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Old 2nd of October 2012 (Tue)   #1
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Default 85 1.8 vs 100 2.8 IS for portrait

What's better for portrait ? Thanks. I want opinion and examples of someone who already used both (not the general 100 is macro so it is not as good as 85 1.8 etc. )

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Default Re: 85 1.8 vs 100 2.8 IS for portrait

With the 100L
Taking a early intrest by Vass°yPhotoClub-Vidar, on Flickr

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With the 85mm 1.8
My wife at Gibraltar by Vass°yPhotoClub-Vidar, on Flickr

I really like both for portraits, the 100L is abit on the long side, great for headshots and a very good IS. Love the bokeh on both. Wide open the 85mm 1.8 is very CA prone, i havent seen it on the 100L. The 100L is used for portraits and macro both by me, the 85mm 1.8 is used for sports and portraits. The 100L focuses slower than the 85mm which is blindingly fast. I think there is room for both, the 85mm isnt very expensive, atleast compared to how good it is. Since you are on FF, they both will easier for portraits,FL wise. The 100L is the sharpest lens ive got, from 2.8 and out, brilliant. If i could keep only one, i'll take the 100L.
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Default Re: 85 1.8 vs 100 2.8 IS for portrait

the 100L i had was by far the sharpest glass i have ever used. IS helps if you are shooting handheld, and the AF was alright. The FL should be just fine on FF.
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Default Re: 85 1.8 vs 100 2.8 IS for portrait

I have the 100mm 2.8 macro L and the 100mm f2. The 100mm macro is a good portrait lens. The 100mm f2 is a GREAT portrait lens.
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Default Re: 85 1.8 vs 100 2.8 IS for portrait

Interesting. Thanks for the thought. What makes you think 100 f2 is better than 100 f2.8 macro ? I heard that 85 1.8 has very similar rendition and sharpness to 100 2.0.

To warlock: love your pics. I used to have 85 1.8 on cropped, took lovely pics but I found it quite limited to upper half body portrait. Now I use 5d mii, 85 1.8 will shine even more. Since I just hot a really good deal on 100 2.8 macro L, I am just wondering how are they going to compete with each other .
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Default Re: 85 1.8 vs 100 2.8 IS for portrait

The 100mm f2 just gives you the option of f2 when you require it for certain portraits. Comparing it to the 85mm 1.8, they are quite similar. I liked 3 things better about the 100mm f2 over the 85mm... less CA wide open, slightly smoother bokeh, and I found I liked the slightly longer focal length.
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Default Re: 85 1.8 vs 100 2.8 IS for portrait

Here is one hand held with my 5Dc and the 100L IS

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