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This for that. Wise or dumb move?

 
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Feb 26, 2012 20:54 |  #1

Considering selling the 17-40 and 200 and get a 85mm 1.2.

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Feb 26, 2012 20:57 |  #2

So you would have a 5D and your only lens would be an 85mm prime? This would be very limiting for most genres of photography.

The 85L is a very expensive lens, and there are cheaper 85mm options (or zooms that include 85mm) that I would consider. It seems like a very specific focus that would demand f/1.2 but which could live with no focal lengths other than 85mm.


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Feb 26, 2012 21:14 as a reply to  @ JeffreyG's post |  #3

Have you considered selling those two for the 135L and 35L... It'd be a heck of a lot more versatile...


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Feb 26, 2012 21:27 |  #4

JeffreyG nailed it. 85mm seems awfully limiting for an only lens.




  
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Feb 26, 2012 21:44 |  #5

Keep what you have and buy an 85mm F/1.8?




  
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Feb 26, 2012 21:47 |  #6

crn3371 wrote in post #13972868 (external link)
JeffreyG nailed it. 85mm seems awfully limiting for an only lens.

Agree


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Feb 26, 2012 22:00 as a reply to  @ x0SiN0x's post |  #7

If you only want 1 lens and wants it to be a prime on FF, then it gotta be 35L :)




  
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Feb 26, 2012 22:07 |  #8

If the 85 f1.2 would be your only lens, I would say it's not a good move. For the price, you could get the 85 f1.8 (which is a stellar lens) and a couple more to go along with it. IMO, you would really be limiting yourself by only having a single lens with a fixed focal length.




  
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Feb 26, 2012 22:09 |  #9

i've got that 85 1.2 here, used it today for a bit. it doesn't see a lot of use, but on a 5D it is a very good piece of glass. it spent a year in a drawer, i didn't care for it on my 7D so it didn't get any camera time until the 5D showed up.




  
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Feb 26, 2012 23:50 |  #10

I see a lot of people in this thread saying its a bad move, but let me be the guy to say go for it! When I first got my DSLR I only had a 50D and a 50 1.8. On a crop this has the equivalent FoV of 85mm and I used this setup for about a year or so. Sure there were situations in which I needed a different focal length but I had a blast with my camera and took a ton of images along the way. I also rented the 85 1.2 for a while and its an amazing lens. I say do it if it fits your needs and style of photography!


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Feb 27, 2012 14:13 |  #11

I would play with what you have a lot more and then decide. Didn't you just get the 17-40 a week ago?


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Feb 27, 2012 14:17 |  #12

koppite wrote in post #13973092 (external link)
If you only want 1 lens and wants it to be a prime on FF, then it gotta be 35L :)

Fail. It depends on what you want to shoot, but I dont think the 35L is anywhere near an automatic choice.




  
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Feb 27, 2012 14:30 |  #13

1L + 1L = 1L (false). 85mm f/1.2L is, no doubt, a great lens, maybe Canon's best, but I can't see you winning with this option. If you gave up the 200 and put some money with it for the 85, then maybe.


  
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Feb 27, 2012 14:35 |  #14

I agree with what nearly everyone has been saying: if it leaves you with one lens, I wouldn't do it...

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Feb 27, 2012 16:24 |  #15

Mmmm yeah...

I did get the 17-40mm not long ago, but I just don't think it's THAT sharp. I am a little bummed about it, maybe I need to master it (lol).

I am going to keep what I have for now. I think it would be better to upgrade camera and get the Mark II =)




  
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