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Thread started 04 Sep 2009 (Friday) 10:49
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POLL: "85mm f1.4 L *worth* the extra $$$$'s vs the 85mm f1.8? based on bang for buck"
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Honest answer...85 mm f1.8 Vs 85 mm 1.4 L

 
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Sep 04, 2009 10:49 |  #1

ok..please give the answer your head says, and not your heart..

is the 85 mm f1.2 L *really* worth the extra gazillion $$$'s compared to the more modestly priced 85 mm f1.8 ?

I realise it's a stop faster and better build quality, but let's say at f2.8 could anyone really tell the difference in IQ between the 2 lenses on a ff camera??

im tepmted as hell to buy this lens, but the images ive seen in the lens threads dont provide a conclusive answer to justify exceeding Angloa's debt just for an extra stop and better build...build quality is somewhat importnat to me, and my 85mmf1.8 isn't really that badly constructed.

answers of the head, not the heart, please :-)


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Sep 04, 2009 10:53 |  #2

I have had both. The 85mm f1.2L II (not 1.4L) is great for portrait work or static subjects. One of the best. Worth the money. The 85mm f1.8 is also great for portrais but has much faster focusing so I use it more for a carry around lens. The 1.2L II IMHO is not suitable for a walk around on the fly lens.


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Sep 04, 2009 11:02 |  #3

Since you said bang for the buck, then it is easy - NO. For ultimate results ignoring cost - Yes.


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Sep 04, 2009 11:08 |  #4

In my opinion, the 85/1.8 is a more versatile lens. Faster AF, more manageable and far more affordable.

The 85/1.2L is more specialized and a dream lens, but with a high price tag.

If you gotta have it, you gotta have it.... no matter what the cost.

I can see where a wedding photographer who has built their style around dreamy, bokeh-filled shots would simply have to have the f1.2 lens.

But I'm not a wedding photog... so the 85/1.8 serves me better. That doesn't mean it would serve you better, though.

I'm hoping the rumor that Sigma will soon be offering an 85/1.4 is true. If it isn't ridiculously overpriced, I'll probably give it a try as somewhat of a compromise between the two Canon lenses.


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Sep 04, 2009 13:12 |  #5

Zeiss Planar 85/1.4 is great...but MF




  
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Sep 04, 2009 13:15 as a reply to  @ scotch's post |  #6

For what I shoot...yes! Weddings & Families. Portraits also :)


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Sep 04, 2009 13:17 |  #7

"Bang for the buck"? No, of course not. Still if you want the 85L look (rather, the improvement over the 85/1.8 ), give the Sigma 50 a spin on a FF body. It is pretty darn close.


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Sep 04, 2009 16:56 |  #8

rent the 85L so that you get it out of your system, then keep the 1.8.

For me, the 1.2 is worth every penny. I had the 1.8 and did not like shooting it wide open and did not like having to add more contrast and saturation PP. The 1.8 just did not give me that POP I was looking for that the 1.2 delivers. I don't know about any one else, but when I pick up the 85LII and feel that weight and see all that glass, I know it was worth every penny.

The 1.8 I had was very sharp at F2.8.



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