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wiztek
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Jun 16, 2014 21:25 |  #1

Hi all,

Is this lens worth purchasing? I currently have a 35 1.4 and a 50 1.8. I do not use the 50 - it's just not on par with the Sig Art.

I am a prime user, and i am leaning towards the 35/85/135 combo. I like taking portraits of people, so the 85 is a bit of an 'essential' lens.

Just wondering if the 85 1.8 is a worthwhile purchase. Would i find it lacking and have a case of buyers remorse? Do i save up instead for a 85 1.4 (Sigma), wait for a 85 Art, or save up forever for the 1.2 Canon?




  
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Jun 16, 2014 21:32 |  #2

Only fault of the Canon 85 f/1.8 is the purple fringing, but this lens will compliment your planned 35 / 135 lenses nicely. I'm using this combo, but I have the 85 L II. If you can't afford the 85 L II, get the f/1.8 then upgrade when the Sigma 85 Art is released.


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Jun 18, 2014 17:53 as a reply to  @ jrscls's post |  #3

In past I had the 85 1.2L, sold it (too slow,heavy,expensive), then I bought the 85 1.8, later I rebought the 85 1.2L as it's a real speciality portrait lens next to the 135L offcourse :) I would advise a cheaper 85 1.2L second hand or a 85 1.8 + 135L.


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Jun 19, 2014 04:19 |  #4

For the money it's a great lens. I have no problem shooting wide open with it and it's a quick focussing lens if that's important to you...


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Jun 19, 2014 05:24 |  #5

wiztek wrote in post #16976103 (external link)
Hi all,

Is this lens worth purchasing? I currently have a 35 1.4 and a 50 1.8. I do not use the 50 - it's just not on par with the Sig Art.

I am a prime user, and i am leaning towards the 35/85/135 combo. I like taking portraits of people, so the 85 is a bit of an 'essential' lens.

Just wondering if the 85 1.8 is a worthwhile purchase. Would i find it lacking and have a case of buyers remorse? Do i save up instead for a 85 1.4 (Sigma), wait for a 85 Art, or save up forever for the 1.2 Canon?

Heya,

If the Sigma 85mm is an option, then save up and get it. The F1.4 is worth saving for. The quality difference favors the Sigma too. But it is twice the cost. The Canon 85 F1.8 is a great lens for it's cost. I still use it for lots of things where autofocus speed maters to me, like youth sports, etc. For portrait though I switch to my Samyang 85mm F1.4, because it's sharp at F1.4, and overall better optically. Stopped down, it's very good optically and can compare to much more expensive glass. The trade off is that it's a fully manual lens--but that doesn't bother me with portraiture, as I tend to manually focus a lot there anyways at thin depths of field.

If budget matters, get the EF 85 F1.8. If you can wait and save up, get the Sigma 85. If budget matters and you want great optics and you're ok with manual focus, get the Rokinon/Samyang 85 F1.4.

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Jun 19, 2014 10:54 |  #6

The 85mm F1.8 is Super fast Focusing , But strange enough I don't use it much most of my Portrait work I use my Tammy 17-50mm F2.8 ( Not that much room in Studio ) and have a Friend begging me to sell him my 85mm and refuse to .

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Jun 19, 2014 12:06 |  #7

My 85 f1.8 was permanently attached to my 5D3 for months.....until I bought the 135L. The 85 is certainly a great lens for the money, but I'll be looking at Sigmas' Art offering when it comes along.


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Jun 19, 2014 14:11 |  #8

LR or Camera Raw nicely handles the purple fringing on high contrast edges.


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