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85 1.8/135l or 100l macro?

 
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Jun 04, 2010 06:44 |  #1

I currently own the 85 1.8 and the 135L.
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I've been after another macro lens for a while (used to own the Sigma 150mm).* The canon 100L seems to fit the bill, however, I can't really afford to buy this without selling other lenses.* Would I be crazy to sell both the 85mm and 135L for this lens?
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The FL is pretty close to both, so I doubt I'd miss the FL of either; however, I do worry that I'll miss the DOF both of these offer (love shooting wide open).* The 100L has a 4 stop IS, so it wouldn't suffer in low light situations.
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I guess the other option would be to only sell the 135L and keep the 85 for low light, my issue here is that 100mm and 85mm are too close.
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These are being used on a 40 and 7D.
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Jun 04, 2010 06:50 |  #2

If you really want a dedicated macro, I'd simply sell the lens you use the least. I like the 85 and 135 range and ended up selling my 100 2.8 macro (non L) because I never used the 100mm range. Also, macro to me was simply a short MFD. I never spent the time to develop a set up like some of the shots that are posted here. I purchased tubes that I use with my 85 and 135. I don't think I'd sell the 135L. Every time I pull that lens out, I wonder why I don't use it even more. The results I get are wonderful.If you must sell somthing, I'd get rid of the 85 1.8.


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Jun 04, 2010 06:54 |  #3

Ross_Curtis wrote in post #10300831 (external link)
I currently own the 85 1.8 and the 135L.
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I've been after another macro lens for a while (used to own the Sigma 150mm).* The canon 100L seems to fit the bill, however, I can't really afford to buy this without selling other lenses.* Would I be crazy to sell both the 85mm and 135L for this lens?
*
The FL is pretty close to both, so I doubt I'd miss the FL of either; however, I do worry that I'll miss the DOF both of these offer (love shooting wide open).* The 100L has a 4 stop IS, so it wouldn't suffer in low light situations.
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I guess the other option would be to only sell the 135L and keep the 85 for low light, my issue here is that 100mm and 85mm are too close.
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These are being used on a 40 and 7D.
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Ross

Ross, just buy some extension tubes and use them on the 85mm. Its sooo much cheaper and it will allow you to keep both.

Simple.


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Jun 04, 2010 08:08 |  #4

I'd not considered extension tubes. No idea why, that does make sense though.
Do you have any examples with ext tubes?

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Jun 04, 2010 08:13 |  #5

Ross_Curtis wrote in post #10301115 (external link)
I'd not considered extension tubes. No idea why, that does make sense though.
Do you have any examples with ext tubes?

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I did. I shall have to do my best to find my old topic. Im useless with macro!

From what I remember, 85mm with 65mm worth of extension tubes

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Jun 04, 2010 09:37 |  #6

That's impressive. Thanks for the examples.

Time to get myself a set.

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Jun 04, 2010 09:39 |  #7

No worries.

Go for the cheapest set. If you want AF, you can find those on ebay. AF WILL hunt quite badly with tubes so best to go MF and gently rock your body instead.

The tubes are hollow so cheaper will not mean too good to be true. ;)


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Jun 04, 2010 10:03 |  #8

I just ordered the Pro Optic set off adorama.com for $49. Zero complaints. AF is a wank, but that's true of any tubes from what I've read. They work great on my 50mm f/1.8II and my 55-250mm.


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Jun 04, 2010 10:04 |  #9

If you don't use your 135L much, I'll look forward to seeing it in the for sale section :p


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Jun 04, 2010 10:08 as a reply to  @ [Hyuni]'s post |  #10

I sold the 100 macro and bought the Kenko tube set as well. Here's a few test shots I took as soon as I received them. Shot with the 85L.

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There are limitations that tubes have over a dedicated macro such as focusing distance, but I was never big into macro. I simply wanted a lens that provided me a short MFD. I did not want to give up either the 85 or 135 range (or the quality of the lenses) and I rarely used the 100mm. The tubes are a good compromise.

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