Comparison: 50mm vs 85mm Lenses on a Full Frame Camera for Portraits

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We’ve answered this question many times when it comes to technicalities, but there is so much more to photography than just being technical.

The folks over at Weekly Imogen recently published a video doing just that. They compare the Canon 50mm f1.8 and the Canon 85mm f1.8–both are great lenses. Their technical problems aside, there are lots of reasons why you’d use the 85mm lens over a 50mm lens when ti comes to using a full frame camera. 85mm lenses render less distortion, compress bulging parts and tend to throw a lot of the scene out of focus. That means that when you’re photographing a subject, you can make the scene really just focus on them.

Their video is after the jump, but if you’re interested in more then check out our comparison featuring the 50mm f1.4 vs the 85mm f1.8, Weekly Imogen’s own debate on the two, and our field test comparison of the Sigma versions of the 50mm vs 85mm lenses.

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Another P&S With A Fast Lens From A Manufacturer From Whom We Would’ve Least Expected

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Yes, that’s right. Almost as out-of-nowhere as the announcement of Samsung’s EX2F a few days ago, came the announcement of the BenQ G1, another contender in the category of the fast-lens-point-and-shoot. However, the BenQ announcement went by almost unnoticed, and we would probably have overlooked it ourselves if we hadn’t stumbled upon it by chance. Because, seriously, who in the world gets excited when BenQ announces a new camera? (Or should I rather ask: who even knows that BenQ actually makes cameras?) But this one is a little different and a little confusing.

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Long Term Review: Canon 50mm F1.8 (Nifty Fifty)

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As the favorite lens of many growing, hobbyist and new photographers the Canon 50mm F/1.8 is the best bang for your buck lens out on the market. Capable of delivering super sharp images and small enough to forever stay coupled to your camera, the nifty 50 is a lens that receives rave after rave. This review will chronicle my long term use of the lens followed by why I finally sold mine and why I’m contemplating buying another one.

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Long Term Review: Canon 85mm F/1.8 Lens

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The Canon 85mm F/1.8 is the company’s budget level portrait lens, and a heck of a lens at that. Touted by photographers, Flickr groups, and reviewers as one of the best bang for your buck options; the 85mm is a lens that most people should at least consider. I’ve been shooting with this lens for over a year but never decided to do a full field review for the reason that it’s not new. However, this single long review will encompass some of the work that I’ve done throughout my various postings on this site, and we’ll help you determine whether or not it’s for you.

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Nifty At 50: How A 50mm F1.8 Prime Lens Changed My Shooting

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I have a confession to make. I’m not a professional photographer; I’m a consumer electronics journalist who covers digital cameras. While I’m an expert at the inner workings of digital cameras, when it comes to framing the scene, taking the shot, and masking it all look perfect I’m still an amateur. For the last few years, I’ve been shooting with the kit lens that came with my Canon Rebel XTi. It’s a useful lens, but my reliance upon it has kept me from understanding just how valuable a prime lens with quality glass can be. Continue reading…