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why people go for the ef 85 f/1.8 instead of the ef 100 f/2

 
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Sep 07, 2013 11:57 |  #46

I started with the 50/1.8 and 100/2 combo. The only reason that I let the 100/2 go is that I started to hanker for the 135/2 which was too close to the 100/2 and too far away from the 50 to go without something in-between. The 85/1.8 filled the gap nicely.

Then the gap between the 50 and 85 started feeling too close, so I picked up the Sigma 30/1.4. The madness never stops...


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Sep 07, 2013 11:57 |  #47

spotch wrote in post #16276267 (external link)
fwiw, I'm going to get the 85 because I've got the 35 f2 IS and 100 is a bit more of a jump than I'd like. I'd also like to get the 135L one day, and 35-85-135 seems to be decent spacing. Something else to consider is that on a crop frame, if you're following the 1/focal length rule for avoiding blurry camera-shake type pictures, an 85 means you should shoot around 1/125-1/150, while the 100 will require 1/150-1/200. (Yeah, I know, people with steady hands can get way way better than this, but all else being equal you'd need a faster shutter speed to avoid blurry pics with the 100). This, in addition to the 1/3 stop difference in light input, can result in a noticeable difference in noise if you're shooting indoors on a crop body that's not exactly great with noise to begin with.

Really though, it's all a bunch of 'little stuff' like the above. In reality, they're both great lenses. Close enough in quality/use that I don't really see huge reasons to go one or the other, and close enough that anyone considering one should check and make sure they wouldn't be better-served by the other.

What about a 50 to fill the gap in between? 85 and 100 are practically the same, especially on crop.


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Sep 07, 2013 12:42 |  #48

I guess it's all personal preference? It seems like 35-85 (-135?) is a pretty popular spread, but others like the (24-?) 50-100 route too.




  
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Sep 07, 2013 17:59 |  #49

I went for the 100 since I wanted it for indoor sports and wanted the extra 15mm.
Plus I have a 50mm and 85 is too close.


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Sep 07, 2013 20:29 |  #50

I had both lenses for about 4 years. Used both the same way, portraits and sports. The first one to go was the 100/2 since I had the 100/2.8 macro. The 85/1.8 was sold a year ago when I went back to a Rebel from a 5D2.

Can't remember why I bought both since they looked like twins to me. Since I also had the 50/1.4, I should have kept the 100mm and not the 85mm. A mute point now since all three primes are gone.


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Sep 08, 2013 00:35 |  #51

I already had an old manual Nikkor 105mm f/1.8 with adapter... and someday I'll have the 100 macro... so the 85mm made more sense for me.


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