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Dec 20, 2012 17:36 |  #16

100mm macro lenses would do the job also, assuming you have some other need/use for them. The non L is a relative bargain for the quality.


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Dec 20, 2012 20:37 |  #17

lungdoc wrote in post #15391085 (external link)
100mm macro lenses would do the job also, assuming you have some other need/use for them. The non L is a relative bargain for the quality.

Was looking at the 100 F2 as well, mostly b/c it doubles as a portrait AND macro lens.

I have about $350 in best buy cards to burn. Might pick this, or the 85MM 1.8 up.


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Dec 20, 2012 20:44 |  #18

mystik610 wrote in post #15391683 (external link)
Was looking at the 100 F2 as well, mostly b/c it doubles as a portrait AND macro lens.

I have about $350 in best buy cards to burn. Might pick this, or the 85MM 1.8 up.

The 100 f2 isn't a macro, the 100 2.8 is, but its not as good for portraits.


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Dec 21, 2012 00:35 |  #19

I think the 85L and 135L are the most loved or if your rich one of the 200 1.8 or 2


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Dec 21, 2012 00:40 |  #20

mystik610 wrote in post #15391683 (external link)
Was looking at the 100 F2 as well, mostly b/c it doubles as a portrait AND macro lens.

I have about $350 in best buy cards to burn. Might pick this, or the 85MM 1.8 up.

Yeah, it's only the 100mm f/2.8 that doubles as a macro, which wouldn't give you anything over the 70-200 you picked up.

I'd say the 85mm is the way to go; gives you an extra 1 and 1/3 stops and a different look than the f/2.8. If you've got unlimited space, then you'd go for 200mm f/2.8 or so; with less space, then 85mm f/1.8 or f/2 works.




  
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Dec 21, 2012 01:02 |  #21

No question, 85/1.2 and the 1.8 if you can't afford that.

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I also suggest the 100/2 over the 135. The 135 is wonderful, but see if you can handle such a deep focal length before you drop the big bucks. The 100 will also be a more versatile lens.

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Dec 21, 2012 01:30 |  #22

Ideally and specifically, 85mm on FF is the choice for portrait photography (both outdoor and indoor). Like some other mentioned above, if you have money, get the 85L II. Otherwise, 85 1.8 does get the job done well.




  
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Dec 21, 2012 05:30 |  #23

You guys are a terrible influence. Just ordered an 85mm 1.8 from Best Buy (paid for with gift cards at least) to compliment my 70-200 2.8 II.

I was considering the 85L in lieu of the 70-200 2.8 II, but I'm a little iffy about spending $2k on a prime just yet without knowing how much use it would get (then again, I've rented the 70-200 2.8 Mark I, and am not sure how frequently I would carry such a massive lens outisde of hired shoots). I shot exclusively with 50mm primes (first the 1.8 then the 1.4) for about a year, but don't use it much since I picked up the 24-70 Mark I (and eventually the Mark II). I basically pop it on when I don't have enough light or background separation, but otherwise stick to the 24-70 for medium length shots.

Will give the 85mm 1.8 a shot for now, and keep an eye on the 85L.


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Dec 21, 2012 06:00 |  #24

mystik610 wrote in post #15392698 (external link)
You guys are a terrible influence. Just ordered an 85mm 1.8 from Best Buy (paid for with gift cards at least) to compliment my 70-200 2.8 II.

I was considering the 85L in lieu of the 70-200 2.8 II, but I'm a little iffy about spending $2k on a prime just yet without knowing how much use it would get (then again, I've rented the 70-200 2.8 Mark I, and am not sure how frequently I would carry such a massive lens outisde of hired shoots). I shot exclusively with 50mm primes (first the 1.8 then the 1.4) for about a year, but don't use it much since I picked up the 24-70 Mark I (and eventually the Mark II). I basically pop it on when I don't have enough light or background separation, but otherwise stick to the 24-70 for medium length shots.

Will give the 85mm 1.8 a shot for now, and keep an eye on the 85L.

Enjoy the new toy :mrgreen: You'll love it, and don't worry, the 1.8 is a GREAT lens. It even focuses faster than the L :] Post some shots after you have some play time with it haha


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Dec 21, 2012 06:23 as a reply to  @ EnsitMike's post |  #25

Both the 70-200II and 85mm f/1.8 in less than 24 hours! Nice! You could breakdown and get the 135L now too. Just kidding!

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Dec 21, 2012 15:27 |  #26

Regretted selling my 100 f2, so I bought another today ........ Happy Days! :D




  
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Dec 21, 2012 16:52 |  #27

So.....the delivery of my 70-200 was delayed by the weather. Have two shoots this wknd and really wanted to try out a new portrait lens, so I rented an 85L for a week. I have a feelin this will turn out badly in the end(for my wallet)


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Dec 21, 2012 17:57 |  #28

mystik610 wrote in post #15394680 (external link)
So.....the delivery of my 70-200 was delayed by the weather. Have two shoots this wknd and really wanted to try out a new portrait lens, so I rented an 85L for a week. I have a feelin this will turn out badly in the end(for my wallet)

The gods have spoken :mrgreen:


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Dec 22, 2012 06:00 as a reply to  @ EnsitMike's post |  #29

Did a little test run of the 85L yesterday at while having dinner at my parents house. The magic definitely happens when this shot in the range of f1.2-2.0. Once I stopped down past closer to 2.8, there wasn't a compelling reason not to use my 24-70 MKII....which pretty much meant that this lens was only useful for portraits of individuals. Throw second person in the mix, and its very hard to keep enough of both people in focus.

Shooting at 1.2 definitely takes technique, and the ridiculously slow AF motor doesn't make it easier. Had an extremely low keeper rate, but when I did get it right, the results were as magical as people say.

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Dec 22, 2012 11:52 |  #30

mystik610 wrote in post #15396031 (external link)
Did a little test run of the 85L yesterday at while having dinner at my parents house. The magic definitely happens when this shot in the range of f1.2-2.0. Once I stopped down past closer to 2.8, there wasn't a compelling reason not to use my 24-70 MKII....which pretty much meant that this lens was only useful for portraits of individuals. Throw second person in the mix, and its very hard to keep enough of both people in focus.

Shooting at 1.2 definitely takes technique, and the ridiculously slow AF motor doesn't make it easier. Had an extremely low keeper rate, but when I did get it right, the results were as magical as people say.


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Yes, there is a learning curive with the 85mm when it's wide open. It took me a while to get more keepers than discards. Two or more subjects can be frustrating to get them both in focus when wide open if you don't set yourself up exactly the same distance away from both/multiple targets. The 24-70 or 70-200 are more idiot proof where you can set the camera and shoot. I find myself having to think a lot more and shoot with more hesitation when I use my 85mm. It's just the nature of the beast. One thing that helped me out is getting a free app for my droid that is a depth of field calculator for Canon lenses. I found that when I starting using this app my pic's turned out better because it provided me with raw numbers on how much depth was available for the distance I was away from my subject(s). After a while I started to remember these numbers and don't really need the app much anymore. The app does help with consistancy and provides you with a better understanding on what you have to work with on a particular setting. Have fun with the new lenses!!


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