Nigel Atkinson Photography

Equipment review: Canon 85mm f1.8


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This is probably my most used prime lens as 85mm is useful on both full frame and crop cameras. Its great to take pictures of children in the garden or park. For one or two subjects it gives a good working distance and allows me to throw the background out of focus more easily.

Construction of the lens is much better than the 50mm f1.4. It feels better in the hand, focussing is very fast and almost silent. Even the lens hood is good!

My only significant issue with the lens is its close focussing capability there are many times when I want to be just a little bit closer.


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