What does the 85mm f1.8 offer apart from portraits?

Started Jun 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: What does the 85mm f1.8 offer apart from portraits?
In reply to tamasine, Jun 28, 2013

tamasine wrote:

Thank you both for your replies.

I know my question was a bit strange but actually some of your pics seem to help. I would use it as a portrait lens but I mainly shoot landscape and still life, so what I was trying to ask (and not doing a good job ) is could you use the 85mm for landscape and still life?

Especially still life. When I've shot pics of objects before I've used the 50mm f1.8 so I was thinking would the 85mm be any better or not worth it? Again, I know it seems a naive question but to me 85mm might be a difficult focal length to use for still life...

The answer is...YES! That 50 is a sharp lens, but the out of focus treatment isn't nearly as appealing as with the 85 1.8G (or 1.4). Landscape photographers really benefit from a short telephoto.

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