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What's the general consensus on Canon's 85L 1.2?

 
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Dec 26, 2012 09:43 |  #46

The general consensus is that it is a great lens, possibly one of the best portrait lenses on the market. The Sigma comes close but is good enough for me, at least until I have gear acquisition syndrome again.


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Dec 26, 2012 10:00 |  #47

sebr wrote in post #15408515 (external link)
The general consensus is that it is a great lens, possibly one of the best portrait lenses on the market. The Sigma comes close but is good enough for me, at least until I have gear acquisition syndrome again.

GAS is upon you. ;) Here's a quick test sample from my 85 L and 5D 3. Shot at ISO 10000. :)

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Dec 26, 2012 10:09 |  #48

Here are some of my examples from the 85 1.8... All wide open I believe. Simply fantastic performance.

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Dec 26, 2012 11:15 |  #49

I've owned the Canon 85mm 1.8 for a long time before selling it, owned the Sigma 85mm 1.4 for a couple of months before selling it. Nothing compares to the color rendition and "look" that the 85L gives, not even the Sigma and much less the Canon 85mm 1.8. You can do tests all day with all the lenses, look at them at 100% crop, or even go as far as editing your images to match the look. But it will never be 85L. Trust me, I went through all of that already. You have to own it long enough to see that this lens provides a very distinct character. It is really up to you to determine whether it's worth that much more than the alternatives. I decided it was worth it for me considering I shoot 30+ weddings a year now and after shooting tons of images with it... I know it's the only 85mm for me and I have bought and sold it 3 times already in the hopes of escaping it's weaknesses. However, it's strengths have proven to outweigh the weaknesses for me over time.


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Dec 26, 2012 12:07 |  #50

I know the 85L has a "look" given by the f/1.2 aperture, but at comparable apertures, I see no difference in contrast/color between the 85L and 85 1.8... I think it may be more of a mental thing, honestly.

The 35L has beautiful color rendition, one of the few lenses I could easily tell when looking through my images (the other being 135L). But the 85L and 85 1.8 I can't tell a difference one shot to the next. Both are wonderful.


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Dec 26, 2012 13:06 |  #51

But that's the point - you buy 85L for f1.2. And in this domain there is simply nothing to compare with, it is one of a kind. All other apertures come simply as a free bonus.


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