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May 30, 2011 14:34 |  #1

I don't use the 85mm focal length a lot, purely because I haven't ever really had access to it. I've got the Sigma 50mm.... which is translated to like 44.5mm in Canon language. I'm just wondering if I'll be able to tell the difference between the FL's enough for the purchase to be worth it.

I'm a full time wedding and portrait photographer, but I'm wanting to go a bit cheaper with this FL until I can figure out if it's what I WANT.

PS: I'm just looking for something that will come out with sharp images out of the box with a decent amount of BG blur.


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May 30, 2011 14:41 |  #2

i probably use the 50 more than the 85 in general as i love the focal length even for walkabout.

in terms of portraits, unless it's full body then the 85 more.


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May 30, 2011 14:44 |  #3

I'll probably only use it on my 5D, and for seniors / bridals


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May 30, 2011 14:45 |  #4

I had the same question a few months back and now (after purchasing both), in my opinion the 2 focal lengths are different enough for me to justify owing both.

On paper, 50mm and 85mm doesn't seem like a substantial difference, but the 85mm is actually 59% longer than the 50mm. Only your opinion/style will determine if that difference is worth owning both.

Best of luck with your decision.

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May 30, 2011 14:48 |  #5

TeeBoi wrote in post #12504730 (external link)
I had the same question a few months back and now (after purchasing both), in my opinion the 2 focal lengths are different enough for me to justify owing both.

On paper, 50mm and 85mm doesn't seem like a substantial difference, but the 85mm is actually 59% longer than the 50mm. Only your opinion/style will determine if that difference is worth owning both.

Best of luck with your decision.

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What was your decision??


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May 30, 2011 14:53 |  #6

Stan Jones Photography wrote in post #12504726 (external link)
I'll probably only use it on my 5D, and for seniors / bridals

sorry, forgot to day i shoot FF too 95% of the time.


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May 30, 2011 14:55 |  #7

FWIW: I have both the 50 f/1.8 MkI and the 85 f/1.8, I use the 85 a little more often but I do use them both.


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May 30, 2011 15:01 |  #8

I find 50mm to be my least used prime fl on my crop body. 30mm almost replaced it entirely and since i've gotten the 85 1.8, my nifty fifty now lives in the closet. The only reason I keep it is because it's not worth the trouble of selling, plus my daughter likes it because of the very light weight.


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May 30, 2011 15:02 |  #9

For portraiture of various types, on full frame my two most used lenses by far are 85/1.8 and 135/2.

Both have very nice bokeh (though not quite as "creamy" as some really pricey lenses like the 85/1.2). If you pixel peep you'll likely find the 85/1.8 has a wee bit of chromatic abberation when used wide open.... Pretty easily fixed in post, or stop down a little to f2.2 or so, to reduce or eliminate it.

For full length portraits and couples, 50mm is handy. 28mm is even sometimes necessary for larger groups and broader environmental portraits.

To each his own... On croppers I use 20mm, 28mm, 50mm (a lot more often) and 85mm.


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May 30, 2011 15:04 |  #10

I own and use both. Both lenses are a dream to work with as long as you know their limitations. After using these lenses for the past couple months and getting used to the large aperture, I haven't touched my 24-70L unless I need something wider than 50. This is one of the reasons I'm highly considering picking up a 24L and selling my 24-70L.

One thing you may want to consider, if you shoot tight, is the MFD of both lenses. I like to shoot tight, but the 85 has a MFD of 0.95 meters (3.2 feet) while the 50 has a MFD of 0.45 meters (1.48 feet). I am able to get approximately two times closer with the 50 so framing between the two are similar while the perspective changes. While the framing is similar (for my style of shooting), the perspective between the 2 is very different. I hope that's easy enough for you to understand?

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May 30, 2011 18:21 |  #11

I have never been comfortable with 50mm on a ff. 85mm, for me, works much better. I use it almost exclusively for people. They are noticeably different.


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May 30, 2011 18:50 |  #12

I have Canon 50/1.4, 85/1.8 and 135/2 and find good uses for all. Looking at the RAW images, I believe that I can tell the 50. I am less certain between the 85 and the 135, both are very much to my liking.


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May 30, 2011 18:51 |  #13

Sorry, I should clarify that I use the 50D.


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May 30, 2011 19:06 |  #14

I think I am pulling the triger on one this week. I was thinking about the 100mm macro but after looking at the sample pages I like the images from the 85mm better.




  
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May 30, 2011 22:26 |  #15

Get one you won't regret it.


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