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Portait shot. 85mm @ f/1.2

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by busterboy, 14 Aug 2006.

  1. busterboy

    Hitman

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    I just love the DOF on this lens, Its so darn narrow.. :)

    BTW: I took this shot as a sample for anyone wanting to see 85mm full frame @ 1.2

    Comments as always welcome good or bad.. :p

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  2. Scam

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    It's nice, but i think its cropped too tightly. The DOF is obviously cool, but simply doesnt suit the/a portrait -- his face should be totally in focus imo. :)
     
  3. busterboy

    Hitman

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    Its not cropped at all Scam, This is just a test shot @ f/1.2 to show how tight the DOF really is, The ideal shot is around f.2 with this lens with a little more distance between camera and subject..

    Example here from an earier shot.. :)

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  4. starscream

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    Ohh I didn't know anyone here had that lens. I'm so jelous, but I don't think I'll ever be able to justify spending that much on a prime.

    The picture looks nice to me. I tend to agree to an extent with Scam that it is perhaps too narrow (it's out before it gets to his ears!) but I do the same with my 50mm f/1.4, it hardly ever leaves f/1.4!!
     
  5. SDK^

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    His second eye is out of focus - only macro lenses have such a small a depth a field !! :)
     
  6. Shimmyhill

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    Blimey, that must have set you back a few beer tokens !!

    I am trying to decide about getting the 85mm 1.8 for the 30D and have seen a few reviews of the 1.2 - usually from millionaires ;)
     
  7. morgan

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    absolute garbage





    so bad I think you should send me the lens immediately :)

    I love that lens so much. Its amazing on FF. Often tempted to trade my 70-200 for one but that would leave me short on the long end. Its easily the nices lens I've used.
     
  8. morgan

    Wise Guy

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    I had the 85 1.8....very nice lens indeed. razor sharp and feels great. Warning though if you use the 1.2 you'll always feel short changed using the 1.8 :)
     
  9. Raider

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    Not too keen on the first shot. DOF is way too small.

    2nd shot however is awesome. Absolutely breath-taking :eek:
    Up close, like in the 1st shot I guess you need something above F2 to get a reasonable portrait DOF.

    What was the F# on the 2nd shot?
     
  10. busterboy

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    I might as well post you the camera also, Do you want the 350D or the 1DMkII sending.. :p


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  11. busterboy

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    Agreed the first shot is not such a good shot, I posted it showing the narrow DOF hence the comments above... ;)


    Exif details are embedded but for you mate the second shot was taken at f.2 :)
     
  12. Darryn

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    Any chance of a shot of it on the 1dmkII, it just looks HUGE on the 350d, but I have no clue as to the size of the lens against a normal sized camera.

    As for the shot, as others have said, it could have done with having more in focus, but it highlights the narrow dof and superb sharpness nicely.
     
  13. Shimmyhill

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    Sorry for the slight derail.

    When did you find it got sharp ? Its mainly for pics of the baby, the 50mm is a little short as she tends to head for me if she spots the camera ! 70mm on my 24-70 is better and im thinking 85mm could be perfect !
     
  14. busterboy

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    Just finished, Here ya go mate.. :)

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  15. Darryn

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    Thanks very much, that looks much better.... another one to add to my wanted list. :p
     
  16. Sleepyd

    Hitman

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    Think I'll save my pennies and go for the 1.8 version.
     
  17. morgan

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    it was sharp right from 1.8. its a stunning lens for the cash. I'm really suprised it isnt more popular than it is tbh.

    As with all lenses on FF you have to be careful with the dof as its far more shallow on full frame.

    The 1.2 is such as great looking piece of kit. love the two recesses where the lens hits the body and it is so nice and heavy.

    I'd love to do a wedding with one just to see how handy it is. On Full frame 85mm is a good length. I found it a bit long on my 20d.