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Need help deciding: Canon EF 100mm f/2 - Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG

 
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Apr 19, 2013 05:56 |  #1

I want to purchase a portrait lens but can not decide between these two lenses:
Canon EF 100mm f/2
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG

These will be used on a Canon 6D. I know about the specs of the two lenses and the Canon would allow a bit more tight portrait shots but the Sigma is a f1.4 lens, although that is not always an advantage with such a shallow DOF.

I have read enough reviews and looked at example photo's for both lenses in the POTN lens sample photo archive.

But I would really like to hear some user advise from members using these lenses and why one or the other lens would better fit my intended use (considering my camera).
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Apr 19, 2013 06:15 |  #2

Have you considered 100L? Apart for being excellent for portraiture it doubles very well for a macro too!


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Apr 19, 2013 06:26 as a reply to  @ Jam.radonc's post |  #3

Thank you for the suggestion, but I really have not interest in macro photography at all.




  
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Apr 19, 2013 06:34 |  #4

Between the two I'd go with the Sigma, because I absolutely love the way it renders.


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Apr 19, 2013 06:39 |  #5

Sigma 85 f/1.4


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Apr 19, 2013 09:31 |  #6
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Sigma 85 hands down....these 2 aren't even on the same class tbh.


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Apr 19, 2013 10:00 |  #7

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Apr 19, 2013 11:29 |  #8

Two different price points. There isn't any differing opinion on which is better.

The Sigma is a great lens. The 100 is an average lens. If you need 100mm, the 85 can't shoot at that.

Pick your focal length first.


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Apr 19, 2013 12:02 |  #9

plasticmotif wrote in post #15845364 (external link)
Two different price points. There isn't any differing opinion on which is better.

The Sigma is a great lens. The 100 is an average lens. If you need 100mm, the 85 can't shoot at that.

Pick your focal length first.

That is true, but I do not "need" the 100mm more than an 85mm. I can use both focal lengths easily. But in this case I will go with the Sigma, it is the better lens and within my budget.

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Apr 19, 2013 12:22 |  #10

Just sold my Canon 85mm as I never used it but choosing between those 2 & affording either one I'd go Sigma.


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Apr 19, 2013 14:11 |  #11

I use the Canon 100mm f/2 regularly as my portrait lens on a 5D and 1DMkIV. I find that it's a perfect focal length for portraits, and f/2 is fantastic for shallow depth of field. I personally, think 85mm is too short for portraits, although I can see how some people would like it for full body shots with shallow depth of field. Considering the huge difference in price, I think the Canon is a no-brainer.




  
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Apr 19, 2013 14:29 |  #12

The two you have mentioned arent really in the same price bracket - if these are your two options, I'd make your choice based on budget...you'll get what you pay for.

You may also consider the 135L, a fantastic long portrait lens.


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Apr 20, 2013 20:53 |  #13

MNUplander wrote in post #15845932 (external link)
The two you have mentioned arent really in the same price bracket - if these are your two options, I'd make your choice based on budget...you'll get what you pay for.

You may also consider the 135L, a fantastic long portrait lens.

Agreed. The Sigma is a great lens if you can afford it. Otherwise, the Canon is a great budget lens that gives up nothing in quality or performance. Mine has paid for itself many times over with the jobs I've done with it.




  
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Apr 20, 2013 21:44 |  #14

The Sigma 85 is a great lens, if you can get a copy with consistent AF.

Unfortunately, I went through two bad copies and gave up.




  
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Apr 20, 2013 23:39 |  #15

Sigma weighs 719grams, Canon only 420 grams.
Sigma is 300 grams better!

(I have the 100mm f/2, it is a no nonsense lens that does what it is supposed. The 100 mm IS L macro again is absolutely magnificent even for non-macro stuff. There is some magic there...)


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