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Jan 11, 2013 19:19 |  #1

I'm looking to get another fast prime to add to finish out my current collection (see sig). I'd really like a f/1.2 lens to complement my Sigma 35. I have a 100L which I love/is great for macro/portraits.

I've had a Sigma 50 f/1.4 in the past but it was a poor copy that wasn't very sharp so I got rid of it.

Convince me what lens to buy!


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Jan 11, 2013 19:29 |  #2

85mm ftw


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Jan 11, 2013 19:31 |  #3

Arob1000 wrote in post #15476847 (external link)
I'm looking to get another fast prime to add to finish out my current collection (see sig). I'd really like a f/1.2 lens to complement my Sigma 35. I have a 100L which I love/is great for macro/portraits.

I've had a Sigma 50 f/1.4 in the past but it was a poor copy that wasn't very sharp so I got rid of it.

Convince me what lens to buy!

If you specialize in portraits, 85L II is the ultimate lens. However, 50L will allow you to take great environmental portraits. I own and love both lenses...


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Jan 11, 2013 19:49 |  #4

My fav. is the 85L II. On a 1-series, it comes alive, even moreso than on a 5 series. I just sold a 50L...as I never really used it.

Check my flickr...most are taken with the 85. But that's just me. Both are great lenses...just depends on what FOV you'd like the most...and how close to your subject you'd like to be.

Honestly, can't go wrong with either.


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Jan 11, 2013 19:51 |  #5

I love my 85LII - its great on the 5D3. A lot of people who own both have said that they have noticed an improvement in the accuracy/"keeper rate" of the lens wide open as well. The two seem to pair well together.


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Jan 11, 2013 19:54 |  #6

This may sound crazy but I have yet to mount my 85 to the 5D3, I've already had the 5D3 for about 4 months now, it has been glued to my 70-200 since day one. I'll have to give it ago and see what I've been missing out.


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Jan 11, 2013 20:43 |  #7

85...no other questions need be asking.


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Jan 11, 2013 21:05 |  #8

Get whatever suits you best in terms of focal length. I rented both of them, and ended up buying both of them. They're both THAT good, in their own way.

The 85 is clearly the better portrait lens. Sharp at 1.2 (though sharper by 1.8), and much nicer background compression due to the focal length.

My 50L gets the most use though, but mostly for its a more widely applicable lens. Its close in sharpness to the 85, but you don't get as much background compression (which can be a good thing, as it keeps the subject in context of the background.) 50mm is a very 'convenient' focal length on a full frame camera though. 85L is kind of long...it can be used indoors, but is troublesome if you don't have a lot of room. Plus its rather massive for a prime.....The 50L is very compact and easy to shoot with, and you get a lot of the same quality/look of the 85L.

The 85L is my go to for serious portrait shooting. The 50L is my 'daily driver', and my main walking lens.

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This may sound crazy but I have yet to mount my 85 to the 5D3, I've already had the 5D3 for about 4 months now, it has been glued to my 70-200 since day one. I'll have to give it ago and see what I've been missing out.

Give the 85L a chance. The 70-200 is great, but when shot wide open, the 85L's sharpness and ability to isolate the subject (without completely blurring out the background), combined with its beautiful bokeh, create a sense of dimension that the 70-200 can't.


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Jan 11, 2013 21:21 |  #9

85 gets the win for sure since 50 is too close to 35 (assuming u r using ff with these lenses)


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Jan 11, 2013 21:54 |  #10

Yeah, I'm using a 5D3 so full frame. I did like my the focal length of the Sigma 50 but the IQ was really bad on the copy I had and I did wish it had a bit more reach. I'd think I'd like the 85 a bit more when paired with the Sigma 35.

The only other thing I was thinking is I have my 100L which is kinda close to the 85 (albeit f/2.8).
I shoot mostly landscapes but I have my wide end covered. I do think a 35 and a 50 are too close so that's why I was thinking the 85 would be good. I want to have the ability to really blur the background when necessary. The Sigma 35 will do it, but I have a feeling the 85 will do a much better job.


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Jan 11, 2013 23:57 |  #11

OR you could get a 50L + Sigma 85 1.4 for just $200 more - (which performs 90% of the Canon 85L II at 1/2 the price)

I am actually testing a copy of the Sigma 85 now vs the Canon 85L II and I am really impressed with the Sigma's AF performance and IQ


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Jan 12, 2013 00:09 |  #12

Do what I did and get both :)


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Jan 12, 2013 00:14 |  #13

ryan00013 wrote in post #15477746 (external link)
OR you could get a 50L + Sigma 85 1.4 for just $200 more - (which performs 90% of the Canon 85L II at 1/2 the price)

I am actually testing a copy of the Sigma 85 now vs the Canon 85L II and I am really impressed with the Sigma's AF performance and IQ

Agreed.


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Jan 12, 2013 00:36 |  #14

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Agreed.

Interesting idea, I really like the idea of having a f/1.2 lens though, think I'm going to go with the 85L Mark 2. I'm working together a partial trade for a used one so it is feasible on my end cost wise.

I do like Sigma's 35mm but had a bad experience with the 50 f/1.4 and since I'd be getting used most likely I don't want to risk getting someone's reject. I don't mind if a lens takes a while to focus but really disliked the AF on the Sigma 50.


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Jan 12, 2013 01:03 |  #15

Arob1000 wrote in post #15477819 (external link)
Interesting idea, I really like the idea of having a f/1.2 lens though, think I'm going to go with the 85L Mark 2...

The canon 50 1.2L + Sigma 84 1.4 is what I meant


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