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My Love Affair With The Canon 85mm 1.8 Lens

One of the most popular questions that I get asked is what is your favorite lens to shoot with? In my first year of college I was gifted the best lens I have ever tried. The first time that I used the  Canon 85mm 1.8 lens I became more passionate, inspired, and more in love with what I do for a living. There is something about this lens that clicked with me. This tool has allowed me to bring to life the images that I had always imagined. Because this lens is so lightweight and compact it is also great for traveling! You will never find me at a photo shoot or traveling without this lens in my bag. If you are new to photography or have just never tried this lens I highly recommend that you do!

Now, notice that I didn’t say this is an L glass lens? For those of you that do not know, L glass lenses are Canon’s top of the line lenses. I’m a huge fan of Canon’s L glass lenses, but as far as the 85mm is concerned the 1.8 is the best (in my opinion). I’ve tried the 85mm 1.2L lens… it is too slow and too heavy in comparison. Also, you cannot beat the price of the 85mm 1.8. It’s a steal!

Please feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section. What is your favorite lens to shoot with? I’d love to hear what lens makes your heart beat faster.

Here are some examples that were shot with my 85mm f/1.8 Canon Lens:

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William Callan - March 12, 2015 - 1:43 am

Amazing! So pumped to hear that you love the 85mm. I’ve been thinking about investing in a long lens; right now I’m mostly using a 35mm but this post for sure makes me want to try out an 85mm. Thanks so much for the insight into your shooting style and work flow. Can’t wait to see more from you.

Shernade - December 2, 2015 - 10:35 am

These photos you have on this page are they shot only with the 85mm 1.8? What software program do you use to edit your photos? I love your work

Shernade - December 2, 2015 - 10:37 am

Please email me!

shernade - December 14, 2015 - 12:23 am

Hi there i love your work, I just brought me an 85mm 1.8 lens and I am having trouble using it,I find my photos are not as crisp and sharp as i would like them to be and most time come out blurry, i do not use a tripod and increase the shutter speed to lessen the risk of shaking and and keep between 2.0-3.5, can you please give me tips on how to improve my work

Moritz - January 13, 2016 - 3:02 pm

stunning pictures! Were these all shot at f1.8? I have the 50mm version of that lense (gold ring) and it’s also VERY fast. But not very sharp (not shallow) all the way at f1.8. What do you think? Thanks

katrinajayne - January 13, 2016 - 6:21 pm

Hey! Yes! All of these are shot with the 85mm 1.8. Unfortunately, I have no experience with the 50mm version. If you email me a photo example with the metadata I can look at your settings to see then I can give you my opinion? My email is Katrina@KatrinaJayne.com

Dr. Mike - January 29, 2016 - 1:24 pm

I’m glad to see another fan of the great Canon 85mm F/1.8 lens! Like you, I tried the 1.2 and found it too heavy and slow. It was very tricky to use wide open due to the extremely shallow DOF. I did a side by side comparison of the two lenses and found the images looked virtually identical at similar apertures. I tend to use the 1.8 at around F/2.2, that seems to be the sweet spot for me.

Dr. Mike at http://www.BeyondBoudoirPhoto.com

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