A few of Lyla with the 85mm

I recently got extremely lucky on Craig’s List and found a guy selling a Canon 85mm 1.8 for $225 after he used it one time for only a few shots. Retailing for around $400, I know he could have gotten $300 or so for it, so from the time he posted it to the time I bought it was around three hours. Was praying no one else offered him more money for it!

Anyways, I’ve had a few people ask me how the lens turned out and if I’m loving it or not. Definitely a fun lens. Compared to the 50mm 1.4 that I use almost exclusively for portrait work, this lens is quieter and faster at focusing. On my crop sensor Rebel XSi, it rocks to have a lens where I can be a bit further away from my subjects than the 50mm allows, plus still get that awesome bokeh.

So far I’ve played around with it while out with my daughter Lyla. She’s been dragging me to the park this past week for some “slides…swwings!” as she likes to say. A few of these are from there, a couple are from a recent trip to the Phoenix Zoo.

Hope you enjoy!

If my daughter grows up and loves playing basketball, I will have accomplished at least one of my goals for her *grin*

This one above was taken at the zoo…this is her famous pose where she looks back at you, holds out her hand and says “Mon Daddy! MON!” (come on daddy)

  • http://www.denhamphotography.blogspot.com Jerry Denham

    Awesome, Mike. I’m thinking of buying the 85mm in March/April time frame for shooting basketball and have heard a lot of good things about the lens. Looks like it might be a done deal after seeing your shots.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Looks like another one to add to my list! Great shots. Lyla is such a great model!

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  • http://chriskenison.com Chris Kenison

    Last 2 shots are my favorite! Great shots, Mike!

  • http://ericleslie.com Eric Leslie

    You’re daughter is too cute. I love that more distant pov and smooth bokeh. What f-stop are you shooting at for these, 1.8?

  • Mike

    Hey Eric! Most of these are right around 2.0 for the most part.