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Old 01-04-2013, 09:43 PM #43
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For those who mentioned it, how do/did you guys like your Canon 24-70L?
Owned it for something like a year and a half. Love it, its got all the range I need, is weathersealed so it can take a dunk in the snow, sharpness is pretty good aswell.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:50 AM #44
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Whilst we're on the subject of lenses, I'm looking for a portrait prime to replace my Canon standby of the Sigma 85 1.4. Considering the following:

85mm 1.4D
85mm 1.4G
105mm f/2DC
135mm f/2DC

Anyone got insight on any of those four?
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:14 PM #45
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85 1.4D is what I have. Since you have the 1.8G I'll compare it to that. It's a lot warmer than the G and produces a much more pleasant contrast. Just in general how it renders color is really smooth. The bokeh, while obviously not producing much more, is definitely creamier. It really smooths out skin tones and blemishes as well. Personally, I don't the the 1.4G is worth it over the D. I couldn't see any difference between the two. I'd bet the coatings on the G are better, but that's about it.

The 105 DC and 135 DC seem to get no love on the intertubes, but ask any photog worth their snot or over 30y/o and they sing its praises. I've shot with the 105 DC, it's VERY similar to the 85, but everything is just so creamy, smooth, and dream like. It really pumps out amazing characteristics. The 135, I've not shot with, but know a few who have it. I don't believe it's any creamier than the 105 other than the focal length compression, so it really boils down to the focal length.

Whatever you do, don't listen to the people recommending the 105 VR or saying it's similar to the DC. For some reason, whenever you ask about the DC, people recommend the VR. They are light years apart. The VR is nice as a general prime, but there's nothing special about it. It's dull and boring.

I was just in this debate a few weeks ago and settled on the 1.4D. It was tough taking it over the 105.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:06 PM #46
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I personally wouldn't bother with the 105VR unless I were buying it as a macro lens, and then I'd be more inclined to just get a set of extension tubes to use with my 300.

I've read a lot online about the 1.4D vs. the 1.4G. I hear a lot of complaints about overall sharpness, but I've seen examples that are razor sharp as well as those that are far from it, so I generally chock that up to the individual's lack of experience with fast prime lenses and how to use them properly. I'm leaning more toward the 1.4D if I go with an 85 again mainly due to the cost savings, but I have two questions considering I only currently own AF-S lenses: does the focusing ring move while being driven by the body, and if so is there sufficient space on the lens body for a large handed person like me to be able to grip the lens without holding the focus ring and potentially damaging the AF drive?
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:11 PM #47
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85/1.4d was pretty awesome, really miss that lens.
That being said, i like the d over the g any day. From the build to the colors, the d is better imho.

I do like the dc's when i used them, but i couldnt justify buying one when i already had the 85. But if i didnt, i would reach for the 105 or 135 in a heartbeat on full frame.

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Ted, the focus ring locks when its in af, so youll be fine.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:14 PM #48
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The 85mm 1.4D's focus ring does not move. It is a very sharp lens.
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I think it's gonna be an 85 1.4D then, unless a stupid good deal on a 135DC comes along before then.
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Sigma Bigma; anyone own one? Had one? Thoughts?

Looking for a budget wildlife telephoto. inb4teleconverter.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:41 PM #51
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Got my 85D today. Thing is beast, can't wait to get some real world work done with it, rather than just shooting the cats and kid around the house.

Whomever told me that non AF-S glass was slow and noisy to focus was full of ****. Granted, it's not as quiet as my 17-35 or 50 1.8, it's not annoying, and it goes from stop to stop damn near as quick as a Canon USM. Very slightly soft wide open, but I cut myself on an image at f/2. Damned happy with it. Thanks for the suggestions bros!
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:59 PM #52
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im about to switch to a photo major. just kinda decided this weekend. would you suggest the 85D as a good all around prime? I need to pick up at least one like this week
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:15 PM #53
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While the 85D is an excellent lens, I wouldn't consider the 85mm focal length to be good 'all around'. 50mm (or, 35mm on DX) is the 'normal' prime. 85mm is more a portrait length, and has in my opinion too narrow a field of view for general use.

Also, if you want to partake in photography as a career I'd suggest more of a business tuned approach. You can learn a lot about photography from going out and shooting. The ins-and-outs of actually running a business are tricky, and where I would put the majority of my focus. You can also carry those skills into other fields if it doesn't work out with photography.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:23 PM #54
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ive got very little interest in making photography my career. why get a degree it then? I've been working on/with cars and engines since I was like 5. I wanted to go ahead and get a college degree in something and I found that 3D modeling was not my forte, so switching that to my minor, and making photo my major, instead of the other way around which it was.

Also working towards an advertising minor, but dont know if I'll finish that as well in the next year and a half.

Anywho, no on the 85D, got it.
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