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Have 35L and love it, would I also like the 85L II for my type of shooting?

 
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Dec 19, 2012 18:32 |  #1

I have had the 35L for a while, on my previous 7D, and now on my 5D3. I find it great for low light shooting... see a few recent examples below.

Now, I have an opportunity to get a pre-owned 85L II at a good price, and I'm looking for any comments from folks that own both and do this kind of shooting. Will I make use of it? Will it make shots of my GF look better? Will I always be fighting with trying to step back far enough? etc... any thoughts you have are welcome.

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Dec 19, 2012 18:35 |  #2

I'll sell you the 85L LNIB if you like!


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Dec 19, 2012 20:48 |  #3

The 85L crushes the 35L in terms of portrait ability. Let that be upper body shots, full body shots, etc... it just produces epic pictures. 35mm might have a bit of distortion on the model's face depending on how close you are to the subject.I don't find myself standing too far away from the subject with the 85L on a full frame. Only for full body shots or group shots will you have to stand a bit back. I find the distance between camera and subject to be more of an issue with the 135L.

The 35mm f/1.4 is my next to-buy lens since I already have a 85 and 135 pair. Currently using the pancake but really want that f/1.4 aperture. I think you'll be very happy with the 85L. It's a very very different lens and you should try it first before you buy it as it's not really cheap..


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Dec 19, 2012 22:18 |  #4

I have the 35L and the 85L, and I love them both. The 85L is something special. I also like having slightly wider than normal, slightly tighter than normal perspectives. I wholeheartedly recommend it as a companion to your 35.


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Dec 19, 2012 22:19 |  #5

It does have a long MFD, but given the shallow DOF that 1.2 gives, I dont really find that it is much of a problem. If you have enough room to use the 85, by all means. If not, the 35. Win/win.


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Dec 19, 2012 22:22 |  #6

cfunkexplosion wrote in post #15387994 (external link)
I have the 35L and the 85L, and I love them both. The 85L is something special. I also like having slightly wider than normal, slightly tighter than normal perspectives. I wholeheartedly recommend it as a companion to your 35.

In what kinds of situations do you use one vs. the other and if you have to pick one lens for an evening out, which would it be?


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Dec 19, 2012 22:46 |  #7

The 35L and 85L are my two goto lenses. Always travel together. They are bffs and compliment each other perfectly.


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Dec 20, 2012 14:43 as a reply to  @ Thomas Campbell's post |  #8

I'll use them in tandem, 35L for a sense of space, 85L for a sense of isolation. If I had to pick only one, I guess I would take the 35L with me, since I think it is more versatile. I feel it can handle people, architecture, just about everything. Really like that focal length. Some people say the 85L is just a portrait lens, though I don't really agree. Because of the MFD and the tighter FOV, I think it can be somewhat more difficult to use, but I like using for general shooting as well. As long as you aren't going from MFD to infinity, I've found the AF to be fast enough for me. I guess it comes down to the 35L giving me a context with the subject, and the 85L placing the subject front and center. Optically, the 35L is great, but the 85L is just superb. I find they compliment each other very nicely.


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Dec 20, 2012 16:51 |  #9

The only two lenses I own and the only two lenses I need :)


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Dec 23, 2012 00:24 |  #10

I got a pre-owned 85L today... and at least one guy approves...

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I should also point out that my GF said she liked the girth of my new lens! :D

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Dec 23, 2012 02:20 |  #11

Gr8 choice! Congrats.


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Dec 23, 2012 23:19 as a reply to  @ Franz-Olof's post |  #12

Congrats. You are going to love that thing.


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Dec 24, 2012 02:33 |  #13

Worth every dime, I love that thing

Man looking at all these signatures, and im only person left that kept my 5dmkii :PP


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Dec 24, 2012 03:41 |  #14

Congrats! The 85L is a lens that I don't think I'll ever sell :)


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