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Kristi Seanor

Canon 85mm lens

Anyone out there use a Canon 85mm USM lens?? I am thinking of purchasing one for my portrait photography. If anyone has any positive or negative feedback on this particular lens, could you please share??

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1/2/2005 1:10:11 PM

doug Nelson   The older Canon FD 85 1.8 (manual focus) is very highly regarded as a portrait lens. Mine has noticeable pincushion distortion at the edges if I shoot buildings or through a doorway. The 85 USM can only be even better. I am told that the distortion in the autofocus version has been considerably tamed, if not eliminated. I use the 85 as one of my travel lenses, for portraits, flowers, and for a little reach for landscapes. If you are shooting film, don't hesitate to buy this lens.

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1/3/2005 6:20:35 AM

doug Nelson   Check out this Canon EOS fan's web site. He reviews this lens:

If you are shooting digital and you want this kind of coverage, look at the 50mm f1.4.

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1/5/2005 8:50:47 AM

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