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Has anyone used a 85 /f1.4 and canon 500d

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by revoke99, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. revoke99


    Jul 26, 2008
    Marina Del Rey
    I like the 85 f/1.4 but wish I could focus closer for tighter shots. Since I am shooting ff it is just father which I know I could crop the shot but was wondering if this combo the 85 f/1.4 and a canon 500d close filter is any good and would it affect the IQ..
  2. I'd use a 12mm extension tube before tying the 500D. I use one on my 105 f2/180 f2.8
    quite a bit but the thin DOF is very limiting with the 500D, you didn't mention what you're shooting
    that you need to get closer. With a tube you can get closer but will lose infinity focusing.
    The IQ is excellent using the 500D but for flowers/insects not people. :biggrin:
  3. This one is 85 f1.4 at f2.8 hand held with 500D, for sure good for static subjects. Hope it is illuminating:smile:

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    Digital bodies D300 & D200, Film bodies F80 & F4S
    Primes 16f2.8AFD, 50f1.4AFD, 85f1.4AFD, Zooms 18-35 AFD, 70-200f2.8 AFS VR, 18-200 AFS VR DX
    Other SB-800 & Canon 500D
    Legacy Pentax LX & K1000 with 17-28 Fisheye Zoom, 24f2.8, 35f2.8, 50f1.4, 85f2, 135f3.5 & 200f4

  4. revoke99


    Jul 26, 2008
    Marina Del Rey
    That is good to know I didn't know you will loose infinity focusing. I was thinking of using it for portraits for tighter shots or maybe evening selling my 85 for 105 DC or 105 VR..
  5. rvink


    Mar 21, 2006
    New Zealand
    THe focal length of the Canon 500D is 500mm, which means it focuses 500mm in front of the lens it is mounted on. If you put it on your 85/1.4 I guess the total focus distance will be about 600mm (2 ft). That's with the lens "focused" at infinity, you'll get closer when you focus in. So you will get tighter head shots, but this may be too close? I imagine corner sharpness will also suffer, expecially at wider apertures, but that may not matter if the corners are usually in the background.

    The AF 85/1.4 focuses to 0.85m (3ft), the max magnification is 1:8.8, which isn't very close. You might do better to switch to your 24-70, which focuses to 0.38m for 1:3.7 magnifications.

    If you want a close focusing portrait lens faster than f2.8, consider the 105DC which focuses to 0.9m for 1:7.7 magnifications. That's a small but useful increase. I think turning the DC ring to "R" also increases magnification further. The 135/2 DC does even better, focusing to 1.1m for 1:7.1 magnification. If you want even tighter cropping with a fast lens, the only other option is the ZF 100/2 macro.
  6. revoke99


    Jul 26, 2008
    Marina Del Rey
    Thanks rvink..Actually before I read this post I just picked up a 105 f/2 DC for a really good price..Tomorrow I have to do some headshots so I'm going to play with both the 85 and 105 and keep either the 105 and pickup a 50 f/1.4 for low light or keep the 85 as my portrait and low light lens..I would love to own the ZF 100 but for the cost I think I would rather get a 70-200 right now I think the zf 100 I would get later down the line..Thanks for all the info I really appreciate it..
  7. I have used the 85/1.4 with the 500D several times and find that this is a killer combination.

    One example (camera was a D1X):

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  8. arela


    Jan 15, 2008
    I use the Canon 500D with my 105mm DC and 180mm from time to time.
    I found the working distance from the focal plan mark to the object is approx 45 to 75 cm - focusing from closest to infinity. (18" - 29")
    (for the 180mm it is approx 56 to 70 cm.)
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