I don't know why I thought it would be redundant, I just have read threads/reviews where people sold their 85mm after purchasing the 135, or they never used the 85 anymore. I guess that just speaks volumes on the awesomeness of the 135. But glad to hear you enjoy yours. I'll share some shots from mine once I get a chance.
No problem. It probably, partially...has to do with the angle of view. 85mm on a full frame, is really not quite telephoto enough. 135 becomes more obviously telephoto. It's just the right amount of telephoto to "flatten space", and to minimize perspective distortions on portraiture.
However...It also has to do with the fact that the 85 f/1.2L doesn't autofocus very fast, yet it costs over $2000...It's a specialized lens with a more limited appeal. The snobs who will never buy anything that isn't a luxury product, might never even try the 85mm f/1.8. Or more specifically, they don't want to be seen at their shoot with anything that isn't either a white lens or a big black lens with a red line on it. It's about street cred and the bling factor, more than anything else.
You would never see a video of one of the photographers for Sports Illustrated's swimsuit issue, using a lens that is meant to be "second tier", whether it's much worse than the "first tier" or not.
Sort of why lawyers, executives, and account reps...have to buy a luxury car. If they don't, then it's assumed they're not good at their job...so their reputation gets besmirched. If they don't portray themselves to clients as a supreme success, then it invites criticism, and an assumption that they can't get the job done. Or in my part of the country, they're not "running with the big dogs".
It's all window dressing. Not pleasant to talk about, but true nonetheless. It's also why immature, ignorant people with low IQ's watch "the kardashians" and other similar tv shows...raw envy. Beauty and wealth appeal to people...at least until it comes time to vote. Then the appeal is only for beauty!
Very true. I read reviews from two different photographers (who had credibility -- great images on their sites) who tried both the 85 f/1.8 and the 85 L f/1.2 and they preferred the 1.8! That, and price, convinced me it was a good buy. $359?? Can't beat it!