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Settle a bet - Fast focus, devastatingly sharp lenses

 
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Jun 20, 2016 09:36 |  #1

Greetings everyone.

I recently got in a contested argument with a fellow shooter. It gave me the thought.

What are everyones four favorite, fast focus lenses that are just devastatingly sharp?

I think my love affair with the Canon 135 f/2L might have been a factor.

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Jun 20, 2016 09:46 |  #2

I certainly count the
- 135mm f/2L among my favorites.

Primes make up most of my list, until recently it would have been exclusively primes.

- 500mm f/4L IS either version
- 200mm f/1.8L or 2L IS


... that the highly affordable 135mm can be grouped in with such lenses (include also the 300mm f/2.8, 400mm f/2.8 etc) for speed and sharpness, even if it is in the lower ranks of that group, is impressive indeed.

The zoom?

- 100-400mmL Mk II. I bet the MkII 70-200mm will have it's votes as well.


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Jun 20, 2016 09:49 |  #3

EOlsenPhoto wrote in post #18044847 (external link)
Greetings everyone.

I recently got in a contested argument with a fellow shooter. It gave me the thought.

What are everyones four favorite, fast focus lenses that are just devastatingly sharp?

I think my love affair with the Canon 135 f/2L might have been a factor.

Cheers

Erik


What are YOUR other THREE?


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Jun 20, 2016 10:22 as a reply to  @ john crossley's post |  #4

I was afraid someone would ask that.

I don't have a ton of experience with a bunch of different lenses that fit in my requirements. I have worked up to my bread and butter setup that suits my needs and I have not played around too much. Funny because I consider myself a gear freak in most respects. I want to start hunting for some other options that people are excited about.


Based on that.
1. Canon 135 f/2 (Love everything about this lens more than speed and sharpness)
2. Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 MKI (have not used the Mk II yet, but have been thinking about upgrading)
3. Canon 16-35 f/4
4. Canon 50 f/1.2 (does not focus fast enough for me though, so is a stretch or totally irrelevant here)

The argument started with my love affair of the 135. I am searching for more lenses that made me feel like that one did. I like the 50 f/1.2 but it feels basic. The 135 has a bit of magic to it. I like to shoot large landscapes, small people so I have been interested in trying some wider primes. I love my 135 for details, and environmental portrait stuffs. I shoot a ton of action and lifestyle so I really appreciate fast autofocus, sharpness across a wide focal range. Maybe would like to try something with a bit more richness in color than the 135, but I will probably end up pulling some saturation in post anyway as per my style (I like the flat look of the 135, but would like the flexibility maybe.

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Jun 20, 2016 10:27 |  #5

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18044852 (external link)
I certainly count the
- 135mm f/2L among my favorites.

Primes make up most of my list, until recently it would have been exclusively primes.

- 500mm f/4L IS either version
- 200mm f/1.8L or 2L IS


... that the highly affordable 135mm can be grouped in with such lenses (include also the 300mm f/2.8, 400mm f/2.8 etc) for speed and sharpness, even if it is in the lower ranks of that group, is impressive indeed.

The zoom?

- 100-400mmL Mk II. I bet the MkII 70-200mm will have it's votes as well.

I have always heard good things about the 200's I have always had a 70-200 zoom in one speed or another. I wonder if it would compete too much with the 135, but I should try one of those out some day.

Thanks for the suggestions Cyber


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Jun 20, 2016 11:20 |  #6

My vote is for the often overlooked EF 400 f/5.6L

It is very sharp and has very fast focus and is also modestly priced.


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Jun 20, 2016 11:26 |  #7

EOlsenPhoto wrote in post #18044847 (external link)
What are everyones four favorite, fast focus lenses that are just devastatingly sharp?

Erik


As far as choosing among these four, that would depend of the focal length required.
They are all terrific. The 135mm is a wonderful lens with great bokeh.

1. 400mm f/2.8L IS II

2. 300mm f/2.8L IS

3. 135mm f/2.0L

4. 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II


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Jun 20, 2016 15:56 |  #8

My votes go to:

1. 400mm 2.8 IS II (or really any of the v2 IS superteles)
2. 200mm 2.0 IS
3. 100-400 II
4. 70-200 2.8 IS II


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Jun 20, 2016 16:22 |  #9

My Choice is virtually the same as Jakes....

I have owned 3 of the lenses below for 4+ years and the 500L f/4 for 3 months so am more than confident in my personal choice of the fastest focus and devastatingly sharpness lenses

1 - EF 200L f/2 (Prime)

2 - EF 500L I f/4 (Prime)

3 - EF 135 f/2 (Prime)

4 - EF 70-200 II f2.8 (Zoom)


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Jun 20, 2016 21:55 |  #10

Based on number of photos taken, which is mostly sports, for me it would be:

1. EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
2. EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II
3. EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II (I really enjoy this lens, but it has half the number of shots as the 70-200)
4. EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II (distant 4th and I only have a decent number due to basketball)


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Jun 21, 2016 09:29 |  #11

My favourites (based on my usage) is:

1. EF 300 f2.8 v1
2. EF 200-400
3. EF 70-200 2.8


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Is pretty much all of the super white supertelephoto lenses...again, unless you are a pro, more than likely that's not something you can afford. A step down, obviously is all the 70-200 variants.


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Jun 22, 2016 12:27 |  #13

Doesn't hurt to have a lens coupled to a good body. AF on my new to me 1Dx is almost instant, and it certainly seems faster than the 5D2 I have been using till now.


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Jun 24, 2016 12:38 |  #14

4 favorite and most used fast&sharp lenses.

400f2.8 LIS II
600f4 LISII
70-200 f2.8LIS II

I cant pick a 4th.
It would be the 300 2.8 or 500 4
My 24-70 is my most used lens for day to day work, but its not overly sharp and not super quick to focus.
I only really use it for netball and basketball when shooting sports - everything else is a 70-200 and a "big white"


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