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Is it time for a 135mm L white lens?

 
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Oct 10, 2016 18:11 |  #1

Imagine, a 135mm f/1.4L, four stop IS lens, with fluorite and UD lens elements!

Wouldn't it be great, for those of us who prefer the 135mm focal length for portrait work, to have our own 135mm white lens version of the 200mm f/2.0L IS? I am sure that some sports and wildlife photographers might find this lens appealing as well, especially if it was smaller, lighter and cheaper than the 200mm f/2.0L IS and 300mm f/2.8L IS II lenses.

Now I am not suggesting a replacement for the current 135L lens but, just as the 200mm f/2.0L IS is different from the 200mm f/2.8L II, so would be the 135mm L white lens from the current 135L.

As much as I would love to see Canon upgrade the current 135L and 200L f/2.8 II lenses, with 4 stop image stabilization along with some other lens element and aperture upgrades, I also find something very appealing about a super fast 135mm, image stabilized lens, painted white.


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Oct 10, 2016 18:14 |  #2

Might as well make it a f/1.4 as long as you're dreaming.




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Oct 10, 2016 18:20 as a reply to vengence's post |  #3

I am not dreaming, completely serious and I did state f/1.4 as one of the lens specs.


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Oct 10, 2016 18:31 |  #4

I would not consider a $4,000+ lens as large as the 200 2L. My current 135L is good enough (wha...???) as it is. I have 200 2.8II so I don't have to carry around a 70-200 2.8.

My guess is Talley is already trying to find release date and a pre-order list for the EF 135mm f/1.4L IS. :)


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Oct 10, 2016 18:33 |  #5

I could see Canon doing that. Personally I am not going to upgrade my 135/2 to an IS version because it is more than good enough for me and I couldn't afford a 135 big white, but I could see people wanting a big white 135. The 200/2.8 II has a big brother, why not the 135/2?


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Oct 10, 2016 18:36 |  #6

Black or white means absolutely nothing to me.


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Oct 10, 2016 19:00 |  #7

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Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18153539 (external link)
Black or white means absolutely nothing to me.

I totally agree.

A super-fast 135mm with Image Stabilization would be a very useful lens for shooting wildlife under the dark deciduous forest canopy.

However, I couldn't care less what color it is. In fact, I think it is rather odd that anyone would care about what color their lens is, or what their gear looks like in general. It's supposed to be all about the appearance of the photos that we take, not about the appearance of the gear we use.

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Oct 10, 2016 19:28 |  #8

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18153539 (external link)
Black or white means absolutely nothing to me.

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18153571 (external link)
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I totally agree.

A super-fast 135mm with Image Stabilization would be a very useful lens for shooting wildlife under the dark deciduous forest canopy.

However, I couldn't care less what color it is. In fact, I think it is rather odd that anyone would care about what color their lens is, or what their gear looks like in general. It's supposed to be all about the appearance of the photos that we take, not about the appearance of the gear we use.

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I was not suggesting that Canon produce a white lens just for the sake of color but rather that the current Canon lenses with fluorite lens elements are white. Hey if Canon can get a good quality f/1.4 135mm lens with IS and keep it black, I am all in. Maybe they could make a designer series in hot pink, neon green or camo. :-)


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Oct 10, 2016 20:03 |  #9

Bassat wrote in post #18153529 (external link)
I would not consider a $4,000+ lens as large as the 200 2L. My current 135L is good enough (wha...???) as it is. I have 200 2.8II so I don't have to carry around a 70-200 2.8.

My guess is Talley is already trying to find release date and a pre-order list for the EF 135mm f/1.4L IS. :)

I am not a lens designer so I have no idea how big an f/1.4 135mm IS lens would be but, if it were the size of the 70-200 f/2.8 or 300 f/4.0 (or slightly bigger) I would be all in. Now if it were the size and weight of the 200mm f/2.0 or 300mm f/2.8, I doubt even I would be to interested in one, having owned a couple 300mm f/2.8 IS lenses. Having owned 2 300 f/2.8 lenses was the main reason I never bought the 200mm f/2.0, that and the fact I am also, with a few exceptions, not a big fan of the 200mm+ focal lengths for portraits. Comparing the 200mm lenses I would guess that an f/1.4 135mm lens would be more in line with the size of a 200mm f/2.0 rather than the 300 f/4.0.

Cost would definitely be a big factor so I guess it would be wishful thinking to expect less than $4000 for such a lens especially if they did use fluorite lens elements and painted it white. White lens paint is very expensive. :-)


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Oct 10, 2016 20:09 |  #10

The 135L (as good as it is) definitely needs a replacement. But I strongly doubt it will be a f/1.4.

Here's a 135/1.4:

http://www.photography​bay.com ...135mm-f1-4-lens-hands-on/ (external link)

I'd take the 200/2 any time.


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Oct 10, 2016 20:55 |  #11

i think canon has given up on coming out with innovative lenses...you might have a chance of someone else making a lens like that though...probably not with 4 stops IS though...that just seems like overkill


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Oct 10, 2016 21:41 as a reply to CheshireCat's post |  #12

I figured trying to get that extra stop of light was going to be costly and that lens example demonstrates a size and weight on par with the 200 f/2.0 or 300 f/2.8. :-(

Sigma had rumored a 135mm f/1.8 IS lens but nothing ever came of that. I suppose a more reasonable expectation from Canon would be if they were to offer a similar version with improved optics and IS. It was absolutely amazing to me how much of an improvement Canon made from the 300mm f/2.8L IS to the 300mm f/2.8L IS II. I would just love to see what they could do with the 135mm prime.


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Oct 11, 2016 20:23 as a reply to agv8or's post |  #13

You may want to check the new Nikon 105/1.4. Seems a great lens but AF is quite slow.
.. and yes, it's Nikon :-)


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Oct 11, 2016 20:38 |  #14

No to the white
BLM Black lenses matter....:-P




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Oct 11, 2016 22:56 |  #15

agv8or wrote in post #18153611 (external link)
I am not a lens designer so I have no idea how big an f/1.4 135mm IS lens would be ...

Very close in weight to a 300mm f/2.8 IS


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