I have recently got lots of new and exciting equipment. One of the new piece's that I now have includes the Canon 85mm 1.8 Lens. Since upgrading to a full frame camera last year I have wanted the 85mm. I love my 50mm 1.8, but it is very old and is going quite soft. Also when I used my 50mm originally on my 550D, which is a crop sensor DSLR it acted as an 85mm, therefore I was already use to the 85mm crop. I think 85mm is brilliant for fashion and portraiture, as you can do both close up portraits and full length without being extremely far away like you would with a zoom.
I was very excited to finally have this lens that I got hold of my blogger friend Rachel and asked her to model for me, just to do some simple test shots. It was very late afternoon/early evening so we did not have light for very long. I managed to get a quick variety of shots positioning the sun both in front and behind the model. The sun was positioned behind the model in all of the images, apart from the bottom two. The sun was not overly bright as it was cloudy so would come in and out, but I really like the golden halo effect it has created on the second left image. Even though the background is out of focus, due to a shallow depth of field, the halo effect helps make the model stand out more.
I played around with the apertures and experimented with different depths of field, with spring starting the tree's are getting their leaves again and producing some really nice colours in the background. I really enjoyed trying out this lens and it was also very comfortable to use. It is definitely heavier than the 50mm 1.8, however it is a lot lighter than my Canon 24-105mm lens. I very much look forward to using this again in future shoots, I feel like this will become my go to lens.
If you ever have used this lens I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below? Any CC on these images is welcome too.
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