HEADSHOTS: 85L 1.2 or 100L f/2.8 Macro IS USM?

Started Nov 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
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MirekE
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Re: HEADSHOTS: 85L 1.2 or 100L f/2.8 Macro IS USM?

The AF is considerably faster (with limiter) and side by side the 100 is as sharp or sharper, if that is a concern.

You think a significant difference in sharpness at f/3.5? Wish I'd had time to do a side-by-side test. Regardless, sharpness isn't really an enemy with my work. I could see it being a possible issue for some glamour portraiture, but not for my commercial headshots.

I remember the 100 being slightly sharper in corners. It was my overall impression from various types of shots. Here is a side by side test (approx. 300ft, actual pixels from 5D2) where it might be even the other way around.

Center:

http://www.elsners.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/85100135center1.jpg

Corner:

http://www.elsners.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/85100135corner1.jpg

I had the 100 only shortly, but it was my impression that it is more resistant to veiling glare.

Help a dummy out?

I got some shots with the 85 where sun caused veiling flare over the whole frame or part of it. The 100 seemed more resistant to it.

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