Is it worth to upgrade 50mm 1.8 to 85mm 1.8..?

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Thad E Ginathom
Thad E Ginathom Regular Member • Posts: 306
Re: Is it worth to upgrade 50mm 1.8 to 85mm 1.8..?

Same framing, I cannot say. I am mostly photographing Indian classical musicians on stage, these covid days at private recordings, rather than public performances. There's a stage, there's a basic video set up. I'm limited to keeping out of the way.

I use my 50/1.8OSS and my FE85/1.8 (on a6500) to get different  framing from the same distance. The 50 can place the individual in the context of the group, the 85 will feature the individual more.

I go to headshots with my Tamron 70-180/2.8.

My favourite lens is that 85/1.8. Seems to just have a certain-something magic. Maybe it is something to do with the way it renders perspective: I'm not very technical, I just know that it gives me great pics.

But I wouldn't throw away my 50/1.9OSS. Especially given the value-for-money factor, the 85 was always an addition, not an alternative. I specifically don't use the word "upgrade," They are too different to say "upgrade."

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Sony a6500 Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN Art +5 more
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