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Re: Canon 50mm 1.2L or Canon 85mm 1.2L?
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2012, 08:47:53 AM »
Personally, if I had that cash (which I don't just now) and didn't already own them, I'd get the 50 1.2 and 85 1.8. I think the 85 1.8 is really good value - a dependable classic in the Canon line-up. It is surprisingly sharp wide open (not razor, but certainly reasonable) and tack sharp from 2.8.

Short answer, get both focal lengths, but compromise on one L.

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Re: Canon 50mm 1.2L or Canon 85mm 1.2L?
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2012, 08:54:36 AM »
I love the 50mm focal length on full frame for covering weddings and slap it on a 7D for portraits to give me an 85mm FOV. My 50 1.2L is an excellent copy from 2010 and the AF is accurate at all Aperatures and pin sharp. If the 50mm is still too wide, the 135mm f2 and 85mm 1.2 are extremely close in OOF and in sharpness, but the 135mm is 800$ less.

You could buy a used 135mmL and a used 50mm 1.2L for almost the price of the slow focusing 85mm 1.2.

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« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2012, 10:42:42 AM »
I currently have the 7D, so I'm guessing the 85mm may go with a future FF body. Gah, so many choices. :D Appreciate everyone for their input and experience. :)

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Re: Canon 50mm 1.2L or Canon 85mm 1.2L?
« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2012, 12:11:31 PM »
Hey all. I'm eyeing the Canon 50mm 1.2L, but am also considering the 85mm 1.2L for some portrait photography. I do see a lot of posts about the 85mm not focusing as fast, but being very sharp, while the 50mm focuses quite quickly but isn't as sharp as the 85mm.

What does everyone suggest?  :)

Should you require reasonably fast AF or should be using APS-C go for the 50 - otherwise the 85 is your first choice.
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Re: Canon 50mm 1.2L or Canon 85mm 1.2L?
« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2012, 12:11:31 PM »