This thread is for people that own both lenses, just wondering which one you use most, does the slow AF of the 85L make you pick the 50L, i was thinking of buying it, would like to get some feedback, thanks !
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i use the 50L and 24LII the most out of my lenses. For quick walk-around shooting in the city, I tend to go out with those two quite regularly, and occasionally, with the 85LII as well.
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Jul 10, 2012 04:16 as a reply to @ sol95's post |
TBH I don't really use either of them a lot but when I do they have different purposes.
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50L I use alot more, more for the wider FOV rather then the AF.
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When I had both I preferred the 85L. I like the length on a full frame. I love the razor thin DOF of both, but I prefer the bokeh of the 85L.
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Shooting full frame, the 85L is a great lens. I would say the focus hunting talk is a bit overrated, tbh. Rare is the point where it puts me in a bind. Plus there's manual focus *gasp* -- I mean sheesh it's a prime, half your work is done. I find it very useful for event photography and great for portraits. I definitely love the images it creates over the 50mm.
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I've had both and ended up selling the 85L and keeping the 50L simply because the 85 didn't get as much use (I've got a 70-200 2.8 II). I love my 50L and the photos it puts out.
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I use the 85 on singles and couples for three quarter and tighter portraits. I use the 50 for full length portraits and tighter group shots. On full frame. Both are excellent lenses. When I had 5D's I noticed the 85's focus speed was slow (like early Nikon screw-drive focussing). After converting to 1 series bodies it's not an issue.
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i had both, rarely used either. I don't think my 85L has been out of the drawer in over a year. I'd sell it but it was a gift. On a FF body, the 85 was the one I liked best, so the 50 found another home.
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50L of course. My walk around lens .
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50L for me ... I found 85L too long for me to use at family dinner/ interior setting, its autofocus is also slow compare to the 50L.
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I still keep 50L but sold 85L while ago. It is also a best midrange prime lens for walk-around.
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For portrait, the 85 is the gold standard. However, for "everyday" walk around, the 50 focal length would probably fit needs better. The 85 is sharper, the 50 focuses faster. Pick your poison.
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Jul 10, 2012 14:32 as a reply to @ robert61's post |
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Neil B wrote in post #14697828
i love my 85L,its my most used lens since i shoot portraits, i just didn't want it to sit in my bag once i get the 50L, thanks for all the feedback everyone, feel free to add more.
It wont. Trust me. Both will be used, chances are because you will be really excited at first with the 50L, you will use it more, but otherwise once you get used to it you may use the 85 more .
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