Reminder Secure

Shooting glamour 5d mk1..50mm 1.2L or 85mm 1.2L Dilemma

This thread is being watched by 1 person
Les Higgins is off-lineSilver Member
22 February 2014 07:17
lester2705
Photographer
lester2705
Location
United Kingdom
Tyne and Wear


So i'm using 2 x 5d mk1 bodies, and currently using 24 - 105L and a 70 - 200 f4L. Want to use a prime but not sure whether to use 50mm f1.2L or 85mm f1.2L so wondering if anyone knows from experience? Its a tough call I know but i just don't know if i should go for the tighter crop of the 85mm or go for the 50 to open it out a little more spacewise...Thanks in advance

cheeky


RGBphoto is off-lineSilver Member
22 February 2014 07:23
magpie1
Photographer

Location
United Kingdom
Tyne and Wear
Newcastle

Does it have to be a 1.2 lens? 50mm 1.4 or 85mm 1.8 about 1/5 the cost of the respective 1.2's.


22 February 2014 07:29
PaulManuell
Photographer


Do you already own the 50mm and 85mm? If so, can't you just attach one to each body and shoot with both? If you don't own them and your question is more a case of which one should you buy, well couldn't you use your zooms set at the 2 respective focal lengths and just see which you like best? I know the dof won't be the same because of the much wider apertures on the primes, but surely you'd get a good idea of framing and the 'look' of each focal length.


Les Higgins is off-lineSilver Member
22 February 2014 07:39
lester2705
Photographer
lester2705
Location
United Kingdom
Tyne and Wear


Probably a good idea to get a feel of it Paul. I guess its mostly been a stupid question to ask but just looking to invest in glass long term thats going to be there and available at any given point in the future and I think I just want to get it right. I do have the cheapo versions of each and its quite easy to stick both on but with the outlay i'm trying to convince myself of the uses of each.
I see your angle Magpie but I'm looking to adapt my style a little and the available depth of field from the 1.2 is something that's a big part in what i'm looking to achieve.


Paul Venn is off-lineSilver Member
22 February 2014 07:44
jpv
Photographer
jpv
Location
United Kingdom
Norfolk
Norwich

Looking at your portfolio, if your "framing" of the models there is representative of your work I would suggest the 50mm is more suited as you will need to be further from your model with the 85. I am fortunate enough to own all the lenses you list and to be honest I mostly use the 24-105, because of its reach and quality. The 85 offers super BOKEH and shallow depth of field but I find better suited to head and shoulders.


Les Higgins is off-lineSilver Member
22 February 2014 07:47
lester2705
Photographer
lester2705
Location
United Kingdom
Tyne and Wear


Quote from jpv
Looking at your portfolio, if your "framing" of the models there is representative of your work I would suggest the 50mm is more suited as you will need to be further from your model with the 85. I am fortunate enough to own all the lenses you list and to be honest I mostly use the 24-105, because of its reach and quality. The 85 offers super BOKEH and shallow depth of field but I find better suited to head and shoulders.




Thank you Paul, I think this is what I was looking for as someone who has both and I think you would be right in the 50mm as I could get more diverse with it. Appreciate everybody's input thank you.


Andy_B is onlineSilver Member
22 February 2014 08:01
Andy_B
Photographer
Andy_B
Location
United Kingdom
London
London

Frankly I'd consider going Nikon if I were looking to drop a whole heap of money on primes. Canon's primes are over expensive and under performing, while Nikon have refreshed much of their range in recent years.

Hire before you buy for sure. Do either the Canon 1.2 or 1.4 give you the performance you're looking for wide open? (I know the 1.4 doesn't)


HowardJ is off-line
22 February 2014 09:07
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
Location
United Kingdom
Surrey
West Midlands

A 50mm works quite well. the canon f1.4 is good and pretty cheap.


Steven Jardine is off-linePlatinum Member
22 February 2014 11:56
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
Location
United Kingdom
Buckinghamshire
Stoke Mandeville

I own a 5D, 1Ds II and 6D and have the Sigma 50mm and 85mm f1.4 lenses. For less than the cost of the cheapest Canon you can have both of those and IMO the Sigmas are optically better. Before buying the Sigmas I had tried out the Canon's on my cameras and I wasn't blown away by them. Admittedly the build of the Sigmas isn't as nice but considering the amount I've saved and the better sharpness I'm getting from them I think I made the right choice.

As for glamour, the 50mm is too wide IMO.
When you are dead, you do not know that you are dead. All of your pain is felt by others. The same thing happens when you are stupid.


Profile Pictures is off-line
22 February 2014 18:04
profilepictures
Photographer
profilepictures
Location
United Kingdom
Suffolk
Bury St Edmunds

Checkers right, seriously consider both sigmas before the 1.2's.



20 Users currently online   Blue=Models Orange=Photographers Red=Agencies Purple=MUA/Stylists Grey=Studios Green=Moderators
blurob DareMeDD ElleLaura kategrimsby Stephieb27 Winterlilly
Add_barkaway Andy_B BOBREEVES GlasgowPhotographer hjphoto humphries hylander nickdandalos redbaron robhillphoto rscott360 simon007 skymouse stevegosh