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Color rendition: 85/1.8 vs 100/2

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Jim McDonald , Jul 03, 2011; 03:39 p.m.

John
I have the 85 /1.8 and also find mine distinctly warm compared with the rest of my EF lenses. Like you, maybe, I factor it in during post and compensate (or not) as maybe. I had also noticed a similar characteristic.

Jim McDonald , Jul 03, 2011; 03:39 p.m.

John
I have the 85 /1.8 and also find mine distinctly warm compared with the rest of my EF lenses. Like you, maybe, I factor it in during post and compensate (or not) as maybe. I had also noticed a similar characteristic.

Jeff Spirer , Jul 03, 2011; 03:45 p.m.

Why not post some photos and we can see what you are talking about. I don't find my 85/1.8 to be particularly different in color rendition than my other EOS lenses.

Zack Zoll , Jul 03, 2011; 06:45 p.m.

I have noticed that some lenses (mostly newer ones) tend to have more contrasty and saturated colours, regardless of white balance. This is, as others have mentioned, due almost entirely to lens coatings. I can only assume that this is what the OP meant when he asked the question; if he meant it exactly the way it was worded, then it does seem like a WB issue.

If that was what you meant John, then you should find the 100 f/2 very similar. It is, if I'm not mistaken, a very similar lens design, and it was released at around the same time so coatings ought to be similar. For what it's worth, it's an excellent sports lens. I'm a Nikon shooter, and I wish Nikon had one. I know that they have similar lenses, but they don't quite have that one.

Ken Schwarz , Jul 03, 2011; 07:18 p.m.

Canon works hard to make the color balance of all its lenses consistent.

I once did a careful test on a Canon 30D body that compared the color balance of a Nikon 35mm/1.4 AIS with a Canon 17-55/2.8. I was amazed how much warmer the Nikon was...until I realized that the protective filter on that Nikon lens was a skylight and the filter on the Canon was a UV. Duh! The subtlest of filtration differences swamped the results.

Zack Zoll , Jul 03, 2011; 11:20 p.m.

Hah! For what it's worth though, I strongly prefer the colour on the AIS lenses, especially for people. It's just a shame that they like to flare and have CA issues so much more than the newer coated lenses.

John Squillace , Jul 03, 2011; 11:38 p.m.

Jim, Jeff, Zack, Ken - thanks very much for your thoughts! I still shoot a fair amount of slide film for direct viewing or projection, so the color rendering of various lenses is of great interest to me.

S. Grant , Jul 05, 2011; 11:53 a.m.

I find that 100 f/2 to be different from my other lenses in its rendition of purple to blue, and is very noticeable in the viewfinder even; I don't remember that with the 85 f/1.8 at all. This is really only an issue for me in garden photos, and wouldn't go back to the 85 for this reasonl, and I do prefer the 100 for my imaging. I have an X-Rite colour target that I could record images using the 100, but since I don't I have the 85 anymore there is no point.


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