So I was at the place I rent lenses to experiment with – picking up a Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 DI VC USD for the weekend.
There was this young chap renting some equipment, apparently going to shoot for a wedding. He was asking the customer service guy if this or that lens was appropriate. The guy behind the counter was trying to explain to him that each photographer is different, with different styles and preferences – so the choice of lens was the shooter’s to make.
Young chap then asked about the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II. Since I had some experience with that piece of glass, I decided to chime in a little. This is my side of the conversation.
That lens focuses like a sloth… I think its a great portrait lens, if your subjects will hold a pose for you. If you’re going for candids, you may miss a lot. At minimum focus distance of about 1m, your DOF is about 1cm – so if your focus is on the nose, then the eyes are out of focus… Oh yeah no question – the bokeh is excellent! But if you miss focus, then EVERYTHING is bokeh!…
I hope I helped… I left before he made his final decision.