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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Nov 10, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Light, small, cheap, excellent image quality, fast AF, reliable, consistent

I bought this lens on a whim to give me something new to play with because a new 'L' lens I'd ordered hadn't shown up. It has since become possibly my favourite lens.

It is now the fastest lens I own, and the only lens with which I find that 1/8000 shutter speeds sometimes aren't fast enough. It can be used in very low light.

The image quality is nothing short of amazing. With some recent portrait work, I did a direct comparison with this 'old' lens and Canon's latest EF 100mm f/2.8L IS macro lens.

The shots using the new 100mm macro lens were good, but the ones using the 85mm had the edge.

It is extremely sharp and produces wonderful colour, contrast and bokeh. The AF is fast and accurate. With the wide aperture I don't find myself wanting or needing IS.

The minimum focusing distance is 2.8ft, but add an extension tube to reduce the minimum focusing distance and you have a cheap - but very competent - entry level macro lens.

Even with 100% crops of macro shots using a 25mm extension tube the 85mm f/1.8 loses none of its sharpness.

With portrait work now, this is my first choice lens - even though I have 'L' lenses to choose from.

I really can't praise it enough, and the more I use it, the more I like it. | |