Which 85mm in 2018?

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noggin2k1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,625
Which 85mm in 2018?

I've got my finger hovering to pull the trigger on the 85GM, but wanted to do a 2018 sanity check on if it's still the right decision, as pricing seems to have settled down now in the UK;

  • 85GM (£1,100), +'ve; built like tank, f1.4, bokeh -'ve; size, cost, AF speed
  • 85Batis (£750) +'ve; OSS, Zeiss colours, built like tank -'ve bokeh, FE1.8 close on IQ
  • 85FE (£420) +'ve; price, IQ for cost -'ve; bokeh, build quality

Budget is there, but I don't want to 'waste money' if other glass will do the job. Main purposes are holiday portraits (f1.4 would be of benefit), and pet photography (no benefit from f1.4).

With the above uses and pricing, is the GM still the best bet? Does the Batis run it close enough to warrant the £350 saving? Is the FE just too cheap to turn down?

Interested to know everyone's thoughts..

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