gabe212 wrote in post #17889132
The 85 and 35 sounds like a very appealing combo. Would you say you like your 35 or 85 more? Any sample pictures of both? Now I'm interested in the 35 1.4 ii!
I'd have to dig around for sample images because I've only got to use the 35 on a couple of trips so far, and it's been just other work since then. Once we ramp up marketing, I'll prob have more photos, but for now we've been working almost exclusively on revamping infrastructure.
It depends on what you shoot. The 35LII is better suited environmental / detail shots and environmental portraits (I imagine these are better for your kids and "I was here" shots). The 85LII is better suited for tighter female portraits without rain.
Just talking about them purely as optical tools:
+ fast and deliberate focusing, even in lower light levels where the 85LII stops focusing with focus assist
+ almost no chromatic aberration
+ extremely sharpness across the frame; I haven't done lens chart tests or anything, but I believe it does extremely well here too
+ decent bokeh for a wide angle
+ weather sealing
+ built like a tank - roger cicala took this apart and saw it shared construction technique with the version II superteles
+/- price; but I thought it was worth it for the autofocus accuracy, and to me, it's a bargain because I consider it a discount Zeiss Otus
+ nice post-2012 pebbled lens hood that doesn't get scratched easily and locking tab
+ rear focusing lens means it doesn't change length when focusing
-/+ slow but deliberate autofocus, requires af assist light as the light goes down, but once that's used, it's remarkable in low-light; still better focus accuracy than any third party lens that I've owned and more deliberate autofocus than older samples of the 85mm f/1.8 (my experience with mine is that it gets decentered over time) in my opinion; requires ONE SHOT autofocusing because of the AF assist light
+ class-leading bokeh and blur amount because of focal length and design objectives; the zeiss milvus and otus might be better, but they're manual focusing lenses that are only available through zeiss dealers and not on amazon where I got promotional credit from the 85LII purchase
- glossy lens hood gets scratched easily
- no weather sealing
- lens changes length when focusing, so I pretty much keep the lens hood on all the time; focusing is drive-by wire, so I have to turn the wheel to reset the length for storage (if I were to remove the lens hood) before I turn off or detach the camera
+ it's 1.2, so it's pretty unique for that across brands
+/- it's not the absolute sharpest lens across the frame, but honestly for portraits, I don't mind where my subject is closer to my autofocus points because you can't really focus and recompose with these f/1.2 and f/1.4 lenses in reality
If the 85LII gets replaced sometime in the next two years with BR tech, weather sealing, and faster focusing, I don't mind and will probably upgrade at that point since it's not terribly expensive in the grand scheme of things for me. This can be subjective.