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Re: Would you buy a hypothetical 85mm f/1.4L portrait lens if...
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2014, 02:55:48 PM »
The Zeiss 85mmf1.4 is an excellent lens for Canon users who aren't dependent upon auto-focus. 
If Canon could produce an EF lens and market it for between $1200-1500 (lower the better) if
would be hard to resist.  Meanwhile, Carl has been well used and appreciated.

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Re: Would you buy a hypothetical 85mm f/1.4L portrait lens if...
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Re: Would you buy a hypothetical 85mm f/1.4L portrait lens if...
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2014, 04:42:11 PM »
I would LOVE an 85L F1.4 with faster focusing, no sketchy rear element, no focus-by-wire, and with 77mm filter threads. Would be really sweet if it could take a 1.4 teleconverter though that might not be possible. No need for IS on this.

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Re: Would you buy a hypothetical 85mm f/1.4L portrait lens if...
« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2014, 04:49:12 PM »

I'm holding out for the 85mm f/1.0 L, myself.  More light, not less.  IMO, the notion that sensor improvements negate the value of fast lenses is just silly.  Sensor improvements make fast lenses more capable.  :)

Well they do and they don't. Research it and I think you'll find there is a fair bit of jiggery pokery going on to get an f1.2 lens to record like an f1.2 lens.

However I think it's fair to say the modern AF does make a very fast lens make more versatile sense.

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Re: Would you buy a hypothetical 85mm f/1.4L portrait lens if...
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2014, 08:49:25 AM »
I have the Canon 85/1.8, and i don't see myself spending over 1500€ for 2/3 of f-stop advantage, weather sealing, and (slightly?) increased sharpness. Let's be honest: the old 85/1.8 is sharp enough, focuses with good accuracy and speed, its optical deficiencies are negligible, and its cost of 350$/€ makes it a no brainer for anyone except the most demanding pros, or the very rich amateurs.

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Re: Would you buy a hypothetical 85mm f/1.4L portrait lens if...
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2014, 09:08:22 AM »
Perhaps it is because i have never really used the 85mm (any of them), but i do not find myself using that focal length a lot (according to lightroom). So i probably would not buy a new one. :)

I love my 70-200 for portraits....

maybe i should give one a go, though i fear it might be like taking hard drugs and i'll be addicted....

From what i hear about focussing speed, it does need a wee update. I'm sure it is in the pipeline somewhere... Canon are not dumb....  money grabbing b*stards (I am originally from the UK), but not dumb!
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Re: Would you buy a hypothetical 85mm f/1.4L portrait lens if...
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2014, 09:08:22 AM »