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Thread: Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

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    Default Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

    Need advice on this 2 lenses.

    Currently use 400D and plan to buy an additional lens soon. But couldn't get my mind on this 2, which lenses are better on APS-C. Hope the Shi Fu out there can give me some advice.

    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

    what focus length do you need?

    its like tell u what u should eat later in the evening...no one able to read your mind...

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    Default Re: Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

    Sorry, going to get a portrait lens.

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    Default Re: Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

    The 85mm f1.8 would be good on a 400D.
    I've tried a 135 f2 on my 10D and it's way too long for my liking.
    Best if you can try out both lenses to decide.
    For me, 50mm on a 1.6x crop sensor is good enough.

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    Default Re: Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

    85mm - portrait
    135mm - street photography

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    Default Re: Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

    I guess 85mm would be more suitable for you. 135mm and you'll need to be standing quite a distance away from the subject at times to obtain desired framing, unless you do headshots all the time. Infact, I find my 80mm a bit narrow in many occasions.
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    Default Re: Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

    try the 100/2 as well. good mix inbetween if you cant make up your mind. =)

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    Default Re: Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

    85mm F1.8 is quite a suitable lens on both APS-C and FF: at 1.6x factor it's equivalent to 135mm and in FF it's 85mm - both good ranges for taking portraits, and more importantly it means you can still have good use of it if one day you upgrade to FF.

    that's my opinion, so I bought 85 f1.8 for my 400D,
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    Default Re: Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

    I would think that the 85mm f/1.8 will be more useful, unless you shoot a lot of outdoor portraits with lots of space.
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    Default Re: Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

    Yes, 135mm is rather tight even for headshots. You'll be standing quite far back. I use 105mm and I find it already difficult to use indoors. Since I got a 85mm, I got hooked on it as its just about right for half length portraiture.
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    Default Re: Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

    I find the 135 a little long indoors too but the mokeh wide open is superb The 85 wide open has a little purple fringing at high contrast areas but almost dissappers at f/2
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    Default Re: Which lenses to go for? 85mm f1.8 or 135mm f2.0

    Thank for all the info.

    I think i going to get the 85mm liao, somemore it is cheaper....

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