Canon 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.8

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  1. indianatheart00

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    I decided to purchase a Canon 50mm f/1.4 and then came across some reviews for the Canon 85mm f/1.8. Now I am very confused about which one I should get because the price for both is about the same. I plan on using the lens for indoor photography during the day and at night. Basically just taking pictures of my kids and also family events etc. I also want to use it for outdoor landscape photography and to take pictures of architecture. Help!


     
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    Are you on a full frame or crop sensor?
     
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    I have both ... they're both good. If you're using a crop sensor, the 85 might be too long for use indoors. Even the 50 would be a little on the long side...
     
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    I agree, if you're using it primarily indoors I'd go for the 50. It's 2/3 stop brighter and the 85 can get a little tight indoors.

    For architecture and landscape, both of these lenses are going to be "selective", and not for getting an entire scene, so I imagine they'd both suit you alright. Usually for architecture and landscape I think more in the 10-24 range (on crop).
     
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    I am on Crop T2i.
     
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    ^ This.
     
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    I also have both. For indoor, the 85mm is great for head shot type photos. But that about it. When I shoot family gathering or birthday parties, I usually just use the Canon 50mm and Tamron 17-50mm (both with flash).

    For out door, that's a different story.
     
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    I own the 50mm 1.4 and would recommend it over the 85 for all the reasons other posters have listed above. However, for your planned use of this new lens, I would go wider than 50 (especially on your cropped) and would consider a 35 or even 28. Both really great lenses.
    For indoor, portraits and all that, holidays, meetings, play times, I use a 24-70mm 2.8. It has been the best overall lens I've used. And having used it so much, I have a great appreciation for the wider end.
     
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    The 50mm is fast but too long for indoor shooting. Jacobwilson is right. The 28mm prime or 24-70mm 2.8 zoom would be better for family shots.

    But the 28mm wouldn't be wide enough for architecture. Consider the 17-55mm 2.8 IS. Or if that's not in the budget, you might do this:

    - swap the 50mm f/1.4 for a 18-55mm kit lens

    - and with the money you have left over, get a FLASH like the Speedlite 430ex II
     
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