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Old Aug 27, 2005, 3:35 AM   #1
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I WANT A GREAT Portrait Lens! I HAVE READ A FEW REVIEWS ON THE CANON 85mm f/1.8 USM AND THE EF 100mm f/2.0 USM. BUT I ALSO WONDER IF I SHOULD CONSIDER THE EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Autofocus SO I CAN GET THE 1.4 AP. I HOPE YOU GUYS CAN GIVE ME SOME PERSONAL OPINIONS/FEEDBACK. ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE USED ONE OF THESE!
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Old Aug 27, 2005, 4:17 AM   #2
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if you are using a 1.6x crop factor camera (i.e. 20d, rebel xt) then the 85 1.8 will be more useful than the 100 f2.0...
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Old Aug 27, 2005, 7:40 AM   #3
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I have the 85mm 1.8 and love it. I also have the 50mm 1.8, it's not f/1.4, but for $70 everyone should have one in their bag.
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Old Aug 27, 2005, 10:39 AM   #4
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The 85 f/1.8 is the way to go.
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Old Aug 27, 2005, 12:05 PM   #5
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WHERE MIGHT I FIND SOME 85/1.8 SAMPLE PICS?
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Old Aug 27, 2005, 12:39 PM   #6
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imo, i think it depends on who you're taking a picture of and you're own preferences. If you're taking pictures of friends or family then they'll feel comfortable around you, even if you're a meter away from them... If you're taking pictures of strangers for whatever reason (halloween parade, models), then you might consider to put some distance between you and the person for their comfort. If there was no crop factor, I would definitely choose the 85mm, since I currently find the 35mm equivalent (136mm) to be a little long most of the time.

anyway, this link has everyday pictures as well as professional pictures with the 85mm:

http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/ef_85_18u

high-level pictures:

http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/br...qHZ4x?id=13069
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Old Aug 27, 2005, 2:17 PM   #7
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The 85prime is excellent; this is wide open:




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Old Aug 27, 2005, 2:27 PM   #8
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The 85mm f1.8 makes a great companion lens to the 17-40 for groups and weddings:


http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/photos/33020287-M.jpg

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/photos/33020246-M.jpg

http://gmchappell.smugmug.com/photos/33020269-M.jpg


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Old Aug 27, 2005, 2:47 PM   #9
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THANKS FOR THE photosig WEBSITE , ITS GREAT.
WELL I HAVE DECIDED.....I ORDERED THE 85/1.8 AND THE 50/1.8 TODAY.
2 GREATS LENSES (I HEAR) FOR ABOUT $425!
THANKS GUYS!!!
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Old Sep 11, 2005, 11:42 PM   #10
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Thanks to all the feedback on this thread I decided to buy the ef 85mm 1.8. I am extremely glad I did. Its great, the bokeh is fantastic!!! Can't wait to try so portraits..

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!
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