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Talk me out of trading my 85LII for a 70-200/2.8LII

 
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Aug 06, 2012 10:33 |  #1

The slow focus of the 85L is killing me. I've got the 50L and 135L for portraits, and I think the 70-200 would really help for events, which I'm shooting more of.

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Aug 06, 2012 10:45 |  #2

Rent the 70-200 then make the decision based on your own review of the 2 lenses. May be the cheapest solution without regrets..;)


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Aug 06, 2012 10:46 |  #3

Sounds like you've made up your mind. Go for it. If you need the faster focusing, you won't be disappointed with the 70-200. From what I hear, your 135 may be going up for sale soon also because the 70-200 rivals it...


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Aug 06, 2012 11:21 |  #4

I hear you. Th focus on the 85L really makes it unsuitable for anything moving too fast. Chasing my kid with it is nearly impossible.. but when you get that shot it can't be replaced. Wide open at 85mm with the eye in focus can't be beaten. A 5d3 on AI-Servo helps a lot.

I couldn't trade it myself but if you don't often use it between 1.2 and 1.8 you could always get the non-L later.


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Aug 06, 2012 11:56 as a reply to  @ smcintosh's post |  #5

Two terrific lenses with different strengths. Choose based on your intended use.


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Aug 06, 2012 12:29 |  #6

I have both of these lenses. I love the 85L and it definitely has it's place in the bag but is real limited to what you can do with it compared to the 70-200. If both were on a table in front of me and was told to pick one I would take the 70-200 without hesitation. I have found so many more uses for the 70-200 than the 85L. There is no way I would trade my 70-200 for an 85L. I would jump on it before they change their mind.


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Aug 06, 2012 13:07 |  #7

On a related note, on the 85L II, I really like the two grooves on the side where you can hold the lens when you take a picture lol


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Aug 06, 2012 13:39 |  #8

snowblower wrote:
I have both of these lenses. I love the 85L and it definitely has it's place in the bag but is real limited to what you can do with it compared to the 70-200. If both were on a table in front of me and was told to pick one I would take the 70-200 without hesitation. I have found so many more uses for the 70-200 than the 85L. There is no way I would trade my 70-200 for an 85L. I would jump on it before they change their mind.

Totally agreed. I love both of these lenses, but if I have to pick one, tough decision, then I would go with 70-200.


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Aug 06, 2012 13:42 |  #9

Sell the 135L, keep the 85L and pony up a little dough or get one of the cheaper versions of the 70-200's


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Aug 06, 2012 13:51 |  #10

What about adding a 200/2.8 to my bag?



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Aug 06, 2012 14:59 |  #11

facedodge wrote in post #14821756 (external link)
Sell the 135L, keep the 85L and pony up a little dough or get one of the cheaper versions of the 70-200's

i like this advice.


i just got an 85L a couple of weeks ago and love it. it may make my 135 an endangered species....


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Aug 06, 2012 15:10 |  #12

I think you should do this,
Sell 85L II for 70-200mm F2.8 IS II (since you've already made your mind up for it.)
Now 135L is redundant, sell it and sell 28/1.8 to upgrade to 24L II.

Now you got 24L II 50L 70-200mm F2.8 IS II, damn that's my dream set up.

I think 50L and 85L are kind of close in range, people usually choose either.


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Aug 06, 2012 15:22 |  #13

chris_holtmeier wrote in post #14821800 (external link)
What about adding a 200/2.8 to my bag?

You must have decent to good light to have enough speed to shoot handheld at 200mm without IS. IS on 70-200mm II is awesome!

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I think you should do this,
Sell 85L II for 70-200mm F2.8 IS II (since you've already made your mind up for it.)
Now 135L is redundant, sell it and sell 28/1.8 to upgrade to 24L II.

Now you got 24L II 50L 70-200mm F2.8 IS II, damn that's my dream set up.

I think 50L and 85L are kind of close in range, people usually choose either.

I really like how you think. Thanks for planning my dream setup!


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Aug 06, 2012 16:00 |  #14

chris_holtmeier wrote in post #14821800 (external link)
What about adding a 200/2.8 to my bag?

How would that help for shooting events? IMO you need the flexibility of a zoom like the 70-200 II for that.


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Aug 06, 2012 17:52 |  #15

My only contribution is to remind you that the lens is a beast. It makes the 85L look light. If weight isn't an issue, then go for it. You will probably get more use out of the 70-200 anyway.


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