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Hard Choice of Canon Lens! Canon 85 f/1.8 Vs. Canon 100mm F/2.0

by Matthew
(Louisiana)

My Canon 85mm F/1.8 Portrait Lens

My Canon 85mm F/1.8 Portrait Lens

I am trying to decide between two portrait lenses Canon makes: the 85mm f/1.8 and the 100mm f/2. I like the size, speed, and price of both of these lenses, but since I do some cinematography as well as stills, the final choice really comes down to the focusing. Which of the two has a smoother focus pull? Is there any significant difference in sharpness between them? Thanks!

Hi Matthew,
Thanks for your question. The comparison of the Canon 85mm f/1.8 with the Canon 100 F/2.0 is an interesting one. I'm personally biased toward the Canon 85mm f/1.8 because it's the first prime lens I ever owned once I starting shooting digitally full time. I purchased it for shooting portraits and I absolutely loved it. Fast and sharp. It's still my go to lens for shooting macro photography and I use it along with a set of extenstion tubes.

With that said, I think you'll find that there is not a big difference between these two Canon lenses. I think you will be happy with either one of them. I have no personal experience with the 100mm f/2.0, but I know it's loved by Canon shooters everywhere.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 vs Canon 85mm EF f/1.9

Both of these lenses are compact, are tack sharp and give great bokeh for portrait photography. If you are shooting video with either one of these lenses you will want to make sure the copy you get focuses quietly. They both have just a touch of chromatic aberrations when you shoot with their maximum apertures dialed in.

PLEASE let me know whether you pick the 85mm f/1.8 or the 100mm f/2.0 and why. It'll be very valuable to the readers of the website.

Thanks,
Bruce

Canon 85mm Lens

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MY CHOICE FOR CANON 85MM F/1.8 OVER THE 200MM F/2.0
by: Matthew

Thanks Bruce, I think I will be going with the 85mm f/1.8.
Why? It is the focal length I use the most on my Tamron SP 70-300 VC, and it seems to be ideal for video. I appreciate your advice!

Matthew J

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