Can a lens have a colour cast?

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biggles267
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Can a lens have a colour cast?
Oct 24, 2011

Hi, some time ago I bought a 2nd hand copy of a Canon 85mm 1.8. From the very first photos with it, I felt that the images it produced didn't have the right colours. They seem to be rather cool, with a lower temperature. Sometimes I'll take a set and think the colours are pretty OK, other times it really stands out.

When I use my other lenses I don't get this, including my 60mm macro which I also bought 2nd hand - when I use it, I know from experience that the colours are going to appear accurate every time, nice and warm and no seeming colour cast. Is it possible for this lens to be colour inaccurate, and if so would it be a fault with the lens (how would that be possible?), or are all 85mm 1.8's like that? Or is this not possible and I must be imagining it, or is it just a factor of the ambient light at the time which is causing it?

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