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    Is the Canon 85mm 1.8 overkill for a 60D? video and photo
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    I'm itching to buy a prime for my 60D. I currently shoot with a Tamron 17-50, but it would be nice to have something with a shallower DOF. I shoot some photos for fun, usually bike races and cars, so more reach would be nice to have. 70-200 is out of my price range for now. I'm just worried the 85mm would be too long for day to day video work. Maybe a 35mm prime would be better? I don't know... Thoughts?


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    I own and shoot with this lens and its pretty good - sometimes prone to ca in certain circumstances. f2 being better than f1.8
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    That will fall right into the range of my primary lens for closeups on FF (85 X 1.6 = 136mm). It will look awesome I am sure, but kind of limited for general use.


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    Quote Originally Posted by J Davis View Post
    I own and shoot with this lens and its pretty good - sometimes prone to ca in certain circumstances. f2 being better than f1.8
    thanks for the info! Local shop will have one on monday, I think I'm going to run by and give it a test. I might hate it for handheld photos, which is 99% of the photos I take unless it's timelapse. This would be primarily a video lens.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzo_entertainment View Post
    That will fall right into the range of my primary lens for closeups on FF (85 X 1.6 = 136mm). It will look awesome I am sure, but kind of limited for general use.
    That's the other thing, if I'm shooting video of someone, I don't wanna be right in their face with the camera. Then again, I have a HMC150 I could use for that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cracker View Post
    That's the other thing, if I'm shooting video of someone, I don't wanna be right in their face with the camera. Then again, I have a HMC150 I could use for that.
    Like I said, it will be a great closeup lens, maybe some medium shots too (if you're 15 or 20 feet away)


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    just watch out for bad CA on high contrast edges in the out of focus background
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    I use my 50mm more often than my 90mm, but you've got that covered already, and it does add some flexibility; in any case, if you don't need the AF for stills, I'd rather get the samyang 85mm f/1.4: a bit softer actually, but with absolutely incredible bokeh, check the tests in the links here: http://www.similaar.com/foto/equipme...c.html#samyang


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    For weddings, I consider the 85/1.8 to be a sniper lens on my 7D. I can catch candids with good isolation and very fast AF.

    For video, I used it to isolate couples on the dance floor and used a Manfrottto 560B for support. Worked very well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel H View Post
    I use my 50mm more often than my 90mm, but you've got that covered already, and it does add some flexibility; in any case, if you don't need the AF for stills, I'd rather get the samyang 85mm f/1.4: a bit softer actually, but with absolutely incredible bokeh, check the tests in the links here: http://www.similaar.com/foto/equipme...c.html#samyang
    you love samyangs. I've been checking them out...very very nice. thanks!


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