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85mm 1.2 or 135 f2 + 85 1.8 + 100mm macro?

 
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May 27, 2013 10:45 |  #1

So I had my heart all set on buying the Canon 85mm 1.2 as my Christmas gift this year. I've played with the lens before and I like it but I don't love it. It does produce some stunning photos. And, honestly, it is a sexy piece of glass.

But now I'm torn. I've seen comparison shots between the 85 1.8 and the 85 1.2 @ 1.8 and they look the same to me. When I'm shooting for shallow DOF I'm almost always in the 1.8 - 2 range anyway. I also have the 70-200 II and everyone keeps saying I can get that same creamy background but I have yet to accomplish this. I know the 135 can do it and take stunning pictures but it's a bit long. I've played with my 70-200 shooting only 85 or 135 to get a feel for the difference and it is quite dramatic.

I also LOOOVE macro and need a 100mm macro anyway so for just a bit more I and get all three.

So my question is: Am I going to regret not getting the 1.2?


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May 27, 2013 11:04 |  #2

The IQ between the 1.2 and the 1.8 is definitely not the same. Once you master the 1.2, you will know that it is much better. With that said, if you need the 1.2, then buy the other three. The 135L and the 100L macro are two excellent lenses by Canon; can't go wrong with those two.




  
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May 27, 2013 11:09 |  #3

I would find having three much more versatile


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May 27, 2013 11:23 |  #4

Some of my best images came from the 85/1.2 when I had it and only sold it when I had the 5D2 which has horrible AF issues. With better AF that lens will shine, that or it's my technique :(

It seemed to me that you have all focal lengths covered and what you really need is a speciality lens. The 85L without doubt is something I will get again someday.

Go for it. You will not be dissapointed.


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May 27, 2013 12:12 |  #5

I had following top primes : 35L, 85 1.8 (twice), 85L, 135L (twice), 200 2.8L

Ended up with 35L, 135L as I like the combination of fast focussing, sharp wide open and not too expensive.
Sometimes I doubt buying a 85 prime again, but 135L and 70-200 II are flawless in all aspects.

I mostly worked wide open, but i'm tending on more sharpness in my pics now.
I still have the 35 1.4 if necessary, but shots at f1.4 are really too thin, from f2 the bokeh is also creamy (due to the focal length of 135L or 70-200 2.8L for example) BUT you have sharper faces, I hate only 1 sharp eye.


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May 27, 2013 12:40 |  #6

IMHO 85L is a waste of money if not used at f1.2 most of the time. And that only works well for full body or 3/4 height portraits, with plenty of background included. For half-body or closer portraits, DoF becomes too shallow at f1.2.


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May 27, 2013 12:44 |  #7

I'd go for the latter option :)


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May 27, 2013 14:20 as a reply to  @ LeeRatters's post |  #8

I would love to upgrade my 85/1.8, but I really love the fast focusing. Is that important to you? Or do you like the nicer bokeh from the L?

The 135L is a gem in its own right and I will probably buy it once my daughter gets older and is into more indoor activities like Dance, theater, volleyball or what ever she wants to try.


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May 27, 2013 15:31 |  #9

FEChariot wrote in post #15972656 (external link)
I would love to upgrade my 85/1.8, but I really love the fast focusing. Is that important to you? Or do you like the nicer bokeh from the L?

The 135L is a gem in its own right and I will probably buy it once my daughter gets older and is into more indoor activities like Dance, theater, volleyball or what ever she wants to try.

Fast focusing is a concern. And I honestly can't see a bokeh difference in any of the comparison shots I've seen. I was totally sold on the 1.2 until I saw side by sides of the same shots. I couldn't tell the difference.


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May 27, 2013 16:26 |  #10

I would go for the 135 f2 + 85 1.8 + 100mm macro option.




  
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May 27, 2013 16:37 as a reply to  @ gacon1's post |  #11

This is like saying 400mm 2.8 II or 5D3/135/100-400/70-200/35L/24-105.

Is it really worth it?


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May 29, 2013 04:27 |  #12

Definately all three, the 135L is amazing.




  
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May 29, 2013 04:58 |  #13

You have mp-e 65mm already. So you don't need a 100mm macro. I personally would grab the 85L v.1 and the 135L. But that's just me.




  
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May 29, 2013 11:08 |  #14

Talley wrote in post #15973049 (external link)
This is like saying 400mm 2.8 II or 5D3/135/100-400/70-200/35L/24-105.

Is it really worth it?

Hahaha. Heck ya the 400 is worth it. The 400 is a beast in all aspects. Speed, iq, etc. it rocks!! But in the ops question is the 85 worth it-to me its not when the choice of the other lenses are there.

I agree with the op. ive owned two 85Ls and both were amazing. No doubt. To me at 1.8 it was very hard to tell a difference. Maybe i could tell at 100%. Anyways i think the three lens option is cool. That 100mm macro is so much fun. Never owned the 135 but im sure it rocks too.


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May 29, 2013 11:11 |  #15

kouasupra wrote in post #15978465 (external link)
You have mp-e 65mm already. So you don't need a 100mm macro.

Well I'd have liked the 100mm L as well as the mp-e 65mm.

When photographing butterflies and flowers, the mp-e can give you interesting shots .. but sometimes you just want to get it all in - and with natural light too.




  
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