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LowriderS10
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May 26, 2013 18:28 |  #16

davidfarina wrote in post #15969752external link
Cool i own the 135 too and ordered the 16-35 last week. Hope it comes soon and i think these are two excellent pieces of glass!

Did you have the 2.8 or the 4 version?

I had the "base model" 70-200 haha...f4 non-IS. It was a great lens, but without IS on a crop body you really needed to watch the shutter speed or your keeper rate went way down. It's really a daylight lens with the bodies I was shooting with at the time (10D/20D/30D), which didn't have the low light capabilities today's cameras have. I sold that lens to buy the Tamron 70-300 VC USD and never regretted it. Sure, the Tamron may be slightly less sharp, but thanks to the VC my *OVERALL* keeper rate is much higher.

Which version (I or II) of the 16-35L did you buy? I love this lens...it's been glued to the front of my cameras for 99% of the shooting I do. I did a month-long backpacking trip through Europe last summer and took just one body and one lens (5D2/16-35L)...never felt like I needed more. A fast prime would have been nice for street shots, but other than that, the 16-35L did it all for me!


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May 26, 2013 18:40 |  #17

I would have to say the 85mm f1.2L II for its amazing rendering ability even wide open and it just sucks that light in, stunning! The 70-200mm f2.8L IS II runs it a close second though.


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May 26, 2013 20:20 |  #18

From the many photos I've seen, the most impressive L lenses would be the 200mm f2 and the 500mm f4. I'd love to have either or both! As far as the L with the best bang for the buck, I'll go with the 200mm 2.8. I use mine twice as much as I use my 135mm f2.




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May 26, 2013 20:55 |  #19

LowriderS10 wrote in post #15970025external link
I had the "base model" 70-200 haha...f4 non-IS. It was a great lens, but without IS on a crop body you really needed to watch the shutter speed or your keeper rate went way down. It's really a daylight lens with the bodies I was shooting with at the time (10D/20D/30D), which didn't have the low light capabilities today's cameras have.

I agree about the steady hand! So my base model 70-200 will eventually be upgraded to either thr 4 IS or the 2.8 IS, depending on finances...


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May 26, 2013 21:01 |  #20

All L lenses are awesome really, and it depends on what the user likes the best for what they shoot. For pure "wow factor" I think the 85LII is a real charmer in my books :) Not the easiest lens to wield though, its demanding but so worth it in the end.


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May 26, 2013 22:14 |  #21

135L fantastic lens. On my order list soon will be 85Lii :)


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May 26, 2013 22:48 |  #22

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May 26, 2013 23:23 as a reply to dasher108's post |  #23

200 f/2, 300 2.8II, and the 500 f4 II , its very subjective of course. These are the awe lenses for me but I like them all honestly


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May 27, 2013 00:16 |  #24

Whichever one I want but don't currently have... so, right now it's a toss up between the 85L and 135L... ;)

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May 27, 2013 01:39 |  #25

85LII for me as well. But I got a new 70-200LII yesterday, let's see what that lens is capable off.


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May 27, 2013 02:26 |  #26

Sir_Loin wrote in post #15970066external link
I would have to say the 85mm f1.2L II for its amazing rendering ability even wide open and it just sucks that light in, stunning! The 70-200mm f2.8L IS II runs it a close second though.

I concur completely! :cool:


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May 27, 2013 03:09 |  #27

LowriderS10 wrote in post #15970025external link
I had the "base model" 70-200 haha...f4 non-IS. It was a great lens, but without IS on a crop body you really needed to watch the shutter speed or your keeper rate went way down. It's really a daylight lens with the bodies I was shooting with at the time (10D/20D/30D), which didn't have the low light capabilities today's cameras have. I sold that lens to buy the Tamron 70-300 VC USD and never regretted it. Sure, the Tamron may be slightly less sharp, but thanks to the VC my *OVERALL* keeper rate is much higher.

Which version (I or II) of the 16-35L did you buy? I love this lens...it's been glued to the front of my cameras for 99% of the shooting I do. I did a month-long backpacking trip through Europe last summer and took just one body and one lens (5D2/16-35L)...never felt like I needed more. A fast prime would have been nice for street shots, but other than that, the 16-35L did it all for me!

Ordered the version 2, was an amazing price plus im getting cashback too, the price was so low i just had to order it. Hope irs a bang for the buck :)


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May 27, 2013 03:28 |  #28

70-200L f4 for me. My first and most probably my last L lens unless I win the lottery!


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May 27, 2013 04:40 |  #29

If IQ is the absolute determining factor and based on what I've seen on the image sample threads, Canon EF 200mm f/1.8 L USM and Canon EF 200mm f/2 L IS USM take this by a country mile. Just incredible image quality.

Sadly I probably never going to own either of these lenses, bit too heavy and expensive for my needs...


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May 27, 2013 06:56 as a reply to Tmuussoni's post |  #30

There is a reason why the 135L is called "The Lord of the Red Rings" ;)


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