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Thread started 18 Jul 2013 (Thursday) 13:25
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Looking to replace my 85LII with another prime - poll

 
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Jul 18, 2013 13:25 |  #1

Hello all,

I would like to free up some cash and decided to do a little lens musical chair game….

I barely use my 85LII so I decided I could use the money to purchase a ‘cheaper’ L prime and use the spare cash for some other goodies. I RARELY shoot at f1.2 anyways, so the lens is just sitting collecting dust.

I already have a 35L to cover the wider range, and use a 24-70 for most of my day to day photography, but would like a prime for the longer range. I used to own a 50L but I found it a bit too wide on a FF body. The 85 in essence has a perfect FL, but at such a steep price, I feel like I’m just wasting my money by letting the lens sit around in my closet.

My question to my fellow POTNers :) is which one of the above (or another medium-long range prime) would you choose as a replacement….

I’m using a 5DIII if it makes a difference in any way…. My main prime subjects are my kids and other family members, and people in general.

Thanks in advance for any input.


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Jul 18, 2013 13:27 |  #2

85 1.4/85 1.8 or 100L / 135L / 200L

I vote for either a replacement 85mm FL or the 100/135 because it's close to what you liked about the 85mm FL.


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Jul 18, 2013 13:29 |  #3

My first choice would be the obvious 135L and next would be the 200L f2.8 II. You could also throw the 100L IS macro lens in there as well.


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Jul 18, 2013 18:00 |  #4

I know this would actually cost you "more", but get the 70-200/2.8ii. You'll have 17-200 completely covered.

70-200ii is pretty darn close to the 135/2 (other than 1 stop of light, but you can 4 stops in IS so if you're shooting static, it's a 3-stop advantage).

You'd still have the 85mm and 200mm at your disposal.

Otherwise, I'd keep the 85. I don't use mine hardly but when I do... it's just "Wow."


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Jul 18, 2013 18:04 |  #5

In my own opinion, the 135/2 is a "No-Brainer"!

Quick AF, fantastic resolution and sharpness from wide open and beyond.

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Jul 18, 2013 18:41 |  #6

I would choose between the 135L and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II. It won't exactly free up any cash if you get a 70-200, but you would have a one-lens-does-it-all option, plus it is a fantastic lens in general. Unless you really need/want money for something. Then go with the 70-200mm f/4L IS and an 85mm f/1.8.


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Jul 18, 2013 19:24 |  #7

jwcdds wrote in post #16132736 (external link)
I know this would actually cost you "more", but get the 70-200/2.8ii. You'll have 17-200 completely covered.

70-200ii is pretty darn close to the 135/2 (other than 1 stop of light, but you can 4 stops in IS so if you're shooting static, it's a 3-stop advantage).

You'd still have the 85mm and 200mm at your disposal.

Otherwise, I'd keep the 85. I don't use mine hardly but when I do... it's just "Wow."

The poor guy is trying to free up cash, and you're telling him to spend more money...lol Julian.


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Jul 18, 2013 19:56 |  #8

it would have to be the 200 f/2.0 to replace the 85LII
not the 2.8version, maybe also the 1.8


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Jul 18, 2013 19:57 |  #9

Personally I like to shoot 200mm for portrait; 135 is not much different from 85 and bit more expensive.

200 f/2.8 is most under rated L IMHO.


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Jul 18, 2013 20:13 |  #10

I had the 85L and really enjoyed it... However, having the 135L prior, I just never loved it as much. Sure, I loved shooting at it f/1.2 but as far as the bokeh goes, the 135L is better. The 85L is more "dreamy" in appearance, but I still liked how the 135L blew away backgrounds so smoothly and with such a sharp cutoff from the in focus plane to the background. Its wonderful. I eventually sold the 85L after 6-8 months or so and went back to the 135L.

Both incredible lenses though... For the money, you are MUCH better off with the 135L and maybe picking up an 85 1.8, which IMO, has near identical IQ of the 85L without the slow AF, pricetag and f/1.2... :D


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Jul 18, 2013 20:14 |  #11

Love the 135mm focal length.


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Jul 18, 2013 20:17 |  #12
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Neither, get 200L (2.0):)




  
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Jul 18, 2013 23:32 |  #13

My 85L II is irreplaceable, but 100L make a good substitute. :)


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Jul 19, 2013 01:46 |  #14

If 85 is the perfect focal length for you, why are you not considering the Sigma 85/1.4 or Canon 85/1.8?


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Jul 19, 2013 01:59 |  #15

^^^ That!
+1 for the Siggy 85


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