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dan.k78
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Nov 07, 2017 16:38 |  #16

Bassat wrote in post #18491136 (external link)
OP, I was struck by your 'not sharp enough' comments about the 85 1.8. I've had two copies of this lens. The first was not real good at f/1.8. I just looked through my catalog at shots taken with the second copy, which I really like. I have no complaint about the lens' sharpness, though when it matters, DOF is too thin at f/1.8 for me.

I can't see paying the going rate to upgrade my 1.8 to a 1.2L, 1.4L IS, or the Sigma options. I really like my 85 1.8 on 6D. To those of you who've used the better glass, is there that much of a difference in IQ wide open, or up to f/1.8 anyway? Not talking bokeh, but subject matter IQ.

I think part of my problem is that I'm comparing it to two of my other lenses (Sigma 35 Art and Tamron 70-200 [1st gen]) and it seems to fall short of them.


Gear: 5DIII; 6D; Canon 16-35 f/4L; Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC; Sigma 35mm f/1.4A; Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro; Canon 85mm f/1.8; Phottix Mitros+;580exii; Metz AF 50-1

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Nov 07, 2017 16:54 |  #17

dan.k78 wrote in post #18491171 (external link)
I think part of my problem is that I'm comparing it to two of my other lenses (Sigma 35 Art and Tamron 70-200 [1st gen]) and it seems to fall short of them.

ever consider a used 85L? even the old v1 is very nice, if you use it primarily for portrait the slower AF speed and slightly inferior sharpness (comparing to 85 Art) isn't so critical, when you get bored with it you can always unload it without losing much. :)


5D Mark III, Samyang 14mm, 35LII, 85L II, 100L IS Macro, 24-105L, 70-200L 2.8 IS II. 580EX, AB400, AB800.

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Nov 08, 2017 07:08 |  #18

ben805 wrote in post #18491183 (external link)
ever consider a used 85L? even the old v1 is very nice, if you use it primarily for portrait the slower AF speed and slightly inferior sharpness (comparing to 85 Art) isn't so critical, when you get bored with it you can always unload it without losing much. :)

A friend has one; I may borrow it and see what I think.


Gear: 5DIII; 6D; Canon 16-35 f/4L; Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC; Sigma 35mm f/1.4A; Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro; Canon 85mm f/1.8; Phottix Mitros+;580exii; Metz AF 50-1

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Nov 09, 2017 19:05 |  #19

When I went to the PhotoPlus Expo a couple of weeks ago, I tried both the Sigma Art and the Tamron. The Sigma, although a beast, was a beast!

Sigma 85 Art

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Tamron 85

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Canon 5D Mark IV | Tamron 70-200mm G2 | Tamron 24-70mm G2 | 50mm STM | 35mm f/2 IS | Powershot G9 X | iPhone 6s
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