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Canon 85mm 1.4 IS v Canon 85mm 1.2 II

 
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Jan 12, 2018 08:12 |  #1

Hello everyone, I'm going crazy to choose which one to buy between these two lenses.

taking advantage of the canon cashback on the 85 1.2 the difference between the two is 150 euros in favor of the 1.4 !!

It is not a budget problem but to understand which is the best of the two.
Surely construction, AF, IS, make the 1.4 a better lens, the 1.2 was conceived 12 years ago, but for many its magical rendering remains unmatched.

That's why I do not know which one to choose ..


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Jan 12, 2018 08:58 |  #2

If I were considering these two lenses, which I am not, my decision would be based of AI-Servo focus speed and focus accuracy.

Both of them will give you top-flight Canon IQ, certainly close enough to each other to be insignificant. In One-Shot, there should be AF issues with neither. The IS would/could be minorly beneficial in some situations; but for the most part irrelevant. For indoor sport/action/athletics I'd have the IS shut off most of the time anyway.

As usual, 'best' depends on what you want to do with it.


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Jan 12, 2018 08:59 |  #3

I was facing the same decision. Here is what helped sway my decision.

If you were to look at two photos side by side, one at f/1.2, and the other at f/1.4 from the newer lens. After some time, you could probably pick out wich one was from the 1.2. However, if given a random photo without any information (and nothing to compare it to) I doubt you would be able to consistently pick out if it was from the 1.2 or 1.4. (At least I dont think I could)

So, given all the other advantages of the 1.4 (quicker AF, IS, newer design) it made my decision easy.

While my main reason for buying this lens was for portraits, I have been able to capture some great candids of my family at home, while shooting at 1/30 and 1/40 of a second, because of the low ambient light. There is absolutely no way you would ever get a sharp image from the 1.2 at those shutter speeds.



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Jan 12, 2018 09:01 |  #4

tim1970 wrote in post #18539312 (external link)
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So, given all the other advantages of the 1.4 (quicker AF, IS, newer design) it made my decision easy.

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Sold! That would seal the deal for me.


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Jan 14, 2018 06:41 |  #5

at the moment my choice is oriented on the new model.


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Jan 14, 2018 07:45 |  #6

I have shot wrestling and low light events with the original 85 1.2 and the new 85 1.4. There is no comparison for these purposes. The 85 1.4 is light years better.




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Jan 14, 2018 20:52 |  #7

Depends on what and how you photograph should help you decide between which 85 to get. If you photograph fast moving subjects, then get the 1.4. If you need smooth bokeh and are shooting stationary subjects, get the 1.2 II. The 1.2 II has a very thin focus plain and doesn't like much subject movement. If your camera is always set to AI-Servo and you use BBF then the 1.4 is better for you.

IMHO, it's not a matter of what lens is best, it's a matter of what 85 suits your particular shooting style. I have the 85 1.2 II because I do more portraits and little or no moving subject shooting. The slower focusing of the 85 1.2 II is not an issue for me. I regularily use One Shot or Servo. If you get the 85 1.2 II and use it to photograph sports wide open, you will have many missed shots. The 1.4 would have been a better choice.

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