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Buying 135 f/2L when I plan to buy 70-200 f/2.8L II?

 
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Nov 08, 2011 14:29 |  #1

I plan to buy the 70-200 II hopefully in the next few weeks.

But I am contemplating about buying the 135 f/2 which I tried a couple of weeks ago and absolutely loved it. This will also mean waiting another month or two on the 70-200, because I still plan to buy it :D

I'm also saving to get a new body (maybe the 5DM3, maybe 7D, I want something with higher fps for sports but also FF :o).
I'm also saving for tons of other stuff, but its an issue all by itself.


So, I'm kinda torn if I should get the 135 or just get the 70-200.
What are your thoughts?

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Nov 08, 2011 14:33 |  #2

I have both. Sometime f/2.8 just isn't enough.


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Nov 08, 2011 14:43 |  #3

I shoot mostly weddings and loved the 135L for engagements. The only problem I had was that it was too long inside for me to realistically use at receptions, so I sold it when I bought the 70-200 II. If I shot mostly portraits though I would have kept it. It's an amazing piece of glass and if I ever get to the point where I am collecting gear I would buy it again.


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Nov 08, 2011 14:47 |  #4

After I got my 70-200 II, I sold my 135 since I never used it. My photography is exclusively low light action shots but I didn't miss the extra stop.


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Nov 08, 2011 14:51 |  #5

Same thing everyone is saying here.

If you're the type to plan your shots and leave time to set up the frame, the 135L is awesome.
I rented the 70-200 II for an event and it was super versatile, especially with the 4 stop IS.

I believe your real problem is G.A.S. (gear aquisition syndrome) :p


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Nov 08, 2011 14:57 |  #6

Eyal wrote in post #13371729 (external link)
I plan to buy the 70-200 II hopefully in the next few weeks.

But I am contemplating about buying the 135 f/2 which I tried a couple of weeks ago and absolutely loved it. This will also mean waiting another month or two on the 70-200, because I still plan to buy it :D

I'm also saving to get a new body (maybe the 5DM3, maybe 7D, I want something with higher fps for sports but also FF :o).
I'm also saving for tons of other stuff, but its an issue all by itself.


So, I'm kinda torn if I should get the 135 or just get the 70-200.
What are your thoughts?

Cheers.

IF and ONLY IF, you have to choose, then go with the zoom for all out Sports photography (increase ISO to get 'that' shot). On the 7D you get the crop extra-reach too.

Should you choose to concentrate on studio and 'controlled' photography then your choice has to be the 135L F2.

IMHO ;)


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Nov 08, 2011 15:20 |  #7

Sold the 135L after getting the zoom. Not sure why someone will pick 135L over the zoom for more controlled and studio shots. But then everyones style is different.


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Nov 08, 2011 15:58 as a reply to  @ bobbyz's post |  #8

70-200 is so nice you dont really get anything but a little speed with the 135. I would wait and get the 70-200 first and if you feel you need something faster get the 135 not the other way around. To me quality IQ is not the issue but size and weight is a little bit. I still think the 135 might be a tad sharper but not much.




  
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Nov 08, 2011 16:11 |  #9

The 135 is 1 stop faster, is lighter and less expensive. That's what it has over the 70-200 MKII. I kept the 135 for travel because of its size and weight.


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Nov 08, 2011 16:18 as a reply to  @ bohdank's post |  #10

You need to decide which body before you can make a decision IMHO.

The 135 on a crop is a completely different animal as opposed to FF


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Nov 08, 2011 16:45 as a reply to  @ dave kadolph's post |  #11

A zoom is always good to have.
I had a 70-200 2.8 and sold it because i wasn't using much. It's big, heavy, not practical to use in the streets and I needed the money. I bought a 135L instead. It suits me better now. But i miss the 70-200.

If can afford, have both! I would!



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Nov 08, 2011 17:18 |  #12

I recently acquired the 135L and have the 70-200 II as well. I suffer from G.A.S. too but find that each lens has it's place. If I had to choose between one or the other, I'd go for the zoom as it offers versatility and really can do what the 135 does except shoot at f/2.




  
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Nov 08, 2011 18:02 |  #13

If I had a 70-200/2.8 IS II, every other lens I ever wanted and $1000, I might get the 135L.

But otherwise no. You are not going to get much difference in the images. Mostly the 135L is smaller and lighter in use, but not nearly as versatile. I'd pick one or the other until you own everything else you ever wanted.


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Nov 08, 2011 18:16 |  #14

Eyal wrote in post #13371729 (external link)
So, I'm kinda torn if I should get the 135 or just get the 70-200.
What are your thoughts?

Looking over years of EXIF, what I found interesting about my use of the 70-200mm was how frequently it was used at 135mm!

I will say this: the 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM is seriously heavy piece of glass. Usable for portraits, but at the same time IMHO, intimidating to your model. If you like to hand-hold, this is a consideration; the 135mm f/2L is much lighter. You may elect to use a tripod or monopod with the 70-200mm, but I find that even with the integral collar ring, it's just too slow for my kind of fast action (belly dancers).

You can use the 135mm for both portraits and sports. I certainly use it for fast action. For portraits, unless you're just doing the face, the 135mm will work better on a FF body; it's a bit tight for a FoVCF = 1.6 body, like the 7D. By that same token, on a 7D body the 135mm works even better for "reach," when you're doing a fast-action event from a distance .

The IQ is astounding on both lenses, but the 135mm f/2 is a real advantage for low light, in addition to easier hand-holding. This lens is also compatible with the 1.4x and 2.0x TCs, enabling you to increase how far you can reach to fill the frame, but with less light-loss than the 70-200. For fast action, the IS of the 70-200 mainly assists with keeping the viewfinder view less jumbly ... it does not freeze action.


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Nov 08, 2011 18:24 |  #15

Another plus for the zoom....If you find yourself shooting at 1/100s or a bit higher you will appreciate the IS on the MKII.


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