JC32 wrote in post #18566931
Hey guys. I'm hoping to get some advice. I have a Canon 6d and the 50mm 1.8 lens. My first love has always been street photography, but I've been falling more in love with taking portraits. I want to get the Sigma 35mm art lens, as that's a great all around walk around lens and for portraits, but its way out of my budget right now.
My question is tho. Will this be a good companion lens to my my 50mm 1.8? Also can I use the 85mm for more than portraits like full body shots? Thanks in advance guys.
It will be a good companion for your 50mm f/1.8. I have a similar set up myself. The 85mm f/1.8 is an excellent lens, especially considering the price! For me, it is exactly what I wanted, but you must consider the focal length: 85mm is quite close to 50mm. You might be better served by the similarly priced EF 100mm f/2. The EF 100mm f/2 is apparently optically very similar to the EF 85mm f/1.8. I haven't tried it myself, but it has a similar reputation to the 85mm f/1.8 USM.
If you have a bit of extra cash, but you're not looking to break the bank, the other lens to consider is the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 VC USD. It is a similarly performing lens, according to the reviews I've read, but it adds VC, Tamron's designation for image stabilization. I haven't used this lens either, but it is one to consider.
I like the 85mm f/1.8 USM. It's quick focusing, sharp, and has very decent image quality. It's not the best portrait lens around, but it's very good for the cost.
Gear: Canon 24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8, 100mm f/2.8 Macro, 300mm f/4L IS, 5D, Elan 7, 420EX, Metz 52 AF-1