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07/29/2007 10:25:23 PM · #1
Canon Telephoto EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Autofocus Lens

Canon Wide Angle EF 24mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens

For people that own these lenses, do you love them, hate them?
07/29/2007 10:30:12 PM · #2
Stay away from the B&H website. Step back from the keyboard. Cigarette savings??
07/29/2007 10:32:07 PM · #3
Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

Cigarette savings??


Yes, and I've decided that I wanna go prime for both artistic and technical reasons. I've got Canon's 28, 35 and 100mm primes (non-L) on my list too.
07/29/2007 10:33:46 PM · #4
Go ahead then and splurge. Congrats.
07/29/2007 10:35:53 PM · #5
Hey David, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro is on my list too... how do you like it?
07/29/2007 10:49:09 PM · #6
I used the 85 f/1.8 but found it rather limiting on a 1.6 crop camera due to the close focus distance being fairly long. I much prefer my 50mm f/1.4 USM. If I were to go FF one day, the 85mm would be first on my list.

I think the 24mm is another like that too. It isn't really all that useful unless you are shooting FF.

The aperture isn't great and it isn't all that wide on the Rebel.

I'd recommend either the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 or upgrading the Canon 50mm. Aside from that, you might also go with the 100mm. It's a bit longer than the 85mm, but that macro focusing is seriously shizzle. Not just for macro subjects either. It will give similar perspective to the 85mm, but allow a bit more freedom with closer focusing. That will probably be my next lens.
07/29/2007 10:56:12 PM · #7
The reason I'm looking at the 24mm is that I find myself bumping up against the wide end of my sigma (28mm) very often for full body shots.

I will definitely consider the 100mm macro over the 85mm though.
07/29/2007 10:57:03 PM · #8
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Hey David, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro is on my list too... how do you like it?


For macro stuff I love it. For outside portrait stuff it's good also. It's sharp wide open and even sharper stopped down a couple. Has great bokeh too.

Message edited by author 2007-07-29 22:59:23.
07/29/2007 11:01:13 PM · #9
Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Hey David, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro is on my list too... how do you like it?


For macro stuff I love it. For outside portrait stuff it's good also. It's sharp wide open and even sharper stopped down a couple. Has great bokeh too.


But the bokeh of the 85 1.8 is hard to beat IMHO. I have the 100 and the 85 both. I sold the 85 a while back to fund another lens, and missed it so much I bought another. But of course it doesnt seem as long on a 1.3 crop. On the 1.6 I'm sure it seems longer then it is.

MattO
07/29/2007 11:02:43 PM · #10
Just not so sure that 24mm will be wide enough for what you are looking for.

Have you considered the 20mm f/1.8 by Sigma?

Also, I've been quite happy with the results from my 17-50 Tamron... I know it's not prime, but it's pretty damned decent for sharpness.
07/29/2007 11:16:41 PM · #11
hey the 100mm 2.8 is one of the best lens you can get.
is sharp wide open
07/29/2007 11:18:40 PM · #12
Originally posted by eschelar:


Have you considered the 20mm f/1.8 by Sigma?


Haven't looked at it, but have considered the Canon 20mm
07/29/2007 11:21:10 PM · #13
Get the 85 and start saving for a 5D. What's this cigarette savings nonsense anyway? Nobody likes a quitter...
07/29/2007 11:32:54 PM · #14
Originally posted by routerguy666:

Get the 85 and start saving for a 5D. What's this cigarette savings nonsense anyway? Nobody likes a quitter...


My wallet does :-) 5 months ~$1600. Don't know where most of that went though.
07/29/2007 11:34:24 PM · #15
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

The reason I'm looking at the 24mm is that I find myself bumping up against the wide end of my sigma (28mm) very often for full body shots.


I know its no wider, but have you had any experience with the canon 28mm 1.8?
I am interested in this lens although not many here own it.
07/29/2007 11:35:11 PM · #16
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

$1600. Don't know where most of that went though.


If you're like me, you ate it LOL.
07/29/2007 11:36:42 PM · #17
Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

$1600. Don't know where most of that went though.


If you're like me, you ate it LOL.


I've gained 40 pounds. I'm looking for my neck... LOL
07/29/2007 11:38:19 PM · #18
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by NstiG8tr:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

$1600. Don't know where most of that went though.


If you're like me, you ate it LOL.


I've gained 40 pounds. I'm looking for my neck... LOL


I put on 30 LBS
07/29/2007 11:49:20 PM · #19
Originally posted by boysetsfire:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

The reason I'm looking at the 24mm is that I find myself bumping up against the wide end of my sigma (28mm) very often for full body shots.


I know its no wider, but have you had any experience with the canon 28mm 1.8?
I am interested in this lens although not many here own it.


I can't find a lot of info on that lens. It almost seems it's fallen out of favor with photogs.
07/29/2007 11:54:21 PM · #20
A nice review on the 28mm f/1.8 USM.
07/30/2007 08:42:55 AM · #21
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:


My wallet does :-) 5 months ~$1600. Don't know where most of that went though.


How much weight have you gained...... remember in my no smoking contract, it specifies you can't gain any weight. I'll be coming to bust your knees...
07/30/2007 09:19:32 AM · #22
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Hey David, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro is on my list too... how do you like it?

I love my 100mm lens. My current personal best was shot with it.

Message edited by author 2007-07-30 09:20:57.
07/30/2007 09:22:33 AM · #23
I use the 85mm 1.8 for most of my portraits. Great quality, and great value. Never regretted it.
even though I have a 1.6x crop factor, I have no pb using it indoors, at least head & chest. For full body portraits, I'd rather us a 50mm.
07/30/2007 09:49:06 AM · #24
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:


I will definitely consider the 100mm macro over the 85mm though.


A friend of mine and I bought both these lenses at the same time..me the 85 and he bought the 100...he now wishes he had bought the 85 instead, finds the 100 limited, more of a specialty lens...I have used it and prefer the 85 definitely, but hey this really is a personal choice...quality is a non-issue.
07/30/2007 10:02:46 AM · #25
You will need a 20mm or better to even get close to "feeling wide" on a cropped sensor... 24mm just doesn't cut it IMO.

I tried the Sigma 20mm a while back and it was nice lens. My biggest complaint with it was the size... that f1.8 aperture means LOTS of glass and it weighs ton. Definitely not a good choice if you ever intend to hike with it.

I'd love to find a reasonably priced prime in the 17mm range thats not fisheye, but options are limited. So much so that I'm looking a zoom that gets down to that range instead.
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