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Aug 06, 2008 14:30 |  #1

Hello there,

Got a 70-200 f4L and i wonder about buying a 85mm f1.8. Is it redundant ? I'm madly in love with 85L but it's out of budget. I heard that 85mm f1.8 is really near of it.

Regarding to my (excellent) 70-200 f4L, will the extra-stop win @ 85mm be a big difference ?

I'm really convinced of quality of primes. I'm convinced that f1.8 will gave me more bokeh, more speed, but do i need this ? Does some of you have both : 70-200 f4L and 85mm ???

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Aug 06, 2008 14:33 |  #2

Yes. Buy it.

I love my 70-200 f/4 L, but I love my 85 1.8 too. They both serve different purposes for me. I use the zoom outdoors to have some flexibility when shooting various things. I use the 85 indoors and outdoors for portraits.


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Aug 06, 2008 14:36 |  #3

i got mine last week used it on vacation, barely use my 70-200 2.8 IS. this lens is awesome


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Aug 06, 2008 14:37 |  #4

I have both and I use the 70-200 far more. The 85 is a very sharp lens, although you'd be hard pressed to notice any difference between it and the zoom, except the zoom has nicer colours and contrast, in my view.

You buy the 85 for the bokeh, or if you are shooting moving subjects indoors and need the faster shutter speed.

It's nice to have both, although I'm thinking about selling the 85 and buying the 100 macro instead.


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Aug 06, 2008 15:01 |  #5

and it's actually 2 full stops faster. :)


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Aug 06, 2008 15:06 |  #6

iqbal624 wrote in post #6058860 (external link)
and it's actually 2 full stops faster. :)

2-1/3, actually...


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Aug 06, 2008 15:37 |  #7

I'm strongly considering picking up either the 85mm f/1.8 or 100mm f/2 to compliment my 70-200mm F4 IS for use in low light/indoor situations.


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Aug 06, 2008 15:42 |  #8

cherrymoon wrote in post #6058691 (external link)
Hello there,

Got a 70-200 f4L and i wonder about buying a 85mm f1.8. Is it redundant ? I'm madly in love with 85L but it's out of budget. I heard that 85mm f1.8 is really near of it.

Regarding to my (excellent) 70-200 f4L, will the extra-stop win @ 85mm be a big difference ?

I'm really convinced of quality of primes. I'm convinced that f1.8 will gave me more bokeh, more speed, but do i need this ? Does some of you have both : 70-200 f4L and 85mm ???

Thanks for helping

i've owned the 85 1.8 a couple of times and the 100 f2. they are two of canon's best primes but frankly i never used them enough as i also have the 24-70L and 70-200L f4 IS.

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Aug 06, 2008 15:44 |  #9

I was going to get the 85L but I heard it was slow to focus. I am now thinking of going with the 100mm also.


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Aug 06, 2008 15:46 |  #10

pprice wrote in post #6059033 (external link)
I was going to get the 85L but I heard it was slow to focus. I am now thinking of going with the 100mm also.

I have heard the same about the 85L, which is why I have stopped considering it as a viable option for how/what I photograph.


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Aug 06, 2008 15:53 |  #11

Yes but 85L has no other to compare for Bokeh capacities ! I think i'll get both of 85mm but i prefer to begin with the f1,8 version. Too much lens sold/buy this year...:confused:


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Aug 06, 2008 16:04 |  #12

nateut wrote in post #6059048 (external link)
I have heard the same about the 85L, which is why I have stopped considering it as a viable option for how/what I photograph.

cherrymoon wrote in post #6059086 (external link)
Yes but 85L has no other to compare for Bokeh capacities ! I think i'll get both of 85mm but i prefer to begin with the f1,8 version. Too much lens sold/buy this year...:confused:

Too slow to focus is relative to the purpose for which you buy the lens. The 85L is a portrait and studio lens and there's no need for it to focus quickly (remember there is quite a lot of glass in that lens). The 85 f/1.8 is an excellent lens if you need a fast, sharp and quickly focusing prime lens for sports or portraits. I use mine quite a bit despite owning the 85L and the 70-200 f/2.8 IS.


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Aug 06, 2008 16:21 |  #13

I have the 70-200 2.8 IS, and still use my 85 1.8 from time to time. Its 1 and 1/3 stop faster. for you, its over 2 stops faster, and thats a lot. I find that I tend to be more thoughtful about my composition when I am shooting with a prime.
I also own 85 1.2, and I agree that the 1.8 is awesome, though if you can get it right (and I rarely do) at 1.2 you get some exceptional images. Here are a couple that are almost right. both are of my nieces, shot today, at 1.2 on 5D

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Aug 06, 2008 17:09 as a reply to  @ kevindar's post |  #14

I have the 70-200 f4L, an excellent lens, but I wanted something with a faster max aperture, and today I bought the 85mm f1.8 which I already love. I've taken a few hundred photos in the few hours I have had it. Here are some of the ones I took today. :)

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Aug 06, 2008 17:12 as a reply to  @ Naturalworldphotographer's post |  #15

Here's a few more.

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I'm really pleased with this lens so far, and can't wait to get lots more tomorrow. :D

It's much more practical to carry around than the 70-200 f2.8 or even f4, and produces really nice images.

Let me know what you think of the photos. :)

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