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| Re: 85L vs 135L for Engagement Shoots |
I used to own the 35L, 85 1.8 and 135 F2L. Of the three the 135 is the one lens that really stands out, the color, contrast and sharpness at F2 is simply amazing. Having said this i found the 135 was a strange focal length so it just didn't get used enough so i ended up selling it. The 85 1.8 is a cracking little lens and you can save yourself a serious amount of money buying the 85 1.8 and filter vs the 85 1.2L. If your going to use F1.2L a lot then get the 85L but otherwise the 85 1.8 is a cracking little lens and a much better focal length than 135. I tried the 85L and it takes some getting used to in order to get shots at F1.2 as the depth of field is very thin, if you end up stopping down all the time to get enough dof with a couple then i see no advantage in having the 85 1.2L. I ended up selling my primes and moving to the 2.8 zooms as i found F2.8 offered enough subject isolation whilst still having a reasonable depth of field. The 85L really is a speciality lens so if you use F1.2 all the times its worth it, when i reviewed thousands of pics taken with primes i found i was stopping down a lot hence 2.8 was good enough my needs hence the 2.8 zooms made much more sense.