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After 1 year with the 85 1.2 L Mk II

 
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Apr 19, 2011 17:40 |  #16

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Cracks me up when I see people complaining about slow AF and weather sealing on a portrait lens. It was never meant to be a fast, do it all warrior. If you want to shoot sports, don't buy a studio portrait lens. If you buy this lens for the wrong reasons, you can't complain about it. For what it was meant to do, there's just nothing better and that's that.

Well, it's a lot of money to be stuffing into an environmental portrait lens (it's definitely not a good choice for a studio portrait lens -- that award goes to the 28-135) that isn't weather sealed and is tough to use for candids. I personally think I could myself picking it up if it had better AF/IS/sealing.


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Apr 19, 2011 17:47 |  #17

It for sure is not a lens for everybody, and you can't expect it to shoot action/servo/sports... But honestly, it is one amazing lens... And you can't beat the low-light performance at f/1.2.

I love mine, but I can see why some may have a problem with this lens for the money.


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Apr 19, 2011 19:00 |  #18

I am sold on it this will be my next lens..


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Apr 19, 2011 19:05 |  #19

Have it. Love it. Will never sell it.
Will sell a kidney before it.
Will sell my girlfriend before it.
I'll keep it even if I don't have any Canon body.
Yes. This is the kind of love I have for the 85L. :D


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Apr 19, 2011 22:38 as a reply to  @ Alex_Venom's post |  #20

:rolleyes: ... much more versatile than what most of people are thinking, this lens needs to be understood before offering its best. It's the opposite of a point and shot lens, and surely not limited to be fixed on a studio tripod. What is sure, it's that on my side like for some others, I never got such fast and light lens with such accurate and reliable AF too so ;) ..

Have a nice time with your 70-200L :cool:


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Apr 19, 2011 22:44 |  #21

So are you now selling the 85L? :)


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Apr 19, 2011 22:57 |  #22

Alex_Venom wrote in post #12255686 (external link)
Have it. Love it. Will never sell it.
Will sell a kidney before it.
Will sell my girlfriend before it.
I'll keep it even if I don't have any Canon body.
Yes. This is the kind of love I have for the 85L. :D

I think your sig fits you very well. :lol:


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Apr 19, 2011 23:07 |  #23

Good points on the 85 L but, on any prosumer body, it's slow as a snail(from my own experience). Throw the 85 L on a 1D/1Ds body and it's much quicker to lock! Let's see those dog shots Newworld! ;)




  
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Apr 19, 2011 23:54 |  #24

i would never sale my 85Lii unless there will be the 85Liii and is better than it, but i really doubt the iii will come out anytime soon.
i love my 70-200 2.8 is ii, but still shoot with the racial: 90% 85L ii - 10% 70-200 is ii


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Apr 20, 2011 00:21 as a reply to  @ hhuy888's post |  #25

As far as dxomark can produce reliable analysis and my own experience interesting, I don't think an 85L is worth on anything else than 1Ds 5D and 1DmkIV :rolleyes:
Sigma is probably a cheaper alternative. There is a big difference between my two bodies, even if 50D is faster than my 5D, I am really looking forward upgrading to a 1Ds II or 1DmkIV resolution and colours are far behind.


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Apr 20, 2011 09:56 |  #26

newworld666 wrote in post #12256966 (external link)
:rolleyes: ... much more versatile than what most of people are thinking, this lens needs to be understood before offering its best. It's the opposite of a point and shot lens, and surely not limited to be fixed on a studio tripod. What is sure, it's that on my side like for some others, I never got such fast and light lens with such accurate and reliable AF too so ;) ..

Have a nice time with your 70-200L :cool:

The 85L is an amazing lens, no one is questioning that.. but realistically, when offered either the 85L or a fast zoom (70-200 f/2.8 IS II for sake of argument) for sports/action, one would be selling themselves short by taking the 85L. AF speed and performance is not even a contest between the two, nor is versatility. With the higher ISO capabilities of the 5D2 and 1D bodies, the faster zooms are more than adequate to get the shots.

The 85L is sweet, but it doesn't "mop the floor" with the 70-200 2.8 IS II, except from f/1.2-f/2.7999999999. As great as the 85L is, it isn't the "end all and be all" of lenses some like to make it out to be.


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Apr 20, 2011 11:32 |  #27

When I had 5D bodies I agree with the comments about the slow focus. When I converted to 1D bodies the focus became much faster. The MKII model is a noticibly faster focusing lens than the 85L MKI. MKI owners using a 5D, or 20/30/40D body have a valid complaint about the speed however.


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Apr 20, 2011 11:36 |  #28

I played with an 85L a few times and it made me feel like Superman, but i'm still going to get the Sigma instead.


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Apr 20, 2011 11:37 |  #29

It could be my imagination, but the slow focus comments I hear only happen on mine on the very first focus after mounting the lens and turning the camera on. Focus from that point on seems ok in terms of speed to me.

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Apr 20, 2011 11:47 |  #30

Yep, I too couldnt justify keeping the 85L and now that I have the 70-200 2.8 IS II, theres really no need for it IMO.


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