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"Some togs might argue "why not just use an 85L and get the same look", which has some credence.. f/2 of a head-n-shoulders portrait will have the same DOF for each lens"
Of course, this is false, because the 85 gives a very different look from the 200 with the subject sized the same in both images. The 200 flattens the perspective much more - an extreme closeup portrait with the 85 will show a much more bulbous nose than the 200. Additionally, the longer lens compresses the background, so it's much easier if you want to crop something out (like the sky) or just want more of that 'telephoto' look, such as those in this series that were taken in the alleys, streets and corridors.
"I want to know what the lighting was many of these. A 580 triggered with PWs?"
John, most of these were taken with two 580s on stands; one shooting through a small 16x22 LiteDome softbox used as the main light (hence the rectangular catchlights in the eyes), and the other used as a kicker or hairlight with no modifier. Occasionally I'll use a third light as a kicker from the other side (see the football player and the runner). These lights are all set on ETTL, triggered by an ST-E2 with RadioPoppers all around.
"And surely you must have the new 17 TSE on your "to buy" list..."
I've already sold my 24 TS-E in anticipation of the new one...are they being shipped yet in any numbers?