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    Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

    Hey there,

    Does anyone own this lens? Is it great for portraits and low light situations?

    I'm thinking of purchasing this as my first prime lens.

    Thanks for your time,
    kRock

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    Have one and use it a LOT.

    Love this lens, will find a few examples and post up if interested when I get home
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    Thanks Mark! Examples would be great.

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    Used to own this lens, really fantastic for portraits. Nice face AF too.
    One of the best valued canon lenses.
    I hear the 100mm f/2 is very similar too, probably worth looking into.
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    Thanks guys...
    I should have this by the end of the week!

    Where do you usually buy your gear from?

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    I have one and I love it a lot.

    Check my photos out. Mostly by 85mm and 35mm.
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    I just ordered this lens today.
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    Have had this lens for a few days now... love it! The short DOF is awesome at 1.4. Will post a few samples soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kRock View Post
    Have had this lens for a few days now... love it! The short DOF is awesome at 1.4. Will post a few samples soon.
    Thats a tricky 85 f1.8 if you can get it opened up to 1.4 ??

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    Ooops... it's 1.8!

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Axford View Post
    I hear the 100mm f/2 is very similar too, probably worth looking into.
    I have the Canon 100mm f/2 and find it a very good lens, liked it better than the 85mm which I sold.
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    Samples would be great guys!
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    probably not the best example... buy here's one taken in 2003 with a 10D
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    Taken with my Canon EF 100mm f/2 lens a couple of hours ago, straight from the camera no PP
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    How about you save your time and probably a little money in the end and get the 1.2 like i should have from the start... you'll only lust after it
    A few random photos over the years....
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    Thanks for the pics guys.... amazing... I really am impressed with the 50mm 1.2.....

    I have the 50mm 1.4 will take more photos with it and see what results I get....

    Go the NIFTY 50!

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    Quote Originally Posted by edenconnell View Post
    Thanks for the pics guys.... amazing... I really am impressed with the 50mm 1.2.....

    I have the 50mm 1.4 will take more photos with it and see what results I get....

    Go the NIFTY 50!
    How did we get on the conversation of the nifty fifty? Still great lens none the less, my next purchase definitely is going to be an 85mm 1.8. I am finding myself shooting more and more portraits. Primes for the win.

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    I am looking at getting one of these sometime soon, how is the center sharpness of this lens at wide open?

    I bought the 50mm F1.8 II as my first prime lens and although I loved taking photos at wide open, the sharpness even as impresive when you step up to f2.8 and above. So I was a bit dissapointed.
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    The 85 isn't super sharp wide open but
    it does get very sharp from 2.2 on.
    Still very usable at 1.8 though.

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