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p.1 #1 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


Hi,

I wanted to finally buy myself a new Portrait lens. I have the 85 1.8 and I love the lens but hear great things about the 1.2. I have a newborn baby that I want to be able to take pictures of and also use the lens eventually for my photography business. I am torn between the 50 1.2 and the 85 1.2 I could only buy one right now. what do you recommend?

I need to buy before the 4th of this month to take advantage of the savings.

TIA



Feb 02, 2012 at 03:46 PM
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p.1 #2 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


I would probably go with the 50. The MFD on the 85 may be limiting for shots of a baby, plus you said you love the 85/1.8 you already have.


Feb 02, 2012 at 03:55 PM
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p.1 #3 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


The 85 1.2 has a longer minimum focus distance. I'm pretty sure you would find the 50 1.2 a lot better for a newborns because you could get closer. Either would make a great portrait lens. I have the 85 1.2...one of my favorite lenses.


Feb 02, 2012 at 03:57 PM
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p.1 #4 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


Most people will probably recommend the 50L because the 85 f/1.8 is good lens by itself...though it flares badly and has lots of purple fringing.

50mm is more versatile because of minimum focus distance and frame-filling traits. I have never been able to get used to 50mm.

I own both. They're both nice in their own way...closer minimum focus distance allows a greater ability to shoot a subject at different angles. Because of average human height, 85mm's long minimum focus distance makes it difficult/impossible to shoot directly over or under something/someone. However, 50mm doesn't have the same issue because the minimum focus distance is much closer. This all means more framing options for 50mm.

35mm has even more framing options.

Compare 85L and 85 f/1.8 at http://wlcastleman.com/equip/reviews/85mm/index.htm
Compare 50L to 50 f/1.4 at http://wlcastleman.com/equip/reviews/50mm_1.2L/index.htm - however it ignores the low contrast of the 50 f/1.4 wide open.




Feb 02, 2012 at 03:58 PM
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p.1 #5 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


I would get the 35L.


Feb 02, 2012 at 06:05 PM
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p.1 #6 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


Daan B wrote:
I would get the 35L.



+1

5D+35L is a very nice combo, and you have a nice 85 already.




Feb 02, 2012 at 06:14 PM
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p.1 #7 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


Thank you all. it looks like the 50 1.2 would be the choice for what I want right now. I know eventually I will get an 85 1.2 it's just part of my radar but already having the 85 1.8 and the 24-105L I wanted something new as far as range and I think the 50 1.2 would do just fine It's hard to pass the 85 1.2 at $1800 from B&H with the discount. decisions, decisions.

The 35L I haven't even been considering why would you guys recommend the 35? thanks in advance.



Feb 02, 2012 at 06:20 PM
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p.1 #8 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


>>The 35L I haven't even been considering why would you guys recommend the 35? thanks in advance.

it's customary (:




Feb 02, 2012 at 06:23 PM
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p.1 #9 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


. ok Thanks. I am sure it's a very good lens. May need to check it out. I don't want to miss out on the sale so need to research right away. : )


Feb 02, 2012 at 06:31 PM
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p.1 #10 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


Anything but the 50L.


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p.1 #11 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


I like all of the fast L primes, including the 50/1.2L. Of course, I shoot it almost exclusively wiode open, why else get it?

The 50/1.2L and 85/1.8 have similar maximum magnification of 0.15 (highest) and 0.13, respectively; while the 85L falls a bit behind at 0.11.



Feb 02, 2012 at 06:49 PM
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p.1 #12 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


I'll throw in a contrarian vote here and say get the Sigma 50.... it has served me very well for baby/kid work. At about 1/3 the price of the L, you're set and can save up for the 35L, 85L (or Sigma 85) down the road.


Feb 02, 2012 at 06:52 PM
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p.1 #13 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


Thank u guys good input.


Feb 02, 2012 at 08:25 PM
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p.1 #14 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


Go with the 50 1.2. Here are my reasonings:
1- You have the 85 already cover
2- The smaller they are, the wider I tend to shoot them: my kids are now 6 and 8, now I am shooting them with 85 on crop (dance show, tennis game, portrait). Before I was doing 50 on crop (portrait, environment in the home), when they were "baby" I used to shoot them with 35 or wider on crop (environmental, first steps) and 100macro (when they were sleeping as real baby for details of their face or perfect skin)

I will add some extension tube for your 85 1.8

Xavier



Feb 02, 2012 at 08:29 PM
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p.1 #15 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


Xavier. Great input. I am leaning towards the 50 1.2 as I don't have it and just ordered some light stands and umbrella to take flash off the camera.


Feb 02, 2012 at 08:43 PM
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p.1 #16 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


skasol wrote:
Thank you all. it looks like the 50 1.2 would be the choice for what I want right now. I know eventually I will get an 85 1.2 it's just part of my radar but already having the 85 1.8 and the 24-105L I wanted something new as far as range and I think the 50 1.2 would do just fine It's hard to pass the 85 1.2 at $1800 from B&H with the discount. decisions, decisions.

The 35L I haven't even been considering why would you guys recommend the 35? thanks in advance.

I have been using the following lenses on 5D for my sons photos:

1) 135 f2
2) 35 f2
3) others ( 85 1.8, 24-105, 50 1.2)

I was almost exclusively using 135 f2 since it was my "best" lens till I put on 35 f2 one day and really liked the "intimate" perspective that it offered. Another benefit, its small and relatively inexpensive that I took it on hikes and long walk. (and the kiddo will grab the lens once in a while and "play" with it. Lucky for me, my son used to enjoy the lens cap a lot more than the lens itself)

I have not tried the 85 1.2 or 50 1.2 so cannot speak how they compare. But I have often heard that 85 1.2 is slower to focus. Also, more often than not, you would not want to shoot at f1.2 for a toddler as that would severely restrict your DOF, something to consider.



Feb 02, 2012 at 09:31 PM
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p.1 #17 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


Have not shot the 50 but the 85L is pure magic. I like tight crops and being able to control the depth of field. At 1.2 or 1.4 at 85mm...well talk about target isolation. You would have to get pretty close with the 50 to achieve the same results. Candids are great since you don't have to get right in someone's face to get great separation.

I was a naysayer of the 85L for a long time, until I tried it. The 1.8 is a fine lens but it is not the L



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Feb 02, 2012 at 09:33 PM
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p.1 #18 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


skasol wrote:
The 35L I haven't even been considering why would you guys recommend the 35? thanks in advance.


35L gets in really close. Great for shooting babies. Plus it would be a better mate to the 85mm FL. 50mm and 85mm are too close for me.



Feb 02, 2012 at 09:45 PM
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p.1 #19 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


Daan B wrote:
35L gets in really close. Great for shooting babies. Plus it would be a better mate to the 85mm FL. 50mm and 85mm are too close for me.


35L will also come in very handy once the kid starts moving around, getting close to the camera to investigate. Some of my favorite shots of my kids I took with the 35L. And I agree since the OP already has the very nice 85mm f/1.8, the 35L would add something very different over the 50L.



Feb 02, 2012 at 10:46 PM
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p.1 #20 · 50 1.2 or 85 1.2 Torn


I own the 35L and use it on a 5D. Love everything it does and also have a newborn on the way.
Planning to do a lot of close ups with that combo, and will buy the 85L to do a perfect pair very very soon.



Feb 02, 2012 at 10:58 PM
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