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Aug 15, 2007 01:20 |  #1

Hei all,

I have been saving now a while:rolleyes: and soon im there:D
The price's of the 2 lenses are approx the same.
The once Im looking for:

70-200 2.8 IS
85L 1.2

in my current setup i have a 85 1.8 and a 135L with 1.4 ext.
The last one is really awesome regards Image Quality.

The zoom it should want to buy because it's easy and it has IS which CAN help during concerts etc..
The 85L because of the IQ and low light capabilities aswell.

I guess I need to choose but dont know so much what;)
I ealier had a 70-200 f4 but i changed this one for the primes and didnt really looked back, but now I start to think again...

Please comments?
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Aug 15, 2007 01:32 |  #2

I think that you would find the 70-200 more versatile. As for the 85 f1.2 you are only going to gain 1/2 stop in speed and perhaps some image quality, although most of Canon's primes are more than adequate.

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Aug 15, 2007 06:28 |  #3

Yeah, the zoom first for versatility. The 85 is almost a specialty lens just because it's so fast with shallow DOF.

Get the 85 later, after the zoom, when you have more money... that's what I did! :)




  
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Aug 15, 2007 06:52 |  #4

do you know what you want with the 85L or 70-200 f/2.8L?

cause you already have 2 great tele primes in the 85/1.8 and 135L. so if you're happy with them, then i don't see why you should buy another tele, unless of course you just want to spend money. ;)

but if you do know what you're looking for, then making the choice would be easier, no? do think it through by yourself. :cool:


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Aug 15, 2007 11:11 |  #5

Do you like your current 85? If so skip the zoom and go for the 85L. The primes have slight IQ edge over the zooms, they're lighter and more compact. If you didn't like your old 70-200 you won't like a different one either. I tried two different 70-200 and stuck with my prime instead.


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Aug 15, 2007 11:15 |  #6

I'd go with the 70-200 2.8; You already have a fine 85. The 70-200 gives you more flexibility, especially when you consider the IS.


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Aug 15, 2007 11:18 as a reply to  @ Jon's post |  #7

I'd go with the 70-200 as well.
The 85 1.8 is a great prime. Ask yourself if the move to the 85L is worth another $1000. (Kinda the same argument with the 50 1.4 and 50L)

Are you going to do a lot of shooting at f1.2?




  
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Aug 15, 2007 11:43 |  #8

nicksan wrote in post #3732143 (external link)
I'd go with the 70-200 as well.
The 85 1.8 is a great prime. Ask yourself if the move to the 85L is worth another $1000. (Kinda the same argument with the 50 1.4 and 50L)

Are you going to do a lot of shooting at f1.2?

My thoughts exactly. Unless you are going to use the 1.2 aperture, and absolutely need it, then stick with the 85mm 1.8.

Many people (but certainly NOT ALL) make the mistake of thinking they NEED a certain lens (like the 1.2L). I thought long and hard on getting one, but after seeing the results from the 1.8, I decided against.


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Aug 15, 2007 12:36 |  #9

Jon wrote in post #3732133 (external link)
I'd go with the 70-200 2.8; You already have a fine 85. The 70-200 gives you more flexibility, especially when you consider the IS.

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Aug 16, 2007 18:21 as a reply to  @ Mark_Cohran's post |  #10

Thanks all for the comments.
Im still debating with myself:rolleyes:

I looked my pics and found thoose with the 135L very attractive even with 1.4 ex
So...most prob I will go for the 85L and by the zoom next year.
When needed....

For me the quality and color aswell as 1.2 are, seems to be :p priority over the maybe flexibility of the zoom.

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Aug 16, 2007 18:23 |  #11

I just bought the 70-200 2.8.......It´s a bit nice!


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Aug 16, 2007 18:25 |  #12

For concerts, the zoom might be too slow? IS is not going stop performer movement...

For concerts it seems that you're already covered with the 85mm and 135mm....

You already have an 85mm, I could not suggest the 85L for that reason...perhaps a reason exist, but it seems that in your case (concerts) the F1.8 would be more then fine.


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Aug 16, 2007 18:29 |  #13

What are you going to be shooting? I'd only invest in the 85L if the majority of your work is going to be portraiture. Otherwise, the 70-200/2.8L IS beats it in versatility, AF speed, and its image quality pretty much matches that of the 85L.


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Aug 17, 2007 11:43 as a reply to  @ Mrvile's post |  #14

Shooting= 95% portraits the rest concerts and some sport/events.
A reason is the big interest in the wide apereture.
I shoot now my portraits mainly with the 85 1.8 but then at 2,2 and would like more.

Yes indeed the 70-200 2.8 might be more versatile aswell but..but i dont know it anymore:-)
For the rest..i live in finland were between oct and march everything is nearly dark.
So the low light is one issue here aswell but..

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