A Quick Question

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  1. vandecarr

    vandecarr TPF Noob!

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    This question has probably been discussed a million times but I have to ask. Which is a better choice Canon 85mm or 100mm?


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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    A better choice for what purpose?

    The 85mm F1.8 is a decent lens at a good price. Said to be very sharp.
    The 85mm F1.2 is a professional lens with an ultra wide max. aperture and costs an arm and three legs.
    The 100mm F2.8 macro is a sharp lens with the ability to focus close enough to achieve 1:1 macro magnification.
     
  3. vandecarr

    vandecarr TPF Noob!

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    to be more specific it is between these two

    1-EF 100 mm f/2 USM Standard and Medium Telephoto Lens

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    2-EF 85 mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens

    What are your thoughts?



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  4. gryphonslair99

    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Both! They have two different purposes.
     
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    vandecarr TPF Noob!

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    is it just a difference of 15mm?
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    85mm f1.8 - Excellent portrait lens. 1/2 body shots. Good indoor sports lens. Fast with quick focus. Tack sharp.

    100mm f2.8 macro - Main purpose= 1:1 macro. Secondary = Head and/or head and shoulder portrait lens. Tack sharp. So-so sports lens. Slow focus with a very touchy focus ring in manual focus. (it's designed for macro) Not as fast optically but still nice.

    My portrait kit includes a 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.8, 100mm f2.8 macro & a 135 f2.0L.

    My macro kit includes a 100mm f2.8 (same lens) set of kenko tubes for closer than 1:1 and a novoflex rail system.

    It's not the scant 15mm that matters it the purpose and design of the glass.
     
  7. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    He was more specific to the 100mm f2 USM not f2.8 Macro.

    Never used the 100mm f2 but I can tell yah that the 85mm f1.8 is wonderful lens. Lots of bang for the buck and a good build quality. Sharp!

    I shoot mainly with: 24mm f1.4L, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.8, and 135mm f2L . Never needed anything else.
     
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    vandecarr TPF Noob!

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    Thanks to everyone, I appreciate your thoughts and opinions.


    Thanks again,
    Mike V
     

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