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Mar 28, 2011 16:16 |  #1

I own a 70-200 2.8 IS II and love it but after a day of shooting portraits the weight gets to me. I've been looking at the 135/2 and loving the dreamy bokeh and sharpness. My question is between the two, which produces it better....the 70-200 at 200 at f2.8 or the 135 at f2?


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Mar 28, 2011 16:33 |  #2

Look through the image galleries and decide for yourself. Bokeh is by and large a matter of taste.




  
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Mar 28, 2011 17:51 |  #3

I did but came here for opinions. I'm digging the 135 but I spent to much on the 70-200 to just sit. I need more paid gigs...lol


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Mar 28, 2011 17:53 |  #4

135L for sure.

The 70-200 is an excellent lens, but the bokeh (quality of the out of focus area) goes to the 135L for me, especially when the background gets a little more "busy".


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Mar 28, 2011 17:58 |  #5

135L. Fantastic lens if you don't need the zoom.


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Mar 28, 2011 19:01 |  #6

showtm490 wrote in post #12111214 (external link)
I own a 70-200 2.8 IS II and love it but after a day of shooting portraits the weight gets to me. I've been looking at the 135/2 and loving the dreamy bokeh and sharpness. My question is between the two, which produces it better....the 70-200 at 200 at f2.8 or the 135 at f2?

If you shoot both the 70-200 at 135mm and f/2.8 vs. the 135L at f/2.8, the aesthetic appearance of the blurred region (the bokeh) will be very similar. You may read people here claiming one or the other is better, but these people must really be splitting hairs. Neither lens has any traits (bright circle ringing, doubling of lines, coma effects) that will be obvious with almost any background.

If you shoot both lenses wide open at 135mm, the prime will blur the background a bit more (due to the extra stop). This effect will usually be subtle as f2 to f/2.8 is pretty fast at 135mm.

If you shoot both lenses wide open and use the zoom at 200mm, the zoom will blur the background a very small amount more (assuming you backed up for common framing).

IMO the degree and aesthetic of the blur is probably not a major issue between these lenses. I'd worry a lot more about size, weight and how much you need the versatile range of focal lengths.


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Mar 29, 2011 03:45 |  #7

135 f/2 will produce more bokeh. what i mean is it will blur more than the 70-200 2.8... but like xarqi said, its still a matter of taste as to how much "better" the bokeh is.


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Mar 29, 2011 05:40 |  #8

With the 5D, for portraits I'd prefer the 135mm f2. You should rent one and decide.




  
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