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FF Body owners who have the 135mm 2.0 & 85mm 1.8

 
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Mar 13, 2012 01:26 |  #16

Like everyone else here, I have a 135L + 50 1.4.. I also have a 100mm f2 that's similar to the 85mm f1.8 that I never reach for. If I need anything longer I just take my 70-200L instead.


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Mar 13, 2012 01:29 |  #17

85 1.8 is my most used lens. (I shoot studio/portrait/fashio​n) If I want to capture details and want to destroy the background, then its a no brainer for me, 135L is normally my specialty lens for those type of shots.




  
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Mar 13, 2012 01:48 |  #18

Not sure if our answers can be that useful to you TBH, because much of our usage patterns will come down to idiosyncratic factors. If you're just keen to verify that owners of both will not unanimously abandon one for the other, you've probably got your answer already (i.e. "no"; they're both useful lenses).

For me, I only really use my 135L when paired with the 16-35L. These two form my dedicated 'street kit' (and sometimes travel kit), a setup I've refined to over a fair while. Again, idiosyncratic. Some might look at me and say "how on earth do you shoot street with a 135L at all?" On the other hand, the 85 is a stellar little performer, and acts more as a walkaround for me, when I don't have the 35L or 50L attached.

So overall, I probably use the 85 'more often' because I 'walkaround' more than anything else, but I would consider both essential.

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Mar 13, 2012 01:58 |  #19

Numenorean wrote in post #14058799 (external link)
I use the 135L more. Sometimes it's a bit too long and I need to get the 85.

Sometimes I just leave the 70-200 Mk II on lol

Same here


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Mar 13, 2012 02:02 as a reply to  @ Nmura's post |  #20

I had both.
I think 135L blows 85 1.8 out of water in terms of image quality. It has better sharpness, better color, and better bokeh. So I got rid of 85mm 1.8 and used 135L for a while.
Then I realized 135mm is too long and I went back to 85mm instead it's Sigma 85mm.
Now I am settled with Sigma 85.

However I still think 135L has the best image quality but limited use.


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Mar 13, 2012 02:10 |  #21
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calvinjhfeng wrote in post #14076638 (external link)
I had both.
I think 135L blows 85 1.8 out of water in terms of image quality. It has better sharpness, better color, and better bokeh. So I got rid of 85mm 1.8 and used 135L for a while.
Then I realized 135mm is too long and I went back to 85mm instead it's Sigma 85mm.
Now I am settled with Sigma 85.

However I still think 135L has the best image quality but limited use.

I have both too and I seriously don't think 135L is that long on ff, unless you are taking full body portrait and THAT you have to stand pretty far.

Sigma 85 is great too but much slower to focus compared to the 135L. Like you said, 135L imo produces much better results than not just 85 1.8 but Sigma 85 as well.

I prefer the 135 over the 85 anyday provided there's enough space to work with.


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Mar 13, 2012 03:36 |  #22

fotoworx wrote in post #14058759 (external link)
A question for FF Body owners who have the 135mm 2.0 & 85mm 1.8 lens.

Do you find yourself using the two lens or do you predominately just end up using one? If so, which one?

135mm on FF.




  
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Mar 13, 2012 03:47 |  #23

Appreciate all the great feedback.


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Mar 13, 2012 04:46 |  #24

calvinjhfeng wrote in post #14076638 (external link)
I had both.
I think 135L blows 85 1.8 out of water in terms of image quality. It has better sharpness, better color, and better bokeh. So I got rid of 85mm 1.8 and used 135L for a while.
Then I realized 135mm is too long and I went back to 85mm instead it's Sigma 85mm.
Now I am settled with Sigma 85.

However I still think 135L has the best image quality but limited use.

How do you like that Sigma 85? I'm on the fence between that and the 85L. I've seen some amazing pics online from the siggy, but there's a ton of people who are either hot or cold on that lens. For half the price of the "L", I'm strongly considering it. Your thoughts?


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Mar 13, 2012 06:33 |  #25

I have the sigma 85, the 135L and the 70-200/2.8L II. I guess the question is more about FL than about specific lenses. I mostly use my 85 indoors, whereas my 135L is mostly used outdoors and in larger indoor spaces. The 70-200L + 85mm combo makes more sense to me than The 70-200L + 135mm because the wider aperture of the 85 helps with background separation and low light indoors, whereas the 70-200L and 135L can provide similar results providing I have sufficient space.


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Mar 13, 2012 06:40 |  #26

I have the 70-200 II, and just picked up a 135L, and am wondering if that's going to be redundant.


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Mar 13, 2012 08:38 |  #27

Like so many here, the 135L and 50 1.4 are on my camera most often. I don't know if my 85mm has been mounted in the past year, despite being a great package - incredibly small and light. I'd like to acquire a 70-200 Mk II someday, but even then, I don't know if I will be able to let go of the 135L. I use it indoors all the time for full body shots :lol:

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Mar 13, 2012 09:13 |  #28

calvinjhfeng wrote in post #14076638 (external link)
I had both.
I think 135L blows 85 1.8 out of water in terms of image quality. It has better sharpness, better color, and better bokeh. So I got rid of 85mm 1.8 and used 135L for a while.
Then I realized 135mm is too long and I went back to 85mm instead it's Sigma 85mm.
Now I am settled with Sigma 85.

However I still think 135L has the best image quality but limited use.

Something wrong with your canon 85mm f1.8 then. Most glass is very similar in quality and I have used 35L, 135L, all variants of the 70-200mm f2.8 (currently have IS II version), 300mmf 2.8 IS, 400mm f5.6, 500mm f4 IS. Funny thing is 85mm f1.8 does that for being only $400 lens. Sure it has CA.

Now one lens can be better or wrose than the other based on what you plan to use it for. Not denying that.

All from 85mm f1.8.

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Mar 13, 2012 09:19 |  #29

I have both and whenever I can use the 135L I do. I generally like to use a longer lens for portrait work and the bokeh is a bit nicer on the 135L. Sometimes there isnt room to use it and I will use the 85 1.8.




  
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Mar 13, 2012 10:08 |  #30

Im in a similar dilemma, any advice would be awesome.

I shoot weddings and portraits and you can see my current gear setup in my sig. Im thinking about selling my 70-200 f4L and the 17-40L (which I just got for a steal) to purchase the 135L. What do you guys think about that?


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