Gear: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens

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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

I often advice other photographers to get just one lens, and spend some time with it until you really master it, without even touching a different lens for a while! This time I will be talking about the lenses, Canon 85mm, I have been using especially a lot in the beginning of my portrait work!! I was using it mainly on my Canon 50D camera!  This is not a review, and I’m not gonna be testing it with all the possible apertures, or whatever, I’m just showing off some examples of my work that exist thanks to that lens! Many people say that in order to have your images sharp you should not shoot at the widest open aperture of your lens, but dial a third stop or even more… well I don’t care about that! My default setting for this lens was F/1.8, and I love it like that! Well, that’s of course unless I have something else in mind that really requires some larger DOF, but in any other case I’m at F/1.8! 

I would definitely recommend you this lens as a budget portrait lens, if the L lenses are too expensive for you, go for this one, and you will not regret! And to be honest after I got the Canon EF 135mm F/2.0 USM lens the only reason I was using the 85mm 1.8 became when I am too short with the 135, so I don’t have my best shots there I guess! In the first year or two when it was my main lens I was all about it! 

I’ve been using the lens a while already, and since then I have changed already 3 different camera bodies, here they are:

  • Canon EOS 50D
  • Canon EOS 5D (Just for 1 photoshoot)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 1D-x

First I used it with the APS-C camera 50D, after that I switched to Full size camera and 5D Mark II! And not I am with 1Dx, but not using that lens so much!

Also here are some other recent gear articles I’ve been writing, feel free to check them out:

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 L USM

135mmのレンズ記事がかなり人気出たので、ほかに使ってるレンズも紹介しますね!いつもほかのフォトグラファーにするアドバイスの一つがひとつのレンズをマスターするまでに、ずっとそれを使い続けてください!私が最初のころにはこのレンズをずっと使っていました!

この記事はレビューではない、ただカメラマンとして、この立派な道具を使うといったい何ができるのかみたいな感じで自分の85mmを使った写真のアルバムにします!すべての絞りなどが入ってるレビューとかじゃなくて、実際の撮影の結果だけです!よくレンズの話になると、「それぞれのレンズの一番開放設定は使わないほうがいいですよ」ってカメラの先生やレッスンなどで聞いたことがありますが、まぁ、個人的にその「ルール」は完全に無視してますよ!というか、このレンズは当たり前みたいな設定でまずF/1.8にします!ほとんどの場合はF/1.8で撮影してます、そして、特に絞る理由がなければはだいたいそのままです!

Lレンズが高くて、買えないけど、いいポートレートレンズ欲しい人にはこのレンズがお勧めです!私の場合は最初からAPSCセンサーのCanon EOS 50Dで使っていました!だから、たぶん私の場合このレンズの一番心が入った写真はそのころですね!そのあとはフルサイズのCanon 5DMIIにして、そして、135mmのレンズを買ってから、85mmはただ135mmが使えない場所だけで使ってたので、そんなにはメインではなかったです!

今までに85mmのF/1.8は3つのボディーと使ったことがありますが、キャノンの50Dが一番多いです:

  • Canon EOS 50D
  • Canon EOS 5D (一回の撮影だけ)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 1D-x

Canon EOS 50D

My best times with these lens have been when I was using it with my first DSLR camera, the Canon 50D, I really enjoyed it and at that time I have been doing most of my portraiture with the 85mm 1.8 lens! Here are some of my photos taken with it!

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And a few street shots…

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Canon EOS 5D

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

The majority of my photographs with the 135/2 lens are taken with the Canon 5D Mark 2 body, so here are some examples with it! I’ve been using this combination probably for about 2-3 years, and I have some of my favorite photographs taken with it! 

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Canon EOS 1D-X

And in the end since recently I had switched to the Canon 1D-x body, here are some shots taken with that combination of camera and lens! I still have quite a lot that are not yet ready to show, but I will be updating this article from time to time to keep my new shots in as well! 

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  1. Datu Respatika
    Datu Respatika says:

    Thank you for this generous post. I think this lens would definitely give a pleasing experience. Just wondering, how often you’ve been bothered with the CA produced by this lens?

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