Excerpt: This lense is absolutely one of the best portrait lense. The images come out sharp and crisp. Since the highest aperature is 1.8 it works well with low light conditions and gives that creamy bokeh look. Highly suggest this lense for anyone who is into portrait photography!
Excerpt: This is a great lens. I use it for many things including portraits and landscapes. It is sharp and focuses quickly. It may not be as sturdy as the higher priced L series lenses, but it is definitely not cheaply made by any standard. It serves it's purpose and serves it well.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: f/1.8 allows you to shoot in moderate indoor ambient light with a narrow focal plane depth of only a inch. My first use was of my newest granddaughter indoors. The focal plane is so shallow only her eyes and nose were in focus while the ears were slightly out and the background had a pleasing bokeh.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: I'm a portrait photographer and I have fallen in love with this lens. It's pretty sharp wide open and gives a nice creamy bokeh. It's tighter than my 40mm which I'm used to- but I;m more than happy to learn the 85.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: The clarity and ability to shoot wide open at f1.8 makes this a great lens for studio portraits with great control of the depth in your photos. depending on your sensor size you will have either 85mm (full frame) or about 135mm (cropped sensor), both of which are great focal lengths for portraits.
Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction