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Old Sep 2, 2013, 6:37 AM   #1
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Some help needed here. I am refreshing my gears. My current set up had a 16-35, 70-200, 85mm L V I, a 40mm, 90mm TS-E and a 65mm Macro.

I also have a fuji, 18-55, 35mm and a 60mm Macro. This set up is currently my wife's set up for the new born and she is enjoying this set up.

I am at present not needing most of the canon stuff and i want to exchange the current canon set up to get a FF body and may be minimal lens or some primes.

Things i am selling or already sold - 16-35, 70-200, 90mm and 65mm macro

Here is my thought and i need some help here as i have funds to get the newer system

Option 1:- Canon 6d, 24-70 Tamron, 85L version II, 501.4 sigma
Option 2:- Canon 5D MarkIII, 24-70 Tamron and a 85 F1.4 Sigma.
Option 3:- Canon 6D, 85L V II, Tokina 16-28 for the wide may be.
Option4:- Canon 6D, sigma 85 F1.4, sigma 12-24 (i loved the 12-24 till i sold it long time back) and keep the remaining fund.

Let me be very honest, i am smitten by 85L and i am not sure how i am convincing myself to not get the version II. fund is not an issue but the sigma 85F1.4 is pretty good wide open. I have no issues with slow AF speed or anything.

I have a 1d Mark III which will continue to be with me as the asking price is crazy considering how good the camera is and i am going to let the camera retire along with me .

Option 5 is the experts here who can guide me.

Subject majorly will be the baby as it grows and i am sure there is atleast 15 images a day i will be taking. Currently the slow set up of 85L is not a problem and it was never a problem for me.

Mostly i do not see a situation where i will need big zooms at this point where i will get a 70-200 a year or two down the line once the baby grows up.

I didnt go wider at this point as fuji is doing a good job at ISO3200 and ISO6400 giving me enough shutter speed.

@NHL, Mark, John and other gurus...do share your thoughts and guide.

I do want to upgrade to the new gen cameras where my 1d Mark III struggles at high ISO comparatively. Fuji kicks all around 1d Mark III in High ISO while canon kicks back at the slightly hint of AF requirement

I am spoiled by 85L so please do understand where i am coming from


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Old Sep 2, 2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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ok so its 6d or 5dmk3 i would go for the 5dmk3 just for the af system its better than the 6ds
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ok so its 6d or 5dmk3 i would go for the 5dmk3 just for the af system its better than the 6ds
Ditto - I would go or the 5D mrkIII
I'm usually very frustrated by both Canon and Nikon cameras when it comes to focus in a dark studio on low-contrast subject!

There's nothing wrong with the 1D mrkIII - I still use it to chase the birds each and every week end
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Old Sep 3, 2013, 8:50 PM   #4
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What's your take on lens between 85l and sigma 85 1.4. I love the 85l but with the kind of price saving just want to get some understanding on 85 sigma.

My fuji is currently used only by my wife and she is starting to like photography. Not bad considering she hated the size of canon bodies and now that X1 is shooting big time my baby pictures.

I am so tempted to get the 85 II for i am so used to handling the 85, its speed and its AF incapability compared to a 1.8 or the sigma 85.F1.4

I will be left with Canon 5D markIII, 85L, 40mm and probably a fast 35mm Sigma prime.

The reason i ask is because the baby is just a month old and as it grows i will start needing something fast. I am mostly thinking of taking a prime route and enjoy life in Primes.

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Old Sep 6, 2013, 5:27 AM   #5
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I can't help you here

The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is a fantastic lens and it's AF will be faster than the 85mm f/1.2L II too. It's also lighter and easier to handle on the camera, and more than 1/2 the price of the Canon's like you've observed...

However if you get the Sigma you will always be longing for the Canon's f/1.2L cachet and its red ring (The mrkII is sharper). Like you I already have the old Canon 85mm f/1.2 so I'll go for the saving and get the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for my Nikon's...

BTW I forgot to mention that lately I've been using both OnOne's FocalPoint and Topaz Lens Effect, as both package offer selective bokeh of the Canon 85mm f/1.2L in post process regardless of which lens the image was originally taken with. Just check it out as they offer free-trial download:
http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/focalpoint/
http://www.topazlabs.com/lenseffects/
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Its a 6D and not a 5D mark III. Picked it up for so cheap because the buyer was not ready to fix the battery compartment door.

Here is one with the 135L.

I am tempted to get the 85L and sell the 135L


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... I am tempted to get the 85L and sell the 135L
Well this one costs more than both (combined)!!!
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