I am coming to the same conclusion. I purposely took out my 85 1.8 and 70-200 f4 and shot some portraits in the woods today with off camera flash , started off with the 85 at 1.8 / 2 ranges and focus was just eratic it got better at around f2.5 where i was at least able to get the focus where i wanted it , when i tried to calibrate this lens took it out to -20 ! just to get it sharp then took it out today and needed to wind it back in again. Once again the PF was horrific in some of the backgrounds to the shots.
Swapped to the 70-200 f4 which did a much better job , but the background was still a bit busy for my liking so it seems i will be having to go the 2.8 route. However dragging the 70-200 II around for 10 hours at a wedding is not something i am looking forward to but there does not seem to be a prime that will fit my needs and go with my 24 and 35 , the 135 may be too long for portraits in peoples houses. The 85 1.2 is by all accounts poor at focusing and i dont need 1.2 its too shallow.
So that leaves me with 70-200 2.8 v1 ISv1 or ISv2 now given there is £1000 difference in price that still leaves me a big decision. From what i have read and understood the order of how good they are is
70-200 F2.8 IS 3rd
70-200 F2.8 2nd
70-200 F2.8 II IS 1st
Would anyone say that was right ?
Then the next dilemna is the second body issue , during weddings i have the second body holstered with the 70-200 f4 on it which is not too heavy , i am not sure holstering the massive 70-200 2.8II on my belt is the best idea ?
Hard choices ! I have 5dmk3 and 5dmk2 and am using mostly the 35mm f2IS and 24mm F2.8IS on the 5d3 with the 70-200 F4 on the 5d2 at the moment. If i got the 70-200 2.8IS2 i would surely want that on the 5D3 and that would then relegate the amazing 35mm f2IS to the 5d2 which does not have lens profiles built in
Or i could shoot as i am and put the 70-200 2.8 II on the second body ( seems a lot of money to spend on a lens and stick it on the lesser body tho )
Or should i maybe go with the 70-200 2.8L which seems like a good option and should be well matched to the 5d2 ?
A lot of information and choices and your help is appreciated !!
What is your definition"poor at focusing"? Can you provide better 85mm portrait lens on current market over 85L II?
I actually said ' by all accounts poor at focussing' ie from accounts i have read , and was also talking V1 85 1.2 not sure whether v2 is a big improvemnt ?? is it
I haven't touch v1, so no comment.
As an owner of v2, I say this is a must have lens for portrait,especially for wedding shooters. This lens is very special from color, contrast to sharpness. AF is on slow side, however, it is very-very accurate. If budget is not an issue, I highly recommend 85L II.
As an owner of 135L, I say this my 2nd lens if I need to shoot portrait. Will be tight for indoor. Bokeh is smooth, still, not smooth as 85L II. AF is much faster though.