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bakerbranded
31st of October 2008 (Fri), 17:05
Hey guys,
I'm in the market to get a fast telephoto lens until I can afford the 70-200 f/2.8 IS.

My Lens Plan is to have:
17-55 f/2.8 IS or 24-70 f/2.8 L
50 f/1.8 (already own)
135 (I'm pretty sure this will be the lens I buy, I'm just afraid that once I have the money for the 70-200 f/2.8 Is that I wont want to give it up)
85 f/1.8 (May be)

So if you guys have any wedding shots to show me that would be awesome, thanks!

OdiN1701
31st of October 2008 (Fri), 17:39
This might help some:

http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/ef_135_2u

bakerbranded
2nd of November 2008 (Sun), 12:29
This might help some:

http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/ef_135_2u
Thanks. :)

PhotoMatte
2nd of November 2008 (Sun), 15:56
Scott,

If you're only using a 20D, I would recommend the 85mm f/1.8. The 1.6x magnification factor of the 20D will make the 135mm into a 200 mm f2. For me, a prime lens of 200mm wouldn't be used all that much during weddings (I shoot between 30-40 a year). I have the 135mm lens and I love it, but I only use it with my full-frame Canon bodies.

PhotoMatte
2nd of November 2008 (Sun), 16:00
One more thing, Scott. If you can afford the 'L' lenses I would definitely recommend them. The difference is quite noticeable. The 16-35mm f2.8 L lens is a great lens for the 20D.

form
2nd of November 2008 (Sun), 17:12
I've used the 135 f/2 on several weddings with my 40D, and it puts out very nice images with great background blurring, better than my 85 f/1.8. You just have to have plenty of working distance.

mineymole
3rd of November 2008 (Mon), 20:58
I would appreciate seeing some images too... especially wedding images taken with the 135L and cropped body.

form
3rd of November 2008 (Mon), 22:06
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample1.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample4.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample6.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample7.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample9.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample10.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample12.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample14.jpg

http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample2.jpg

http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample3.jpg

http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample5.jpg

http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample8.jpg

http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample11.jpg

http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample13.jpg

mineymole
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 08:04
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample1.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample4.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample6.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample7.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample9.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample10.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample12.jpg
http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample14.jpg

http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample2.jpg

http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample3.jpg

http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample5.jpg

http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample8.jpg

http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample11.jpg

http://www.resolutionplan.com/Joey/135f2_Sample13.jpg

Very nice! Thank you so much for posting them. I'm resolved to hold on to my lens.

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 08:38
Joey,
I really like those shots a whole lot!
Thanks for sharing. :D

cdifoto
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 09:02
These are old.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a304/cdifoto/wedding/2007-06-30-392.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a304/cdifoto/wedding/2007-06-30-399.jpg

form
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 09:14
They were all taken with either a 20D or 40D, so crop sensor camera, and usually between f/2 and f/2.8.

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 09:19
These are old.

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a304/cdifoto/wedding/2007-06-30-392.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a304/cdifoto/wedding/2007-06-30-399.jpg

Thanks for sharing Don.

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 09:19
They were all taken with either a 20D or 40D, so crop sensor camera, and usually between f/2 and f/2.8.
Thanks, do you find it is hard to handhold?

form
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 09:46
I find that I have to set it at a higher shutter speed than any other lens I have (all shorter lenses) to get in focus shots, but it's considerably lighter and somewhat smaller than the 24-70 f/2.8, and it's not difficult to hand hold.

I would probably trade it for a 70-200 f/2.8 IS if I had the money to spare: As much as I like what this lens can do and how very sharp it is, it doesn't have the versatility of the zoom with IS. The extra stop of narrow DoF at 135mm is almost (not quite) made up at 200mm f/2.8. Before I make that purchase, I will probably buy a 35 f/1.4, because it fills a more critical gap in my lens selection. I currently have a Sigma 10-20, Canon 24-70, Canon 85 f/1.8 and Canon 135 f/2. My biggest gap is having something on the wide/normal end at f/1.4. Next would be the 85 f/1.2 II - but first I'd have to buy a 5D since the 40D doesn't like the 85 f/1.2 II. Then, next would be the 16-35 f/2.8 II (after I get a 5D), then, at long last, I would likely replace the 135 f/2 with the 70-200 f/2.8 IS.

I bought the 135 f/2 as a stopgap until I could afford the 70-200 f/2.8 IS. The 135 f/2 is noticeably sharper and has less fringing wide open than the 70-200 f/2.8 IS I have used..but the 70-200 is more versatile.

cdifoto
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 09:54
Funny you say that joey. I bought the 135mm to replace the 70-200 IS because the former is more travelable. I found I was pretty much always at or around 135mm on the 70-200 so I might as well go with something singular in purpose....especially since my go-to lens for everything but the first dances & ceremony is the 24-70.

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 10:14
I find that I have to set it at a higher shutter speed than any other lens I have (all shorter lenses) to get in focus shots, but it's considerably lighter and somewhat smaller than the 24-70 f/2.8, and it's not difficult to hand hold.

I would probably trade it for a 70-200 f/2.8 IS if I had the money to spare: As much as I like what this lens can do and how very sharp it is, it doesn't have the versatility of the zoom with IS. The extra stop of narrow DoF at 135mm is almost (not quite) made up at 200mm f/2.8. Before I make that purchase, I will probably buy a 35 f/1.4, because it fills a more critical gap in my lens selection. I currently have a Sigma 10-20, Canon 24-70, Canon 85 f/1.8 and Canon 135 f/2. My biggest gap is having something on the wide/normal end at f/1.4. Next would be the 85 f/1.2 II - but first I'd have to buy a 5D since the 40D doesn't like the 85 f/1.2 II. Then, next would be the 16-35 f/2.8 II (after I get a 5D), then, at long last, I would likely replace the 135 f/2 with the 70-200 f/2.8 IS.

I bought the 135 f/2 as a stopgap until I could afford the 70-200 f/2.8 IS. The 135 f/2 is noticeably sharper and has less fringing wide open than the 70-200 f/2.8 IS I have used..but the 70-200 is more versatile.

Hmm, and see that is exactly what I had in mind, was to buy the 135 f/2 and then when I had the extra money purchase the 70-200 f/2.8 IS. Thanks!

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 10:15
Funny you say that joey. I bought the 135mm to replace the 70-200 IS because the former is more travelable. I found I was pretty much always at or around 135mm on the 70-200 so I might as well go with something singular in purpose....especially since my go-to lens for everything but the first dances & ceremony is the 24-70.

So you sold your 70-200 f/2.8 IS for the 135L?
Any regrets, it doesn't sound like it but do you miss the IS?

cdifoto
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 10:19
So you sold your 70-200 f/2.8 IS for the 135L?
Any regrets, it doesn't sound like it but do you miss the IS?
Ask me again after I've had a chance to use it without the 70-200 waiting on standby. Those shots I posted are from a mooched copy. :lol:

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 10:23
Ask me again after I've had a chance to use it without the 70-200 waiting on standby. Those shots I posted are from a mooched copy. :lol:

Oh I see, so you do not own it yet.
Ok well I suppose I'll wait then. :p

form
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 10:38
If you can, buy the 135 f/2 around $700. When you buy the 70-200 f/2.8 IS later you can sell the 135 f/2 for at least as much as you paid.

IS is very useful at long focal lengths. If I could afford it, I would own the 200 f/2 IS. Weight isn't what makes me decide what lens to get; the 70-200 f/2.8 IS is bigger and more obtrusive, but I can use it for many more things.

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 10:50
If you can, buy the 135 f/2 around $700. When you buy the 70-200 f/2.8 IS later you can sell the 135 f/2 for at least as much as you paid.

IS is very useful at long focal lengths. If I could afford it, I would own the 200 f/2 IS. Weight isn't what makes me decide what lens to get; the 70-200 f/2.8 IS is bigger and more obtrusive, but I can use it for many more things.

I have never seen one go for $700 anywhere, they go for $921 new, and I have seen them for $800 an up, but not $220 cheaper.

form
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 10:55
Keep looking and you will find one for around $700.

cdifoto
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 10:58
I haven't seen one go for $700 in a looooong time. That's why I sucked up and bought a new one. Ever since the price hike on Canon glass, the used market has naturally gone up too.

cdifoto
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 11:01
Oh I see, so you do not own it yet.
Ok well I suppose I'll wait then. :p
I own it, I just haven't done a wedding with my own copy. Just got it a couple months ago. It's winter here and I don't have anything booked.

I'm assisting a friend again in January though so I should have some stuff then. Even though I'm just helping out, we cover as if we're both primaries so it'll be a good enough test to see if it works out fine. My only real concern (if you can call it that) is the ceremony. I use off-camera flash supplemented by on-camera Speedlite for receptions.

form
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 11:04
I've found several around $700, including the one I bought a few months ago.

mineymole
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 11:16
I got mine on Ebay - $900 - 25% cashback (200)

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 11:17
I own it, I just haven't done a wedding with my own copy. Just got it a couple months ago. It's winter here and I don't have anything booked.

I'm assisting a friend again in January though so I should have some stuff then. Even though I'm just helping out, we cover as if we're both primaries so it'll be a good enough test to see if it works out fine. My only real concern (if you can call it that) is the ceremony. I use off-camera flash supplemented by on-camera Speedlite for receptions.

Oh I see, I thought when you said mooched you were borrowing it from someone.

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 11:17
I've found several around $700, including the one I bought a few months ago.

Please find me one!
Was it in good condition?

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 11:18
I got mine on Ebay - $900 - 25% cashback (200)

I guess that is a way to do it to get a new one for $700 now,
How long will that cash back be going on for?

cdifoto
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 11:19
Oh I see, I thought when you said mooched you were borrowing it from someone.
I borrowed that one I used for those particular shots posted earlier in the thread (they're from June 2007).

I recently purchased my own copy but haven't had a chance to put it into action yet. I had been using the 70-200 f/2.8 IS since I think late 2006 and from 2005 until that time, the non-IS version. I had it with me at the wedding just in case I didn't like being "stuck" at 135mm. In fact I only used the borrowed 135 for a couple shots during the reception.

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 11:32
I borrowed that one I used for those particular shots posted earlier in the thread (they're from June 2007).

I recently purchased my own copy but haven't had a chance to put it into action yet. I had been using the 70-200 f/2.8 IS since I think late 2006 and from 2005 until that time, the non-IS version. I had it with me at the wedding just in case I didn't like being "stuck" at 135mm. In fact I only used the borrowed 135 for a couple shots during the reception.
But you like it better then the 2.8 IS? Or is that what you dont know yet?

cdifoto
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 11:38
I like it in general, yes. It's lighter, blacker, and less intimidating.

Whether the f/2 is good enough for indoor ceremonies to make up for the lack of IS is another matter entirely. I do have a monopod that I'm prepared to use if needed, albeit reluctantly.

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 11:54
I like it in general, yes. It's lighter, blacker, and less intimidating.

Whether the f/2 is good enough for indoor ceremonies to make up for the lack of IS is another matter entirely. I do have a monopod that I'm prepared to use if needed, albeit reluctantly.

Yes it is blacker isnt it, ha :lol:.
The F/2 compared to f/2.8 and IS is what I want to know.
And I wouldnt want to use mono or tri all the time because of it.

cdifoto
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 11:59
Yeah that's what I want to know as well...on paper it can't. IS is 3-4 stops, f/2 is only one stop. Sounds impossible on paper but I haven't been in many pitch-black ceremonies. And I'm not afraid of ISO3200. Usually, even the IS isn't enough in those situations because you get below the handhold threshold...so you're back to a tripod or monopod.

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 12:22
Yeah that's what I want to know as well...on paper it can't. IS is 3-4 stops, f/2 is only one stop. Sounds impossible on paper but I haven't been in many pitch-black ceremonies. And I'm not afraid of ISO3200. Usually, even the IS isn't enough in those situations because you get below the handhold threshold...so you're back to a tripod or monopod.

So sort of with the IS it makes the lens like and f/1.4 or 1.2?
Yea I'm assuming not, but hey you never know.
I'm very much afraid of ISO 3200, with a 20D, isnt that like H ISO?
That is why I want a 40D.

cdifoto
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 12:26
Not really. It just means you can handhold a slower shutter speed. You do eventually get to a point where it's moot...ie if the B&G are moving in for a kiss, a shutter speed way too slow is going to result in them looking like a blur.

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 12:30
Not really. It just means you can handhold a slower shutter speed. You do eventually get to a point where it's moot...ie if the B&G are moving in for a kiss, a shutter speed way too slow is going to result in them looking like a blur.

Oh ok, so like in those situations would be were you would want to have the f/2 with a slightly faster shutter speed.

cdifoto
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 12:31
It all depends really. You can tell the B&G ahead of time to hold the kiss for you. They usually won't mind. :)

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 12:32
It all depends really. You can tell the B&G ahead of time to hold the kiss for you. They usually won't mind. :)
I guess you could do that as well.
Do you use 40D's?

cdifoto
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 12:33
No I use a 1D II and a 10D.

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 12:39
No I use a 1D II and a 10D.

Oh ok, do you like your 10D as your backup?
Would you ever use a high ISO on that as well?

cdifoto
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 13:37
I don't have any problems going to 3200 on the 10D if needed. My only real gripe with the 10D is the slow write-to-card times and weak outer AF points. I'm kinda screwed if I get into a groove and fire off a bunch of shots.

bakerbranded
4th of November 2008 (Tue), 13:41
I don't have any problems going to 3200 on the 10D if needed. My only real gripe with the 10D is the slow write-to-card times and weak outer AF points. I'm kinda screwed if I get into a groove and fire off a bunch of shots.

Really, wow I hate going higher then 800 on my 20D.
And yeah I heard that the 10D is slow when writing.