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Adding Canon 85mm 1.8 to my lineup?

 
danny819
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Mar 15, 2011 00:52 |  #1

I currently have a 35L and 135L on full frame. I shoot practically anything, portraits, random stuff, flowers, anything interesting, you name it. I have been told that the 100mm gap in between the 35 and 135 will cause me to miss a lot of shots. But, I haven't really encountered such incidence (YET!)

I have a Sigma 85mm 1.4, but it is brand new. I got it on sale and I don't know if I should use it, or just pick up the Canon 85mm 1.8. Sometimes I feel like I "need" to complete the trinity with a 85L, but I can't afford another $2000! The Sigma 85mm 1.4 is nice, but I don't know how often I'll use it because I feel like the 35L and 135L are my main workhorses. Do you guys think I should add a Canon 85mm 1.8 just to have "something" to fill in the gap, yet save some money over the Sigma 85mm 1.4?


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Mar 15, 2011 01:08 |  #2

Stick to the sigma for a while.
If you do not use it, sell it and don't bother to get areplacement for it.




  
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Mar 15, 2011 01:30 |  #3

I'm confused.
It says in your signature that you are selling the 85 1.4. What was wrong with it?
Did you not like the FL?

all in all, if you go for the canon 1.8 version - it is cheap enough to try it out before you "jump" into a more expensive version. but what will happen when people ask you about the gap between the 35 and the 85? or the 85 and the 135? slippery clope here we come! :)


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danny819
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Mar 15, 2011 02:06 |  #4

ceriltheblade wrote in post #12022495 (external link)
I'm confused.
It says in your signature that you are selling the 85 1.4. What was wrong with it?
Did you not like the FL?

all in all, if you go for the canon 1.8 version - it is cheap enough to try it out before you "jump" into a more expensive version. but what will happen when people ask you about the gap between the 35 and the 85? or the 85 and the 135? slippery clope here we come! :)

Well I had my first copy of the Sigma 85mm 1.4 and it had focusing issues. I sent it in for a new copy and the one I have for sale is the new one. There isn't anything "wrong" with it, but I don't really want to spend $800+ for a lens that I won't use much. I think I can live with the 50mm gap between a 35-85 and 85-135!


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Mar 15, 2011 02:25 |  #5

gotcha

but did you like the FL?

You keep saying that you won't be using the lens much....so why buy it? Just because others advised you to do so? I would wait until you yourself find that you have a desire/need etc


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Mar 15, 2011 02:40 |  #6

Yea, I think I should just shoot more with the 35L + 135L combo and see if I find the need of filling the gap!


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Mar 15, 2011 02:40 |  #7

Heh, I had the same dilemma as you.

I wanted the 85 for indoor shots when 35 was too wide and 135 was too long. I was thinking of the 1.8 or the Sigma, but felt that eventually I will "need" the L to complete the trinity too. Ridiculous thinking :) I think eventually I will end up with the Sigma. Half the cost.


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Mar 15, 2011 02:50 |  #8

You'll find the 85mm focal length complements your collection nicely. The canon 85mm (both 1.2 and 1.8) is stellar. I have no experience with the new Sigma though but I heard it's equally good.


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Mar 15, 2011 07:03 |  #9

I have the 85/1.8 and the 135L. Personally I find the focal lengths significantly different enough to use both lenses. If I didn't need something lighter than the 70-200 MKII, I would sell the 135L and keep the 85.


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Mar 15, 2011 07:25 as a reply to  @ bohdank's post |  #10

get the Canon 85. either the 1.8 or 1.2 - you'll be very happy with both :)




  
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