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1DX or 85mm 1.2?
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:11:04 PM »
I am a wedding photographer and have two 5D mark IIIs, a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, a 50mm 1.2L, a 24mm 1.4L, a 100mm f/2.8L IS and three 600ex-rt flashes.  I have more than what I need to take amazing pictures in almost any situation but I after I buy something I find myself looking to the next thing to buy.  I don't know what is wrong with me it is like a disease.  I know I am crazy and should just be content with what I have.  So if you were in my situation and you were going to buy something new would you sell one of the 5D3s and get a 1DX or would you buy the 85mm 1.2?  I am a little afraid the 85mm 1.2 will be a little slow focusing at receptions similar to the 50mm 1.2.  I just don't understand that my 70-200 and 24mm are able to focus really well in almost no light but the 50mm is very slow and unreliable.  If the 85mm is anything like the 50mm in that regard it may change my decision.  I would love to use it for portraits and almost always shoot at very large apertures.  As a matter of fact I love a shallow DOF so much that I usually shoot two or three Brenizer method images each wedding to get the effect of f/0.5 or f/0.6.   

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Re: 1DX or 85mm 1.2?
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2012, 08:28:22 PM »
I found the 85 1.2 slow on a 5d af speed is better on 1d bodies. I am super happy with the sigma 85 f1.4 on 5d3 it is much better iq than tthe 70-200 much faster on a 5d than the 1.2 and much much cheaper. Worth trying out side by side. The canon 1.2 is most definately not 2.5 times better
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2012, 08:39:38 PM »
I personally wouldn't buy a 1DX if I had two 5D3's if I only shot weddings.  The 5D3 does this very, very well.  I have a 1DX because I do (or will be doing) a ton of college sports.  I need the speed and ruggedness.  The 1DX won't improve the 5D3 at wedding photography.  I do, however, use the 85L lens at weddings and absolutely love it.  I like the bride up the aisle view with this lens.  I take the shot and then in post just crop it a tad bit.  It is a super sharp lens. 

I would consider keeping both cameras and yes, buying the 85L, but not for main use at the reception.  Use that lens where it will count:  in the church.  If you MUST have a 1DX, that's okay too but just understand your quality of the 5D3/85L combo will not be replaced by a 1DX body only.   The 1DX will take great photos no doubt, but I just feel for weddings that's more dependent on glass and especially since there's little IQ difference between the 5D3 and 1DX.

I know what you're going through.  I just sold one of my 5D3's and my 1Ds3 because I had to go to a more specialized kit.  That hurt.
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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2012, 09:32:24 PM »
The 85 is a little slow but if your just worried about getting a bride walking down the isle you should be fine with the 5D3. I found the lens to be extremely slow on a 5D2 so I used to keep it on a 1D4 for weddings and I even used it for college basketball at times. Now I have the 1DX and the combo is pretty dang awesome. Go for the 85L first because your missing a lot by not having this lens in your bag, you will have a hard time removing it from your camera once mounted :)

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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2012, 10:16:21 PM »
I have more than what I need to take amazing pictures in almost any situation but I after I buy something I find myself looking to the next thing to buy.  I don't know what is wrong with me it is like a disease.  I know I am crazy and should just be content with what I have.  So if you were in my situation and you were going to buy something new would you sell one of the 5D3s and get a 1DX or would you buy the 85mm 1.2?  I am a little afraid the 85mm 1.2 will be a little slow focusing at receptions similar to the 50mm 1.2.

Well, I think most of us here feel exactly the same way.  I know I do! 

I'm not a Wedding Photographer, but I was a Wedding Videographer for a few years, so I can relate to the importance of capturing those once in a lifetime photos.  There's no do-over.  I have the 85mm f/1.2L II and I shot my friends Wedding as a second shooter, but unaffiliated with the wedding photographer, so I was able to play around and let me tell you I would not trust the 85mm 1.2 for critical moments during the ceremony or reception, but it definitely can find a place in your kit, for portraits, candids, rings, non-critical reception shots, flowers and things like that.

Of course you can nail great shots with or without pre-focusing and I have, but I wouldn't trust it down the Aisle. It's heavy, the DOF is thin, and it's slow, but when you do nail it, it's spectacular.

The 1DX is obviously an Awesome Camera and I can certainly see you selling one of your 5DIII's for it, but it's also a bit heavy to shoot with all day, and you should also consider that if you shoot with two cameras at the same time, then switching from the 1DX to the 5DIII quickly may present some confusion, and the 1DX will definitely feel heavier on your shoulder, especially with the 85mm f/1.2L attached.

However, I really do love the 1DX and 85mm f/1.2L II.  I'm not trying to talk you out of either.  I'm just adding some of my thoughts for you to consider.

If I did have to pick one then I would recommend the 85mm 1.2L II.

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« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2012, 10:21:12 PM »
Rich beat me to it, but I have to agree with him about these thoughts:
If you get rid of one of the 5DIIIs and get the 1Dx, you will then have two different bodies and not all of the switches and buttons are in the same place. I prefer to have the backup camera to be the same as the primary so that I don't have to be trying to remember what does what on which body. I've not used the 5DIII, but from the reports I've seen I doubt that the 1Dx would be a major step up if most of your work is weddings. If you need speed and ruggedness, such as for sports, the 1Dx might be the better choice, but I'm not so sure it would be for weddings. And if you don't use the battery grip for the 5DIII, it's probably a good deal lighter for which your neck will thank you at the end of a long day's shoot.

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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2012, 10:41:03 PM »
You should keep the two 5D3s and get the Sigma f/1.4.  Save money both ways.

The point about the 1D X having different buttons is valid.

Also, if you have two body types, you'll start favoring just one of them most likely. I believe that having two identical cameras with different lenses is very important (why do I have so many 7Ds? that's one of the answers) for taking creative pictures and capturing them without delay.

The only reason that I went for the 1D X in addition to the 5D3 is that I'm going to burn through the 400,000 pictures more than once each year. I don't want to have to get my cameras repaired as often as I would if I had only 5D3s to use.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2012, 11:01:22 PM »
I have more than what I need to take amazing pictures in almost any situation but I after I buy something I find myself looking to the next thing to buy.  I don't know what is wrong with me it is like a disease.  I know I am crazy and should just be content with what I have.  So if you were in my situation and you were going to buy something new would you sell one of the 5D3s and get a 1DX or would you buy the 85mm 1.2?  I am a little afraid the 85mm 1.2 will be a little slow focusing at receptions similar to the 50mm 1.2.

Well, I think most of us here feel exactly the same way.  I know I do! 

I'm not a Wedding Photographer, but I was a Wedding Videographer for a few years, so I can relate to the importance of capturing those once in a lifetime photos.  There's no do-over.  I have the 85mm f/1.2L II and I shot my friends Wedding as a second shooter, but unaffiliated with the wedding photographer, so I was able to play around and let me tell you I would not trust the 85mm 1.2 for critical moments during the ceremony or reception, but it definitely can find a place in your kit, for portraits, candids, rings, non-critical reception shots, flowers and things like that.

Of course you can nail great shots with or without pre-focusing and I have, but I wouldn't trust it down the Aisle. It's heavy, the DOF is thin, and it's slow, but when you do nail it, it's spectacular.

The 1DX is obviously an Awesome Camera and I can certainly see you selling one of your 5DIII's for it, but it's also a bit heavy to shoot with all day, and you should also consider that if you shoot with two cameras at the same time, then switching from the 1DX to the 5DIII quickly may present some confusion, and the 1DX will definitely feel heavier on your shoulder, especially with the 85mm f/1.2L attached.

However, I really do love the 1DX and 85mm f/1.2L II.  I'm not trying to talk you out of either.  I'm just adding some of my thoughts for you to consider.

If I did have to pick one then I would recommend the 85mm 1.2L II.

Rich

Please elaborate on how the DOF is thin on a lens?  If my basic photography understanding is somewhat accurate, wouldn't that depend on aperture??  Bride down the aisle is no problem with f/8.  You just have to know where to meter.
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2012, 11:22:05 PM »
I recently used an 85L1.2 on a 5d mkiii at a wedding where the lighting at the church and reception was awful and I had no problems with the 85. Perhaps others have experienced problems with this lens on a mkii. I as said before would keep the mkiii as a back up and be very pleased with the results the 85 will give you. 
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« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2012, 11:36:18 PM »
Please elaborate on how the DOF is thin on a lens?  If my basic photography understanding is somewhat accurate, wouldn't that depend on aperture??  Bride down the aisle is no problem with f/8.  You just have to know where to meter.

Very interesting, I hadn't thought of that, thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2012, 12:32:06 AM »
If you're going to shoot at f8.0, why would you need an f1.2 lens?

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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2012, 12:39:09 AM »
If you're going to shoot at f8.0, why would you need an f1.2 lens?

You don't.  But the 85L is way sharper at all apertures than any lens at 85mm.  Nobody really cares about the max aperture, it's the lens overall. 
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« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2012, 01:23:52 AM »
Get the EF 85mm 1.2. It´s a great lens. For weddings you don´t need a 1D X.

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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2012, 02:05:12 AM »
I would suggest trying the 85 1.8.  It focuses really fast, has excellent IQ and costs significantly less than the 1.2.  I have owned one for 8 years and it has never disappointed.
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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2012, 03:03:15 AM »
Hi Jaayres20,

Since people here have already given you some really good information about the 1Dx, 85mm 1.2, 5D3, etc. and how all that might work together, let me offer you a different suggestion that nobody has suggested yet.  What about the possibility of not getting anything new at all at this point?  I'm not trying to be smug or mean spirited, but rather trying to give what I feel is really good advice given your current setup.  Even you admit you have plenty of gear to make amazing pictures.

I think sometimes when we have too much gear we tend to lose focus of why we have them in the first place and how we might grow to better use them.  I hear you, it is totally tempting to try out and want to use all the cool new things out there, but in truth if your end goal is to make compelling and thoughtful images for your client and yourself none of us really need as much gear as most of us probably already have.

If you don't have much money and this would put a burden on you that will in the long run diminish your enjoyment of the craft as you will constantly worry about what you sacrificed to attain all of that gear.  And even if you do have the money to keep buying whatever you want, I still argue that constantly chasing after new pieces of gear can ultimately hurt your ability to focus on making great use of the gear you already own.  Because when we get new pieces of gear, we often do tons of tests and wonder why it does this or why it does that or why it doesn't do this right or as well as that other piece of gear, or why some people seem to be having great success with it and others not....you get the point right?  Stuff, (not just photography gear) has a tendency of complicating our lives and we often end up being obsessed (as you rightly observed) with the things themselves rather than the more important stories that we were meant to create with them.

One of the most famous current wedding photographer by the name of Jeff Ascough (http://www.jeffascough.com) had once said in an interview that he shoots about 95% of all his wedding on a 24mm 1.4 and a 50mm 1.2.  His wedding work is inspired to be sure.  Even the great HCB used mainly a 35mm or 50mm lens his entire career and he is considered by many in our field as one of the greatest human photographer of all time.

I'm not trying to preach to you---lord knows I feel the same impulse as you, but nobody was giving you the advice that I think would best benefit you as a photographer---and that is to learn to use the gear you already have so expertly that you will eventually forget the gear all together and instead focus on the craft and narrative of our subjects and ourselves---after all isn't that really our goal as photographers?

Just my two cents.  All the best to you and I hope you create wonderful images with the fantastic setup you already have.

I am a wedding photographer and have two 5D mark IIIs, a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, a 50mm 1.2L, a 24mm 1.4L, a 100mm f/2.8L IS and three 600ex-rt flashes.  I have more than what I need to take amazing pictures in almost any situation but I after I buy something I find myself looking to the next thing to buy.  I don't know what is wrong with me it is like a disease.  I know I am crazy and should just be content with what I have.  So if you were in my situation and you were going to buy something new would you sell one of the 5D3s and get a 1DX or would you buy the 85mm 1.2?  I am a little afraid the 85mm 1.2 will be a little slow focusing at receptions similar to the 50mm 1.2.  I just don't understand that my 70-200 and 24mm are able to focus really well in almost no light but the 50mm is very slow and unreliable.  If the 85mm is anything like the 50mm in that regard it may change my decision.  I would love to use it for portraits and almost always shoot at very large apertures.  As a matter of fact I love a shallow DOF so much that I usually shoot two or three Brenizer method images each wedding to get the effect of f/0.5 or f/0.6.   
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