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Which lens 50L or 85L?

 
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Sep 20, 2011 10:33 |  #1

So I have a 5D II with the 24-105L lens and want to buy just one fast prime to use for 1)walk around lens, 2) kids portraits and 3) indoors w/o flash.

In my mind it has come down to the 50L or the 85L but I cannot decide; the 50L has a mixed bag of reviews while the 85L has great reviews but seems too long.

Based on my needs what would you buy and why?

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Sep 20, 2011 10:38 |  #2

85L - the 50L is nice but the 85L is just "right".


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Sep 20, 2011 10:43 as a reply to  @ JonK's post |  #3

As a walk around lens the 50mm would give you more flexibility, so that would be my choice.


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Sep 20, 2011 10:46 |  #4

I would use the lens for:

1)walk around lens
2) kids portraits
3) indoors w/o flash

My concern is the 85 would be too long to really be useful indoors, in a normal sized house.




  
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Sep 20, 2011 11:13 |  #5

I own both. If you want a multi-purpose lens, go with the 50L.
85L tends to be a bit long for indoors but if you have room to back up, it's not bad. Don't expect to be able to take group shots with an 85mm lens.

Now with all that said, you own a 24-105mm lens, if you go back through your pictures, what focal length do you see yourself using the most? This will give you the best idea on what focal length you should buy.




  
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Sep 20, 2011 11:18 |  #6

I would go 50 , they are both brillient lens, but like said earlier the 50 works a bit better for everyday shooting. It almost seems like blasphemy when picking the 50 over the 85 but it's what focal length works best for you


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Sep 20, 2011 11:19 |  #7

50L - but maybe I'm partial. ;)


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Sep 20, 2011 11:21 |  #8

Perhaps for the cost of a 50L, you can get the Sigma 50mm 1.4 + 85mm 1.4 both and be happy :)


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Sep 20, 2011 11:22 |  #9

The 85 on a the 5DII is awesome. If you would like any example shots I can provide some. I have a 50mm 1.4 and 85 1.2. I personally find the depth of field and framing that I can get with the 85L to be just... awesome.


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Sep 20, 2011 11:23 |  #10

Gizmo1137 wrote in post #13133204 (external link)
As a walk around lens the 50mm would give you more flexibility, so that would be my choice.

This.

The 50mm is much more versatile IMO.


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Sep 20, 2011 11:40 |  #11

50L + 85 1.8 = problem solved.




  
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Sep 20, 2011 11:44 |  #12

50L for me as I've been using it for 3 yrs now.


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Sep 20, 2011 11:52 |  #13

Where do you like to shoot with your 24-105?


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Sep 20, 2011 12:01 |  #14

Headshotzx wrote in post #13133438 (external link)
Perhaps for the cost of a 50L, you can get the Sigma 50mm 1.4 + 85mm 1.4 both and be happy :)

This. Much better idea.


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Sep 20, 2011 12:02 |  #15

timeo wrote in post #13133227 (external link)
I would use the lens for:

1)walk around lens
2) kids portraits
3) indoors w/o flash

My concern is the 85 would be too long to really be useful indoors, in a normal sized house.

The 50L is probably the better choice for you then.




  
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