wiztek wrote in post #16976103
Is this lens worth purchasing? I currently have a 35 1.4 and a 50 1.8. I do not use the 50 - it's just not on par with the Sig Art.
I am a prime user, and i am leaning towards the 35/85/135 combo. I like taking portraits of people, so the 85 is a bit of an 'essential' lens.
Just wondering if the 85 1.8 is a worthwhile purchase. Would i find it lacking and have a case of buyers remorse? Do i save up instead for a 85 1.4 (Sigma), wait for a 85 Art, or save up forever for the 1.2 Canon?
If the Sigma 85mm is an option, then save up and get it. The F1.4 is worth saving for. The quality difference favors the Sigma too. But it is twice the cost. The Canon 85 F1.8 is a great lens for it's cost. I still use it for lots of things where autofocus speed maters to me, like youth sports, etc. For portrait though I switch to my Samyang 85mm F1.4, because it's sharp at F1.4, and overall better optically. Stopped down, it's very good optically and can compare to much more expensive glass. The trade off is that it's a fully manual lens--but that doesn't bother me with portraiture, as I tend to manually focus a lot there anyways at thin depths of field.
If budget matters, get the EF 85 F1.8. If you can wait and save up, get the Sigma 85. If budget matters and you want great optics and you're ok with manual focus, get the Rokinon/Samyang 85 F1.4.