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Get it you wont regret it.,
This review is from: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras - Fixed (Camera)
I just got this lens about a month ago and let me say it is probably the best lens you can get for under 400. That is not to say that the under 400 dollar price tag makes it fall into a category with other lens of the same price, because this lens is leagues above most lens at this price. It feels easily as solid as the L glass that ive used, and is small and compact. The AF is super fast (ring type USM, I hate non ring type lens'), and with a 1.8 aperture, you can shoot in really low light. I just used this lens for a college hockey game (notoriously bad lighting) and was able to get some amazing captures. Just to put it in perspective, even a 70-200 f/2.8 would be almost unusable in that light. I was able to shoot as fast as 1/1000 at ISO 800 f/1.8. To be able to shoot with that fast of a shutter speed indoors is amazing. Plus, the 85 is built like a rock, it feels so solid. The first time you pick it up, I promise you will be surprised at how good it feels to hold, especially if you arent used to L glass.
Be warned though, this is not a portrait lens! On a 1.6 crop body like the xti it is approx. equal to a 135mm on a full frame. that means you have to stand roughly 13 yards back from a subject to get their whole body into the picture. In a room this lens is very very tight. Shooting from the corner of a rink its perfect for net shots, shooting from the corner of a room doesnt work so well, and thats where you WILL find yourself trying to take people pictures. If you want a portrait go for the 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4, or even a 35 f/2. But if you are looking for a fast low light sports or concert lens this is it! Some head and shoulder shots are doable, dont get me wrong, but if your main intent is portraits you will be disappointed (as an outdoor lens its fine since you always have enough room but for group shots you will have to stand far away). Otherwise I highly highly recommend this lens...for the price its a must have i feel. Also it has great bokeh!
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Initial post: Jan 18, 2008 10:45:59 PM PST
Timothy L. Valade says:
thank you so much looking for a lens for nephews basketball games. use a 24 to 70 L lens pictures get suddenly out of focus. am 67 yr old film guy. what a lot of disappointment results. all that money ouch and ouch again. due to costs in starting digital i doubt if ill change. was going for the 85mm L but with my so called best of best L lens due to my lens becoming faulty sarting to give up on the big L,darn it. so also now looking at the 50mm 1.4 regular joe lens also for nephews b.b. games. i thank you so much and all others who put in their honest opinions. i cant say thanks enough.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2010 4:54:26 PM PST
Son Le says:
dude, this is one of the best prime portrait lens around, it is probably because of your APS-C body. But even with that the primary use of this lens should be for PORTRAIT photography :)
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2011 4:08:10 PM PDT
Tom Martin says:
I agree it is a great portrait lens, even on an APC-C body. But, to say that the primary use of this lens should be as a portrait lens, doesn't do the lens justice. This is a lens that no parent should be without! It is a great lens for indoor sports, concerts, and plays.
Posted on Oct 14, 2012 7:30:57 PM PDT
GOD! I was almost buying it... when I read this:
"you have to stand roughly 13 yards back from a subject to get their whole body into the picture"
Please, please... be more exact, I mean, do you really need to be that far? cause this is the first reason I was going to buy this lens... for portrait - whole body into the picture!
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2013 10:08:57 PM PST
"Be warned though, this is not a portrait lens!" -- actually, it's known as a portrait lens above all else
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