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135 L replace 70-200 2.8 IS?

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Aug 06, 2010 23:14 as a reply to  @ post 10676083 |  #16

I replaced my 70-200 F2.8IS MKI with the 135L and the 70-200 F4IS. Then I bought the 85L and both of the prior lenses are gathering dust.

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Aug 07, 2010 00:55 |  #17

The 135L is camera porn.. that's all I've got to say!

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Aug 07, 2010 03:31 |  #18

noisejammer wrote in post #10674996 (external link)
Ok so the 135L is a stop faster than the 70-200L. That allows for tighter DoF control and better operation in low light. These _may_ matter sometimes but let's consider the other side of the discussion. I'll limit my comments to the 70-200L IS MkII - I've never had a chance to play with the original IS version.

1. At f/2.8, the 70-200L images stars to spots that are smaller than 8.6 microns over the entire sensor of a 7D. I tested this at 70mm, 100mm, 135mm and 200mm. I can't speak to it's performance on the 1D3 or FF - the weather's been too flaky to test on these cameras but having examined the ISO 12233 plots, I would be very surprised if the image quality fell apart.

With it's "legendary image quality", I decided to compare the 70-200L and 135L. It appears that their performance at f/2.8 is very similar with the zoom having the edge in crispness and chromatic abberation. I can definitively state that my 200/2.8L was not even in the same league. You can try out the comparison with the 135L for yourself here - http://****/3xo3bo9 (external link) . [Edit] You can also try a comparison between the 70-200L II and 200/2.8L too.... http://****/3xyrozy (external link). I believe the results speak for themselves.

2. The 70-200L has notionally 3.5 to 4 stops of image stabilisation while the short primes do not. Sure, this doesn't help if your subject is moving a lot in very low light - but does the 135L have this degree of image quality at f/2? Again, look at the test I've linked to and you should see the 135's image quality is rather compromised at f/2...

My main point here is that the Mk II zoom is the optical equal of the conventional prime lens designs.

3. The downsides of the drain pipe are well known - cost, weight and size. I'm not going to say these are insignificant. If you can put up with them, you get a versatile, do-anything lens.

Bruce, Toronto

I agree and dont miss my 135L or 200f2.8L after getting the mk2 70-200, this thing is just amazing.

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Aug 07, 2010 04:57 |  #19

DavidR wrote in post #10674319 (external link)
I feel no regret in selling the 70-200 for the smaller, lighter 135.

I agree entirely. Even if the MkII version equals the 135L in IQ, there are still a number of factors that leaves me happily with the 135.

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Aug 07, 2010 12:01 |  #20

I must have hit the jackpot with my 70-200 2.8L IS version I, because other than background blur at f/2, the 135L couldn't replace it. The sharpness/color is dead on and the IS is a lifesaver.

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Aug 07, 2010 12:13 as a reply to  @ housejacket's post |  #21

Two great lenses, used for different events, sports I use the 70-200 2.8 IS same with weddings, great for low light church settings, the 135L is a stunning portrait lens and also good for sports, but I do not think as versatile as the 70-200 2.8 IS would be. Weddings for the bokah effect, it cannot be beat. It is a matter of the situation you are in when it comes to weddings or sports. Indoor the 70-200 2.8 IS is very hard to beat, and outdoors if you are at a distance from the bride or groom, you can take shots that are hidden from their view.

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Aug 07, 2010 19:59 |  #22

Justin_Thyme wrote in post #10676310 (external link)
So long as the FL suits you the IQ of the 135 puts the 70-200 to shame across the board. I have both and use both depending on the situation. For medium to short range indoor sports its the 135L all the way. The 135L should reside in everyones bag.

I think your comment regarding resolution is probably true of the original 70-200/2.8 IS which has a reputation for being mushy when wide open. Your comment is however certainly _not_ true of the 70-200/2.8 IS Mk II. The links I set up demonstrate this quite convincingly.

For those who have not tried astro-imaging, focusing a star to a point presents the most difficult challenge for any optic. I suspect that the 7D cannot record any image that is smaller than 2x2 pixels - which is precisely what my Mk2 delivers. A lens has to be truly special to outresolve the 7D's sensor.

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