Saturday, November 01, 2008

EF85mm F/1.8 USM

Reasonably priced at around RM1400, the EF85mm F/1.8 USM is suitable for head and shoulder portrait. Though it's not part of the L lens league, but the lens is able to deliver crisp sharp image even at its largest aperture. The only drawback is the purple fringing at F/1.8 and once stopped down to F/2.8, it's almost eliminated. Launched in July 1992, this lens is still able to support today's standard, especially for pixel-peepers. Also, having 8-blade diaphragm renders excellent and smooth bokeh to eliminate background distraction.

The build is solid, it has metal mount and the focusing ring is smooth. Weighing merely 425g, it offers great portability. Compared to its elder brother - EF85mm F/1.2L II USM, it's less than half of its weight, and almost 1/6th its price, but lacking the L quality and slower by more than a stop. If you're on budget, it's a no brainer to choose the F/1.8 version. However, being cheap doesn't mean it's poorer in every aspect, its AF is way faster than the F/1.2 version due to lighter focusing group elements. Overall, it's a value for money prime lens for Canon shooters, be it fullframe or APS-C body.

EOS5D, 85mm, F/2, 1/160s, ISO400

EOS5D, 85mm, F/1.8, 1/60s, ISO1600

EOS5D, 85mm, F/2, 1/60s, ISO1600