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85L - why did you sell yours?

 
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Dec 10, 2011 15:47 as a reply to  @ post 13520525 |  #181

Another one that got sick of this thread here and just dumped the 85L today in favour of 85 1.8 for following 9 reasons :

- 85 1.8 is also sharp wide open (I had both and compared them).
- I compared f1.2 <> f1.8 bokeh's and there was very little difference (I switched many times screens between same pics, the 1.8 is dreamy enough)
- they both have purple fringing/CA so no advantage of the L.
- f1.8 is mostly the edge to have both eyes sharp, f1.2 too thin if the head is not straight
- f1.8 is fast enough (and I also work with 5D2, so even ISO3200 is no problem)
- faster AF of the 1.8 is always welcome
- lighter and more compact 1.8 is nice
- I bought the L second hand for €1000 and sold it for €1000, so I actually borrowed it
- €750 extra in my wallet is always welcome (tabletpc or extra lens,...)


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Dec 10, 2011 15:59 |  #182

Sell an 85L? That's crazy talk!

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Jan 07, 2012 00:47 |  #183

smorter wrote in post #13508049 (external link)
Wow can't believe this lens is being dissed this way?

It's offending my little 85LII at home - it's crying out, look what I can do!

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What lighting did you use, I like these a lot.


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Jan 07, 2012 02:49 |  #184

Thanks Skater they were using outdoor natural lighting except 1) which was window lighting through curtains


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Mar 09, 2012 17:46 |  #185

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If you look at the iconic and well known portrait work of the past century, rarely are the subjects framed by a smear of color. Great portraits put people in meaningful or beautiful scenes. That said, sometimes you do need to blur a background for a shot. Just don't think buying a fast lens suddenly makes you a photographic genius.

True. However, if you look at websites of portrait and wedding photographers, you see that a ton of their showcased work does employ the "framed by a smear of color" style, which leads me to believe that lots of consumers are looking for this. Sometimes it's not about what *we* think looks good, right?


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Mar 09, 2012 17:51 |  #186

m.shalaby wrote in post #13413724 (external link)
uh.... no, the 135L probably takes the cake for that. Many buy it becasue they see all these awsome shots with it, but realize the FL is very much a one trick pony.

Isn't every prime a "one trick pony" in that regard?


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Mar 09, 2012 17:54 |  #187

Didn't sell it and I won't until the come out with the 85mm f/1.2L Mark X.


  
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Mar 10, 2012 01:12 |  #188

I needed 50mm focal length, 85mm just didn't fit my vision. End of story.


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Mar 10, 2012 03:07 |  #189

I bought a used mkI and was originally very impressed with it. However the slow AF made it a real pain when photographing kids, the percentage of shots that were bang on was far too low. So it tended to stay in the bag and I used the 135 f2 instead. Earlier this year I sold it and bought the Sigma 85 f1.4 to replace it. The Sigma focuses so much faster (so my hit rate is way up) and is a bit sharper than the Canon, I'm very glad I made the change.


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Mar 10, 2012 03:14 as a reply to  @ postcardcv's post |  #190

Because I'm buying the Sigma instead. Funnily enough it has less to do with price and more to do with me personally liking Sigma 'smears' better than Canon smears - although being half the price of the Canon doesn't hurt at all :)


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Mar 10, 2012 05:41 |  #191

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Because I'm buying the Sigma instead. Funnily enough it has less to do with price and more to do with me personally liking Sigma 'smears' better than Canon smears - although being half the price of the Canon doesn't hurt at all :)

darosk: where are you seeing these comparison 'smears'? Online? Please share! I'm in the market for an 85, and am really torn between the Ʃ and the "L".


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Mar 10, 2012 08:50 |  #192

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darosk: where are you seeing these comparison 'smears'? Online? Please share! I'm in the market for an 85, and am really torn between the Ʃ and the "L".

I'm just talking about the bokeh :lol:


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Mar 10, 2012 18:19 |  #193

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I'm just talking about the bokeh :lol:

Yeah, that's what I figured. Is there someplace that you saw side-by-side comparisons of bokeh between these two lenses?


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Mar 10, 2012 18:39 |  #194

NavyShrink wrote in post #14063923 (external link)
Yeah, that's what I figured. Is there someplace that you saw side-by-side comparisons of bokeh between these two lenses?

I just like poring over the lens sample threads :) 85L and Sigma.

Having owned the 85L (and having used both) I'll say the bokeh is smoother on the L. The bokeh 'balls' on the Sigma have a distinctive look to them (I describe them as being 'sharper' if that even makes any sense) which I actually like, and I think adds character to a background.

I don't know where you would find a side-by-side comparison.


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Mar 11, 2012 11:49 |  #195
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I hate you all who started threads about 85L. Now I just had to get one EVEN when owning a 70-200 II already.

I'll do some testing once it arrives... And see... If... I should keep it... Errr.
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