usable at f/1.8, even better at f/2, by f/2.8 really excellent.


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Dec 01, 2013 09:31 as a reply to  @ jimewall's post |  #17

my response to those saying this lens isn't sharp...:rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:


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Dec 01, 2013 09:54 as a reply to  @ Jerobean's post |  #18

thank you for the replies everyone!
Gabe as usual thank you providing those examples and this lens
would do me well:D


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Dec 01, 2013 10:09 as a reply to  @ Jerobean's post |  #19

jimewall wrote in post #16492370 (external link)
Definitely very usable at f/1.8, even better at f/2, by f/2.8 really excellent.

^^ Agree with this...In fact, someone was asking the same question over in the lens sample thread and my exact words were...

"1.8 is decent, 2.0 is very good, 2.2 is sharp as you will ever need...at least on my copy. I used to only shoot it at 2.2, but have been less afraid of 2.0 recently."

If you really want to nit pick, I think this lens is FANTASTIC for the money. With this said I think it really shines in good light. I think it may lack a bit of "micro-contrast" that, at least for myself, may be perceived as sharpness. This is why when the light is a bit flat, I think the other 85's probably surpass the 1.8 in perceived IQ.

It is for these reasons and the fact that I LOVE 85mm that, if I had the money, I would go for one of the other two lenses. However, I don't trust the sigma enough with regards to AF, to buy used (not going to cough up the cash for new). Also, while some people say the sigma is great (and better than the canon's 1.8), I have not been overly "wow'd" by the lens sample thread on POTN or the flickr sample thread. Thus, I have never been compelled to take one for a test drive.

This shot was taken last winter but it was after this shot that I began to form my opinions about "micro-contrast". In the end, I think this lens may provide the most bang for your buck, taking into consideration nearly all lenses/focal lengths, you may ever find for a canon DSLR. I'm SO glad it is not only EF-s!!

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Dec 01, 2013 10:13 |  #20

BTW, go HERE for TONS of shots with this lens. :D


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Dec 02, 2013 09:51 |  #21

idsurfer wrote in post #16492602 (external link)
BTW, go HERE for TONS of shots with this lens. :D




Thank you Cory and btw that shot is selling me on this lens too;)

What camera?


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Dec 02, 2013 10:20 |  #22

tkbslc wrote in post #16492048 (external link)
It's a portrait lens, for pete's sake. It's MORE than sharp enough.

+1 :D

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Dec 02, 2013 11:40 |  #23

jimewall wrote in post #16492370 (external link)
Definitely very usable at f/1.8, even better at f/2, by f/2.8 really excellent.

This, I wouldn't hesitate using it at F1.8.


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Dec 02, 2013 11:47 |  #24

I regularly shoot mine wide open. As others have mentioned there is some CA in the high contrast areas, but overall the cost to the quality make it a no brainer IMHO.
I only have two primes at the moment and I would never part with either of them because they really do their jobs well.


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Dec 02, 2013 19:39 as a reply to  @ sirquack's post |  #25

booju wrote in post #16495077 (external link)
Thank you Cory and btw that shot is selling me on this lens too;)

What camera?

Thanks, and this was shot with the 5D3. If anyone has ever even remotely considered this lens, i say grab one used. You could use it for even a year or so and sell for no less than 25 buck than what you paid for the thing!


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Dec 02, 2013 19:52 |  #26

kin2son wrote in post #16491599 (external link)
Same experience here.

Owned 2 copies of 85 1.8 in the past. Both weren't sharp imo. f2.2 is as fast as I'd use that lens.

Sigma 85 is sharper @ f1.4 than the 85 1.8 @ f1.8.

this here. I have owned 3 of these lenses. Not very sharp on the edges @ f2.0-2.2




  
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Dec 02, 2013 20:22 |  #27

I found the IQ excellent wide open with both 85 1.8's I have owned.


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Dec 02, 2013 20:39 as a reply to  @ Invertalon's post |  #28

ramair455 wrote in post #16496690 (external link)
this here. I have owned 3 of these lenses. Not very sharp on the edges @ f2.0-2.2

Is your subject usually on the edges when shooting at 2.0-2.2? ;)


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Dec 02, 2013 20:57 |  #29

idsurfer wrote in post #16496790 (external link)
Is your subject usually on the edges when shooting at 2.0-2.2? ;)

Yes, im a fashion shooter, so full lengths can have quite soft feet, a place where center sharpness doesnt do much good.




  
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Dec 02, 2013 21:03 |  #30

Excellent point!


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