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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!
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.
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