Another lens questions - sorry

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  1. butterflygirl

    butterflygirl TPF Noob!

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    So yet again, I am asking another lens question - I'm about to make an order with B & H Photo and have decided to purchase the Canon 10-22 3.4-4.5.

    But I'd also like to get a great portrait lens and wondered what REALLY is the difference between the Canon 85 mm 1.8 and the 1.2? I see the 1.2 is about $1,700 while the 1.8 is about $400 - what gives?

    Since I can't really afford the 1.2 at this time along with the other lens I'm getting, I was thinking of getting the 1.8.

    Or should I just wait and save up some more cash and get the 1.2? But then I also was thinking of getting the Canon 24-70 - which one is better in terms of a portrait lens? What do you think?

    I have made ONE decision at least - the Canon 10-22 - good decision? I hope so! :)

    Any suggestions or tips is HIGHLY appreciate for my silly, indecisive mind!

    Thanks!
     
  2. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    IMO you'd be better off with the 85 1.8 and 24-70 2.8. You could get both of those for cheaper than just the 85 1.2.

    You certainly won't go wrong buying the 85mm 1.8.
     
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    Just what I wanted to hear - thanks! I was like, "What is so special about the 1.2." I know it's "L" glass, but sheesh. Especially since the 1.8 is so much cheaper.

    I figure I'll get the wide angle 10-22 and the 85 1.8 then wait till I get my tax return to get the 24-70 :sexywink:

    Gotta love all these decisions!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have the Canon 10-22mm....great lens, no worries there.

    Well, F1.2 is a full stop larger than F1.8 so you can get faster shutter speeds when you need it. The DOF is razor thin at F1.2...if that is something you want/need.
    The F1.2 is an L lens (top quality build & image quality)...and an ultra wide aperture lens...so that together is why it's so expensive.
    It is worth the extra price over the F1.8? I can't answer that but I would say...probably not. The 85mm F1.8 is a pretty good lens in it's own right and is a great lens for the price.
    It looks cool though, the aperture is so wide, the lens looks like a coffee cup.

    The 24-70 F2.8 L, is a work horse lens...especially for full frame or film users. It's a bit of an odd length on a crop body though. I'd had always heard good things about this lens...but recently I've heard some bad things. Apparently, many of them don't focus accurately. I know a wedding photographer who has owned 6 different copies of this lens. He much prefers the 17-55 F2.8 IS.
     
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    Thanks again Mike!

    So I guess it's the 85 mm 1.8 and the 10-22 - woo hoo! Finally made a decision!

    I've heard some varying opinions as well about the 24-70 - plus I already have a Tamron 17-55 - so I was thinking I could hold off on that one and think a little more on it and ask around. I'm not totally sure about that one yet - maybe I'll rent it first.

    I figure if I get the 85mm 1.8 and really LOVE it to DEATH, I can always sell it and use that money toward a 1.2. But I think a 1.8 may be worth the $400 to try it out and see where it gets me.

    Thanks for your suggestions, always appreciated!
     
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    why not rent the 1.8 and the 1.2 and see ,I know once you use the 1.2 you'll never get the 1.8 ,get the sigma 10-20 and put the saved money into the 1.2
     

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