Thoughts on Canon 85mm F1.8 USM Lens.

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Re: Toss UP.

NikonHaoleboy wrote:

Avoid comparing the Canon's 135/2 lens with the Tokina Opera, they are different designs, with different intent and image look.

Whatever your opinion of Ken Rockwell, this is his review of the Tokina Opera and some of his comments deserve close attention.

Yes seen that, and the endorsement from the Angry photographer, the Tokina is a stunning lens for sure.

"The Tokina Opera 50mm is Tokina's version of the monster 50mm f/1.4 super-performance lenses popular today".

"The Opera 50/1.4 excels at super sharpness wide-open at f/1.4, where it's much better than Canon's ancient 1993-era EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. At normal daytime apertures Canon's $125 EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is at least as sharp and the EF 50mm f/1.2L is faster; the whole point of this giant Tokina lens is if you're shooting a lot wide-open and need super sharpness at every focusing distance".

"In fact, at f/1.4 it's not quite as sharp in the corners as Canon's $125 EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is at f/1.8, but it is sharper at f/1.4 than Canon's 1993-era EF 50mm f/1.4 USM and the Opera is sharper in the corners than the EF 50mm f/1.2L at f/1.2. I sort all this out at compared".

"Yes, it's pretty sharp wide-open at f/1.4, but at normal apertures it's no more or less sharp than any other 50mm lens — and it does have slight lateral color fringes that won't correct on Canon, giving poorer performance than Canon's own lenses stopped-down".

"While desktop photographers (those who spend more time researching than shooting) get excited about manufacturer promises of "super sharp," this lens isn't any sharper than other 50mm lenses in most actual use. Its real optical claim-to-fame is a complete lack of distortion, making it ideal for scientific and survey purposes where distortion otherwise would have to be corrected later. The opera's total lack of distortion is much, much better than most other 50mm lenses".

"Due to a lack of any electronic correction, it has more lateral color fringes than other lenses when shot on Canon, which needs a lens profile that doesn't exist. (Nikon cameras correct this without profiles, so this should go away on Nikon.)"

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