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Best allaround lens for sharpness, bokeh (creative art photography, product, food studio work)

Canon 85 f1.8
2 (18.2%)
Canon 100 f2
1 (9.1%)
Canon 100L 2.8 IS
7 (63.6%)
Canon 100 2.
0 (0%)
Sigma 35 1.4 (not in the same lenght but very good test results)
0 (0%)
Sigma 85 1.4 (a lot of lemons out there but if you're lucky it can be great)
1 (9.1%)

Total Members Voted: 11

Voting closed: January 11, 2013, 05:47:10 PM

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alfaromeo84

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Re: What 2nd lens for a designer
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2012, 05:52:26 PM »
100mm F/2
50mm 1.8/1.4

Both are fantastic.

Thanks for the advice RLPhoto ;) I totaly forgot about the 100 f2! I tested it and loved it :o

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Re: What 2nd lens for a designer
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2012, 05:52:26 PM »

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Re: What 2nd lens for a designer
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2012, 07:03:07 PM »
The 50 1.4 tends to be sharpest at around 5.6 as is the 24-105. But, the 50 in my experience is not as contrasty, so the images don't have the pop you might be used to.

The 100 2.8 Macro is a great buy, the 100 2.8L IS Macro is that much better for hand held work. For me, I'd say the Hybrid IS would more than make up for the 1 stop speed advantage of the 100 2.

That being said, and your poll asking for a choice of 2 specific lenses with a shift on the second, I'd have to recommend the 50 1.4, so that's my choice in your poll.

Reviewers are finding the new Sigma 35 1.4 DG HSM to be very impressive though, so you might have to revise your scope on things! ;)

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Re: What 2nd lens for a designer
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2012, 07:36:22 PM »
The 50 1.4 tends to be sharpest at around 5.6 as is the 24-105. But, the 50 in my experience is not as contrasty, so the images don't have the pop you might be used to.

The 100 2.8 Macro is a great buy, the 100 2.8L IS Macro is that much better for hand held work. For me, I'd say the Hybrid IS would more than make up for the 1 stop speed advantage of the 100 2.

That being said, and your poll asking for a choice of 2 specific lenses with a shift on the second, I'd have to recommend the 50 1.4, so that's my choice in your poll.

Reviewers are finding the new Sigma 35 1.4 DG HSM to be very impressive though, so you might have to revise your scope on things! ;)

Good recap of everything.  I would like to express why I own the 100 f/2.  For me, it has little to do with IS, and just for the fact that it offers me an entire extra stop of light vs. an f/2.8 lens.  This feature comes in really handy for indoor sports.  I've recently been to some nasty gyms, and this really helps.  I know this is a narrow case, but consider what I did here:

I was forced to shoot at f/2.8, 1/500, ISO 6400 in a gym.  Most of my shots were 90-120mm from where I was standing (using the 70-200L f/2.8 II IS zoom lens).  I got tired of it, because at super high ISO and proper exposure, the faces of the players lose detail.  So I put on the 100 f/2 lens.  I lost flexibility, but just went up a few rows in the stands and stood up shooting across at the players.  I don't like this lens wide open, but at f/2.2 it seems great.  So I then adjusted to f/2.2, 1/500, ISO 4000.  And that lower of an ISO made a big difference.  The AF was very fast as well. 

Just a case where the 100 f/2 came in very handy :).

Portraits?  The 85 f/1.8 does the same thing I described.  I'd go for that, as the IQ and low-light performance of the two are very similar.  The 85 f/1.8 is pretty darn sharp at f/2.2 and narrower!
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Re: What 2nd lens for a designer
« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2012, 08:49:35 AM »
well i guess its not decided yet:) My friend that is a pro  photographer told me to buy the new sigma 35 1.4 as its very good and is new technology! I like image samples from all of them that are in my poll right now, not sure about the macro but it would be usefull for some macro food  or product work? At the end i wouldnt want to spend more than 1000 eur/usd

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Re: What 2nd lens for a designer
« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2012, 06:55:39 PM »
happy new year to all of you! Thank you for the help :)

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Re: What 2nd lens for a designer
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2013, 06:27:26 PM »
the new 100 macro with is is a perfect lens for a designer - great bokeh, portrait length, and macro
for product closeups - aside from the fact that it's razor sharp and affordable.

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Re: What 2nd lens for a designer
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2013, 06:27:26 PM »