View Full Version : My favorite 85mm lens + new toys

01-26-2009, 09:43 AM
I've always loved the 85mm f/1.8 for candid shots in available light. I setup a "head shot" station at a Chicago Strobist meet. This was an Alien Bees AB800, with a beauty dish. Below model was a silver reflector, and camera right was a white reflector for fill.

I asked Nikki to jump in really quick while she was waiting for a hair stylist to finish up on another model. I realized later why I had to shoot at f/13 when the light meter said f/9 - f/10 should work...camera was on ISO 400 from some candid shots I just took. UGGHH! Regardless...still very sharp IMO.

Thanks Nikki! :D


D Thompson
01-26-2009, 10:00 AM
Very nice shot. I agree - gotta love the 85 f1.8 for portrait work.

01-26-2009, 11:32 AM
i love the 85mm. it's pretty much my new favorite lens. not sure i'd like it as much on FF but definitely perfect for 1.6x.

and beauty dishes are great, i got a cheapo ebay one that i use. way easier than a softbox, doesn't lose light like a shoot through umbrella. especially great if you have a grid for some cool effects.

01-26-2009, 11:41 AM
Yeah, next on my list is a grid for the BD. I've seen some wonderful shots with that combination of modifiers.

01-26-2009, 02:41 PM
Great shot... yeah the 85 isn't too shabby eh.