Just a lens question

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  1. jennhunter

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    I am looking to upgrade, but I don't think I am ready to take the plunge for something outragiously expensive yet. I have the Canon 50mm 1.8, and have been considering the 85mm 1.8. Is it worth my money to purchase the 85 or am I just better off waiting and getting something a little better?
     
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    When it comes to prime lenses it's always good to have a 50mm and a 85mm.

    Depending on what you primarily shoot. If it's mostly portraits wait until you can get the 85mm.

    Otherwise go with the 50mm and get the other one later down the road.
     
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    I have both and I can tell you that I love the 85mm F/1.8 lens. Especially for outdoor portrait type shots.
     
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    I have the 50mm and am mostly doing outdoor portraits (more children than anything) So I will definitely benifit from the 85?
     
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    The 85mm F1.8 is a great lens, especially for the price. It's a step above the 50mm F1.8 in terms of quality, so will like that.

    It's a great focal length for portraits, the only issue being that it could feel too long if you don't have a lot of room to shoot...but when outdoors, it shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    The 85mm will show less distortion.

    Kids are always on the go and often hard to capture. So the 50mm might be an easier tool to "catch them".

    The 85mm forces you to move further away from your subject. With a regular DX frame you end up at about 125mm focal length. Sometimes you might not have the space to move that far backwards.

    Rent the lens first or try it a photo store to get a feel for it.
     
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    Thank you for your help! Guess I know what I will be asking Santa (the hubby) for for Christmas :)
     
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    Actually, with an 85mm lens....you end up with an 85mm focal length. ;)

    The field of view will be narrower on a DSLR with an APS-C sized sensor, than it would on a 35mm film SLR or 'full frame DSLR'....but that's only worth mentioning if the person considering it is familiar with a 35mm film SLR or full frame DSLR.
     
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    And the autofocus of the 85mm f/1.8 lens is much faster than the 50mm f/1.8. I am sure it is a plus for taking children photos.
     
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    Of course, you're right. I got that mixed up.
     
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    The 85 mm would be ideal for portaits but it's not a general all-around lens. Why not get a zoom less, or do you already have that?
     
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    The only other lens I have is the kit lens, I don't know a ton about zoom lenses and wouldn't even know where to being. I am mostly doing portraits for now, would I benefit more with a zoom lens?
     

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