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    Canon 85L (EF model)

    Anyone here shoot film using a Canon 85L lens? I have one of these sitting at home unused along with the rest of my Canon EOS digital gear. I'm wondering how well this lens would be using 35mm film. I have a Nikon SLR for when I shoot 35mm film so have no gear to test or use my 85L lens.

    Anyone here using this lens regularly on a film camera? Which Canon models are best for it. Do you think 35mm film captures all that the 85L can offer?

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    I would say it depends on the film, but really, its got more to do with the user unless you are popping controlled shots of test grids and comparing it to a 6D or whatever.
    Why not buy a cheap 35mm Eos camera and try it out. I am pretty sure you can get one for $10 off the bay.

    Sorry to say that I cant actually address your question, but I think my answer would hold up to the same question regarding any lens.
    "If its not broken, I can't afford it."

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    I don't understand the point of the question. You have a fantastic lens. Will it work well with film? Yes. What body will it work best with? Probably the best body you can find. Does 35mm capture all the lens can offer? No, but if you wanted the most the lens could offer you'd stick to digital.

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    Ok, if my questions arent clear, I'd just be happy to see how folks use this lens with film cameras then.

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    FWIW, I found that the 85mm f/1.8 non-L lens was really nice to work with on both a Canon ELAN 7e and a Canon ELAN IIe (one with Ektar, and the other with TMY-2).

    So the L series versions are probably excellent as well.

    And Ektar or TMX will each probably do a fine job putting your lens through its paces.

    E100G would have done so as well.

    EDIT: IIRC, this was shot using Ektar and the 85mm f/1.8 that I rented to try it out:
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    I agree, the question seems odd.

    The lens is a canon L series lens, it's a prime, what more can you ask for? If you don't want it I'll trade you for my 50mm EF 1.4 EOS lens... That's been tested as sharper than the 1.2 50mm L but I prefer an old EOS 50mm 2.5 lens with no USM because it's a macro. But could surely utilize an 85mm more than having a spare 50mm. I know your question isn't about selling or trading it, but if it's unused, what's the point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RattyMouse View Post
    Anyone here shoot film using a Canon 85L lens? I have one of these sitting at home unused along with the rest of my Canon EOS digital gear. I'm wondering how well this lens would be using 35mm film. I have a Nikon SLR for when I shoot 35mm film so have no gear to test or use my 85L lens.

    Anyone here using this lens regularly on a film camera? Which Canon models are best for it. Do you think 35mm film captures all that the 85L can offer?

    Thanks!

    LOL! You can bet your chopsticks the 85mm f1.2 is a cracker!! Canon spent 6 years cooking up that lens before releasing two prototypes then the final.
    What seems to be the problem that it is "sitting at home unused along with the rest..."?? And why have a Canon 85L but no Canon body??
    Considering it's cost and stellar performance, I would have thought you'd have taken it on more than a handful of outings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    LOL! You can bet your chopsticks the 85mm f1.2 is a cracker!! Canon spent 6 years cooking up that lens before releasing two prototypes then the final.
    What seems to be the problem that it is "sitting at home unused along with the rest..."?? And why have a Canon 85L but no Canon body??
    Considering it's cost and stellar performance, I would have thought you'd have taken it on more than a handful of outings.
    He has digital gear just not a film camera...
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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    He has digital gear just not a film camera...
    Yep. My Canon gear is all digital. I have never shot film with my 85L.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StoneNYC View Post
    I agree, the question seems odd.

    The lens is a canon L series lens, it's a prime, what more can you ask for? If you don't want it I'll trade you for my 50mm EF 1.4 EOS lens... That's been tested as sharper than the 1.2 50mm L but I prefer an old EOS 50mm 2.5 lens with no USM because it's a macro. But could surely utilize an 85mm more than having a spare 50mm. I know your question isn't about selling or trading it, but if it's unused, what's the point?
    No point. Just trying to figure out if I should buy a film body or sell the lens. I have not shot a frame with it for 4 years.

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