Trade 70-200 VR for 85 1.4

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Sandro Bravo, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. Sandro Bravo

    Sandro Bravo

    Nov 18, 2005
    Portugal
    Well, i've reached a crossroad....i either keep my beloved and barely used 70-200 VR (since i got the 500 F4 and 50 1.8) or sell it at the same price i got it brand new ( got it 1/4 cheaper than normal) and get a 85 1.4....

    I got this lense to shoot surf with a 2X converter and also did a couple of marriages with....now i use the 500 F4 for surf and the 50 1.8 for most portraits since it's lighter, smaller and overall more discrete....though it'a a superb lense, it's basiclly stuck on the bag for extended periods of time and i believe a 85 1.4 would fit my needs for low-light shooting and "perfect-bokeh" portraits, which the 70-200 also delivered if shot at 200mm F2.8....

    Selling it would enable me getting the 85, still keep some cash and use the new lense a whole lot more than i used the 70-200....the size and weight just don't make it pratical on a daily basis.

    Any word of wisdom or personal experience is most welcome...

    P.S: i personally blame this forum and the excelent photos posted for having me lusting for a 85 1.4....:biggrin:
     
  2. Go for it. Since the 85/1.4 suites your need better than the 70-200/2.8 does. Why waste the resources?
     
  3. Sandro Bravo

    Sandro Bravo

    Nov 18, 2005
    Portugal
    Thanks for the feedback. It seems like no one else has been down this particular road...
     
  4. CAJames

    CAJames

    Sep 6, 2006
    Lompoc, CA
    It doesn't matter how good the 70-200 is, if it doesn't fit your needs it is a lot of money to keep in your bag. Sell it and buy something you will use.
     
  5. Huh oh... I just sent you a PM :smile:

    I am leaving for France & Spain this Friday and I do have an 85/1.4 I'd be willing to part with for the 70-200VR :smile:

    (I know just plain nuts but right now as much as I love the 85/1.4 - I'd be willing to let it go for a 70-200)
     
  6. Congratulations on recognizing your own reality! It doesn't matter how good a lens is if it doesn't fit your shooting style. Since you don't use it, the 70-200 is just an anchor and a depreciating asset. Sell it, fund an 85/1.4 for portraits and a 180/2.8 for candids, and you'll still have some extra cash left over!
     
  7. In your case I would say sell

    The 85mm is an awesome lens and with the proceeds you could even pick up a used push pull 80-200mm 2.8 now or later.
     
  8. Sandro Bravo

    Sandro Bravo

    Nov 18, 2005
    Portugal
    Thanks for all you input....even though it's a hard decision, i guess i'll be favouring the 85 1.4 for now...and the 180 2.8 that was mentioned does sound good, from the samples i've seen, wonderful bokeh on that one too...

    P.S: "The Dude", i misinterpreted your 1st pm, please check my reply...thanks...:wink:
     
  9. Why have 70-200/2,8 laying around not being used? a question i asked my self today and i sold it 3 hours later.

    Iv been telling my self and everyone that ill never sell my precious 2,8 zooms, the truth of the matter is that apart from the 28-70/2,8 they simply dont get enough time on the camera. So out they go.

    No need to have expensive glass in closet collection dust, except for bragging rights.:biggrin:
     
  10. nykonian

    nykonian

    570
    May 4, 2007
    New York
    I would trade everything for 85/1.4 :) then again, it's just my personal opinion. I've owned 70-200VR for a very short period of time, then got rid of it since I don't want to keep an expensive toy w/o any actions. :)
     
  11. No problem - I am crunching numbers as I work on my other project before leaving for your side of the ocean :)
     
  12. I would do that too ... especially I have a 28-70/2.8 laying around and collecting dust. Anyone wants to trade his/her mint 85/1.4 for my 28-70/2.8? :QuestionM
     
  13. ckdamascus

    ckdamascus

    928
    May 14, 2005
    New Jersey
    Depends on your shooting style and environment. I think for intimate portraits, the 85/1.4 is a clear winner.
     
  14. Sandro Bravo

    Sandro Bravo

    Nov 18, 2005
    Portugal
    That is a very good advice....when i do use the 70-200 it's mostly at 200mm so a 180 would do nicely...when i do sell it i'll just have to see where i can get a nice deal for the 85 1.4 and 180 2.8.
     
  15. Sandro Bravo

    Sandro Bravo

    Nov 18, 2005
    Portugal
    Seller regret...

    After much deliberation and against my own logic i’ve decided i’ll keep the 70-200 for now and start using it a bit more….it’s probably best to start saving for the 85 1.4 or 1.8 than to ditch the 70-200 to get one. ...:rolleyes:

    I’d most likely end up regretting selling it anyway….just need to get used to taking it off the bag more often and remember who much I liked the results I got from it…wil post some examples later.
     
  16. ckdamascus

    ckdamascus

    928
    May 14, 2005
    New Jersey
    Well in tight locations, the 70-200/2.8 > 85/1.4. VR is a huge plus too. Super shallow DoF is not always the answer sadly.

    My big question is ... Carl Zeiss or Nikkor? :)
     
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