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EF 85mm f/1.8 or EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

 
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Feb 24, 2013 14:47 |  #1

I have been thinking of getting either of these two lenses. I already have the ef 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM and the ef 24-105mm f/4L IS USM that i use on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II full frame sensor. I am thinking the Macro lense would be best for me. then i would have all ranges covered for what i would like to do. What do you think and what are your opinions on these two lenses. reviews that i have read both are very good. I just feel since i already own a 70-200mm f/2.8 that i wouldn't be gaining anything from the 85, but maybe i am missing something. I do want to do Macro but how good is the macro on the 100? This is not the L series lense with IS. I don't think i need the IS with macro but i never shot macro before so i don't know. Please let me know your thoughts.
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Feb 24, 2013 14:51 |  #2

The reason you would want to buy the 85mm 1.8 would be the low-light capabilities and the look of a shallow depth of field or if you like the feel of an 85mm lens.
You would buy the 100mm macro if you knew 2.8 would meet your needs, want the ability to do macro, and find the 100mm field of view a comfortable working distance.

With this in mind, consider what you want to achieve with your photography, technically.
Only you can make the decision.


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Feb 24, 2013 15:53 |  #3

if you want to do macro...go for the 100mm it's a good lens, although you're probably going to want a flash of some sort...


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Feb 24, 2013 15:59 |  #4

DreDaze wrote in post #15647529 (external link)
if you want to do macro...go for the 100mm it's a good lens, although you're probably going to want a flash of some sort...

I have flash (430EX II) and radio remote triggers.


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Feb 24, 2013 16:55 |  #5

The 85 is an awesome, fast lens (and it's actually useable wide open) but its closest focusing distance is not that great. So if you're looking to do product photography or anything remotely close to macro you may want to go with the 100 macro.


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Feb 24, 2013 22:46 |  #6

This one is easy.

Pick either the ability to focus from 6" away or an f1.8 aperture. You know what 100mm f2.8 can do in terms of general use because you have a zoom that does 100mm f2.8.


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Feb 24, 2013 22:59 |  #7

The optics on the non L macro are just as good as the L version. Both are great and superior to the 85 in my opinion. The 85 suffers from CAs (purple fringing), but its still an awesome lens too.

Like another member said, if you want macro, get the macro. If you want/need 1.8 get the 85.


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Feb 24, 2013 23:02 |  #8

If you are open to other brands also look at thetokina 100mm 2.8 macro (external link).



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Feb 24, 2013 23:07 |  #9

Not sure what is exactly you are after but if just looking for macro, look at Sigma 105 F2.8


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Feb 24, 2013 23:52 |  #10

I've got them both and find it hard to dispose of one of them. There are times when I think the 100 would be plenty but then I find myself doing a play or concert and the 1.8 is so helpful. Other times I have similar thoughts about the 85, but then I'll want to do some close-up work and find that even with extension tubes, the 85 just doesn't hack it.

Having said all that, if I absolutely had to choose just one, it wold be the 100.


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