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    Default Which lens is a better choice? 50mm & 85mm

    Hi, im looking at a 50mm 1.4 vs a 85mm 1.8 potrait len. Couldn't decide on 1 so i would like to seek more opinon before i decide. Currently i have a 70-200mm 2.8, will the 85mm be render useless to me since i can use my 70-200mm instead? So the 50mm would be a better choice?

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    Default Re: Which lens is a better choice? 50mm & 85mm

    Depends largely on what you shoot and your shooting style/preference. If you are using 1.5x/1.6x body, the 85mm may be slightly too long for indoor portraits. 50mm would give a wider FOV.

    For general purpose portraits on a crop body, the 50mm would probably be a good choice. YMMV. Best is to try out both lens first before taking the plunge. (that is what I would normally do...borrow or rent out to try first).

    As for 85mm vs 70-200mm 2.8, I would say both lens can co-exist in any set-up, since they serve different purposes. The 70-200 for range, and versatility, the 85mm for speed (larger f-stop) and low light situations.

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    Default Re: Which lens is a better choice? 50mm & 85mm

    50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.8

    I will go for 50mm f1.4, reason is bigger FOV, if the FOV is too wide you always can do cropping using software and unable vice versa for 85mm. f1.4 give you better Depth of Field for portrait. I have few sample capture using 50mm f1.8 at hendytok.myphotoalbum.com.

    At the moment i have not see any reason why i should use 85mm f1.8, if you have any idea what is the benefits, please dont mind to share with me.
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    Default Re: Which lens is a better choice? 50mm & 85mm

    Between 50mmf1.4 and 85mmf1.8.

    Go for the 50mmf1.4, so that you can buy 85mmf1.4 in the future.

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    Oh, i was using 400D, and i actually want to try 85mm F1.8 and sell away my 50mm F1.4
    Guess better keep and try to borrow one to see if is truth...
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    Default Re: Which lens is a better choice? 50mm & 85mm

    35mm, 50mm, 85mm and occasionally 100mm is indispensable to me I use all

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    Default Re: Which lens is a better choice? 50mm & 85mm

    Quote Originally Posted by ezhub View Post
    Hi, im looking at a 50mm 1.4 vs a 85mm 1.8 potrait len. Couldn't decide on 1 so i would like to seek more opinon before i decide. Currently i have a 70-200mm 2.8, will the 85mm be render useless to me since i can use my 70-200mm instead? So the 50mm would be a better choice?
    Get the 50mm. On a cropped sensor it approximates that of 75 - 80mm already.

    The 85mm has the advantage of a larger aperture than ur 70-200mm/2.8. If you do not miss that with your current 70-200mm then probably might not be useful.

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    Default Re: Which lens is a better choice? 50mm & 85mm

    as a portrait lens, if u have the space, work with the 85. better compression and bokeh than the 50. the 2/3 stops of light shldnt make a big difference when u are shooting outdoors and it will tough to work with the 85 indoors anyway.

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    Default Re: Which lens is a better choice? 50mm & 85mm

    As for portrait I will say 50mm on 1.6x body, 85mm on a FF body...
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    Default Re: Which lens is a better choice? 50mm & 85mm

    85mm the longer the lens create better bokeh .

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    Default Re: Which lens is a better choice? 50mm & 85mm

    Quote Originally Posted by ezhub View Post
    Hi, im looking at a 50mm 1.4 vs a 85mm 1.8 potrait len. Couldn't decide on 1 so i would like to seek more opinon before i decide. Currently i have a 70-200mm 2.8, will the 85mm be render useless to me since i can use my 70-200mm instead? So the 50mm would be a better choice?
    if you must ask this question

    it means that you don't really need either

    so you shouldn't buy either

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    Default Re: Which lens is a better choice? 50mm & 85mm

    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post


    if you must ask this question

    it means that you don't really need either

    so you shouldn't buy either
    Or you should just get both of them..

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    Default Re: Which lens is a better choice? 50mm & 85mm

    Just use your 70-200 2.8.
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