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Dec 01, 2009 13:03 as a reply to  @ post 9114997 |  #31

The EF-s 60mm f/2.8 Macro is right up there with the 50mm CM and the 100mm USM Macro for wide open sharpness throughout the focus range.


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Dec 01, 2009 13:05 |  #32

For the sub $500 primes that I've used, the 85 1.8 is very nice. But... the Sigma 30 1.4 is a killer lens wide open. This is a lens that you just don't have to EVER worry about image quality wide open. It is VERY VERY sharp right at F/1.4. In fact, I almost never shoot this lens stopped down from F/1.4; that's why I bought it. This is one of the few lenses that blow me away with it's performance, especially because of it's price.


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Dec 01, 2009 14:54 |  #33

smorter wrote in post #9111572 (external link)
I think the sharpest prime under $500 is probably the 50mm f/1.8II

But since he's already got the mk I (one of my fave lenses) the mk II is moot. Even wide open it's still sharper than almost any other consumer lens out there. Good glass is good glass.


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Dec 01, 2009 16:11 as a reply to  @ post 9111729 |  #34

What about that 'bower' or R brand 85 f1.4 going around? Its supposed to be outstanding for the price, but it doesnt AF.
Just a thought, otherwise Id shoot sigmalux personally.


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Dec 01, 2009 16:17 |  #35

100 f/2.


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Dec 01, 2009 16:22 |  #36

Sigma 30 1.4 is a killer lens wide open.

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Dec 01, 2009 16:26 |  #37

Jman13 wrote in post #9116529 (external link)
100 f/2.

Agreed, it's like a baby 135L (OK maybe not that good in colors but in sharpness, it holds its own).


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Dec 01, 2009 16:29 |  #38

TSY87 wrote in post #9112514 (external link)
my next lens will probably be the 85 1.8

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Dec 01, 2009 16:30 |  #39

Jman13 wrote in post #9116529 (external link)
100 f/2.

Lostboy77 wrote in post #9116594 (external link)
Agreed, it's like a baby 135L (OK maybe not that good in colors but in sharpness, it holds its own).


+2. My main indoors, low light lens.


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Dec 01, 2009 18:13 |  #40

Lostboy77 wrote in post #9116594 (external link)
Agreed, it's like a baby 135L (OK maybe not that good in colors but in sharpness, it holds its own).

The Baby 135L might end up as a good nickname for the excellent 100mm 2.0.




  
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Dec 01, 2009 18:16 |  #41

matonanjin wrote in post #9116623 (external link)
+2. My main indoors, low light lens.

I agree on a FF the 100mm f2 is exceptional but IMO it would be a little tight on a crop indoors. I had considered the Canon 100mm f2 and this lens is highly rated and essentially the same quality of the 85mm f1.8 with 8 blades and they both are superior in build quality to the Canon 50mm f1.4.

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Dec 01, 2009 18:30 |  #42

Silverfox1 wrote in post #9117207 (external link)
I agree on a FF the 100mm f2 is exceptional but IMO it would be a little tight on a crop indoors. I had considered the Canon 100mm f2 and this lens is highly rated and essentially the same quality of the 85mm f1.8 with 8 blades and they both are superior in build quality to the Canon 50mm f1.4.

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I couldn't agree more. The 85 gets way more "press" than its big sister the 100. It really should get down to a choice of needed (or expected needed) f.l. I said that the 100 is my main indoors, low light lens. But I always use it on a 1.3 cropper or sometimes on a ff. And it is always for sports and its the right f.l. for me.

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Dec 01, 2009 18:48 |  #43

30mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8 are my fav in terms of sharpness!


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Dec 01, 2009 19:01 |  #44

plasticmotif wrote in post #9111586 (external link)
CAs are easily taken out in the conversion process. It's not a faulty lens if it has CAs.

I've also never heard of CAs being a problem with 85 1.8. It's only flaw, if you can call it one, is purple fringing.

purple fringing is a CA.

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Dec 01, 2009 19:08 |  #45

why ask "regardless of focal lenght?" My vote goes to the sigma 30/50's, just about any prime macro, the canon 85, the canon 28 is close, the canon 50/1.4 may not be the best, but it's up there. of course the never talked about 100/2 (really wish there was a 135/2 IS, non L, ef-s even, heh)




  
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