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justdevine
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


I am looking for a portrait lens. I already own a tamron 28-75 2.8. Would the 24-70 produce the same quality images as the 85 prime?



Oct 07, 2012 at 03:25 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


You mean the 85 f/1.8 prime?


Oct 07, 2012 at 04:01 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


Yes that is what I meant...sorry



Oct 07, 2012 at 04:09 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


If you just mean quality (color, contrast, skin tone, sharpness, etc.), they are pretty much the same. For portraits though, most people choose the prime because of the wider aperture.


Oct 07, 2012 at 04:22 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


The 24-70 has a different color/contrast rendering than the 85. The L lenses typically are similar. Like color wise my old 70-200 mki was similar to my 24-70.

The 85 has a fair amount of CA wide open. It's a good lens though.

Truly, I wouldn't see any problem using the 28-75 as a portrait lens.



Oct 07, 2012 at 05:39 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


I use both lenses.

The 24-70 has much better color/contrast than the 85 f/1.8, not even close. The 85 has CA when wide open, but it's overall an excellent lens.



Oct 07, 2012 at 05:54 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


I wish the people contributing comparative information about sharpness, color, contrast would specify at what apertures they are doing the comparisons. Some of the info offered here would make sense at some apertures, and seem peculiar at others. People who lack hands-on experience could be misled.


Oct 07, 2012 at 11:55 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


splathrop wrote:
I wish the people contributing comparative information about sharpness, color, contrast would specify at what apertures they are doing the comparisons. Some of the info offered here would make sense at some apertures, and seem peculiar at others. People who lack hands-on experience could be misled.


That's my impression as well.



Oct 08, 2012 at 12:13 AM
 

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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


splathrop wrote:
I wish the people contributing comparative information about sharpness, color, contrast would specify at what apertures they are doing the comparisons. Some of the info offered here would make sense at some apertures, and seem peculiar at others. People who lack hands-on experience could be misled.

Neither lens has any significant issues, if you are going to talk about quality, they're both fine (at any aperture) for portraiture really.



Oct 08, 2012 at 12:51 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


If you just want a good portrait lens, go for the 85. If you are looking for a one lens solution and want to replace your Tamron, the 24-70 will probably serve you well.


Oct 08, 2012 at 02:37 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


Thanks for all your input. I think I will just go with the 85 prime considering I just want it for portraits and I already own the 28-75 tamron and the 70-200 canon 2.8 IS so I have the range covered from 28 to 200 at 2.8 but it would be nice to have the one lens at 1.8




Oct 08, 2012 at 03:32 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


splathrop wrote:
I wish the people contributing comparative information about sharpness, color, contrast would specify at what apertures they are doing the comparisons. Some of the info offered here would make sense at some apertures, and seem peculiar at others. People who lack hands-on experience could be misled.


My experience is based on apertures from f/2.8 down to f/8. Then again, most of my work is done from f/2.8 to f/4.



Oct 08, 2012 at 09:08 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


I liked it from about f/2, wide open was just ok. I sold it because like you I also had other lenses that covered this fl and found I rarely shot wider than f2.8 and for me it didn't focus as closely as I would have liked. I decided to get a 90mm macro to serve as a portrait and macro lens -- I don't shoot any action so slow or non-existent AF was not a concern for me. I am much happier with a macro in this fl.
Paul



Oct 08, 2012 at 09:32 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


splathrop wrote:
I wish the people contributing comparative information about sharpness, color, contrast would specify at what apertures they are doing the comparisons. Some of the info offered here would make sense at some apertures, and seem peculiar at others. People who lack hands-on experience could be misled.


The color/contrast is different at all apertures. I didn't say anything about sharpness though.

Some lenses have a different color rendering. My L zooms render color differently than my 35 f/2 non L prime does. It isn't misleading anyone, it's the truth.



Oct 09, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


splathrop wrote:
I wish the people contributing comparative information about sharpness, color, contrast would specify at what apertures they are doing the comparisons. Some of the info offered here would make sense at some apertures, and seem peculiar at others. People who lack hands-on experience could be misled.


The color/contrast is different at all apertures. I didn't say anything about sharpness though.

Some lenses have a different color rendering. My L zooms render color differently than my 35 f/2 non L prime does. It isn't misleading anyone, it's the truth.



Oct 09, 2012 at 12:01 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · 85 2.8 vs. 24-70 2.8


I much prefer primes for portraits myself (I'm talking outdoor/environmental portraits, not studio shots). The 85 1.8 is a spectacular portrait lens - I own the 100 f/2, which is very similar to the 85 1.8. For portraits, I'd take the 85 1.8 over the 24-70 myself.


Oct 09, 2012 at 01:06 AM





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