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Feb 28, 2010 00:22 |  #1

I am considering the very-reasonably priced 85/1.8 lens for head and shoulder portraits. I'd prefer the 100L but cannot afford. Any sample shots taken with the 85/1.8 would be appreciated - or point me to a link if this thread already exists ( I couldn't find this lens in the "sample" thread.

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Feb 28, 2010 00:24 |  #2

EF 85mm f/1.8 Samples are HERE

It's one of the best (if not the best) Bang for your Buck lenses.


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Feb 28, 2010 00:25 |  #3

The 85 is awesome!!!!

http://www.atgphotos.c​om …et/528521918_eA​ny5-X3.jpg (external link)

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Feb 28, 2010 00:28 |  #4

I might like a longer lens on the 5D for headshot. I would look at the 100mm f2 instead.


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Feb 28, 2010 00:30 |  #5

Thanks to all for the quick repsonses - and to you, Jay for the very helpful link.

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Feb 28, 2010 00:31 |  #6

My Pleasure. The 85mm f/1.8 would be marvelous on your 5DMkII. I use mine frequently on a 5D Classic.


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Feb 28, 2010 00:36 |  #7

I am just beginning to build my arsenal. I've just ordered the 5DM2 with the kit lens (24-105). I need a portrait lens for a monthly obligation at my church. Sounds like the 85 f/1.8 will fit the bill perfectly.

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Feb 28, 2010 00:40 |  #8

Just be aware the MFD (Minimum Focus Distance) on the 85 f/1.8 is a tad on the long side but that shouldn't be an issue if you're doing head shots.

If you find you have to back up to a sligthly wider framing, your MkII will allow you plenty of cropping power and still yield a decent size file.

tkbslc points out 100mm as a headshot focal length so you might take a look at that as well. The 100mm f/2.8 Macro happens to be a nice double-edged sword. Obviously it's a macro lens but it's also wicked sharp as a portrait lens.


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Feb 28, 2010 02:00 |  #9

don't worry about it, the 85mm f/1.8 is a better portrait lens then the 100Macro, be it L or not. Perfect FL for portraits, significantly faster, offering better subject isolation. you won't regret it. It's probably the best non-L prime in Canon's arsenal. The best portrait lens under 1000$




  
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Feb 28, 2010 02:39 |  #10

In the future, you can find list of lens sample threads here

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=141406

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Feb 28, 2010 03:42 |  #11

i wanna get one too. f/1.8 @ 85mm of 5D =)


I love my 5D, but I want a 550D as well. :cool:

  
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Feb 28, 2010 06:00 |  #12

The 85 f1.8 is certainly a Canon bargain, but be aware that it suffers from pretty severe purple fringing at wide apertures in high contrast scenes. For FF, the 100 f2 might be a slightly better choice. The 100mm f2.8 macro (L or non-L) is excellent.


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Feb 28, 2010 06:29 as a reply to  @ jrscls's post |  #13

depends what you want really...

85/1.8 is a lot lighter compared to 100/2.8


I love my 5D, but I want a 550D as well. :cool:

  
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Feb 28, 2010 07:38 |  #14

tkbslc wrote in post #9698149 (external link)
I might like a longer lens on the 5D for headshot. I would look at the 100mm f2 instead.

I totally agree! For a full frame camera the 100mm focal length would be much better for head & shoulder portraits, especially if your outside. But for portraits, the 100mm 2.0 is what you should look at, not the macro.

That said, the best lens of all for outdoor portraits with a FF camera is the 135mm 2.0, although this is expensive. Do yourself a favor and check out the photo samples of the 100mm 2.0 and the 135mm 2.0 before purchasing.




  
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Feb 28, 2010 10:32 |  #15

I would never be without an 85mm for portraits. Even when I had the 135L, I'd still use my 85mm as often, if not more. I sold my 135L after getting the 85L, and never regretted it. Now I've just sold my 85L (wanted to get a faster body and 70-200 so I could shoot my son's sports), and got the 1.8 version again. I don't feel I need to re-buy the 135L at all. I could shoot all day with just the 85! :)


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