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“No camera or lens review!” I tell myself and often have to remind myself at the temptation of doing so. After seeing what happened to my EOS 20D buddy, Roland Lim, in Hong Kong being one of the early adopters of the EOS 40D and no sooner had he posted his in-depth review, his blog exploded onto many screens that lit its owners face day and night. Indeed, the traffic generated from writing a timely review of a heavily sought-after item has left many blog-savvy users in a rather enviable position.
So today, having picked up my new EF 85mm 1.8 lens from Brunei Canon distributor INTERHOUSE Co. yesterday in-between shoots. This lens is an extremely popular portrait lens with amazing bokehs only to be surpassed by its heavenly priced sibling, the EF 85mm 1.2 L. Despite a number of reports that the 1.8 is soft at maximum aperture, I beg to differ having tested this on numerous occasions–it’s plenty sharp without the L premium price tag.
I shot this image on the EOS 5D at 1/200 f1/8 @ ISO 800 AWB at Interhouse’s showroom, in JPEG and only cropped to reduce file size. No noise reduction or post processing had been applied. Image was shot hand-held using Centre AF point focused on the gentleman under the letter O.