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Should I get the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM ?

 
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Mar 15, 2011 20:57 |  #1

Hi folks. I have a 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II, I am wondering if I should get a 85mm f/1.8 for portrait? How is the bokeh of the 85mm f/1.8 compared to that of the 70-200 II? I am no pro but I don't mind spending the money on a 85mm f1.8 if it's better than the 70-200mm II for portrait. By the way, I use a 5D Mark II and I also have a 100mm F/2.8 L IS Macro.

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Mar 15, 2011 21:02 |  #2

The 85 1.8 is about the best portrait non-L lens out there. Well worth the money. I have both lenses and use the 85 a lot. It is a beautiful lens with the 5D2. Get it!


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Mar 15, 2011 21:04 |  #3

I see you have the 100 f2.8. That is a great lens for portraits as well. The f1.8 is not something I use all the time since it's very tight, so I only use it when I can take the time to do the proper focusing. But the bokeh is amazing with the 85.


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Mar 15, 2011 21:14 |  #4

Buy it. Just about everyone loves it. Nice to have a prime around at times too.


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Mar 15, 2011 21:35 |  #5

What are you trying to achieve by buying 85 f/1.8?
IF you want shallower DOF, take a look at 135 f/2.0.
85 f/1.8 is a nice lens, but for portrait there's may be CA at the corner


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Mar 15, 2011 22:54 |  #6

With what you got already I think you should forget about lenses and start thinking about taking pictures...;) I've had the 85. I also own the macro L with 80-200 2.8L, sold 85!


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Mar 15, 2011 23:03 |  #7

The 100 L and 70-200 f2.8 IS MK II are both outstanding on full frame for portraits. I sold my 85 f1.8 after getting these lenses. The purple fringing on the 85 f1.8 can be problematic. I greatly prefer the 70-200 for outdoor portraits. I would say you have some great lenses now, so use what you have.


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Mar 16, 2011 07:31 |  #8

Scapevision wrote in post #12028726 (external link)
With what you got already I think you should forget about lenses and start thinking about taking pictures...;)

I hear you , I hear you...:) Maybe I should try portrait with the 100mm L first.

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Mar 16, 2011 08:58 |  #9

You can do well with what you already have. I say the EF 85/1.8 would be unnecessary for now. If you really feel the need for a faster 85, get the Rokinon 85/1.4 (MF) or the Sigma 85/1.4 (AF.)


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Mar 16, 2011 12:29 |  #10

Have 85mm f1.8, had 135mm f2. Bought 70-200mm f2.8 IS II. Sold 135mm f2 after using the zoom for a week. Haven't used 85mm f1.8 after that. This is mainly for portraits. 85mm f1.8 is on small lens so if that is what you looking for go for it, otherise 70-200mm f2.8 IS II is very very nice.


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