Friday, December 15, 2006

The discovery of a perfect lens

Friday the 13th in January was a lucky day for me. That was the day that I rented a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM fixed medium telephoto lens. With which one gets a more natural angle of view and perspective. These lenses will provide you with the image closest to how your eye perceives the subject and they are excellent for portraits and for giving images natural depth of field. I was testing it during the weekend and I immediately fell in love. This lens was so much sharper than all the lenses I have tried untill that day (and until today and I've tested or at least had a few shots with, at least 30, the only one that beat this lens was Canon's EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM). It has a great bokeh, DOF control and accurate&fast AF system (which is crucial if you do min DOF photography). I did some testing on my friends, I'll post the results. Both photos are taken at f1.8 (aperture wide open). After the weekend was over, I didn't return the lens to the store, I came back and payed for it without hesistation (and it wasn't cheap, but it was sooo good that I couldn't help myself).

This is just a test image: 100% crop, f1.8, ISO 200 (ofcourse no sharpening added)

1 comment:

dm said...


not to burst your bubble or anything, but you should shoot the pentax equivalent. or the pentax 77mm.

the older 85mm smc 1.8s are legendary. you can shoot one on your canon camera with an adapter.