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Donna L. Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002

1.8 lense...Good Choice?

I am thinking of buying either the Canon 50 mm 1.8 or the 85 mm 1.8. Anyone have an opinion? I can't afford the L series lenses right now or I would do that but between these two? Advice?

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4/25/2013 9:30:34 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Both are good lenses. What's your own opinion on what you want to use them for? The 50mm is close to how things look with just your eyes. The 85mm is a short telephoto that has just the hint of the compression that some people want for portraits, face stuff. Lets people back away a little when either or both the photographer and subject get a little nervous or self conscious. But you don't get any reach with a 85mm.
Lotta people think that a 50mm doesn't make a good portrait lens, but I say it does. It's got an intimate feel. But I think that's what people are worried about.

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4/26/2013 8:52:21 AM

doug Nelson   Don't overlook the new (and CHEAP) 40mm f 2.8. I am using it on a full-frame SLR and I am amazed at the sharpness, contrast, and lack of visible distortion. Some photos think that the 40 more closely approximates the field of vision. It stays on my 5DII now as my general-purpose lens.

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4/27/2013 3:09:25 PM

William J. Duntzee
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/5/2012
  I have to respond here even though I am a Nikon guy....You might want to look at the Sigma 1.4 50 mm; It beats the Nikon 50mm hands down; (I use it with my D600); although I don't know how the Canon 50 mm compares to the Sigma. A lot of my friends use it as a walking around lens and as a portrait lens as well. Better color rendition than the Nikkor equivalent and Tac Sharp results. Do your research and don't be afraid to buy other party lenses...some are better than the original manufacturers! :-)

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5/6/2013 8:13:06 PM

Donna L. Jones
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002
  Thanks so much for te helpful feedback!

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5/6/2013 10:11:42 PM

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