FlyingPhotog wrote in post #10539936
Do you want to be able to shoot small things really closely? Get the 100... 100 makes a great portrait lens .. The 135 doesn't do Macro so well.
Just get a few extension tubes... It actually does macro extremely well. It does so well that I sold my 100 Macro .
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I'm the world's worst person to ask. I routinely hand hold the 300 f/2.8 and the 500 f/4 down to as low as 1/60 in extreme cases (shooting helicopters) but I suck eggs at hand holding my 135.
I have a hunch it's becaase the 135 has the most mass out at the front element and once it starts to "swing," it's hard to dampen.
It is a matter of getting used to and some good technique, that's all. Just hold it a bit further towards the front with your left hand.
The above photograph was shot at 1/160s, F/8, iso 800, an extender 1.4X (so really F/11), and a few extension tubes, on a 5D II, as I mentioned, almost 1:1, and all of this handheld.
Kind regards, Wim