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Re: Review - Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
« Reply #30 on: January 01, 2014, 01:39:56 PM »
I think the 85/1.8 is a one of the best values in the Canon lineup in terms of IQ/dollar.  It's excellent for tight portraits on APS-C, good for indoor sports on both formats.

I bought this lens as part of my 'starter kit' - T1i/500D, 17-55/2.8 IS, 85/1.8, and 430EX II.  I eventually upgraded to the 85L II, but liked the 85mm FL on APS-C so well that after getting a 5DII, I also got the 135/2L.

Here's a shot with the 85/1.8.  There is some longitudinal CA (purple/green fringing) evident in the sunlit hair.  The OOF background is actually a dirt path - the thin DoF is great for outdoor portraits!


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Re: Review - Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
« Reply #31 on: January 02, 2014, 08:16:29 PM »
Wish my 85L II has same AF speed as f1.8


I was a little surprised that AF speed difference was not mentioned. Being able to focus quickly in low light was a major point to chew on when I was looking at the 85mm 1.8, and it has a lot to do with why I am keeping it. Well, that, and the focal length plays well with what I do, it doubles as a portrait lens on FF, and the results are very useable wide open.


Of course they won't. It's human nature to not make oneself look dumb by saying that a lens they paid many times more is actually worse in some aspect. They grill the cheaper lens for its weaker points, which the 1.2 also suffers from to a lesser extent, but fail to mention the 1.8's lightning fast AF or non extending front element.


Exactly and in my opinion there are too many biased "reviews" and comments based on that fact when it comes to the 85/1.8.  They are meant for two different jobs; 85/1.8 is perfect for sports and event coverage, it's also the best bang for your buck in Canon's EF lens lineup, it's one of (if not) the fastest auto focusing lens ever made.  The 85/1.2 on the other hand is one of the sharpest and thinest DoF lenses you can get (without standing a mile away) but it's also one of the most outrageously priced lenses.  It's apples and oranges, one doesn't replace the other, it's what you need to do with it that counts.  Also CA and fringing is so easily fixed now a days in post and even in camera that it is a non issue and good portraits are usually taken at 2.8. 

Ken Rockwell has a great in depth review on this lens where he doesn't talk about magic and feelings lol: http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/lenses/85mm.htm

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
« Reply #32 on: January 07, 2014, 01:14:24 AM »
Had it, liked it as a portrait lens on crop.  Upgraded to FF, sold it, got the 135L.  Loved it, Got the 70-200 mkII, couldn't justify keeping both those lenses.  Sold it, got the sigma 85mm 1.4. Really like it.  Nice wide open.  Ok focus in low light (it's accurate but hunts in steps).  Great color and bokeh, pretty decent value.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
« Reply #33 on: January 07, 2014, 06:38:54 AM »
The 85/1.2 on the other hand is one of the sharpest and thinest DoF lenses you can get (without standing a mile away) but it's also one of the most outrageously priced lenses.


I don't think it's outrageous, it's just complex to build. Just check the prices of the new 56mm 1.2 Fujilense for the small APS-C sensors. Or check some other fast lenses... on Zeiss you won't even get an AF on it.

The point is to decide wether you need it or not. To build a sharp f1.2 lense is nothing you can simply calculate and throw into the market.

Here you could get a glue about the complexity of the Canonball: http://www.gletscherbruch.de/foto/85er/objektiv.html    Especially check the 72 balls to hold the glass.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2014, 09:35:58 AM »
The 85/1.2 on the other hand is one of the sharpest and thinest DoF lenses you can get (without standing a mile away) but it's also one of the most outrageously priced lenses.


I don't think it's outrageous, it's just complex to build. Just check the prices of the new 56mm 1.2 Fujilense for the small APS-C sensors. Or check some other fast lenses... on Zeiss you won't even get an AF on it.

The point is to decide wether you need it or not. To build a sharp f1.2 lense is nothing you can simply calculate and throw into the market.

Here you could get a glue about the complexity of the Canonball: http://www.gletscherbruch.de/foto/85er/objektiv.html    Especially check the 72 balls to hold the glass.

+1 - and from what I've read - the huge ground glass element in the front is finished by hand.  In a world of mass production, anything done by hand increases cost exponentially.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
« Reply #34 on: January 07, 2014, 09:35:58 AM »