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jd7

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Re: Which Canon 85mm Lens is for You?
« Reply #30 on: March 03, 2018, 09:13:21 PM »
Now if only 50mm had so many fine options!

Agreed! I like the Sigma a lot but it is pretty big and heavy for a 50mm prime. And the Canon options all have their flaws,  although I'd give the 50L a go if it wasn't so expensive. Just don't want to pay that much for a 50mm prime.
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Re: Which Canon 85mm Lens is for You?
« Reply #30 on: March 03, 2018, 09:13:21 PM »

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Re: Which Canon 85mm Lens is for You?
« Reply #31 on: March 04, 2018, 03:08:07 AM »
I didn't do it. The copy I had a chance with did not give me confidence like Dustin's review did. Anyone else feel as if Tamron has more copy to copy variance than the other major players?

I had the Tamron 45mm f1.8. Really, really nice lens optically. However, I could not get it to focus accurately with the off center focusing points, even though the one in the middle was as reliable as any other lens I’ve had.

I would be tempted by the Tamron 85 if it wasn’t for this experience.

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Re: Which Canon 85mm Lens is for You?
« Reply #32 on: March 04, 2018, 03:25:08 AM »
i own the 1.2II and while i think i use it not often enough, i just can't sell it because the images it gets me are special and i love them.
I think about adding the 1.4 IS for the IS and faster AF - maybe if the price has dropped a bit.
One note one the Tamron  - i thought a while about adding Tamron glass and i started with the 45 1.8. It had so good reviews and looks and feels great but i have the same issues with the AF as described above. I had it on my 5DSr and 5DM4 with the best results , i purchased the tap-in console and entered the focal and field AFMA test results into the lens - still don't get images that i find overwhelming. I did some high contrast shooting (my dog on snow, fast moving, IS off) - I got a lot of CAs (purple)  and had not many keepers at all. I did the test with my 135 2.0 in the same setting and the images where sharp and clear, no CAs .... so i really think about selling the Tamron 45 1.8 based on the last week testings and based on that i am less interested in the other Tamron options :-(
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Re: Which Canon 85mm Lens is for You?
« Reply #33 on: March 07, 2018, 10:26:00 PM »
Just got my 1.4 dropped off tonight. Wish UPS would have actually hit their delivery window so I could do a little more testing before the kids hit the sack, but tomorrow is another day.

It's heavy, but not in a ponderous way. Feels substantial.

Just took a few test shots. Low light AF was fast and accurate: better than I had hoped. The bokeh was very nice, made the box of tissues I was photographing look very special, rendered sharp against a pleasingly out-of-focus bookshelf behind it.

In a dark room with one desk lamp (with what amounts to a 25W incandescent bulb in it), I was shooting at ISO 200 at 1/20th at f/1.4. Not a problem with acquiring/nailing focus, and the images turned out bright and sharp.

I'm normally an outdoor/travel/landscaper who dabbles in macro. But my kids are cute enough that I want to expand to portraiture, so this is by far my most appropriate (and fastest) lens for that. I think my next purchase will be a new hard drive to store all the pictures I'm going to be taking with this lens.
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Re: Which Canon 85mm Lens is for You?
« Reply #34 on: March 08, 2018, 05:12:47 PM »
Kids are an important reason why I traded in the 1.2L for the 1.4L--a lens which can actually focus in real time.  (With a bit of a learning curve for me.)



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Re: Which Canon 85mm Lens is for You?
« Reply #35 on: March 09, 2018, 12:18:45 AM »
That shot alone makes the lens worth buying.

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Re: Which Canon 85mm Lens is for You?
« Reply #36 on: March 09, 2018, 09:37:03 AM »
That shot alone makes the lens worth buying.

Thanks!

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Re: Which Canon 85mm Lens is for You?
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Re: Which Canon 85mm Lens is for You?
« Reply #37 on: March 09, 2018, 10:14:26 AM »
Is there some sort of problem with the Canon 85mm f/1.2 lenses?

I've been reading this thread, and multiple people have been talking about trading theirs in before "costly" repairs are needed.

I'd not heard these lenses had any particular problems or short shelf lives.....?

Can someone fill me in on this?

I got the 85mm 1.8 as one of my first lenses, bang for the buck type thing.

But have been eyeballing a 85mm 1.2 in the relatively near future.

I was thinking of picking one up off Canon Refurbs for the 85mm 1.2, but if there's some sort of inherit problem with them, I may re-think this.

Thanks in advance!!

cayenne

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Re: Which Canon 85mm Lens is for You?
« Reply #38 on: March 09, 2018, 02:48:12 PM »
Is there some sort of problem with the Canon 85mm f/1.2 lenses?

I've been reading this thread, and multiple people have been talking about trading theirs in before "costly" repairs are needed.

I'd not heard these lenses had any particular problems or short shelf lives.....?

Can someone fill me in on this?

I got the 85mm 1.8 as one of my first lenses, bang for the buck type thing.

But have been eyeballing a 85mm 1.2 in the relatively near future.

I was thinking of picking one up off Canon Refurbs for the 85mm 1.2, but if there's some sort of inherit problem with them, I may re-think this.

Thanks in advance!!

cayenne

After deciding to keep my 1.4L IS, I made the decision to sell the 1.2L II for two reasons.  Firstly, I believed that the resale value of the 1.2L II was good and might not get better.  Secondly, I did not want to keep a lens that added very little in IQ or "character," yet exposed me to a fairly high potential repair bill.  I don't have any reason to believe the 1.2L II is more prone to problems than other L lenses, but it is unique in its implementation of AF, and its rear element is flush against the back of the assembly.  And it's a whole lot of glass crammed into a tight space!

If I remember correctly, lensrentals actually posted a typical cost-of-repair in this forum, but I could not find that post to share with you. You might contact them for the information, or another member here might find the post.  As a CPS member, I'm well aware of repair costs generally, but fortunately never needed to send in my 1.2L.

My decision to replace the 1.2L II with a lens that has, say, 95% of its IQ "magic" plus IS and much quicker AF doesn't need a whole lot of further explanation. 
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Re: Which Canon 85mm Lens is for You?
« Reply #38 on: March 09, 2018, 02:48:12 PM »