Saturday, 21 February 2009

Canon EF 85mm F1.8 USM

I was holding out for the 85 F1.2L but I can't see the price of that coming down to around £1k for some time. Certainly not this year, if at all.

So, I took the plunge and went for the next best thing. And I can't say that I am disappointed. The build quality is excellent, looks and feels sturdy. It's quite heavy for its size but balances well on camera. The focus ring is a good size with little to no wobble, unlike the 50mm F1.4.

One slight iteration is aesthetic; I don't like the screw head that is visible at the top front of the barrel.

The MTF charts are impressive for this type of lens and the performance shows. Some slight CA fringing with bright subjects but that is expected. Distortion is acceptable. On a crop body it's certainly not a walkabout lens. more specialist because of its length.

The shallow depth of field is impressive at close distances. Keep yourself and your subject still to maintain the critical focal plane. Bokeh, well it's smooth!

Here are some images from my first test run all shot @ F1.8

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