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I love 85mm f/1.8's colors...

 
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Oct 25, 2010 21:00 |  #1

And I couldn't get my zoom lens to look like that, at all. granted 1) those aren't L lens, the highest caliber zoom lens I have is the 17-55 f/2.8 IS, and 2) primes are by definition better than zoom lens because it's optimized for that focal length and all that.

But I keep hearing the L zooms have better colors and contrast. So my question is are they (e.g., 16-35mm II, 24-70mm) better than, for example, 10-22mm and 17-55mm, to the point they look quite close to the primes? Or am I expecting too much from zoom lens?



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Oct 25, 2010 22:16 |  #2

The 70-200 2.8L is very close to the 85 1.8. I think my 17-55 is pretty close too. I agree with you, the 85 is one sweet lens for colors.


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Oct 25, 2010 22:46 |  #3

Always good to hear some positive comments from someone who loves their lens.


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Oct 25, 2010 23:29 |  #4

i dont see those colors...maybe because i have my camera set to neutral and all 0. 85 1.8 is indeed a fine lens though...ours hasnt seen much action though since we got the sigma 30mm 1.4.


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Oct 26, 2010 00:26 as a reply to  @ ccp900's post |  #5

I used the 85mm for weddings since I usually shoot from a little far, and the colors are just amazing even w/o me doing any PP. The 17-55mm is more like a hit or miss. Not saying it's bad, it just doesn't wow me like the 85mm does.



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Oct 26, 2010 05:29 as a reply to  @ HyperYagami's post |  #6

I'd say that my Sigma 30mm and Canon 85mm f/1.8 combo has way better image quality than my Canon 24-70L. Nothing scientific, just my gut feeling. Stopping down the primes to f/2.8 really make them shine in the sharpness department, and they are still really good wide open.

The 24-70L is no slouch though....




  
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Oct 26, 2010 05:49 |  #7

Love my 85 1.8 too :)


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Oct 26, 2010 08:50 |  #8

I love my 85 1.8 and here is a photo that fits this subject well.

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Oct 26, 2010 09:07 |  #9

Never liked the colors of the 85; always looked unsaturated and on the colder side to me. I'm surprised that people are calling it good in that regard.




  
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Oct 26, 2010 09:35 |  #10

HyperYagami wrote in post #11165773 (external link)
I used the 85mm for weddings since I usually shoot from a little far, and the colors are just amazing even w/o me doing any PP. The 17-55mm is more like a hit or miss. Not saying it's bad, it just doesn't wow me like the 85mm does.

ive had the same experience. Ever since i got my 50 f/1.4, i've been using my 17-55 ALOT less


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Oct 26, 2010 09:50 |  #11

Yes, me too. This is a shot with WB correction and a bit of sharpening ... pretty lush color!

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Oct 26, 2010 10:42 |  #12

I have no complaints with the 85's color etc. Not as contrasty as the 135L, though.

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Oct 26, 2010 11:27 |  #13

LOVE my 85. can't live without it!

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Oct 26, 2010 11:37 |  #14

I think I am going to get the 85 1.8 for Christmas gift! I think the 135mm on a crop will be amazing. Or should I get the 50 1.4 = 80mm?




  
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Oct 26, 2010 11:42 |  #15

Nickc84 wrote in post #11168143 (external link)
I think I am going to get the 85 1.8 for Christmas gift! I think the 135mm on a crop will be amazing. Or should I get the 50 1.4 = 80mm?

You should stop thinking in terms of equivalent focal lengths ;)

The 85mm will be 85mm on your 7D.

The 50mm will be 50mm on your 7D.

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