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Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« Reply #45 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?
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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)
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Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« Reply #46 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

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

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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

Very helpful,  Thanks!
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Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« Reply #47 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...
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Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« Reply #48 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...

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Re: Canon 85mm f/1.8
« Reply #49 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.
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Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #50 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.


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Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #51 on: May 09, 2013, 11:38:21 AM »
  85mm f/1.8 gets more love now on 5DMKIII  :)
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Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #52 on: May 11, 2013, 12:00:27 PM »
  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  :-[

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Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #53 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.
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Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #54 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.
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Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #55 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.    ;)

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Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #56 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.

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Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #57 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.

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Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #58 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.    ;)

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Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
« Reply #59 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.
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