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Sep 11, 2011 09:01 |  #706

cptrios wrote in post #13076640 (external link)
I think it has a lot to do with the fact that most DSLRs out there have APS-C sensors. The 85/1.8 becomes a 135mm on a crop, which is a very useful portrait/candid FL, but the 100/2 becomes 160mm, which is too long for a lot of portrait applications and sits in sort of a weird limbo between "standard" FLs. Not that it's still not a great lens on a crop - but its lack of popularity is understandable.

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Sep 12, 2011 02:58 |  #707

JayStar86 wrote in post #13072506 (external link)
man this lens has to be Canon's best kept secret. I have no idea why more people don't buy this lens over the Canon 85mm 1.8... It seems to have WAY less CA wide open and it appears to be damn sharp at F/2. Look at the popularity of Nikon's 105mm F/2 and you would figure this lens would be the same... I guess the 135L combined with the 85mm craze takes away from this lens.

Looking to get one of these soon along with a Canon 50mm F/1.4.

cptrios wrote in post #13076640 (external link)
I think it has a lot to do with the fact that most DSLRs out there have APS-C sensors. The 85/1.8 becomes a 135mm on a crop, which is a very useful portrait/candid FL, but the 100/2 becomes 160mm, which is too long for a lot of portrait applications and sits in sort of a weird limbo between "standard" FLs. Not that it's still not a great lens on a crop - but its lack of popularity is understandable.

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Words of wisdom.

I don't disagree with cptrios' wise words. I think that is most of the reason that the 100 f/2 is less popular than the 85mm f/1.8. But, I've also read about the CA point that JayStar86 mentioned - it seems that the 85 is not so bad or it would be more of an issue to sway people to the 100.

However, when I was deciding, I went with the 100 because it fit better with the 50mm that I already had. Nothing to say that one can't have a 50, 85, 100, and 135, etc. - but I thought that 50 and 85 would be too close together to be useful. Also, I find the 160mm effective FL comes in handy in more cases than it might seem.


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Sep 12, 2011 03:11 |  #708

I think the APS-C explanation that "cptrios" gave make A LOT of sense. With the majority of camera's out there being 1.6x it would make full sense the 15mm shorter lens would be more popular. I know I would be going for the 85mm as well if I shot crop.

For FF users I would have thought it to be the more popular lens, especially, to pair with the ever popular 50mm 1.4. Thats what Im going to end up doing very soon once I sell one of my current lenses. I will have the three lenses on FF : 28mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, 100mm 2.0... cover 90% of my shooting needs and someday*** get the 70-200 Mk II :D


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Sep 12, 2011 13:07 |  #709

Sweet! Mom always told me I was wise! :lol:

kfyount wrote in post #13088647 (external link)
I don't disagree with cptrios' wise words. I think that is most of the reason that the 100 f/2 is less popular than the 85mm f/1.8. But, I've also read about the CA point that JayStar86 mentioned - it seems that the 85 is not so bad or it would be more of an issue to sway people to the 100.

However, when I was deciding, I went with the 100 because it fit better with the 50mm that I already had. Nothing to say that one can't have a 50, 85, 100, and 135, etc. - but I thought that 50 and 85 would be too close together to be useful. Also, I find the 160mm effective FL comes in handy in more cases than it might seem.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's a perfectly good lens on a crop camera, but its lack of popularity on that format is as much a matter of perception as it is of actual utility/quality. 160mm just isn't a generally established focal length for any traditional purpose, and therefore is never going to be popular. I loved it when I had one on my 40D, but at the time I didn't have a huge budget and the FL simply wasn't useful enough to me to keep it around. Well I don't exactly have a huge budget now either, but 100mm is very nice on FF!

JayStar86 wrote in post #13088670 (external link)
For FF users I would have thought it to be the more popular lens, especially, to pair with the ever popular 50mm 1.4.

I would have thought so too, especially given its better purple-fringing suppression over the 85/1.8...but perhaps there's a big psychological difference between f/1.8 and f/2?

Thats what Im going to end up doing very soon once I sell one of my current lenses. I will have the three lenses on FF : 28mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, 100mm 2.0... cover 90% of my shooting needs and someday*** get the 70-200 Mk II :D

28, 50, and 100 are the FLs I have at the moment too. Pretty nice combination, in my opinion (though I'm swapping the 28 for a 24 soon). 100mm is my favorite FL out of 85, 100, and 135...it's kind of a "goldilocks" medium telephoto FoV in my book. 135 is a bit too long as a walkaround, and 85 is often just a bit too short. However, if I had a 35L instead of a 50/1.4? I dunno, I think I might go with the 85 instead. But if I were to get a 35L while still having my 100/2, I'd leave it at that.

You know what I really would like, though? A fast 70mm prime. I love my 25-70 zoom, as the 35 and 70 just feel like great FLs to me...but I wish it were a constant f/1.4!


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Sep 14, 2011 13:23 |  #710

i love my lens!

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Sep 14, 2011 15:07 |  #711

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Sep 14, 2011 17:12 |  #712

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Sep 21, 2011 02:02 |  #713

^^^ nice shot, kaunis.


I just bought this lens. Should be here next week... looking forward to posting in here.


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Sep 28, 2011 21:14 |  #714

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Oct 03, 2011 15:54 |  #715

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Oct 12, 2011 21:03 |  #716

Recently purchased this lens on ebay and will say that it is now by far my favorite lens to walk around with. 80% keeper rate no matter what I am shooting. This lens is very sharp especially stopped down around f2.8 and so forth. Here is a picture from today.

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Oct 13, 2011 09:02 |  #717

im thinking of selling my 85mm 1.8 any hope i can find a cheap 100 2.0 here that ships to norway, any thoughts on that?


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Oct 13, 2011 09:13 |  #718

Just do a search in the for sale threads on here. I would also join and look at the Fred Miranda forums: http://www.fredmiranda​.com/forum/board/10 (external link)
(if your not already a member of that). But honestly this lens just doesn't come up for sale that often. And the likelihood of finding one in Europe or someone that will ship to Norway? I wouldn't be too optimistic. But who knows?


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Oct 13, 2011 09:22 |  #719

i searched but i suck at searching is what i found out :P but, found a few that had it, but to pricey


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Oct 13, 2011 09:27 |  #720

but what is an ok price for it anyways? :P


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