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Canon 85mm f/1.4L IS VS the competition

 
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Jan 22, 2018 05:10 |  #16

Canon will be the way I go.

Tamron and Sigma seemed cheap and nasty in the way of construction when I played with them at Park Cameras (purely from a tactile point of view).
The Otus was expensive for no visible benefit.

The IS on the Canon was a real joy and the OOC colour rendition seemed richer to me.


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Jan 22, 2018 12:10 |  #17

i-G12 wrote in post #18544946 (external link)
Dude is comparing other 85mm lenses to the $4500 Zeiss? LOL

The Zeiss is simply the benchmark and it was a great idea to include it.


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Jan 22, 2018 12:23 |  #18

Wow ! I'm blown away at how little love the Tamron is getting. In my opinion, it's easily the best value in the bunch ! Optically (sharpness) superior to the Cannon and very close to the Sigma. Bokeh, is very slightly worse than the f1.4 offerings but still excellent and has IS ! (VC)

I was ready to ditch my Tamron for the Canon but after watching this video, I simply don't see it as an upgrade.... :eek:


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Jan 25, 2018 09:57 |  #19

I own a Canon EF 85 1.4 L IS and it is great! Bokeh is creamy like the 1.2 version. Sigma is sharper but... you cannot relly on autofocus.

Here are some shots I took this Christmas with my baby girl with the Canon 85 1.4 L IS - https://www.mariuspave​l.ro …foto-bebe-craciun-brasov/ (external link)


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Jan 25, 2018 12:22 as a reply to  @ fotografnuntabrasov's post |  #20

Beautiful ! :-)


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Jan 26, 2018 08:53 |  #21

fotografnuntabrasov wrote in post #18548578 (external link)
I own a Canon EF 85 1.4 L IS and it is great! Bokeh is creamy like the 1.2 version. Sigma is sharper but... you cannot relly on autofocus.

Here are some shots I took this Christmas with my baby girl with the Canon 85 1.4 L IS - https://www.mariuspave​l.ro …foto-bebe-craciun-brasov/ (external link)

Beautiful Baby

These look pretty sharp. Other factors might be your concerns. My Art is very sharp and AF is accurate. Some lens will need calibration to the sensors.


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Jan 26, 2018 13:52 |  #22

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Beautiful Baby

These look pretty sharp. Other factors might be your concerns. My Art is very sharp and AF is accurate. Some lens will need calibration to the sensors.

My Tamron 85 needed a focus adjustment and it's been rock solid ever since.


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Jan 26, 2018 15:30 |  #23

Patbil10 wrote in post #18546573 (external link)
Wow ! I'm blown away at how little love the Tamron is getting. In my opinion, it's easily the best value in the bunch ! Optically (sharpness) superior to the Cannon and very close to the Sigma. Bokeh, is very slightly worse than the f1.4 offerings but still excellent and has IS ! (VC)

I was ready to ditch my Tamron for the Canon but after watching this video, I simply don't see it as an upgrade.... :eek:

I would like to upgrade my 85/1.8 at some point and the Tamron is looking good to me here. Might actually upgrade a few of my lenses to the newer Tammy's.


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Feb 28, 2018 20:29 |  #24

Patbil10 wrote in post #18546573 (external link)
Wow ! I'm blown away at how little love the Tamron is getting. In my opinion, it's easily the best value in the bunch ! Optically (sharpness) superior to the Cannon and very close to the Sigma. Bokeh, is very slightly worse than the f1.4 offerings but still excellent and has IS ! (VC)

I was ready to ditch my Tamron for the Canon but after watching this video, I simply don't see it as an upgrade.... :eek:

I agree. At least for me after reading real world examples here and other reviews, I'm happy with my Tammy too!

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Mar 01, 2018 11:31 |  #25

Canon 85L IS is a true mastepiece. I fell in love from the first shot after renting it and ordered the lens right away. I’ve never paid full msrp for any lens let alone such an expensive one. It is easily the best lens I’ve ever used and I sold my 85Lii a few days later and could not be happier. The new 85L IS is better in every way, I have no doubt Canon will discontinue the 1.2 version. I shot side by side and found the bokeh of the new 85 is superior, especially in the corners! Not to mention it is much sharper and the colors and contrast are even stronger. I loved 85Lii and always thought it was super sharp and had the best colors but in direct comparison, 85L IS is an easy winner. CA is still present but it so much less purple. I am so glad that Canon did not follow the new trend of optical perfection that tends to render bland/flat sterile look, instead they went back to their roots and focused on rendering fine art portraiture prrformance that 50L, 85L and 135L are known for.

IS is incredible and optimizied for video including panning. AF is super smooth with dpaf tracking. Love this lens equally for photos and 4k video. It is actually a great value considering what this lens provides on 5div. Can’t beleive it is being compared to the massive and heavy Sigma Art version that is simply not practical, or Tamron 85mm that has entirely different rendering. The only lens that the new 85L can truly be compared with is 85Lii and it is a winner except for the 2/3 stop of light transmission. Also, 85Lii used prices are crashing approaching $1000 which makes it a bargain of the decade and IMO it is still second best to the new 85.




  
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Mar 01, 2018 12:12 |  #26

dustin's review doesnt even show bokeh wide open, however based on neil's comparison, I'de rate 85 1.2ii basically on par with 85 Art bokeh quality, 85L IS last.

either way, I'de get the Canon 85L IS if in the market. Has IS and with canon's proprietary AF, gotta go with canon.


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Mar 03, 2018 00:03 |  #27

The Canon 85L f/1.4 is on my shortlist. I tested the Sigma 85ART and my 5dmk4 had to be micro adjusted alot!!! The massive Sigma makes my 85Lmk2 seems like a small 50L!! I've had the absolute worst luck with Sigma and I do not care to be an obsessive USB dock user either. If I didn't have to micro adjust my 5dmk4 so much with the 85ART I would have bought it that day.......another Sigma"dud" for me again!!! some people have luck with sigma but I loose every single time.

I've been analyzing my 85mm fov images and what's silly is that I'm actually appreciating my little Fuji X-t2 with 56mm f/1.2 a lot due to fuji render and portability.

Still must say the 85L f/1.4 is more suitable for me due to native glass with rock solid fast AF and dreamy bokeh. My 85L mk2 gets very little love due to the AF.


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Mar 03, 2018 08:31 |  #28

Traded my 1.2 for the 1.4 today.
Had a quick play and can say I'm impressed.
I imagine it will spend a lot of time on my camera.

The IS is a god send for shaky old people like me.
The AF is much quicker than the 1.2.
The front and rear elements are not as exposed as the 1.2.
The vignette is better controlled at comparable apertures.
Slightly closer min focus distance.
Some weather sealing.
No annoying fly by wire focus system.
It's sharp enough for me wide open.

The lens is also quite a bit longer and balances better than the 1.2.

All in all, for me, it was the right choice. (until canon launch the 85 1.2 mk3 with IS and weather sealing)


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Mar 04, 2018 19:34 |  #29

I have had the 85/1.8 now for a couple years. I have lusted after the 1.2L II for some time now, but when Canon released the 1.4L, it really made me have to consider my options. Reading many of the responses here, it seems pretty clear the 1.4L is better than the 1.2L in most respects, with it being far and away better than my 1.8. Really two completely different classes of lenses (almost).

But wow, is it expensive.. gotta save, gotta save, gotta save!




  
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Apr 05, 2018 09:14 |  #30

I've owned all three versions of the 85L and although I just received the latest version, I'm convinced that it's an instant classic. I never use autofocus because I usually shoot close to wide open and my subject is rarely in the same place as the AF point. It simply hasn't gained my confidence and I've owned most bodies from the Nikon F4, F5 and then Canon 1D's up. But I digress, the 85L/IS was delivered yesterday and until I can do a proper shoot here is a quick shot at F1.4 @1/50 +IS and ISO100. It's an investment so do the research, rent a couple contenders and buy the one that fits your needs.


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