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Canon 85 1.2L vs. 85 1.8

 
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Sep 03, 2008 12:53 |  #1

http://www.the-digital-picture.com …omp=0&FLIComp=0​&APIComp=2 (external link)

Man, 1.2L @ f/1.2 as sharp as 1.8 @ f/1.8! By f/2.8 so much sharper! Damn you internet - now i gotta buy another lens...


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Sep 03, 2008 13:05 |  #2

Not as much in it as I thought there might be, I think the 85mm f1.8 is a nice compremise, a great price/performance ratio, I certainly couldn't afford the f1.2 but the 1.8 version wasn't too pricey.

I love my 85f1.8 but I can definatly see why the 85 f1.2 is a more expensive lens well worthy of the L in it's name. :)


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Sep 03, 2008 14:42 as a reply to  @ Naturalworldphotographer's post |  #3

Having used both, here's my take:

I only use wide aperture (2.8 up) if I want narrow DOF, so the edge sharpness doesn't matter. For a landscape at f8 (which I rarely do) there's not really anything between them.

On the other hand, the 1.8 focuses quicker, is plenty sharp in the centre, and is easier to use. I get more hits with the 1.8 than the 1.2.

It's all down to your shooting style...


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Sep 03, 2008 15:00 |  #4

If you shoot anything fast in bad light, there's a big difference (and even if you don't): The 1.8 is a TON faster to focus.


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Sep 03, 2008 15:21 |  #5

I own both. The 85 f1.8 is laser sharp at f2.0 on up. Focuses fast and is generally an exceptional lens. Considering the price it is a MUST for anyone thinking of a prime.

the 85 f1.2 is slower to focus and is tack sharp at f1.4....so if you really really need the speed ( I do for indoor gymnastics) get the f1.2 Otherwise save the money and spend it on something else. :)

It is not as over the top excellent as you think for the extra $1,500.


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Sep 03, 2008 15:28 as a reply to  @ GBRandy's post |  #6

"Application specific" is how I would describe my 85L MKI.
It won't do indoor sports like the 1.8 would b/c the AF is really slow.
However there's nothing like being able to shoot tack sharp images wide open and create the kind of creamy bokeh only an f1.2 can produce.

Whether that is worth the extra money is entirely up to your value system...




  
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Sep 03, 2008 15:53 as a reply to  @ nicksan's post |  #7

Can any of you who own 85 1.2L, tell me whether its manual focusing works "quickly"? As I understand the 1.2L's focusing is completely electronic; I wonder if that makes using manual focus much slower too. Thanks.


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Sep 03, 2008 16:02 |  #8

bbbig wrote in post #6234636 (external link)
Can any of you who own 85 1.2L, tell me whether its manual focusing works "quickly"? As I understand the 1.2L's focusing is completely electronic; I wonder if that makes using manual focus much slower too. Thanks.

No, it is quite fast and precise (quite long rotation), but you need to get the hang of it, that's all. There is almost no resistance, compared to normal MF.

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Sep 03, 2008 16:09 |  #9

the F1.2 is an extraordinary lens - for low light shooting it has no peers I have the F1.8 version which is very nice and tack sharp
but in the low light situations no lens I have ever used can get near the F1.2 version


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Sep 06, 2008 01:53 |  #10

i have 1.8 and really want to buy 1.2L after seeing the sample images from POTN (thanks guys for make me dry my pocket everytime :D), but one thing i see that 1.2L can show its true performance when mount on FF body, especially the 3D bokeh effect. (i guess i need both then, well after my pocket dry, ill be on debt also):(



  
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Sep 06, 2008 02:17 |  #11

bbbig wrote in post #6234636 (external link)
Can any of you who own 85 1.2L, tell me whether its manual focusing works "quickly"? As I understand the 1.2L's focusing is completely electronic; I wonder if that makes using manual focus much slower too. Thanks.

Yes its electronic, thus it doesn't have the same friction/dampening mechanical MF has. But it does make it faster. MF on 85L can be tricky at start, but you get used to it.


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Sep 06, 2008 03:49 |  #12

I've shot both and the 85 1.8 is a good bang for your buck lens. The 85 L is definitely worth it if you don't mind hauling 2 lbs. of glass. :)




  
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Sep 06, 2008 09:07 |  #13

I have both, and not getting rid of either. They fill a void in my heart and a niche that other lenses can't fill.


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Sep 06, 2008 09:20 |  #14

That's very touching. You're a very 85m person.


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Sep 06, 2008 10:16 |  #15

divinemethod wrote in post #6252641 (external link)
I have both, and not getting rid of either. They fill a void in my heart and a niche that other lenses can't fill.

lukeap69 wrote in post #6252708 (external link)
That's very touching. You're a very 85m person.

:) :)

It really is a nice focal length, I cant imagine not having one :)


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