Somethings I feel like I'm getting to know this lens - sometimes I'm not sure about that. Are these results typical when using the 85mm 1.4 outdoors? To me, this and the other photos in the series seem rather drab and lifeless. Shot at 1/2000 @1.4.
Welcome to the 85 / 1.4 "club" Fred!
By what I can see on this web version, the image looks fine, technically speaking.
I believe that the somewhat drab look comes from the background, or in this case the absence of it. It is in the same color family as your subject and it has no features at all. Shooting with a BG that provides some contrast would make a world of difference. Try it. Even though we like the great bokeh of the OOF features with this lens, you must nevertheless work your BG carefully. I'd love to see such a version because otherwise this is such a lovely portrait.
Just my 2 cents, of course.
I don't sense a hint of sarcasm, but in my opinion the glass is great, the lighting in this photo is just tough, I think another example would help. A little fill would have gone a long way and maybe made you think differently about this shot. Lovely though!
The 85 f1.4 is the one lens that spends the most time on my camera. Outstanding results, once I learned how to use it. I get great sharpness, contrast and color from mine.
"Poor results with 85mm 1.4" - that sounds like an oxymoron... :biggrin: To my untrained eye the pic looks great with the exception of the blown highlights in her hair. I would probably move her to a background that would provide a little more contrast - it's almost like she's blending in...
Fred, in looking at your histogram for this image I notice that it is slightly overexposed thus the washed out look. I made one simple change to the image and that was to move the left slider in Levels to the right until it contacted the data. This made an improvement IMO. The 85mm lens is fairly unforgiving but when the exposure and focus are right on it is outstanding. By the way, I like the image of your daughter.
Send it to me, and I'll give it a thorough workout for a couple of weeks and then let you know what I may have found out from my investigation.
We'll get to the bottom of this!! :biggrin:
Yea, the lighting here is tough for any lens. A Levels adjustment would help but the blown out areas are lost. Shoot your outdoor "people pictures" in open shade or overcast days.
It's all about the light.
I find the 85 doesn't like low contrast outdoor light such as in your image.
One thing I tried that helped was to extend the hood by about 15mm using black paper. On DX cameras, the stock hood isn't as tight as it could be.