Again, I couldn’t resist the beautiful offering of lenses that Canon has – and I’m still working on completing my set for the full frame EOS 6D MKII. So I recently got the brand new Canon EF 85mm f1.4L IS USM, and it’s just amazing. As you can see from the pictures, it’s razorsharp even wide open at f1.4. The autofocus is super responsive, and the bokeh rendering is just great. With the IS, I’m sure you can also use it indoors or outside when the sun has gone, without needing too short shutter speeds.
Now, so far I only took some test shots with the lens, but it will serve me for many years as an amazing portrait lens. It gives portraits the soft and creamy look that you want, and I can’t wait to take it for a ride at a “real” occasion, like an upcoming wedding. Also, I got myself the book “Picture Perfect Posing” by Roberto Valenzuela, to improve my posing work (which is not existent right now, to be honest). And while I’m only halfway through the book so far, it’s a huge help in posing people. Valenzuela doesn’t go through a million specific poses that you need to remember afterwards, he explains the basic foundations of great poses. It’s a lot to remember, but it really helps you understand what certain positions of hands, arms, back and so on do to a pose. So, I can’t wait to continue working through this book and try out the techniques.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II, 85mm 1.4 IS, f2.8, ISO 100, 1/2000
Canon EOS 6D Mark II, 85mm 1.4 IS, f1.4, ISO 100, 1/3200
Canon EOS 6D Mark II, 85mm 1.4 IS, f1.4, ISO 100, 1/800
Canon EOS 6D Mark II, 85mm 1.4 IS, f1.4, ISO 100, 1/500