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Feb 12, 2010 17:47 |  #1

I just bought a brand spanking new 85mm f1/8!

Damn this copy I have is SOOO sharp! I just can't beleive it. I find that it is a great addition on my 7D for a walk-around lens walking the streets downtown snapping at anything with slight interest.

Yeah I also like my 28mm.. and my 17-40 and my 70-200 HAHA. but the 85mm has got me by my b...s right now.

I can't beleive how many people sell this lens. What's up with that?

The only thing I hate is the clip on hood.

Hey I feel good that it 's a super sharp copy and it's ALL MINE!

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Feb 12, 2010 17:49 |  #2
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Nice, I think I might get this too to replace my Nifty Fifty
My Nifty Fifty has just been slow noisy and AF misses too much, plus not sharp enough for my liking (or maybe I just have a faulty one)


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Feb 12, 2010 18:00 |  #3

Definitely one of the best bang for the buck lenses out there.


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Feb 12, 2010 18:33 |  #4

I loved the focal length when I had a 40D. When I decided to get a 5D it went along with the decision to get the 135L to give me the same perspective. Funny, though. I found I still liked the 85 on the FF, even though I used it somewhat differently so I put off buying the 135. The 5D eventually became a 5DII and I still resisted buying the 135. I finally gave in and have the 135 but I hve no intentions of selling my 85.

I do have more lenses now than I can bring with me when I go out. I shoot very little in the winter. In the fall I will decide what to get rid of since I plan on trimming down my group of lenses.


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Feb 12, 2010 22:59 |  #5

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I loved the focal length when I had a 40D. When I decided to get a 5D it went along with the decision to get the 135L to give me the same perspective. Funny, though. I found I still liked the 85 on the FF, even though I used it somewhat differently so I put off buying the 135. The 5D eventually became a 5DII and I still resisted buying the 135. I finally gave in and have the 135 but I hve no intentions of selling my 85.

I do have more lenses now than I can bring with me when I go out. I shoot very little in the winter. In the fall I will decide what to get rid of since I plan on trimming down my group of lenses.

Spoke to some wedding photogs. A lot of them use a 35L and a 135L and a 70-200 2.8 IS on a 5D FF body. This seems to be the hot setup.

Since I don't do weddings, just First Communions, I figure I go with a "Poor Man's" setup. 7D, 28mm 1.8 = 45mm (can't afford the 24mm L) 85mm 1.8 = 136mm and the trusty 70-200mm 2.8 IS...so I should be in range with the FF setup.

One thing I have now noticed after 10 years as I got more into photography, I have learned that Fast Primes are the only way to go for almost all instances and so is Manual mode on the camera which has now become the only shooting setting on my camera. No AV and TV for me anymore.

I was looking at your Allouette pictures and I am sure the 85mm on a crop would have done a great job. That is exactly the way I see myself using this lens on the street.

Now that i think of it, I kind of like the hood holding on so flimsy...you get knocked around in a croud so that hod would just snap off and break at the worste instead of pulling the lens barrel out of the lens with a normal style hood. Maybe Canon had this in thought, since this lens is ideal for photojournalism on a FF.

Don't sell your 85mm Boh! :D
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Feb 12, 2010 23:05 |  #6

Na, the hood for the 85 sucks. If it wasn't for my wife being with me usually when I am shooting I would have lost the hood a long time ago :-)

I use the 85 a lot in landscape mode when shooting people whereas I used it on a crop almost exclusively in portrait mode.

This was a few months ago in Cuba with the 85

IMAGE: http://www.bwkphotography.com/Places/Cuba-II/IMG1860fhdr/712389910_TBpXJ-L.jpg

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Feb 12, 2010 23:13 as a reply to  @ bohdank's post |  #7

Nice! In a case like that you had to be using flash no?

My next item I have to look into is weather I need a flash bracket or not for my work.

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Feb 12, 2010 23:13 |  #8

nice pic. did you use any on/off camera lighting?


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Feb 12, 2010 23:15 |  #9

None. An hour before sunset and tone mapping which added contrast to the water and sky.

Taken a minute earlier... no tone mapping

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Feb 12, 2010 23:40 |  #10

I love my 85 f/1.8. I use this quite a bit with my 16-25 f/2.8 for weddings.


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Feb 13, 2010 00:04 |  #11

the tone mapping really made a difference!


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Feb 13, 2010 00:25 |  #12

whats a coincidence..

i was just reading this article favorably comparison of the 85mm 1.8 to the 85mm 1.2

http://www.wlcastleman​.com/equip/reviews/85m​m/index.htm (external link)

looks like ima hafta look into this lens some more


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Feb 13, 2010 00:26 |  #13

So ... was that a model or your wife?

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Those are excellent, excellent shots.




  
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Feb 13, 2010 00:45 |  #14

jdang307 wrote in post #9600301 (external link)
So ... was that a model or your wife?

Not entirely sure that would be an "or" situation.


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Feb 13, 2010 00:59 |  #15

She's the one has kept me from losing the hood from my 85 ;-)a


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