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85mm f1.4 G - wow!
« on: July 30, 2005, 02:01:32 PM »
Okay, so now I know what the G stands for.  it means WOW!  Obvious really :!:

Despite not being able to stop smiling, okay its a grin like this:   :mrgreen:  since I won my 85/1.4 on eBay with 1s to auction close!  And the week it has taken for my cash to clear and the lens to arrive:  at 7am this morning!  A real welcome after rolling home sometiem after 2am this morning, but hey what better excuse for getting out of bed early and hungover :!:  Although i did have to wait until my coffee had sunk in before I opened the box!

So, the 85/1.4.  A solid chunk of glass surrounded by a lovely really deep grey metal.  And what a lovely view the aperature is when viewed stopped down to f2.  

Tomorrow I shall hit the street with this new toy and come back with some examples of life a f1.4/2/2.8-ish.  Hey, I may just shoot all day at f1.4 just because I can.  Its a fabulous lens to handle.  I'm very much looking forward to shooting with it tomorrow.  

I now proudly introduce my all-star optic line-up:
- 28/2 .... nippy AF and super sharp
- 85/1.4 .... bought for a song, and replaces the 28-75/2.8 and 50/1.4 and 135/2.8, looks top so far
- 200/2.8 .... quite possibly the sharpest lens I've ever handled, and is my deer stalking optic
- 50/2.8 macro .... arrives Mon/Tue to complete my four lens line up.

Okay, so I'm a snob and will be selling the rather lovely (but slow AFing) Tamron SP 90/2.8 Di - primarly to go all Minolta!  Snob, but actually becuase I favour the wider macro lens, and a 75/2.8 macro works better for me than a 135/2.8 macro when converted.  I've now moved to studio set-up macros and for me the 50 is the better length.

There was this wild plan to have lots of lenses or just a few.  I've now gone for the few and have 8 lenses to sell, 5 zooms and 3 primes.  I shall html a new page for my website and link it in here, probably put them on there for sale through August, then move any non-movers to eBay in Sept.

I'm now up at 4600-ish on the frame count since joining KM in Jan-05 .... I can see the 5000th image coming soon, then i can write my 5000 frame user review of the 7D.  The best camera I have ever used, and I now have what I think is the best lens line-up I could imagine.  

Do I miss Canon (17 years a Canonman), nope  8)

I'll post some 85/1.4 images next week.  What a lens :mrgreen:

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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2005, 09:51:25 AM »
Well, snob or not (:P), you still make the rest of us envious, methinks. Unless someone else here owns the 85mm 1.4. Been meaning to get my hands on the very same lens, but I somehow always manage to spend the money on something else.

Do post a few samples, please. :D
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2005, 07:27:42 PM »
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Well, snob or not (:P), you still make the rest of us envious, methinks. Unless someone else here owns the 85mm 1.4. Been meaning to get my hands on the very same lens, but I somehow always manage to spend the money on something else.

Do post a few samples, please. :D


Had a quick peak at my 85/1.4 day out!  How odd was that.  Went to Lewes (nr Brighton) at the weekend for lunch with my sister, popped off for an hour afterwards for some 85/1.4 street ... okay so 130mm really!

Hot Damn :!:  

I AM PRIME - ALL PRIME - NOTHING ELSE BUT PRIME - FEELS SOOOOOOOO GOOD TO BE BACK!  

Oh, and All Minolta too.  I am a snob!

Oh, er, yeah, where was I .... shot a few frames at f1.4 (of course), into photoshop and zoomed into 100%.  Focus is spot on, and there isn't a lot of depth at f1.4.  Funny that.

My new policy for posting pics to the net is that they are only links to shots in one of my portfolios.  I was shooting stuff, and then popping pics into forums for comment, and not getting around to feeding my website!  Ooops!  So, i shall add a few frames from the day out to various portfolios.  

What can i say - super impressed.  love the colours.  BIG CHUNKY LENS though!  Superb

Oh,  8 :mrgreen: 5 :mrgreen: f :mrgreen: 1 :mrgreen: . :mrgreen: 4

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2005, 08:49:04 PM »
The 85 f/1.4 is a cracking lens, I know I've got the G D latest version, which fits in nicely with the rest of my Minolta Glass
    24mm f/2.8
    50mm f/1.4
    135mm f/2.8 T/4.5 STF
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    70-210mm f/4[/list:u]
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      200mm f/4 Macro
      300mm f/4 G APO[/list:u]
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2005, 07:19:23 PM »
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The 85 f/1.4 is a cracking lens, I know I've got the G D latest version, which fits in nicely with the rest of my Minolta Glass
    24mm f/2.8
    50mm f/1.4
    135mm f/2.8 T/4.5 STF
    35-70mm f/4 Macro
    70-210mm f/4[/list:u]
    Want list
      200mm f/4 Macro
      300mm f/4 G APO[/list:u]


Wants:
    maybe:  20/2.8
    yeah, right!:  400/4.5 G[/list:u]

    Yep, the 24/2.8 or the 28/2 was my question.  The 24/2.8 would have stopped me wanting the 20/2.8 so may have made more sense.  Likewise the 20/2.8 + 35/2 + 85/1.4 + 200/2.8 is a better match.  But I found a 28/2 for silly money, 20-somthing% of new price!  Had to.  I know where there is a 35/2 too.  But if I had the 20+35 match then I would be stuck for a one lens wandering around option.  The 20 possibly being too wide for me and the 35 isn't very wide at all on a 7D.  

    24/2.8 probably would have made a whole lot more sense than the 28/2 ... but hey!  I have started work on a portfolio/project called f1.4 + f2 + f2.8 - this will be made up of images take at those apertures on the 85/28/50macro lenses.  I love narrow depth of field.

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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2005, 02:14:47 AM »
yeah, right!: 400/4.5 G....  sayeth the above chap

I have that lens and, no joke, it's worth the money if you're going to use it. But like any lens you should discover the need for it before getting it, I guess. I would love an 85mm, but to be honest I can't justify it as I'd never use it. Unless I got one for a real bargain then I'd find the cash somehow. :o
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2005, 09:59:04 AM »
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I would love an 85mm, but to be honest I can't justify it as I'd never use it


To each his own, I suppose. I think it'd be absolutely ideal for portraits, which is why I'm next in line for either that lens or the 80-200mm/2.8 G. Shoot the 85mm wide open and you could do wonders with the narrow DOF.
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« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2005, 04:26:57 PM »
Well, I have the 80-200mm f2.8 and its great; it was an old industry-show lens. However I hardly do portraits, more animals. 85mm lens would be a waste of space and money, unless I got it cheap. :o   Primes are lovely, but I'm not some snob who doesn't do cheap zooms. My best ever film-based pic was with the 100-400mm, and thats an awkward lens with a lame F6.7. But, it has its charms.
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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2005, 08:16:15 PM »
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yeah, right!: 400/4.5 G....  sayeth the above chap

I have that lens and, no joke, it's worth the money if you're going to use it. But like any lens you should discover the need for it before getting it, I guess. I would love an 85mm, but to be honest I can't justify it as I'd never use it. Unless I got one for a real bargain then I'd find the cash somehow. :o


Got my 85/1.4 G (with lens stop button) + hood + case + original caps (no box) for £310 on eBay!  UK new price is double that and then some!  Am a bit pleased.

My original plan (I like to plan, but rarely stick to it) was to use my 50/1.4 & 90/2.8 macro as a portrait lens, I don't yet do portraits!  Although I used to several years ago.  Drifted onto animals.  Plan was this.  Get some good portraits with the 50/90 or 28-75 and get one published in a Uk camera mag.  Then treat myself to the 85/1.4 G.  

But, alas, I found a bargain on an eBay lot that closed at 10pm on a Friday night!  Listed as "85mm f/1.4"  So anyone with a saved search for 85mm f1.4 would NOT know about this!  with the f/1.4 as typed.  There were two bids:  http://www.vividoptic.com/Articles/eBay.htm I got mine on the last second

So, not only am I very pleased with it  :lol:   I'm super pleased with the eBay deal  :mrgreen:

Now, it has several uses.  A knock about 85 mil, a wildlife to see if I can finally get a shot of a badger on 'chip'.  And I have no excuse and no attempt to blame my kit when I jump back into portraits.  But I don't want to do sat portrraits.  I want striking people, even what some people may call ugly.  I have loads of ideas and now I have my dream lens.  Could have done it with the 50 or 90, but hey.  I'll be down to four prime lenses very soon

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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2005, 02:39:55 PM »
Yes that was a good deal. I'm well aware of new lens prices!
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2005, 02:47:14 PM »
Why are prices in the UK more than in the US? Do you have more taxes or something? I don't get it... I've looked at B&H and some UK sites and the figures in US Dollars and Pounds Sterling are nearly the same.

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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2005, 06:25:38 PM »
Rip-off Britain, didn't you know? Cheapest place I trust is WarehouseExpress.
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