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35 f/1.4, 50 f/1.2, or 85 f/1.2 II? Pick one.

 
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Sep 29, 2011 14:32 |  #16

all 3 all 3 all 3


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Sep 29, 2011 14:39 |  #17
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crazeazn wrote in post #13183180 (external link)
all 3 all 3 all 3

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I think at the price of the 35L, and considering my initial thoughts and experience, the 35 is the way to start out. It seems to me that an 85 wouldn't be so redundant as a #2 if I go with the 35 now. I like the idea of the 85....it...looks...so.​..beautiful...




  
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Sep 29, 2011 14:54 |  #18

maybe go with the sigma 85 1.4 and a 35 or a 50? I'm thinking of picking it up myself, and am also currently debating between a new 50 or a 35.


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Sep 29, 2011 15:09 |  #19

Have the 35L and 85L. Had the 50/1.4 for a time.

Using on 5DII, my favorite is clearly 85L. f1.2 is awesome. Sharpness is impressive. The 85L is magic. Images it produce are not comparable with any other lenses.
But if you use only one lens, I would get the 35L. It allows every kind of shooting : portrait, landscape...
I never loved 50mm FL (not so wide, not so long) but maybe it's the most versatile of all 3 ? Depend on what your experience is with all those FL.

In term of quality and "wow" factor, here is my choice : 85, 35 and 50. But if you're on a budget, the 35/2, 50/1.8 or 1.4 and 85/1.8 are very good choices.

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Sep 29, 2011 15:51 |  #20
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cherrymoon wrote in post #13183339 (external link)
Have the 35L and 85L. Had the 50/1.4 for a time.

Using on 5DII, my favorite is clearly 85L. f1.2 is awesome. Sharpness is impressive. The 85L is magic. Images it produce are not comparable with any other lenses.
But if you use only one lens, I would get the 35L. It allows every kind of shooting : portrait, landscape...
I never loved 50mm FL (not so wide, not so long) but maybe it's the most versatile of all 3 ? Depend on what your experience is with all those FL.

In term of quality and "wow" factor, here is my choice : 85, 35 and 50. But if you're on a budget, the 35/2, 50/1.8 or 1.4 and 85/1.8 are very good choices.

My 0.02$

(Your avatar is a very subtle hint at your opinion.)

I think my big question is, will I be able to take a full body portrait without walking backwards 10 yards with the 85L?

It doesn't help that the guy at the-digital-picture.com **** about every lens he reviews. I think ultimately I would like to have both if 85 puts too much distance into the equation...but I don't want all of my headshots to have giant noses and small ears either...




  
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Sep 29, 2011 19:52 |  #21

emsjeep wrote in post #13182243 (external link)
I have budget enough to pick one, so, which one?

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If it comes down to an issue of image quality I could go with any of the three...I understand that the apertures on the 50 and 85 are identical 8 bladed circular?

Anything to push me one way or the other?

From experience, I don't feel that the 50mm f/1.2L was as good of IQ as the 85mm f/1.2L. I bought mine thinking it was the 85's twin, but I did not obtain the same beautiful painterly colors, nor the sharpness. This situation was with the "Mk I" 85 mm, btw. Additionally, IMHO, the build quality on the 85mm f/1.2L was higher. The front ring on my 50mm f/1.2L came undone all by itself after only modest use. By contrast the 85mm f/1.2L was used far longer, and took far more (accidental!) mechanical shocks.

So, on that basis, I'd pick the 85mm f/1.2L.

The criterion depends some on your body choice though ... I'd make this selection for a full-frame body. For a FoVCF = 1.6 camera, maybe not as wise. For a camera like the 7D, I would definitely recommend the 35mm f/1.4L, it's a fabulously sweet lens, in IQ, color rendering, etc. This gives a nice 56mm view, whereas for the 85mm f/1.2L you'd be having 136mm, a telephoto.

On the 50mm f/1.2L, I've resolved that the IQ is not so sufficiently high as to justify even repairing my broken one, unless the cost of that happens to be less expensive than a 50mm f/1.4. So, depending on how you spread your budget, you might consider obtaining the L-prime of choice, and then also add a 50mm f/1.4 to the kit, for a modestly higher total outlay. Then you'd have a 50mm option to go with, with fabulous image quality.


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Sep 29, 2011 20:12 as a reply to  @ raksphoto's post |  #22

35L would get my pick.




  
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Sep 29, 2011 22:20 |  #23

emsjeep wrote in post #13183510 (external link)
I think my big question is, will I be able to take a full body portrait without walking backwards 10 yards with the 85L?

Full body portrait with 85L --- you have to backup quite a bit. Can be hard to get used to if you got spoiled using a zoom lens. :)

FWIW, http://www.thesartoria​list.com/ (external link) site has a lot street photography style shots, plenty of them full body. His older posts had embedded EXIF and so you can tell whether he was using his 50L or 85L on his 5D2. A lot of the full length body shots were taken with the 50L.

If you can, rent a 85L and see for yourself. I was so taken with the 85L magic, having briefly tried my friend's 85L mk I, that I was planning on buying a 85L mk II (mk II because I want the faster AF). I rented one and used it at a wedding. Backed up too much to get the composition I wanted (i.e., a couple of table lengths at the reception). Really dumb of me to be surprised because I do have a 100/2 and 50/1.4. So now I'm thinking a 50L might be a better fit for my next lens rather than 85L. Got to use my 50/1.4 more to confirm I'm on the right track.


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