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Oct 11, 2012 07:25 |  #1

I'm currently using 100/2 as my main outdoors lens with 1D3. I really like it but was thinking of 100L IS USM. How do those 2 compare for portrait use? Has anybody tried both?


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Oct 11, 2012 09:35 |  #2

Are you wanting a general versatile macro/portrait lens?

One thing about the 100L is that it is a tad sluggish in acquiring focus. I will have to say the IQ is virtually identical to the 70-200 f/2.8IS mk2 (at 100mm).

I've never used the 100 f/2 but I've always read that many users love the IQ. The only drawback of the 100L is that it is 1 stop slower if you wanted a tad more bokeh.


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Oct 11, 2012 11:15 |  #3

Depends if you are doing large groups, families or singles. Singles or couples 135mm f2, families and groups you may want wider.




  
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Oct 11, 2012 16:51 |  #4

Actually, and I am being serious here, unless you want to do macro in a one-lens option as well, think about the 85L. The bokeh of the 100L is very, very good, probably better than the 100 F/2, as is SOOC colour rendition, but I find it a bit clinical in its rendering.

On a 1D3 the 85L (I or II) has the same AoV as a 110 mm on FF, and IMO and experience, it is one hell of a lens to mount on a 1D3. It tends to be my goto lens on the 1D3... :D

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Oct 11, 2012 17:02 as a reply to  @ wimg's post |  #5

you can't go wrong with either one of these 50L 85L 135L


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Oct 11, 2012 21:11 |  #6

I have both the f2 and the 2.8 macro L. The 100mm f2 is a better portrait lens. However the best outdoor portrait lens is the 135mm f2. The most underrated outdoor portrait lens I've used is the 200mm 2.8 L. It produces some beautiful bokeh and stunning photos.




  
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Oct 11, 2012 21:24 |  #7
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axl_kollar wrote in post #15107476 (external link)
I'm currently using 100/2 as my main outdoors lens with 1D3. I really like it but was thinking of 100L IS USM. How do those 2 compare for portrait use? Has anybody tried both?

Huh why would you want the 100L for portrait if you already have the 100f2??? Don't tell me it's because of the negligible difference in sharpness...

If you want to mix it up, consider 85LII or 135L...


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Oct 11, 2012 22:55 |  #8

Sigma 85. Best freaking $750 I ever spent. Ever.


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Oct 11, 2012 23:07 as a reply to  @ drzenitram's post |  #9

I have used a 100L and other than it's MFD for extreme close ups there are many better choices for portrait lenses in my opinion. Your 100 2.0 being one of them.




  
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Oct 11, 2012 23:17 |  #10

nightcat wrote in post #15110623 (external link)
I have both the f2 and the 2.8 macro L. The 100mm f2 is a better portrait lens. However the best outdoor portrait lens is the 135mm f2. The most underrated outdoor portrait lens I've used is the 200mm 2.8 L. It produces some beautiful bokeh and stunning photos.

Another vote for 200mm f/2.8L II - cheap, beautiful bokeh & very very sharp.

Still own 100L & 135L, but use very little.


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Oct 11, 2012 23:24 |  #11

I too wouldn't see a reason to go to a 100L from a 100 f2 for portraits. 135L or Sigma 85 would be nice changeups. Longer or faster.


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Oct 12, 2012 00:15 |  #12

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Oct 12, 2012 04:26 |  #13

thanks a lot for answers,
why I was thinking of 100L?
- circular aperture
- weather sealed

100/2, 135L and 200L are not as far as I know. I did try 135L and loved the output but I'm bit concerned about the FOV on 1.3x camera. The 200L crossed my mind, and they do come around quite often for reasonable price.
As far 85mm go (either 1.8, L or Sigma) I know I wouldn't use it so much due to FOV on 1D3. I used to have FA77/1.8 ltd on my Pentax 1.5x system which approximated FOV of 115mm lens and I couldn't frame the way I wanted.. :(

well so it seems I'll be sticking with the 100/2 for the time being until I'll have cash to burn ;)


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Oct 12, 2012 04:34 |  #14

^ I like you portrait shots, keep up the good work...


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Oct 12, 2012 05:13 |  #15

Hi guys , just wondering what the 100mm 2.8L macro performs like on a 50d half sensor / anyone got one on a half sensor?


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