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Canon Lens EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Review

 
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Dec 08, 2013 03:25 |  #76

Charlie wrote in post #16510256 (external link)
lol, no way the 85L keeps up with the 50L. Especially hate it when you miss focus with the 85L, it keeps going and going, then goes reverse and on and on. I didn't want to believe it when I read about the 85L being a one trick pony, but it really is. Other than posed shots, or predictable lateral movements, there's not much it can do. I do have it permanently mounted on my 5D so that I would try to learn it more, but it's fairly upsetting using it as a normal lens.

I've used it successfully to shoot volleyball. It can't switch players to get the pass, set and hit all in a sequence, but it can follow one player at a time just fine.

It's not a fast focusing lens, which means acquistion is slow. It does not mean the lens cannot follow action at all.


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Dec 08, 2013 04:14 |  #77

I just leave this here ;)

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Dec 08, 2013 08:01 |  #78

50L
It has a very dreamy rendering.
You can stand closer and still get the killer bokeh.
You are able to be closer to kids.
You can use it in the evening/low light, more so, than the 85.
You can use the AF. So it's not a one trick pony.
You can get more environmental portraits with this FL.
I'd you take a step in either direction, you have a 35L or a 85L. So it's more versatile.
You just may have to crop a few images... if you're really accustomed to the 85mm FL. If you have a good body (lots of MP and good ISO noise control) and the latest LR (which takes care of noise).... you can crop with no trouble.....
....is it really worth having the 85Lii and 50L?

To be honest, I originally owned the 50L BC I already owned the 135L. Tried the 85L, couldn't get over the lens, loved it, sold the 135L. Then sold the 50L, I just wasn't using the 50. But them I got the 50 again, and I realize, I can produce the stunning shots with the 50, that I the 85 creates. So why have both? So now I'm considering going back to my original combo 50 and 135! Lol!

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I really thing that kit could do it all for me, while putting close to a grand back into my pocket.


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Dec 08, 2013 16:38 |  #79

Dj R wrote in post #16510020 (external link)
With regard to focusing speed, have you changed your mind yet?

Dj R,

I'll need time to double check that. My recollection is that at f/1.2, and in diminished light, my 50 L is slower.
Perhaps I am wrong. I'll compare it when I can.

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Dec 08, 2013 19:23 as a reply to  @ Mark A.'s post |  #80

85L>50L


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Dec 08, 2013 22:46 |  #81

I always hear 50L having some AF issues. In my quick tests with 85L the initial acquisition is slow but after that AF tracking speed is good not to mention AF is accurate.


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Dec 08, 2013 23:05 |  #82

I've owned both for years. the 50L AF is better. it's not focus by wire.
I wouldn't want either without the mark III body, or better, though. that's just me.


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Dec 08, 2013 23:22 |  #83

Dj R wrote in post #16512446 (external link)
I've owned both for years. the 50L AF is better. it's not focus by wire.
I wouldn't want either without the mark III body, or better, though. that's just me.

There is a poster here on POTN who routinely posts dog agility shots with 85L. I saw some VB shots I think in this thread. I never seen anything action from 50L.:) Maybe I don't know.


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Dec 08, 2013 23:28 |  #84

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I just leave this here ;)

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Dec 08, 2013 23:31 |  #85

bobbyz wrote in post #16512489 (external link)
There is a poster here on POTN who routinely posts dog agility shots with 85L. I saw some VB shots I think in this thread. I never seen anything action from 50L.:) Maybe I don't know.

Dude. I'm not an ace here, clearly. But the 85mm FL is obviously better for sports. That is why you don't.

This girl is across the entire court from me:
50L at 1.4

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I've also used 85 for vb. I can use either. This one is with the 85l
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The are both excellent lenses. Very different. My only point is that as a weekend warrior, I just can't see myself owning both of them. I'm trying to justify selling one. Instead of justifying owning two very expensive 1.2 lenses 35mm apart.
I just know that I wouldn't shoot roller derby or have children run towards me, using the 85L, focus by wire isn't going to be fun for those types of sports. Volleyball is doable, you know where the players are and where they are going, and you can track them east to west.
To ME… both are great, both are portraits lenses. the 50L being more versatile b/c it's FL is, and b/c it's AF is not focus by wire.

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Dec 09, 2013 05:44 |  #86

Thanks for the feedback everyone much appreciated!

Mark A. wrote in post #16508361 (external link)
I too would like to thank the original poster & author of this most excellent review.

It is beautifully written, honest, and considered.

The first representative image presented blew me away.

Clearly, the lens and the author are well qualified.

I found the review last week when I learned of the recent pricing discount and rebate for the lens.

The lens was not on my radar before, but after viewing the first image in the review, all of that changed.

I received my lens last night. Knowing the quirks of the lens in advance was helpful, and I am glad I went into the purchase with a bit of knowledge.

The focus speed of the lens was a concern but in actuality it is not bad (I have a EF 300 f/2.8 L IS II USM to play with when I want mind-boggling AF performance).

I also own an EF 50 L and the 85 easily out performs it at f/1.2 in regards to focusing speed and image sharpness (based on only one night of experimenting though). I use these on a 5D Mk III.

So thank you sir for your time and passion that generated this review.

Know that your first representative image cost me $1,800, and and I feel like I am the lucky one.

Many of the other images are also just plain breathtaking.

I know that these images don't happen on their own, and the skill that took them is also readily apparent.

I so look forward to using and learning about this gem of a lens!

Best regards,

Mark A.

Thanks for your kind words Mark glad I could help somewhat! I wish canon could read your words and give me some financial inducements :P

Here's a 85LII Present for you guys (it's some analysis I did over the very first Wedding I photographed under my current business and I noticed pretty much most of the shots were taken with the 85LII !)
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Dec 09, 2013 06:46 |  #87

igora90 wrote in post #16510390 (external link)
I just leave this here ;)

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Feb 11, 2014 17:21 |  #88

I tend to agree with Dj R I want the 'magic' of the 85L II but I don't often use that FL.
I do not shoot portraits, I shoot environmental portraits. The 50L will be a more useable FL for me as well.
Thank you for the review. I will own the 85L II one day, but for now I'll try the Helios 85mm f1.5 for some fun.


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Feb 12, 2014 08:40 |  #89

Thank you for the very through review of the 85l. Its the best review I have read in a long long time. It's worthy to have you review published on the World Wide Web. Since you know have the 5diii, it would be nice to expand your comment regarding Auto focus and the camera used. I know from my experience, I shoot my 85l very differently when I acquired a 5diii. And my hit rate for moving targets have greatly improved as well.


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Apr 27, 2015 06:24 |  #90

igora90 wrote in post #16510390 (external link)
I just leave this here ;)

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