New user here in need of some expert opinions before I spend BIG on primes....
I'm looking to purchase a very wide aperture lens...my current widest lens is the 100mm 2.8 IS L Macro lens.
I want something that will be great for ultimate bokeh and street photography. I had a look at all these lenses today but cant decide which one is best without really getting to use any...I cant rent where I am either.
The Canon 85mm 1.2 is nuts...but the Zeiss lenses, especially the 85mm 1.4 is just beautiful. I have never had a manual only lens so Im worried I wont be happy using it.
Can anyone fill me in? I'm looking for the sharpest lens with the best most bokeh...is there a difference between the 50mm 1.2L and the 85mm 1.2L?
Thanks for your help everyone.
Rent all of the lenses and try them doing real world photography before buying. Also read the reviews, or even the rental place's own short summary of each one.
There are a lot of variables regarding sharpness and bokeh. The only way to have a lot of sharpness wide open, along with the best bokeh, is to go longer in focal length to the 135 f/2, in my opinion. But that narrower angle of view may not work for your purposes.
Also, you will definitely have to learn how to focus manually, if you are shooting people at f/1.4.
Many high end fashion photographers seem to use either a 24-70 f/2.8 zoom, or else the 50mm f/1.2 (besides the ubiquitous 70-200). The 85mm f/1.2 is a more specialized lens, is very slow to focus, and is really meant for slow paced studio work. I have rented it. However I do mostly landscape and wildlife photography. I doubt its bokeh will be quite as extreme when photographing a person, as the 50mm f/1.2...due to the fact that you are closer to the subject with the 50mm. For just head and shoulders portraits, this may be reversed...I can't really say. I'm not a portrait expert. I'm sure there are "maths" that can calculate it.
However, the 50mm f/1.2 is far from the sharpest lens, at least when at the wider apertures. If you favor sharpness over bokeh, I would say choose the new version ii 24-70 zoom, or else a manual focus 50mm f/1.4 or f/2, such as Zeiss. If you favor bokeh, the 50mm f/1.2 seems to be king. I personally own the Cosina Voigtlander 58mm. The price is low, the sharpness high, the bokeh less than perfect, but very usable. The build quality and ergonomics are practically a clone of Zeiss. It is a full manual lens though, you have to adjust aperture on the lens's ring. It's fun though. What's less fun, is the inaccurate light metering if you close the aperture down...I live with that because I don't do much fast paced portraiture with it.
Here it is on a 1D Mark IV.