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Title: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: Fleetie on March 05, 2011, 10:33:01 AM
My girlfriend indulged me yesterday and allowed me to take pics of her. I took the 24-105mm f/4 L and the 85mm f/1.8. I soon detatched the L in favour of the 85mm f/1.8 for its far better bokeh. I used the 85mm wide open, to maximise that effect.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8, Wide Open
Post by: CR Backup Admin on March 05, 2011, 03:43:10 PM
I do lots of theatre photography with it, but I have to watch out for spotlights, it does not handle them well at all.  Notice the purple fringing on the badge of the cap at f/1.8.  My 50mm f/1.4 and 135mmL handles it better, but its still there.

85mm f/1.8

(http://www.mount-spokane-photography.com/Photography/Canon-85mm-f-18/IMG4324/1206580917_wNg5L-XL.jpg)

50mm f/1.4

(http://www.mount-spokane-photography.com/Photography/canon-50mm-1-4/IMG4767/1205648745_TL4TY-XL.jpg)

135mmL Also has purple fringing at f/2.

(http://www.mount-spokane-photography.com/Photography/135mm-L-1/IMG4805/1206593329_YJy9a-XL.jpg)

Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: jnskyliner34 on March 13, 2011, 09:40:48 PM
I love my 85. :) I'm glad I got this over the 50 1.4 since I've read that the 1.4 isn't that much better than the 1.8. I picked up a 50 1.8 afterwards for indoors because the 85 is too tight at times.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4097/4926445142_f7868ae783_z.jpg)

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1263/5110482556_60975ee992_z.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4132/5088655386_47e0eba340_z.jpg)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5246/5286800185_03e16fe84e_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: mathino on April 18, 2011, 08:12:36 AM
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_m1Ngt6O0Xxs/TU7hLSIus6I/AAAAAAAALdI/uxrQySjmB7M/s576/IMG_5710.JPG)

Kitty with my 85 f/1.8 :-)
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: Mrs. Canon on May 31, 2011, 10:21:34 PM
This is a little old, from last fall.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: bvukich on June 01, 2011, 12:01:26 AM
This is a little old, from last fall.

Very nice.  I'm a big fan of the subtle accent color.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: Mrs. Canon on June 01, 2011, 05:52:58 PM
Thanks, this ended up being their favorite of the day.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: fotografiasi on June 03, 2011, 10:02:33 AM
great lens indeed and not that pricey. A photo from my first wedding of this year that I took using my old trusty 85 1.8...

(http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/252154_1895990272735_1030942774_31932226_5342734_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: neuroanatomist on June 03, 2011, 11:06:54 AM
It really is a great lens and an excellent value!  Here's a shot from when I had the 85/1.8:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5047278975_71a1a88f0d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr_brain/5047278975/in/set-72157624462568231/lightbox/)
Rebel T1i, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, 1/2000 s, f/1.8, ISO 100

I sold my 85/1.8 only after getting the 85mm f/1.2L II.  The 85/1.8 suffers a bit from longitudinal CA wide open - you can see the purple/green fringing in the shot above in the backlit hair halfway down on the right side (the 85L suffers from LoCA also, but to a lesser degree).
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: dstppy on June 04, 2011, 07:25:30 PM
It really is a great lens and an excellent value!  Here's a shot from when I had the 85/1.8:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4124/5047278975_71a1a88f0d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr_brain/5047278975/in/set-72157624462568231/lightbox/)
Rebel T1i, EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, 1/2000 s, f/1.8, ISO 100

I sold my 85/1.8 only after getting the 85mm f/1.2L II.  The 85/1.8 suffers a bit from longitudinal CA wide open - you can see the purple/green fringing in the shot above in the backlit hair halfway down on the right side (the 85L suffers from LoCA also, but to a lesser degree).

NA ---

I saw this post a day or so back and decided to give my 85mm another whirl at 'picture day' for T-Ball . . .

Since starting into photography, I've had the opinion that 85 on a crop body is just too much . . . it sort of still stands.  How far back were you with your shot here?

I ask because I was going to overlook the 'professional' (in quotes because he was shooting 4-6 year olds on a tripod at 5' 4" :o ) photographer and take some 'getting ready' candids . . . still seemed very tight, even for how far away I was.

The 50 has been my go-to for a prime, but my 60 macro has me sort of wanting to try that as a portrait lens (heard from a few friends it was good for that).

Is this just a case of me having 'more access' (being able to get closer than you normally would) to the shot, or is there something I'm missing here?   Like I said on another thread, I'm finding myself favoring the 15-85mm over my 24-105mm L just from FOV.

Thanks
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: neuroanatomist on June 04, 2011, 10:15:04 PM
Since starting into photography, I've had the opinion that 85 on a crop body is just too much . . . it sort of still stands.  How far back were you with your shot here?

I ask because I was going to overlook the 'professional' (in quotes because he was shooting 4-6 year olds on a tripod at 5' 4" :o ) photographer and take some 'getting ready' candids . . . still seemed very tight, even for how far away I was.

The 50 has been my go-to for a prime, but my 60 macro has me sort of wanting to try that as a portrait lens (heard from a few friends it was good for that).

Is this just a case of me having 'more access' (being able to get closer than you normally would) to the shot, or is there something I'm missing here?   Like I said on another thread, I'm finding myself favoring the 15-85mm over my 24-105mm L just from FOV.

Thanks

I was probably about 6 feet from her.  I really like the 135mm (FF-equivalent) focal length for tight portraits.  Apologies for posting with an off-thread lens, but here's one with the 85/1.2 on a 7D:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4112/4837709190_aa03296024_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dr_brain/4837709190/in/set-72157624462568231/lightbox/)
EOS 7D, EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, 1/1250 s, f/1.4, ISO 100

In fact, I like the focal length so well that after adding a 5DII to my kit, I also had to add the 135mm f/2L. 

I suspect there's a reason for the 'classical' focal lengths for portraits (50mm for full-body, 85mm for torso, 135mm for head/shoulders, all FF-equivalent, of course, since these date from film days).  Those focal lengths allow the photographer to frame the subject at a distance of 6-8 feet, which is close enough for interaction without 'getting in their space' and more importantly, results in a flattering perspective (perspective is a function solely of the distance from the subject).  A longer distance, and the subject is 'too flat' and the background too compressed, and a shorter distance exaggerates the subject's features, e.g. a close portrait with a wide angle lens means a big nose). 

For a T-ball shot where you probably want the subject framed head-to-toe and maybe swinging a bat (or at least holding one), 85mm (i.e. 50-60mm on a 1.6x crop body) sounds about right - a T-ball age kid is usually about the height of an adult's torso).
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: candyman on October 20, 2011, 07:18:32 AM
Great photos.
I love this lens and consider to buy it (it is within my budget).
Is there any rumour that it will be replaced by a new version in the next 6-12 months? Because this lens dates from 2004.

Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: dr croubie on October 20, 2011, 08:10:59 AM
Great photos.
I love this lens and consider to buy it (it is within my budget).
Is there any rumour that it will be replaced by a new version in the next 6-12 months? Because this lens dates from 2004.

You talking about the 85/1.8 from 1992, or the 85/1.2Lii from 2006?
Either way, no specific rumours about either of them. And there's not much wrong with the current versions, if I were you i'd buy either now, could be a long wait to a new version of either.

But in general, canon have been heard to say things like "we're done updating the super telephotos and will do the wider lenses next" and a rumoured "update to a popular lens" (which can be an efs35, or the 50/1.8 or 50/1.4 depending on what you think/hope). Still, they could surprise us with a new 85mm...
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: candyman on October 20, 2011, 08:42:28 AM

You talking about the 85/1.8 from 1992, or the 85/1.2Lii from 2006?
......................


I meant the 85/1.8. Wow, 1992.  ( I got confused by those 85/1.8 reviews that were done with new cameras attached and by seeing first pricelisting around 2004)

I guess you're right. You never know what Canon might do.
Better to enjoy today than waiting for something that not may come for or will take a long time.

Thanks for this reminder.

 
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: dstppy on October 20, 2011, 09:34:35 AM

You talking about the 85/1.8 from 1992, or the 85/1.2Lii from 2006?
......................


I meant the 85/1.8. Wow, 1992.  ( I got confused by those 85/1.8 reviews that were done with new cameras attached and by seeing first pricelisting around 2004)

I guess you're right. You never know what Canon might do.
Better to enjoy today than waiting for something that not may come for or will take a long time.

Thanks for this reminder.

Just my opinion, don't hesitate to buy it, especially if you shoot FF.  There is very little to improve on with this lens (at it's price point).  I doubt if a II version would warrant a replacement purchase, honestly.

I'm dying to go FF just so I can use this lens at 85mm instead of ~135mm (136 actually) equivalent.

Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: savale on October 24, 2011, 09:45:19 AM
on the 5d mark 2:

(http://www.savale.nl/files/contest/_MG_7170-Edit-2-Edit.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: VerbalAlchemy on November 15, 2011, 04:34:29 PM
I was on the fence about the lens for a while.

On the one hand, the 85 (or at least my copy) produces more CA than any lens I own. AF is snappy and accurate in good light-- but mine starts to hunt and miss focus as soon as twilight sets in, and I end up manually focusing half the time if I'm street shooting at night. Despite its maligned micro-USM autofocus, my 50 1.4 actually handles those kinds of situations more gracefully.

On the other hand, if I search in Aperture for my five-star rated photos, it turns out that the 85 is responsible for an inordinate number of them. So any operational frustrations are pretty much trumped by image quality-- especially for the price.

Given the crop body's tighter framing, I've found myself wishing for IS sometimes (not that the 135L has IS either for the FF equivalent)-- but I'm routinely able to get get workable shots with long shutters (managed to salvage a 1/10 handheld shot in the batch below), so it might not be a real concern. Plus, the IS-equipped lenses with comparable focal lengths have smaller apertures, reducing one of the 85's primary appeals: razor-thin DOF.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: jogeshs on December 28, 2011, 01:14:02 AM
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5136/5526131899_1296bc1725.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackfin2/5526131899/)
Bharatanatyam | Shruthi Lakshmi (http://www.flickr.com/photos/blackfin2/5526131899/) by Jogesh S (http://www.flickr.com/people/blackfin2/), on Flickr

85 1.8 on 40d

Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: briansquibb on January 09, 2012, 06:46:44 PM
On 1d4 at f/2.8
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: dr croubie on January 09, 2012, 09:30:53 PM
I took a long time deciding between this and the 100 f/2.0, ended up getting the 85/1.8 off ebay, they're listed nearly 10x as many compared to the 100 f/2, presumably if people want a good 100mm lens they give up one-stop of aperture to get one of the 1:1 f/2.8 macros (even though the 100/2 has a tiny bit better IQ than the 85/1.8 ).

Anyway, I don't want to say I just got this lens to take photos of a dog, but such a cute dog he is...
7D, 85/1.8 @ f/2.8, iso200, 1/200s, 430EX with $5 chinese-ebay softbox (and a bit of PP taking out an unfortunately-positioned speaker against the wall in the background, cropped a bit)
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: briansquibb on April 13, 2012, 06:28:36 PM
Laura

Camera Model: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM
Image Date: 2012-04-13 13:10:04 (no TZ)
Focal Length: 85.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125)
ISO equiv: 200
Flash Fired: Yes (Auto, return light detected)

Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: unruled on April 14, 2012, 04:50:46 AM
buttery smooth..

Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: RAKAMRAK on August 26, 2012, 01:25:45 AM
I love this lens.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8304/7861707222_7ab99a3509.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alo-chhaya/7861707222/)
Highkey Baby Shreya (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alo-chhaya/7861707222/#) by alo-chhaya (http://www.flickr.com/people/alo-chhaya/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: RAKAMRAK on August 26, 2012, 01:27:17 AM
buttery smooth..

Very nice. I love the composition.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: Menace on August 26, 2012, 02:52:41 AM
Laura

Camera Model: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Lens: EF85mm f/1.8 USM
Image Date: 2012-04-13 13:10:04 (no TZ)
Focal Length: 85.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure Time: 0.0080 s (1/125)
ISO equiv: 200
Flash Fired: Yes (Auto, return light detected)

Love it  ;D
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: drmikeinpdx on November 15, 2012, 12:43:27 PM
I've had an 85 1.8 and a 100 f 2.0 for a while, but found them of limited use on my 5D classic due to the erratic autofocus system on that body.  I recently got a 5D Mark III and it has transformed these lenses into useful portrait tools due to the much more accurate autofocus. 

I'm still getting a feel for how these lenses work on the new body.

Here is a shot I took while walking around in Portland a few days ago with the 85 mm at 1/320, f 2.8, ISO 12,500.  I cropped it about 15% in width and height.  I brightened up the colors and contrast a bit with Lightroom, since it was shot under a bridge in very low light.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: drmikeinpdx on November 15, 2012, 01:02:54 PM
One negative thing about both the 85 and 100 USM lenses is the chromatic aberration.  You can see it in this focus testing shot with the 85 wide open.  The 100 is exactly the same.  The squares are each one inch and I think I was about 8 feet away from the focus target which is the black horizontal band.  You can see the purple fringing in front of the focus point.

The target is a cardboard 6 foot x 3 foot sewing layout mat that I place on the floor of my studio.  I use the studio strobes to eliminate camera movement.  I focus on the black band which is simply a piece of friction tape.  If I'm doing Micro Focus Adjust, I'll use a tripod. 

It is super-easy to find out where your lens has focused and if you take the time to line everything up precisely you can find problems like tilted lens elements that cause zones of blur.

I've had a lot of luck with this inexpensive system.  I like it better than the popular focus testing units where the target is only a short distance from the lens.  With this big target I can test at real life shooting distances.

Does the chromatic aberration affect my use of the 85 and 100 lenses?  No, not at all.  It goes away if you stop down one stop.  Also, the zone where you get the purple fringing is in front of your subject.  What is usually in front of your subject?  Air.  So there is nothing there to be aberrated, so to speak.

BTW, both the 85 and 100 needed zero MFA.  :)
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: leftnose on November 15, 2012, 01:28:25 PM
I'm a big fan of the 85/1.8 as well.

Shot on my 5D2 at ISO 3200.

(http://i.imgur.com/Fl0iH.jpg?1)

(http://i.imgur.com/vJ6Zi.jpg?1)

Bang for your buck, it's probably the best lens Canon makes.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: TexasBadger on November 15, 2012, 01:39:07 PM
I love this lens.  It's small, fast, focuses much faster than the 1.2 and it is a great value.  What's not to love?
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: RLPhoto on November 15, 2012, 02:38:30 PM
I love this lens.  It's small, fast, focuses much faster than the 1.2 and it is a great value.  What's not to love?

I prefer the 100mm F/2.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: dstppy on November 15, 2012, 02:55:46 PM
BTW, both the 85 and 100 needed zero MFA.  :)
I was quite amazed my 85mm was the same after running focal repeatedly.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: RobT on November 16, 2012, 03:58:05 PM
This lens is totally delicious! If you are on the fence about buying one, go back in time and purchase it, because you should already own it. For less than $400 you cannot find a better portrait lens.

(http://i.imgur.com/RNoBm.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/yzbNQ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/5mOt6.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Tttyl.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Qu0Ky.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/p0JFM.jpg)

All of these were taken on a 50D at probably f/2.0-2.2 and available light only.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: leftnose on November 16, 2012, 05:33:59 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/RNoBm.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/yzbNQ.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/5mOt6.jpg)
Very nice!  Do you mind if I ask your PP process to get this look?
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: willis on November 17, 2012, 05:59:13 AM
Very nice!  Do you mind if I ask your PP process to get this look?
Would like to know as well!  ::)
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: RobT on November 17, 2012, 07:38:54 AM
It's a little different for each photo, but in general (in Lightroom) for the photo of the little girl:

(http://i.imgur.com/GWXsV.jpg)

Don't be afraid to be extra generous with your sliders, especially in tone curve. Faded color does wonders for portraits, just don't go overboard.

Also, while being generous in tone curve, be frugal with split toning. A little bit goes a long way.

Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: Canon-F1 on November 17, 2012, 08:24:05 AM
after having used the 85mm f1.8 for some time i read the photozone review and wanted to test the 100mm f2.0..... i sold the 85mm f1.8 after my testing.

my 100mm f2.0 has WAY less purple fringing then my 85mm f1.8 and is a bit sharper also.
there are sure variations from lens to lens and i can only speak about my two tested lenses.

but i also like that the 100mm f2.0 compresses a bit more then the 85mm.

i see no noticable difference in the bokeh.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: RLPhoto on November 17, 2012, 09:00:49 AM
It's a little different for each photo, but in general (in Lightroom) for the photo of the little girl:

(http://i.imgur.com/GWXsV.jpg)

Don't be afraid to be extra generous with your sliders, especially in tone curve. Faded color does wonders for portraits, just don't go overboard.

Also, while being generous in tone curve, be frugal with split toning. A little bit goes a long way.

JPGs?
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: K-amps on November 17, 2012, 09:34:01 AM
I love this lens.  It's small, fast, focuses much faster than the 1.2 and it is a great value.  What's not to love?

I prefer the 100mm F/2.

I am thinking about both.... why the 100/2 over the 85/1.8 ?

Does anyone have comparison shots?
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: RobT on November 17, 2012, 10:51:14 AM

JPGs?

At the time that particular shot was taken, unfortunately  :(

But I am an avid RAW advocate now.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: Gothmoth on November 17, 2012, 12:05:53 PM
William Castleman compared the 85/1.8, 100/2, and 135/2:
http://www.wlcastleman.com/equip/reviews/85_100_135/index.htm (http://www.wlcastleman.com/equip/reviews/85_100_135/index.htm)

At f/2, he states the 100 is noticeably softer than the other two.

noticeable....? i doubt that is true when you compare a few lenses not only one sample.

i canĀ“t notice any difference in sharpness in the center.
borders do look a bit better on the 100mm @f2 compared to the 85 @f2... but you have to pixelpeep testcharts.

but i see less purple fringing with the 100mm f2.0.

i have tested a dozend samples of these lenses over the years... as they are my prefered portrait lenses and i recommend and sell them often.

you cant go wrong with either. :)



(http://www.photozone.de/images/8Reviews/lenses/canon_85_18/mtf.gif)

(http://www.photozone.de/images/8Reviews/lenses/canon_100_2/mtf.gif)

www.photozone.de (http://www.photozone.de)
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: gjones5252 on November 17, 2012, 02:29:11 PM
Just got this lens two days ago. It's amazing. I have shot the 1.2ii and personally I enjoy the focus speed and usability of this lens more. It's amazingly sharp and very accurate! It's better when stopped down but this only blatantly obvious on 100% crops. I feel bad I waited so long to get this lens. Primes just do it better. I can't wait till my first portrait session with this lens.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: Harry Muff on November 17, 2012, 03:44:28 PM
How would this compare with using a 70-200 2.8L taped and AFMA adjusted to to work best at 85mm?




Just curious.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: RLPhoto on November 17, 2012, 05:44:11 PM
I love this lens.  It's small, fast, focuses much faster than the 1.2 and it is a great value.  What's not to love?

I prefer the 100mm F/2.

I am thinking about both.... why the 100/2 over the 85/1.8 ?

Does anyone have comparison shots?

More Compression, smaller noses.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: brianleighty on November 17, 2012, 06:20:57 PM
I love this lens.  It's small, fast, focuses much faster than the 1.2 and it is a great value.  What's not to love?

I prefer the 100mm F/2.

I am thinking about both.... why the 100/2 over the 85/1.8 ?

Does anyone have comparison shots?

More Compression, smaller noses.

Might also be the fact that the 100 has visibly better image quality than the 85. Look at TDP's ISOs and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: The_Arsonist on November 18, 2012, 07:27:14 PM
I love this lens.  It's small, fast, focuses much faster than the 1.2 and it is a great value.  What's not to love?

I prefer the 100mm F/2.

I am thinking about both.... why the 100/2 over the 85/1.8 ?

Does anyone have comparison shots?

CA was the big reason I chose the 100 f/2 over the 85 f/1.8. I never owned the 85, but borrowed it quite often. I also found the focus on the 100 to be better, but I suspect that was because I used the 85 before I had a body with AFMA. I doubt any of my shots would help you. Only reason I sold the 100 is because I acquired a 70-200 2.8, and the 100 now lives a block away with a friend, so it's still available to me.   ;D
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: dr croubie on November 18, 2012, 08:18:52 PM
I am thinking about both.... why the 100/2 over the 85/1.8 ?
Does anyone have comparison shots?
More Compression, smaller noses.
Might also be the fact that the 100 has visibly better image quality than the 85. Look at TDP's ISOs and you'll see what I'm talking about.

Ive got both the 85 and 100, and they're both great IMHO. choose based on focal length, because that's practically the only difference. The 100mm might have a smidgen better IQ on test charts, but in real life I can't tell the difference. Both great. (just buy both, it's easier)
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: K-amps on November 19, 2012, 03:00:42 PM
I am thinking about both.... why the 100/2 over the 85/1.8 ?
Does anyone have comparison shots?
William Castleman compared the 85/1.8, 100/2, and 135/2:
http://www.wlcastleman.com/equip/reviews/85_100_135/index.htm (http://www.wlcastleman.com/equip/reviews/85_100_135/index.htm)

At f/2, he states the 100 is noticeably softer than the other two.

EDIT:
He also compared the 85/1.2, 85/1.2 II, and 85/1.8, if you are interested:
http://www.wlcastleman.com/equip/reviews/85mm/index.htm (http://www.wlcastleman.com/equip/reviews/85mm/index.htm)

Very helpful,  Thanks!
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: K-amps on November 19, 2012, 03:03:37 PM
I love this lens.  It's small, fast, focuses much faster than the 1.2 and it is a great value.  What's not to love?

I prefer the 100mm F/2.

I am thinking about both.... why the 100/2 over the 85/1.8 ?

Does anyone have comparison shots?

More Compression, smaller noses.

Also helpful... since I felt larger noses in the 85Lii...

Now that we are in the 100mm territory and F2... How much do I gain when I have a 70-200 mk.ii f2.8 , I wonder...
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: RLPhoto on November 19, 2012, 03:14:38 PM
I love this lens.  It's small, fast, focuses much faster than the 1.2 and it is a great value.  What's not to love?

I prefer the 100mm F/2.

I am thinking about both.... why the 100/2 over the 85/1.8 ?

Does anyone have comparison shots?

More Compression, smaller noses.

Also helpful... since I felt larger noses in the 85Lii...

Now that we are in the 100mm territory and F2... How much do I gain when I have a 70-200 mk.ii f2.8 , I wonder...

Less weight, Less bulk and Less stares.
Title: Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
Post by: leftnose on November 19, 2012, 03:45:37 PM
I love this lens.  It's small, fast, focuses much faster than the 1.2 and it is a great value.  What's not to love?

I prefer the 100mm F/2.

I am thinking about both.... why the 100/2 over the 85/1.8 ?

Does anyone have comparison shots?

More Compression, smaller noses.

Also helpful... since I felt larger noses in the 85Lii...

Now that we are in the 100mm territory and F2... How much do I gain when I have a 70-200 mk.ii f2.8 , I wonder...

Less weight, Less bulk and Less stares.
1-stop faster for "more" motion freeze.
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: Jesse on January 15, 2013, 03:22:31 PM
Just got this after realizing I couldn't afford the 85L. Other than the CA wide-open, I'm loving it.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8505/8384451186_67108975c9_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68830401@N03/8384451186/)
U of T Out Of Focus (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68830401@N03/8384451186/#) by Jesse Herzog (http://www.flickr.com/people/68830401@N03/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: ablearcher on May 09, 2013, 11:38:21 AM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7414/8722617425_66e66c9264_b.jpg)  85mm f/1.8 gets more love now on 5DMKIII  :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: Sporgon on May 11, 2013, 12:00:27 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7414/8722617425_66e66c9264_b.jpg)  85mm f/1.8 gets more love now on 5DMKIII  :)


I'm going to commit sacrilege on CR:

I think I prefer this lens to the 135L  :-[
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: ablearcher on May 13, 2013, 05:57:19 PM

I'm going to commit sacrilege on CR:

I think I prefer this lens to the 135L  :-[
  LOL. Sacrilege indeed  ;D I actually had 135L in my bag when I was shooting that day. I think 85mm is a more workable lens for kids. 135L might be better in other respects but it requires more time for setup. Sometimes keeping distance is great, especially for candids. But if you are working with posed shots for kids then I prefer to be a bit closer - more communication with the subject and more control. Faster angles too. I always liked the 85mm 1.8 but now on FF I just love it.
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: TexasBadger on May 13, 2013, 08:23:59 PM
I've had the 85 f/1.8 for almost ten years and I do not hesitate to use it when I need the 85mm focal length.  I had a friend use it at a scouting court of honor and it focused so fast on my 5Dc that he thought the af wasn't working.  He was used to the 24-70 f/2.8 L on his 7d. He was so used to focus hunting he was blown away. Best value lens in my kit.
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: drmikeinpdx on May 19, 2013, 01:46:00 AM
Since I got my 5D III, with it's incredible autofocus system, I can now use my prime lenses to good effect.  One that has become a favorite is the 85mm 1.8 USM lens.  I shoot mostly people these days who are moving and posing, so a light, compact lens is very helpful.  This shot was at 1/200, ISO 200 and F/4.  The light was very flat due to the bright overcast sky, so I increased the contrast in Lightroom.  I can do so much in Lightroom now that I really question the need to have heavy, expensive prime lenses that give a bit better contrast or color rendering than the mid-range primes like the 85/1.8.  I have a 135L that is fun to use, but I can't pick out the 135L images from the 85/1.8 images without cheating.

This is not one of the better images from this shoot, but the model was quite the exhibitionist and there weren't many images suitable for this forum.    ;)

(http://www.beyondboudoirphoto.com/img/s8/v81/p1610027298-5.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: leftnose on May 20, 2013, 09:24:22 PM
I have a 135L that is fun to use, but I can't pick out the 135L images from the 85/1.8 images without cheating.
The way I can tell the difference between the 85/1.8 and the 135/2 is the bokeh.  The 85's bokeh is a teeny tiny itsy bit nervous where as the 135's is smooth as butter.

That said, I love the 85/1.8; it's a true gem.
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: drmikeinpdx on July 29, 2013, 09:43:00 PM
Here is a recent shot with the 85mm F/1.8.  I stopped down a little to maintain some detail in the background as context for the photo.

Data:  F/3.5, 1/250, ISO 100, Canon 5D3, minimal crop.

(http://www.beyondboudoirphoto.com/img/s9/v95/p1702893865-4.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: jdramirez on July 29, 2013, 10:38:33 PM
Since I got my 5D III, with it's incredible autofocus system, I can now use my prime lenses to good effect.  One that has become a favorite is the 85mm 1.8 USM lens.  I shoot mostly people these days who are moving and posing, so a light, compact lens is very helpful.  This shot was at 1/200, ISO 200 and F/4.  The light was very flat due to the bright overcast sky, so I increased the contrast in Lightroom.  I can do so much in Lightroom now that I really question the need to have heavy, expensive prime lenses that give a bit better contrast or color rendering than the mid-range primes like the 85/1.8.  I have a 135L that is fun to use, but I can't pick out the 135L images from the 85/1.8 images without cheating.

This is not one of the better images from this shoot, but the model was quite the exhibitionist and there weren't many images suitable for this forum.    ;)

Are those American Flag undies?  I'm feeling more patriotic now.
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: jdramirez on July 29, 2013, 10:40:14 PM
On Saturday I bought a 85mm f/1.8 USM for $275... a steal.  Afma is +1... but it could easily be 0... but I'm going to spend part of an afternoon to get a result of zero. 

I really like it so far, but Sunday I was sick and today I had work and a dr's appt... so hopefully I get to run it through its paces this weekend.
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: Dylan777 on August 17, 2013, 10:06:57 AM
One of my daughter's friends is doing photography A level and I've been helping her understand that so much of photography is about light. Wanted to take some shots of my daughter in woods so I tagged along and grabbed a few incidental pictures.

Shot with the 5D mk2. I do like the quality of the 85 1.8 just as much as the 135L - in fact more because I find it by far the more versatile lens. Same can't be said for the AF though. The combination of a 5D and 85 1.8 @ 1.8 is an AF disaster. Most of the time I resort to liveview for focusing.

Nicely done Sporgon.

Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: Sporgon on August 17, 2013, 02:55:47 PM
One of my daughter's friends is doing photography A level and I've been helping her understand that so much of photography is about light. Wanted to take some shots of my daughter in woods so I tagged along and grabbed a few incidental pictures.


Nicely done Sporgon.

Thanks Dylan !  :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: J.R. on October 27, 2013, 10:43:43 AM
Shot from a recent washed out trip to the English Rain District

1/320 f7.1. A great versatile lens and good value to boot.

Nice shot Sporgon. How do you like the contrast on the 85 f/1.8?

BTW, no respite from the rains for you, it seems  ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: Sporgon on October 27, 2013, 12:17:11 PM
Shot from a recent washed out trip to the English Rain District

1/320 f7.1. A great versatile lens and good value to boot.

Nice shot Sporgon. How do you like the contrast on the 85 f/1.8?

BTW, no respite from the rains for you, it seems  ;)

Thanks J.R. Yes the weather here is dreadful now after a good summer. When the Romans first invaded Britain the commander Julius Caesar was recorded as asking; " what do we want this land of mist and rain for anyway " ?

The 85 f1.8 isn't quite as sharp or contrasty as the 135L when both are wide open, but from about f2.2 onwards it is as good as the 135L IMO. However stating that on CR is a bit like saying the Venus statue would be better with two arms. Can produce chronic purple fringing in extreme contrast situations but stopping down a little takes care of it.

A very good lens for the money.
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: TWI by Dustin Abbott on October 30, 2013, 08:57:28 AM
I recently went out with the 85 mounted on the EOS M through the adapter, so it gives a field of view very similar to the 135L on my FF bodies.  Still nice and light, and although I shot almost exclusively wide open, I was quite impressed with the image quality I got. Here's one from that outing:

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3750/10555086783_144d542e5b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10555086783/)
Miyabi (http://www.flickr.com/photos/thousandwordimages/10555086783/#) by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott (http://www.flickr.com/people/thousandwordimages/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: glongstaff on November 12, 2013, 06:27:54 PM
All taken with the 5DMKIII and EF 85mm F/1.8

Electro 80s band

(http://glongstaff.smugmug.com/Bands/2013/Electro80s---25th-October-201/i-ZpwzhTT/1/L/Electro80s-2-L.jpg)


(http://glongstaff.smugmug.com/Bands/2013/Electro80s-17th-May-2013/i-sKt9ZPG/3/L/Electro80%27s_0088-L.jpg)

Converted to B & W in Lightroom
(http://glongstaff.smugmug.com/Bands/2013/Electro80s-17th-May-2013/i-h8bHfZ4/2/L/Electro80%27s_0102-L.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: wackocrash5150 on February 26, 2014, 10:52:37 PM
I just recently picked up one of these from B&H on sale. Was looking for something similar to my 50mm 1.4 but with a bit longer reach. I've been doing a fair bit of family functions with less than desirable lighting conditions. I have yet to put it through it's paces but I'm quite impressed so far. Quite sharp and very reasonable price.
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: fsgray on June 19, 2014, 09:35:33 AM
85mm prime on an EOS-M for fast-moving sports?  Heresy!  Shutter-priority at 1/800, pre-focused.
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: drmikeinpdx on October 01, 2015, 11:54:25 AM
The 85 1.8 is one of my favorite lenses for photographing people, but I haven't used it a lot this year.  I became interested in lenses that create an obvious separation between the subject (usually a person) and the background.  Most 50mm F/1.4 lenses will do this, as will the 24-70 F/2.8 Mark 2.

I've been using my old 85 again and find that under certain conditions, I can get a fair amount of that separation effect.  It seems to be best around F/2.0, not wide open.  I'm thinking the effect results from a combination of very high sharpness in the focal plane along with good bokeh (whatever that means) and a background that lends itself to a mildly abstract appearance when heavily, but not too heavily, blurred.  My impression is that this separation effect really exists because of the way our visual system processes flat images (ie: photos).

Here is an uncropped example shot with the 85 1.8 a couple of days ago.  Gentle adjustments in LightRoom.  The camera was a 5D3 whose precise focus is part of the equation, I think.

I left the EXIF in if you want to check it.


(http://www.nwmotophoto.com/img/s2/v58/p1516384907.jpg)
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: JayTailor45 on May 27, 2016, 11:04:12 PM
Wow dude love your photos :D , you should make tutorials :D
Title: Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Post by: Sportsnewstoday on June 04, 2016, 10:25:25 PM
That is one awesome lens! I owned one about 10 years ago, sadly a horrible droop broke it. I am beginning to miss that lens.