1. Leslie Nicole

    May 11th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for this review. I’m leaning heavily towards the decision to buy this lens, but hesitating due to some who say the 85 1.8, the 135, or the 70-200 zoom would be better choices. Really helps that you shared these comparisons and your experience learning to use this lens. I just ordered the 5D MKIII, so glad to hear the experience improved.
    All the Best, Leslie

  2. michaelanthonyphotography

    May 11th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I would definitely say that it is a specialty lens. If I was strictly a portrait photographer, I would choose the 85, however as a wedding photographer, I have found the 70-200 to be invaluable to getting must have shots.

  3. Ed Heard

    May 25th, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I wanted to know how much better do you feel this lens is to the Canon 85mm f1.8. I’m attempting to go to the Prime Only lenses on the telephoto side and wanted to see if it was worth upgrading my 85mm.
    I currently shoot on crop bodies (two 7ds) and I use a 17-55 on one body and flip back and forth between the 135mm and the 85mm 1.8 on the other body (using a harness to dual shoot)… I get some good results, but I’m always looking for possible gear upgrades as I improve as a shooter.

  4. michaelanthonyphotography

    May 29th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    The F/1.8 has it’s advantage when it comes to focusing speed. The 1.2 does what most L lenses are known for, better bokeh, color, contrast, sharpness, and build quality. The $1500 difference in price however, may not be worth it to you, you just need to see what works best for your type of photography.

  5. Damian Bonadonna

    January 4th, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Hi, thanks for your feedback. Don’t you think the shot of the couple is really out of focus? Is that kind of shot usable to give to the client? Thanks!

  6. Kurtz Orpia

    February 13th, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Hi i was thinking of buying this lens but cant decide, as i need one for ceremony shots and also for portraits, but you said, its slow in focusing, just wanted to know how bad is it, as i want the 70-200 but i also want this lens- just cant decide. I also heard that the Version 2 of the 85mm 1.2 is improved and focuses a lot faster than the old one, thanks

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