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why people go for the ef 85 f/1.8 instead of the ef 100 f/2

 
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Sep 04, 2013 19:35 |  #1

That is my question above
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Sep 04, 2013 19:36 |  #2
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This I'm curious about too. the 100 F2 seems pretty amazing and puts enough distance between my 50mm. Can't wait to get it.




  
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Sep 04, 2013 19:37 |  #3

Thanks
but look here
the ef 100 f/2 is sharper than the 85 f/1.8
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Sep 04, 2013 19:48 |  #4

maybe the price? 100/2 is more expensive than 85/1.8, but two of them are similar.


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Sep 04, 2013 19:50 |  #5

maybe
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Sep 04, 2013 19:53 |  #6

I think -> 85L has a very good reputation for portrait. hence, people who can't afford that tends to get the 85 1.8 first. 100 came to people's mind for marco as 100L and the non-L are very good macro lenses. Therefore, people don't tend to think about the 100 f/2. For portrait, people just skip the 100 and go for the 135L which is also f/2.


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Sep 04, 2013 19:55 |  #7

I prefer 100 f/2 over the 85

It's a sweet spot between 135 L and 85/1.8 while using the small 58mm filters that all the other canon's non-supersized primes use


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Sep 04, 2013 19:59 |  #8

good points
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Sep 04, 2013 21:50 |  #9

At the time I got my 100 f2 I had my 85 1.8 and my testing showed my 85 to be sharper so I kept it

I could also crop my 85 to the same as 100 with no noticable loss in IQ so that's another reason I kept the 85


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Sep 04, 2013 21:57 |  #10

? Might be 85's AF a bit faster than the 100mm macro lens


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Sep 04, 2013 22:30 |  #11

x_tan wrote in post #16268950 (external link)
? Might be 85's AF a bit faster than the 100mm macro lens

OP was compared 85/1.8 to 100/2(non macro).


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Sep 04, 2013 22:31 |  #12

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Sep 04, 2013 22:33 |  #13

My reasons for going for the 85:
1. Tad faster than the 100
2. Plan on getting the 100L Macro so I didn't want to double up on focal lengths.
3. I was in college at the time and cheaping out as much as possible

To each his own. Each scenario will be different. And to be honest the 85 gets talked about way more.


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Sep 04, 2013 22:34 |  #14

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Sep 04, 2013 22:37 |  #15

85mm is a 1/3 stop faster
85mm on APS-C = 135mm which is a "classic" prime length
85mm is usually cheaper on the used market.


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