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Sigma 85 VS Canon 135L

 
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May 25, 2011 20:36 |  #1

Both are similarly priced and zoomy! Which do you think is the better buy?


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May 25, 2011 20:44 |  #2

They're both great lenses. For me, the better buy would be entirely based on the focal length I needed at the time.




  
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May 25, 2011 21:38 |  #3

SunnyOctopus wrote in post #12479731 (external link)
Both are similarly priced and zoomy! Which do you think is the better buy?

Huh???


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May 25, 2011 21:40 |  #4

zoomed in? do you shoot full frame or crop?


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May 25, 2011 22:15 |  #5

yogestee wrote in post #12480065 (external link)
Huh???

I think he meant 'Primey'. haha


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May 25, 2011 22:47 |  #6

charl1e wrote in post #12480081 (external link)
zoomed in? do you shoot full frame or crop?

Yeah, I just meant that they offer a close-up perspective. And I shoot crop!


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May 25, 2011 22:48 |  #7

On a crop you might feel 135 is a little too long, but it depends on what you're shooting.


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May 26, 2011 03:29 |  #8

I'd go for the 85, should pair up with your 30 quite nicely. 135 would leave a huge gap.


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Feb 23, 2012 02:21 |  #9

I'm having a similar problem. I own a Sigma 85mm, a Canon 135mm, and Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II. One of the primes is going to go - which, I have no idea. I love both lenses, but I NEVER have them in the bag at the same time. The 70-200 stays because I need the flexibility and the 200 side of the equation.

Additionally, I have a 5D2 and a 1D4, and a few other lenses (16-35 II, Siggy 50, Canon 100 macro, etc).

Can anyone recommend the keeper of the 85mm and the 135mm and their reasoning?


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Feb 23, 2012 03:45 as a reply to  @ anson-g's post |  #10

I had owned both and currently only sigma 85 stays.

135L is a great lens but much of its use is limited by its focal length. I used it on full frame and still find it too long for most indoor use.135L is for specific assignment but a very versatile lens overall.
The worst problem of this prime is that it doesnt have IS for its telephoto range. I have to keep shutter speed fast (however, this is good for sport photog). Sigma has shorter focal length and one stop advantage, it has better use in limited dim space.

I like 135L's image rendering better, the colors are vivd and saturated. Sigma's leans toward warm color. For sharpness, they are equal for both lenses wide open.


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I had both. Kept the 135L because I think it has better overall IQ, and also amazing bokeh like none other.

However, since I acquired the 70-200, I almost never use the 135L. :p


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Feb 23, 2012 09:36 |  #12

I have owed both and you can't really go wrong with either. I think the 85 is a little more flexible since its better indoors as well as out. The 135 though is really nice quality overall. I ended up moving up to the 85L MkIi from the sigma and the IQ is great but it does focus slower IMO. I also moved up to the 70-200mm f/2.8L Mk II and admit using my 135L less as well now but it's great to travel with since it's smaller, lighter and does not stand out as much.


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Feb 23, 2012 09:40 |  #13

Ricku wrote in post #13949366 (external link)
However, since I acquired the 70-200, I almost never use the 135L. :p

Me the same scenario, so I sold both the 135L + Sigma 85/1.4 and picked up a new 85L II yesterday! :cool:


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Feb 23, 2012 09:48 |  #14

Ricku wrote in post #13949366 (external link)
I had both. Kept the 135L because I think it has better overall IQ, and also amazing bokeh like none other.

However, since I acquired the 70-200, I almost never use the 135L. :p

I still am using my 135L but for very specific circumstances because the bokeh is better than the MkII.


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