Canon 85mm f 1.8

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Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM

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The Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM

The 85mm f/1.8 is nearly as sharp as the Canon 85mm f/1.2L but focuses faster and is often preferred for action shots for that reason. It’s also much smaller and easier to handle. A number of photographers use this lens for indoor sports in smaller venues such as high school basketball, hockey, etc. It also serves well as a portrait lens.

Roger's Take

I’m always amused when people compare the Canon 85mm f/1.8 to the Canon 85mm f/1.2L. They are two entirely different creatures with nothing in common except their focal lengths. Well, that, and they’re both really sharp. And have wide apertures. Other than that though…

Seriously, the f/1.8 is the opposite of the f/1.2 in two really important ways: 1) it’s small and lightweight and 2) it focuses as fast as you please, which makes it one of the best indoor sports lenses for those small and not-too-well-lit high school gyms. In those situations, when f/2.8 just isn’t wide enough, this is the lens to grab.

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