A couple months ago, I picked up two lenses: an 85mm 1.8 and a 28mm 1.8. These weren’t L series or anything like that but they came highly recommended and I got the itch to finally buy a couple of lenses in this range. Â I have been really pleased with the resulting photos I’m able to produce. Specifically the 85mm has been great for really singling out the subject from a comfortable distance. I find brides are more comfortable, animals maintain their position more, and the wide aperture lends itself to beautiful bokeh and great light collection. Â I’ve used them in two weddings and they’re actually pretty darn fast.
Bokeh is smooth, on the 85mm and I’m able to maintain a healthy distance from my subjects. This could be especially useful when dealing with children and pets but I found it particularly great at capturing nice portraits of people unawares.
I was able to take a nice photo of my coworker Nick, while he was engrossed in his phone.
And I was at a comfortable distance from my other coworker, Logan, when he was trying to figure out whether or not I was taking his photo.
The 85 stops motion in very low light situations, and the wide aperture makes unpredictable light situations much, much more manageable. The Decatur lantern parade was a great opportunity for me to try out the low light capabilities of this lens, and I was not disappointed!
It allowed me to shoot with relatively little noise and was able to stop motion successfully.
Last but not least, it is a pretty good macro lens. I found it was perfect for some of the ring and detail shots.
All in all, the 85 is a very versatile lens. I’m completely sold on getting the L series version of this glass. :)