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snyder17315
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Feb 24, 2012 19:55 |  #1

I've got the 70-200 f4 IS but I'm drooling over the 135mm L. At the same time, I originally wanted the 70-200 f2.8 MK II IS, but didn't have the extra money. So...I could sell the 70-200 f4 IS and buy the 2.8, oooooor I could save a few pennies and pickup the 135L and add to my collection.

Tough choice. I shoot mostly portraits indoors and out (depending on the season here in Indiana) and I'm an absolute bokeh and DoF whore :)

Thoughts, comments, suggestions?


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Feb 24, 2012 19:57 |  #2

snyder17315 wrote in post #13961751 (external link)
I'm an absolute bokeh and DoF whore :)

135L whore.....:lol:


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Feb 24, 2012 19:59 |  #3

MkI or MkII of the 70-200?


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Feb 24, 2012 20:11 |  #4

Numenorean wrote in post #13961772 (external link)
MkI or MkII of the 70-200?

MKII all the way!


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Feb 24, 2012 20:29 |  #5

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Feb 25, 2012 00:59 |  #6

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Feb 25, 2012 01:59 as a reply to  @ gacon1's post |  #7

I started with 135 f2L, perfect IQ, superfast AF, sharp, compact but limited in use as it's too long on fullframe and on crop. It does create a completely washed out bokeh as a painting.

But I used the 85 1.2L a lot more, so the 135L stayed in the closet most of the time.
Actually the 70-200 2.8L IS is much more versatile, also sharp and superb bokeh.

But most important is that it can zoom from 70 till 200mm and the bokeh is also great thanks to the zoomfactor.

The 135L is one of the most hyped but also re-sold prime.
If I would have extra cash I would maybe re-buy it again for it's compactness as the 70-200 is a lot bigger, heavier and immediately in sight.

But at the moment I don't care, I can use the 70-200 for events, on stage performances.... very versatile lens!


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Feb 25, 2012 06:36 |  #8

135L + 70-200/4IS is a good combo. I have 135L+70-200/2.8. I sold the 2.8 zoom to get f4IS.

You have both of 2 worlds (primes/zoom) : zoom flexibility, constant aperture, f2 for low light, fastness, IS, lightness... Not real lightness because weigh of f4IS+135L= weigh of 70-200/2.8's

I'm dreaming about the 70-200 mk2 but the f4IS is very good. And I find hard to manage f2.8 zooms. Don't know why. I'm shooting inside sports but get much better results with 135L then 70-200/2.8. The AF is faster as well in those conditions and so much sharper. I got 2 70-200/2.8 and regarding to the 135L, the sharpness is not in the same league. Maybe I'm unlucky and got 2 bad copies


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Feb 25, 2012 09:14 |  #9

For sheer bokeh, it's hard to beat the 135L wide open, particularly on full frame such as your 5DII...

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Note that the 135L is an older design and it doesn't use curved aperture blades. So stopped down at all you can see the shape of the 8-bladed aperture.

All the 70-200s use curved aperture blades that somewhat enhance their bokeh when stopped down at all.

On the other hand, I'd much rather shoot portraits with the 135mm. It's a full stop faster than the fastest f2.8 zoom, two stops faster than your f4. It's smaller, black and less intimidating than any of the 70-200s, too.

The 135mm also works quite well with 1.4X teleconverter, giving a nice 189mm f2.8 (though without IS). And it's fast and close focusing. Works well with macro extension tubes, too.

It's a personal preference, but I consider the 135mm a "must have" lens on FF. Personally I bought it along with my 5DII. It's quite good on crop, too, but I resisted buying it for years while only shooting with croppers. Then when I finally added full frame to my kit, it was the first lens I added.

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Feb 25, 2012 10:05 |  #10

Easy, 135L.

For being such an "old" lens, it is rock solid. Build is really amazing, IQ is incredible. IMO, it can not be replaced by the 70-200 zooms... Any of them. The f/2.8 II may be close on sharpness at f/2.8, but it can NOT do f/2 which is quite a big difference and the bokeh is so much more impressive. Add a 1.4x TC on it and shoot at f/2.8 with its really nice MFD, you basically have a macro lens that performs so well. I have chosen the 135L over the 70-200 with some shooting simply because it rendered the images better. And many of my most favorite images have been with the 135L shot wide open, such as my bird image below. Also have two other examples. <3 135L.

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Feb 27, 2012 14:19 |  #11

I've been debating this alot lately as well. I have my 85 which is kinda my medium telephoto, but now I want to get something that's longer to have in my gearbox. I want the 135 for all of the things we know and love and because it's not so obvious than that huge white lens. However the versatility of having 70-200 is so dam nice to have as well, although I would be doing the F4 IS version.

The thing is, it's one or the other, I don't want em both. If I get the 135 and find I need more reach later in life at a soccer game or something, I'm kinda SOL. Argh


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Feb 27, 2012 14:22 |  #12

135L over the 70-200 MK1. MKII is supposedly a game changer.




  
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Feb 27, 2012 15:44 |  #13

If you watch craigslist and ebay well you should be able to swing a 135mm brand new and a 70-200mm F/2.8 IS for the same price as a brand new 70-200mm f/2.8 IS MKII. If it came down to just one lens then by all mean get the 135mm. I love mine.


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Feb 27, 2012 20:00 as a reply to  @ tylerpaulphoto's post |  #14

I love my 135L, but I'm also a prime lover.

Open her up and just watch the background blur into oblivion!


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Feb 28, 2012 21:44 |  #15

^^^ Wow wow... That is the shot Sir!!!


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