Skin Tones: 85/1.8 vs. 85/1.4

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Brian-S, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Brian-S

    Brian-S

    300
    Feb 10, 2007
    Bay Area, CA
    This has been my main question as of late. I have the 1.4 and love the way it renders skin tones (as I'm sure many others do as well), and compared to my 70-200, it blows portraits away, IMO. Side by side, skin tones with the 70-200 look splotchy and overly warm, whereas the 85/1.4 looks smooth and even. Now what I'm wondering is, lens lust has the better of me and I've been thinking of dropping down to the 85/1.8 if it does skin nearly as well so I can pickup a sigma 30/1.4 for night photography and such. Does anyone have any direct experience with the 1.8/1.4 comparison or samples pictures comparing the two? Any help would be truly appreciated.

    Brian
     
  2. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    stick with what u got and add a 50 1.4 to the mix ...;-))
     
  3. godfather

    godfather

    178
    Aug 10, 2005
    I would never give up my 85 1.4.
     
  4. Brian-S

    Brian-S

    300
    Feb 10, 2007
    Bay Area, CA
    thanks for the great thoughts everyone, but the lens sold tonight and now i've got a great chunk of change in my pocket and wondering what to do with it!

    Brian
     
  5. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
  6. Brian-S

    Brian-S

    300
    Feb 10, 2007
    Bay Area, CA
    Chris,

    very nice images with the 1.8!

    Brian
     
  7. vettenut

    vettenut

    Feb 27, 2006
    Tolland CT
    Chris I am now stuggling with weather to save up for the 85 1.4 or just get the 50 1.4 which I can get now! Lens lust is such a bad disease, have you had any experience with the 50 1.4. - Jeff
     
  8. Chris, are your women models happy with their skin as it shows in your pictures?
     
  9. Dayo

    Dayo

    May 1, 2006
    Bahrain
    I was mucking around with off cam lighting for this one.

    070413-124059-000811.
     
  10. Frank207be

    Frank207be

    538
    Mar 11, 2006
    Belgium
    I did a first communion shoot with my 85mm f1.4 today, and although I use the 85mm a lot, I'm extremely happy with the results that I got again. I shot mainly between f2 and f2.8. This really is a people lens!
     
  11. Bearmont

    Bearmont

    484
    Feb 28, 2006
    Bellevue, WA
    I agree with you in regards to the 70-200mm being overly warm for portraits. I find the warm tone to be nice when shooting plants or scenery. I don't own a 70-200mm, but seen plent of shots with it. Its rendering is very similar to the 105mm VR, very warm. I do however, own the 85mm 1.4 your correct about its renderings. Very accurate, and linear. Just on a side note, my 80-200mm 2.8 two touch also creates images similar in contrast to the 85mm 1.4, not too warm, but just right. My theory is that telephoto lenses made circa 1990's share this common trait. Could be wrong though lol.
     
  12. Brian-S

    Brian-S

    300
    Feb 10, 2007
    Bay Area, CA
    i think it like also has a lot to do with ED glass. the 70-200 has 5 elements whereas the 85/1.4 has 0.

    Brian
     
  13. exposinglife

    exposinglife

    358
    Apr 12, 2007
    NC
    I really like my 85 1.8. I don't shoot with it as much as I should or would like to. I keep my 35-70 2.8 on the D50 most of the time to catch the little one in action.

    As for the topic at hand, I find my 1.8 does just fine, if not great with skin tones. I haven't shot with the 1.4, so I can't compare, but I'm more than pleased with what I have...
     
  14. Chris101

    Chris101

    Feb 2, 2005
    Arizona
    I am!
     
  15. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    the 1.8 is a fantastic lens..and the bokeh is more pleasing to my eye than the 50s..diff anyway, simular to my 80-200 2.8

    available light @f1.8, 320iso
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    i'm over my 85 1.4 lust and going for the 105f2 dc instead...hopefully this will be the end of the madness, but prolly not ..lol
    ;-))
     
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