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Oct 28, 2012 15:27 |  #1

Anyone got this setup?
Can you tell me your hit rate (in focus) at f2 please

Mine was about 70% yesterday.

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Oct 28, 2012 15:41 |  #2

You or your subject only need to move a tiny bit for things to move out of focus when using the 135 at F2, especially if your using single shot.


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Oct 28, 2012 15:51 |  #3

Yes, this is realise, just wondering what other people's keeper rate is.

Maybe i just rock back and forth a lot :/


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Oct 28, 2012 15:53 |  #4

Dreamt wrote in post #15179342 (external link)
Yes, this is realise, just wondering what other people's keeper rate is.

Maybe i just rock back and forth a lot :/


I had that problem when I first started shooting with my 135, the DOF is so much smaller than anything else I had been using before and I wasn't expecting how small a movement could effect it.


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Oct 28, 2012 15:54 |  #5

So, my keeper rate (70%), static subject, no tripod sounds OK?


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Oct 28, 2012 15:55 |  #6

Mine is close to 100% shooting in AI Server mode with the 135L on a 5DIII. It is right up there in the top 3 sharpest lenses I have. Almost this entire flickr set was shot with that lens on a 5DIII in an experiment by me to see how I'd do shooting sports without a zoom. http://www.flickr.com …o/sets/72157631​034551008/ (external link)


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Oct 28, 2012 16:01 |  #7

Dreamt wrote in post #15179359 (external link)
So, my keeper rate (70%), static subject, no tripod sounds OK?


It's about were I was at when I started, its a lot higher now and that's using a 5D2.

I'm a very controlled and slow shooter though.
I used it at F2.5 the other day to shoot over 200 individual portraits, 1 shot per person. Only 3 had focus issues and they were small enough you can't see it at the required print size. That's an over 99.9% hit rate :)


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Oct 28, 2012 16:14 |  #8

I'm new to the 135L, but would say my keeper rate is definitely higher than 70%. If subject is static my keeper rate is likely 90-100%, but I've never really kept track. Drops a little when subject is in motion, but I blame my technique for the decrease.




  
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Oct 28, 2012 16:38 |  #9

I have the 135L and Mark II. I have no problem getting keepers wide open. Everything is in focus, sharp, lots of contrast, vibrant colors. I imagine the Mark III would only perform better.


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Oct 28, 2012 18:56 as a reply to  @ JeremyBlake's post |  #10

You will get better especially with the 5D3.

Maybe even switch the AF function to fire only once you achieve focus ? I found back button AF + shutter sometimes = OOF because maybe a bit of camera shake or movement from pressing AF to shutter, I use to back button AF for a couple years and now gone back to 'normal' because of the focus priority of the 5D3 seems to work better for me.




  
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Oct 28, 2012 19:34 |  #11

I only use one shot AF if the subject is fixed and I'm on a tripod. Otherwise its Ai servo usually with single point AF. Very occasionally spot AF if required. Hit rate getting better - over 90%. Watch carefully with portraits. If the eyebrow has greater contrast then the eye, then the focus will lock on the eyebrow sometimes meaning the eye can be at the very back end of the DoF with head/shoulder portraits.


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Oct 28, 2012 20:53 |  #12

I never even stop down below F/2 on any camera for the 135L.


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Oct 28, 2012 21:50 |  #13

Mine was pretty high shooting a car race of all things.




  
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Oct 29, 2012 04:47 |  #14

I have not really checked the keeper rate but 70% sounds quite low...


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Oct 29, 2012 05:29 |  #15

135L and my MkIII have near 100% hit rate. Its one of my main wedding and portrait lenses along with my 85 1.4.
Once you learn how little movement forwards or backwards it takes to throw the shot OOF, you can begin to expect very high keeper rates.

I too rarely shoot at anything higher than f2.0 as it is simply superb wide open


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