AlanU wrote in post #18872604
I can see how you're mentally deciding on what direction to go.
I'm in a situation where I've settled for a GM70-200. I will simply buy an 85mm f/1.8 as a small lens to put in my lens pouch on my spider holster belt.
My logic is cheaper 85mm f/1.8 will focus on any thing your throw at it. Documenting without missing a beat with extremely nice bokeh. Some tests have proven the cheaper 85mm locks in low light better than the GMaster. I think one to note is Manny Ortiz doing a comparison.
The beauty of 85mm is a beautiful balance of perspective and subject/camera distance. The 70-200 Gmaster is just a killer versatile lens that will not miss a beat but heavier and at f/2.8.
I think you just have to decide how much you will use a 70-200. Renting a lens is just extra effort IMO but more easier on the wallet. You can charge additional or incorporate the cost of rental in your charge rate. If your a Sony lover you may just bite the bullet and keep a lens for long term use and your done. The 3rd party glass will never exceed or be completely on par with native glass. However we must determine if the AF is "good enough" to satisfy your demands and needs.
I love my Canon 70-200 f/2.8IS mk2 on my Canon system but I CANNOT use it on my Sony A73. I just have zero tolerance to any hiccups and the tracking just isn't meeting my needs. This is one reason why I bought the Gmaster 70-200 for my Sony.
I know my Tammy 28-75mm is not as accurate as my GMaster 16-35 in low light events shooting. Indeed different focal length zoom but when my Gmaster locks eye AF it LOCKS. My Tammy has supposedly locked eye AF in low light giving my useless blurry shots. Not often but I did notice this with Tammy's focus in low light.
I've yet to purchase the FE 85 f/1.8. Currently I'm debating on buying a new A9 or just buy a GMaster 85mm and another A73 as a spare. I just dont use my Sony's for hired events work ......yet.
We just really must choose our hardware to assure it meets our needs.
IMO you cannot go wrong with purchasing a GMaster 70-200 for what you shoot. I'd also say throw your camera in crop mode and appreciate your 18MP files. Win win!
I bit the bullet and bought a used 70-200 GM locally today. I'm not going to lie, it was a tough decision to make with all the 135mm hype going on, but it's definitely more of a need than a want....I have 4 weddings in the pipeline and it's a best tool for the job type of situation. I made do without a 70-200 a couple of times but it involved some compromises at times. Plus I need something longer than 85mm for posed portraits, and stuff for the kids....sports, dance recitals, etc.
85mm will always be my main portrait focal length, but a 70-200 zoom just fills so many gaps in my line-up even though its massive and expensive. 135GM and Sigma 135 are definitely sharper, but I think the 70-200 is more than sharp enough and realistically at telephoto focal lengths, not much difference between f1.8 and f2.8 in terms of degree of blur @135mm.