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50 f 1.4 or 85 f 1.8.... Please help me decide.

 
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Jan 10, 2010 23:30 |  #16

Really looking for really nice bokeh. As for focal length - not really concerned I plan to use it outside mainly (occasionally indoors) and wanting a silky smooth bokeh. Unfortunately I don't have the funds to buy the coveted 85 1.2. Hope this helps. I used my 70-200 f4 and was really impressed but I need to be really far and need a lot of light.


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Jan 10, 2010 23:52 |  #17

I just sold off my 85 and kept the 50. It was too long for me indoors.


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Jan 11, 2010 01:00 |  #18

bobster1 wrote in post #9368968 (external link)
Really looking for really nice bokeh. As for focal length - not really concerned I plan to use it outside mainly (occasionally indoors) and wanting a silky smooth bokeh. Unfortunately I don't have the funds to buy the coveted 85 1.2. Hope this helps. I used my 70-200 f4 and was really impressed but I need to be really far and need a lot of light.

Then you do have criteria, shorter than 70-200 f4 and with faster aperture. :)

What are you going to be taking pictures of?


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Jan 11, 2010 04:47 |  #19

Hi, I have both and am finding the bokeh on the 50mm much creamier, wide open of course....

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Jan 11, 2010 05:28 |  #20

Damien you have a 5DII, that doesn't count!!! (Very nice pics!!) ;)


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Jan 11, 2010 23:25 |  #21

Wow Damien those pics have some really nice bokeh... That is what I am looking for... Thanks for sharing...


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Jan 11, 2010 23:27 |  #22

themadman wrote in post #9367413 (external link)
I'd say a 50mm is better for a crop, especially if you are indoors. Have you considered the Sigma 1.4?

I never thought about the sigma... I will do some homework... Thanks.


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Jan 12, 2010 00:30 as a reply to  @ bobster1's post |  #23

If you shoot outdoor mainly, then 85mm for sure. The Canon 50mm @ 1.4 is soft.


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Jan 12, 2010 03:25 |  #24

gte357s wrote in post #9376457 (external link)
If you shoot outdoor mainly, then 85mm for sure. The Canon 50mm @ 1.4 is soft.

this is @ f1.4, the part that in focus, particularly the crows feet are sharp enough i think...

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you can see how thin the dof is.. the nose and the ear is out of focus.

I agree that at 100% crop the 85 would be sharper wide open. At f1.8 they'd be about equal.

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Jan 12, 2010 14:06 |  #25

What kind of subject are you shooting? For indoor portrait, I'd go for 50mm for cropped body. 85mm is just a bit too long (in my case). But if you have moving kids, AF on 50mm is a bit slow. I have heard good things about Sigma 50mm but have never tried it myself.




  
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Jan 12, 2010 14:15 |  #26

You already have the 50 1.8, get the 85 1.8.


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Jan 12, 2010 14:23 as a reply to  @ plasticmotif's post |  #27

I bought an 85 1.8 and really like it on the 5D but found I really can't use it indoors. I just bought a 50 1.4 down below, can't wait to try it indoors.

The bokeh is impressive with the 85!

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