photography phil.uk.net

 

Phil.UK.Net   >   Phil.UK.Net Site Map   >   Photography   >   Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Lens Sample Images

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 Image Samples

 

Canon EF Lenses

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L

Canon EF 40mm STM f/2.8 pancake

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L IS

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro

Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

Canon EF-S Lenses

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5

Canon EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS II

Canon EF-M Lenses

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2.0

Canon EF-M 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon Lens Extenders, Extension Tubes, Adapters

Canon EF 1.4x II Extender

Canon Extension Tubes

Canon EF-EOS M Mount Adapter

Lighting

Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter

Canon 90EX Speedlite Flash

Canon 430EX II Speedlite Flash

Canon 550EX Speedlite Flash

Electra Studio Lighting

Support

Giottos MM 9550 Monopod

Markins Q3 Ball head

Gitzo GT2541EX Tripod

Cameras

Canon PowerShot S90

Canon EOS M

Accessories

Electra Colour Balance Panel

Sekonic L-308S Flashmate

Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens

 

Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens

A selection of photos taken in Thailand with the Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens.

Clicking on the thumbnail images will open a larger image in a pop-up window.

Colourful toy birds, Phetburi, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter speed: 1/125
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Phetburi, Thailand
File Size: 112 KB
Monks on the morning alms round, Phetburi, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter speed: 1/400
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Phetburi, Thailand
File Size: 119 KB
Tuk-tuk, Bangkok, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/640
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
File Size: 198 KB
Hands of the Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter speed: 1/80
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
File Size: 154 KB
Thai soldiers, Bangkok, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/50
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
File Size: 217 KB
The Chao Phraya river, Bangkok, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/250
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
File Size: 315 KB
Naughty monkey, Phetburi, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter speed: 1/500
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Phetburi, Thailand
File Size: 105 KB
Novice monk on the morning alms round, Phetburi, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 400
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter speed: 1/800
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Phetburi, Thailand
File Size: 88 KB
Vegetable offering, Bangkok, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
File Size: 216 KB
Temple candles, Phetburi, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/1.8
Shutter speed: 1/800
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Phetburi, Thailand
File Size: 87 KB
Lotus flower, Thale Noi, Phattalung, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/250
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Phattalung, Thailand
File Size: 137 KB
Empty lotus flower, Thale Noi, Phattalung, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/250
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: No
Extender: No
Location: Phattalung, Thailand
File Size: 137 KB
Thai stamp - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/125
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: Gitzo GT2541EX
Flash: Canon 550EX + ST-E2
Extender: 12mm extension tube
Location: Thailand
File Size: 256 KB
Thai bank note - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter speed: 1/125
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: Gitzo GT2541EX
Flash: Canon 550EX + ST-E2
Extender: 12mm extension tube
Location: Thailand
File Size: 434 KB
Thai stamp - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: Gitzo GT2541EX
Flash: Canon 550EX + ST-E2
Extender: 25mm extension tube
Location: Thailand
File Size: 255 KB
Thai stamp - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: Gitzo GT2541EX
Flash: Canon 550EX + ST-E2
Extender: 25mm extension tube
Location: Thailand
File Size: 244 KB
Thai stamp 100% crop - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: Gitzo GT2541EX
Flash: Canon 550EX + ST-E2
Extender: 25mm extension tube
Location: Thailand
File Size: 248 KB
Thai stamp 100% crop - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: Gitzo GT2541EX
Flash: Canon 550EX + ST-E2
Extender: 25mm extension tube
Location: Thailand
File Size: 317 KB
Floating market, Songkhla province, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/200
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: Canon 550EX
Extender: No
Location: Songkhla, Thailand
File Size: 156 KB
Floating market, Songkhla province, Thailand - Click for larger image Camera: 40D
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/160
Focal length: 85mm
EC +/-: 0
Monopod/Tripod: No
Flash: Canon 550EX
Extender: No
Location: Songkhla, Thailand
File Size: 187 KB
Amazon UK Amazon US

Lens Impressions

The 85mm f/1.8 is one of those lenses in the Canon range that offers a huge amount of performance for not very much money. In fact, it may be the best value for money lens in the entire Canon EOS line. From what I have read, it is 'easy' (easy being a relative term) for lens makers to manufacture a fixed focal length lens of this particular focal length.

It has been around for some time and because Canon did such a good job originally there has been no need to release new versions.

It's a very easy lens to use (some lenses aren't easy to use), and it focuses quickly and accurately. It would probably be a good purchase for someone who has bought an SLR and 18-55mm kit lens.

It's quite an addictive lens. The first time I used it was on a trip where I wanted to give two lenses a thorough testing, the other being the Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5. After mounting the EF 85mm f/1.8, I didn't want to take it off.

Return to top of page

Sharpness and Resolution

I was completely blown away with the performance of this lens as soon as I started to use it. The detail in the images is incredible, even when doing close-up work with extension tubes.

DXO labs gives it the highest rating for resolution out of any lens they have tested, even compared to some very exotic and expensive lenses including Canon's f/1.2L version lens of the same focal length.

The performance is difficult to believe and the low price makes it an absolute bargain.

Return to top of page

Chromatic Aberration and Fringing

Purple and green fringing 100% crop with no post-processing - Click for larger image I saw a review for this lens on one of the gearhead forums where the reviewer complains about "purple fringing and green chromatic aberration" being very visible. Of course, the forum gearheads agreed with this. However, I couldn't recall a single photo I had taken with this lens being ruined by chromatic aberration or fringing.

I then used Bridge to display every photo I had taken with the 85mm f/1.8, filtered the list to display only those shots taken at the maximum aperture of f/1.8, and went through them quite carefully.

With most images I couldn't see any problems at all. Eventually, as a result of pixel peeping (which is something that I never usually do) I found some purple and green fringes on some out of focus areas of certain images. Even in these images, the problem in the background was so small that I didn't find it distracting.

Pixel peepers and gearhead forums drive me to despair.

If you buy lenses in order to perform technical testing so that you can contribute to gearhead forums or have a desire to find every small technical defect with a lens, you will find them. This applies to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 and most other lenses. Lenses are made to be sold at a certain price point and there always have to be compromises in the design and manufacturing process.

But is this really the point of buying camera equipment? Wouldn't it be better to create emotions and memories through your photography instead of trying to be a non-paid, amateur, technical reviewer?

If you buy equipment to preserve and share memories of children growing up or places you have visited, and if you wish to print some of these images to display in your home (like most normal people), it is unlikely that you will find any defects at all.

In addition, camera bodies these days come with built-in software that corrects known lens defects in-camera if you shoot in JPG, and the camera manufacturers also supply software that can correct defects in post-processing (as do third-party companies).

You can spend some time on gearhead forums and come away with the impression that this lens is so full of optical defects it is useless. They might even persuade you to buy a faster lens of the same focal length that is five times as expensive as this one.

Ignore the gearheads. In real world shooting conditions I have found this lens to be a wonderful performer, and it is sold at a bargain price. If Canon announces an update I'm sure it will be better optically and it will probably come with IS. However, at the time of writing that option doesn't exist.

Return to top of page

Use

The focal length and the narrow depth of field make for a good portrait lens. It's not a big, white lens and therefore it doesn't attract attention. Despite this, the 85mm provides quite a lot of reach - especially on a crop body camera. This makes it useful for street photography and candid portraits.

It is also good for compressed landscape scenes. The minimum focusing distance isn't very close and so it isn't that useful for close-up work on its own. However, the addition of an extension tube makes all the difference.

An extension tube reduces the minimum focusing distance considerably, and the 85mm is sharp enough to give pretty good results. Along with all its other uses, the 85mm plus an extension tube will provide you with a decent macro lens on a budget.

Return to top of page

Light gathering capabilities

My first ever lens was the FD 50mm f/1.8 that came with my Canon A1 in 1982. For a long time I thought nothing of having an f/1.8 maximum aperture.

After I made the move to a digital SLR and invested in lenses, my maximum aperture became f/4.0 for a long time. When I eventually got back to f/1.8 again it took some getting used to.

My camera is normally set to ISO 200 but when shooting outside in bright conditions and trying to use f/1.8 it is easy to exceed the maximum shutter speed - even 1/8000. Sometimes, there is too much light at f/1.8 even with ISO 100.

Of course, indoors this is a big bonus and means being able to shoot with flash a lot of the time.

Return to top of page

Compared to ...

I can shoot at 85mm with my 70-200mm f/4.0L IS. The image quality is probably better with the zoom lens but maximum aperture is only f/4.0. I get IS with the zoom but this doesn't help with fast moving subjects. Also, the bokeh effect isn't as good.

Both lenses have their advantages and each will be better in certain conditions shooting certain subjects.

I've never used the 85mm f/1.2 L lens so can't make a comparison. I'm sure the f/1.2 is a fabulous lens but it is a lot more expensive and depth of field at f/1.2 is razor thin.

The 85mm f/1.8 has no Image Stabilisation but because of its light gathering ability IS isn't really needed. It is quite easy to shoot at shutter speeds that are fast enough to avoid camera shake.

Return to top of page

Conclusion

I love this lens. It's small, light, fast and produces wonderful images. What more is there to say? Oh yes, it is sold at a bargain price.

It's great for portraiture and if you add an extension tube it is also very capable doing macro photography. I wouldn't be without it and the low price means that every photographer can afford to have one in their bag.

Return to top of page

Lens Details

Weight: 15 oz; 425 g
Filter Diameter: 58mm
Closest Focusing Distance: 2.8ft; 0.85m
Minimum Aperture: f/22
Supplier: Chia Color Lab, Hat Yai, Thailand
Price: 15,750 Thai Baht
Date Purchased: March 2010
Lens Hood: ET-65III (not included)
Soft Case: LP1014 (not included)

Return to top of page

 

Recommend this on Google