RMH wrote in post #16502444
I actually meant the 85L & 135L comparison. The 135L is a great lens, but the 85L is one of those lenses you have to own and learn to use for a month or so before you fully appreciate it. I'm glad i didn't rent it first - i probably wouldn't have bought it. It took me a while to learn how to use it properly (and a 5DII to 5DIII upgrade helped too), but now that i have.... I dunno, it just has something magic about it.
You hear people say silly things like 'its hard to make a bad photo with this lens'. To start with, thats about the opposite of true, but after a while....
I owned the 85L II for around 7 months I believe before I sold it... I absolutely loved shooting that thing at f/1.2... I never had any focus issues and tended to focus quite easily myself (and with any other fast lenses). I just had a hard time having $1800 invested in that lens, as much as I liked it. I liked the 135L better, and for half the price the decision was easy for me. If the 85L II was $1300-1400, it would be much more worth it for me
Compared though... I found 85mm a better focal length to work with, but preferred the bokeh of the 135L. I always have described the 85L as being more "dreamy" in appearance, while the 135L had a more 3D, pop effect. I can clearly see why some may prefer one over the other, they have completely different looks.
Quality wise, they are both top notch. I find the 135L a bit more versatile though with the ability to use TC's, the MFD and focus speed. Also, cheaper price of course.
Stunning lens though, no doubt. I would love to get one back, but I need a psycho good deal to encourage me... Especially after using the 85mm f/1.8, which is one stunning lens for the minimal price. You don't have f/1.2, obviously.. But overall, its price to performance ratio is FAR better than the 85L.