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Why is Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM not popular????

 
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Nov 28, 2013 07:13 as a reply to  @ post 16485999 |  #31

People buy the 85 1.8 because they like purple fringing :-)




  
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Nov 28, 2013 07:31 |  #32

Mornnb wrote in post #16485864 (external link)
The weight and size difference alone, makes it worth owning both the 70-200mm IS II and the 200mm II 2.8.

Very true. I have both and the prime is slightly sharper than the zoom.




  
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Nov 28, 2013 07:41 |  #33

Lexar wrote in post #16485999 (external link)
I bought one specifically for indoor sports where the 15mm difference over the 85 f1.8 helps!
Great lens for portraits too...

No regrets at all!

That's probably its best use, in those cases where the 135L is too long.

I used to have the 100 f/2, but found I never used it once I got the 135L.


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Nov 28, 2013 08:25 as a reply to  @ jrbdmb's post |  #34

I definitely want the 100mm macro. A 100 macro is close to the 85mm & 135 FL, but I can justify each. The 100mm f/2 with the hundred is just too hard to justify when there are those other two FLs.


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Nov 28, 2013 08:31 |  #35

I've owned two copies of 85 f/1.8 before but the 100mm f/2 seems to have better PQ wide open.
Another reason why I keep the 100mm f/2 instead of 85 f/1.8 is because it complements the Sigma 50 f/1.4, which is my favorite, better than 85mm.


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Nov 28, 2013 08:38 |  #36

david lacey wrote in post #16486041 (external link)
People buy the 85 1.8 because they like purple fringing :-)

+1 :lol:


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Nov 28, 2013 10:47 |  #37

david lacey wrote in post #16486041 (external link)
People buy the 85 1.8 because they like purple fringing :-)

Ha... maybe this is true. The 85mm 1.8 is a Canon best seller and the 100mm f2 is basically a well kept secret. One of the most common questions on this forum is... "what should I get, the 135mm f/2 or the 85mm 1.8?" I always try to suggest that the person should consider the 100mm f2. Many times they'll think I'm speaking about the 100mm 2.8 macro, as they're not aware that the f2 exists. I had the 85mm years ago and sold it. The 100mm f2 didn't have the CA that the 85mm had. Also, I preferred the sharpness, the bokeh and the focal length of the 100mm. It's a GREAT portrait lens, especially on a FF camera. If you can't afford the great 135mm f2, then the 100mm f/2 is an outstanding second choice.

I think (as others have said) that the 100mm macro gives you the added feature of being macro, so most people will choose it over the f2. And the 85mm gets talked about and written about a lot, so that hype usually generates sales. Meanwhile the 100mm f2 remains a obscure gem in the Canon lineup.




  
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Nov 28, 2013 11:02 |  #38

I shoot crop and use the 100/F2, 100/F2.8L, a 70-200/F2.8 and the 24-105L. For non-macro on 100mm I prefer the F2 because it is shorter (so it fits better in my bag) and AF performs better (especially in low light) than any of the others.
100mm FL provide a nice half-body composition on my most used distances.
85 is so boring cause anyone has got it.

100/F2 is popular for those that have one and impopular for those that have not got it.

That is why I will not part from my 100/F2




  
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Nov 28, 2013 14:35 |  #39

I used to have the EF 100 f/2 on my 60D.
Very sharp lens.
It did have some CA.
It's probably the only lens I regret selling.


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Nov 28, 2013 14:46 |  #40

frugivore wrote in post #16486083 (external link)
Very true. I have both and the prime is slightly sharper than the zoom.

It's sharper in the centre. The zoom is sharper at the edges.
The 200mm II 2.8 is an awesome yet neglected lens, much like the 100mm f2.


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Nov 28, 2013 15:02 |  #41

Mornnb wrote in post #16486854 (external link)
It's sharper in the centre. The zoom is sharper at the edges.
The 200mm II 2.8 is an awesome yet neglected lens, much like the 100mm f2.

Yes indeed!




  
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Nov 28, 2013 15:46 |  #42

I believe, its because of the fact, that the "100mm 2.8 Macro USM" costs about the same, and because of macro has a bit more fun factor, is still fast, and has great image quality.

And because there is a similar, even fater lens (85 1.8)


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Nov 28, 2013 16:52 |  #43

david lacey wrote in post #16486041 (external link)
People buy the 85 1.8 because they like purple fringing :-)

How much better is the 100/2 in that department? 20 seconds of desaturating in PS and problem fixed for me. I do wish there was a Canon offering at 85mm between the 85/1.8 and 1.2 around $1000 though. The Sigma is tempting but not tempting enough. Maybe an Art 85 would make me upgrade.

Until then I am sticking with my 85/1.8 and 135/2.


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Nov 28, 2013 17:55 |  #44

FEChariot wrote in post #16487069 (external link)
How much better is the 100/2 in that department? 20 seconds of desaturating in PS and problem fixed for me. I do wish there was a Canon offering at 85mm between the 85/1.8 and 1.2 around $1000 though. The Sigma is tempting but not tempting enough. Maybe an Art 85 would make me upgrade.

Until then I am sticking with my 85/1.8 and 135/2.

I don't know about 20 seconds in post with the 85mm 1.8 to eliminate the fringing. I find the fringing unreasonably horrible, and all of it can not be eliminated in my experience. My 100mm Macro has no fringing that I can see. When you have 100 photos you have to correct for the same problem each time, that 20+ seconds add up to a frustratingly amount of time. I prefer to shoot, not eye-drop correct fringing in LR.

I will say that aside from the fringing, it's a great lens, but the fringing really just flat out kills my love for the lens.


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Nov 28, 2013 17:58 |  #45

and to add -

Because I have both in my bag (85 & 100), I'll grab the 100mm in every situation, unless for some reason it won't get the job done. Since I haven't used the 85 since I got my 100, those times are very rare.


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