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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #15 on: March 05, 2013, 12:49:30 PM »
[insert image: man beating dead horse with "UV Filter" written on side]

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2013, 12:50:04 PM »
Call me a snob but unless the glass is made by Canon, Nikon or Zeiss you're better off without it.

That's not snobbery, it's idealism.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2013, 12:57:57 PM »
Call me a snob but unless the glass is made by Canon, Nikon or Zeiss you're better off without it.

Ok, you're a snob.   :P   Actually, maybe you aren't aware that the Canon UV PROTECT filters used to be (and maybe still are) OEM'd by Tiffen, and from one of the lower-end Tiffen lines at that.  I'll take a B+W Schott glass filter over a 'Canon' filter any day of the week.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #18 on: March 05, 2013, 01:34:14 PM »
There is no need to debate UV filters (again) in this thread. I wish these forums were better moderated.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2013, 01:41:57 PM »
Thanks for the review, Justin.  The 85L certainly produces some amazing images, but to me just isn't worth the tradeoffs (expense, slow AF, etc...)  I do have the 85mm f/1.8, and, although it is a great lens, it just doesn't come out of my bag that often.  I typically reach for either the 100L or 135L.  But because it (85mm f/1.8) is a relatively low expense, I hold onto it.  I wouldn't feel that same about a $2K lens.  Some nice portraits in there, though.
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2013, 01:42:12 PM »
There is no need to debate UV filters (again) in this thread. I wish these forums were better moderated.

Yeah...to steer it back...how about that 2-ponder 85L and that odd implementation of FTM that you actually need to read the manual for!  :P
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #21 on: March 05, 2013, 01:54:45 PM »
Thanks for the review, Justin.  The 85L certainly produces some amazing images, but to me just isn't worth the tradeoffs (expense, slow AF, etc...)  I do have the 85mm f/1.8, and, although it is a great lens, it just doesn't come out of my bag that often.  I typically reach for either the 100L or 135L.  But because it (85mm f/1.8) is a relatively low expense, I hold onto it.  I wouldn't feel that same about a $2K lens.  Some nice portraits in there, though.

I agree. As I have stated in other posts, I owned this lens and sold it for the Sigma 85 f/1.4. It's half the cost, the focus barrel is enclosed with a UV filter on, has superior AF, and comparable if not better IQ. Though bokeh is slightly better on the Canon the difference is not a $1000 better.

Have you had the chance to compare the Canon to the Sigma or other 85mm primes?
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #22 on: March 05, 2013, 02:02:15 PM »
Why is the weight listed as a con? What did you expect, the 85/1.2 to be as light at the 50/1.8?  It's like buying a Porshe 911 and listing its price as a con.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #23 on: March 05, 2013, 02:08:30 PM »
Have you had the chance to compare the Canon to the Sigma or other 85mm primes?

That was actually the biggest thing I found lacking in the review...a lens like this, with such a huge disparity in price for such little extra...well, it practically screams for a head-to-head comparison. A battle of the 85s, if you will.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2013, 02:37:18 PM »
Very nice piece of glass!!! I'm envious!!!
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2013, 03:00:03 PM »
I personally dont need a comparison to the 85 1.8

i find that that lens just doesn't do it for me..the images are very flat of color, and the fringing is just awful. The AF is utterly spectacular however. Ive been debating selling mine, and i think i will. Especially after i got the 70-200II, i think ive used it only once...and that was over a year ago.

Maybe ill wait until i go full frame to rejudge it
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2013, 03:24:41 PM »
The portraits are nice, but they would have been every bit as good with the 85 1.8.
Also, one eye out of focus doesn't look good to me.

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2013, 03:48:13 PM »
Mmmmm, the 85L.  ;D  When used properly it can be just stunning and hard to reproduce with any other glass.



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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #28 on: March 05, 2013, 03:51:42 PM »
The review of the Sigma on the-digital-picture.com provides mouse over comparison of the bokeh of the Canon and the Sigma: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-85mm-f-1.4-EX-DG-HSM-Lens-Review.aspx
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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« Reply #29 on: March 05, 2013, 04:09:17 PM »
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A way to get good results would be to take a number of sequential shots of your subject, since a slight change in your posture could throw your intended focus point completely off.

I've always heard this referred to as "poor man's IS." Take a burst of several shots, and chances are good that one will catch you at the apex of your shaking.

Without implying that the 85L is anything other than a superlative lens, I have to put it alongside the 50L as Canon's two worst value lenses. Both the 85 f/1.8 and 50 f/1.4 outperform and often outright spank their bigger brothers in all sorts of ways more important for 90% of photographers, and there's very little the L lenses can do that the non-L counterparts can't.

Unless you actually need that extra half a stop in either case -- and damned few people do -- these lenses are a waste of money.

Of course, for those who really do need that extra half a stop (and, yes, there absolutely are those who do need it), or for those for whom a couple grand is pocket change, it's either a smart investment or a no-brainer.

But almost everybody else is better off in every meaningful way with the non-L versions.

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I don't disagree with you - one of the many reasons I don't own this lens myself... I just don't see the value (for my work).

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Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
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