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Should I get a 135 if I own he 100L?

 
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Dec 30, 2012 19:35 |  #16

I have the 100 L and just picked up a used 135 L 2 nights ago. It's winter here so I won't use it very much till spring but just shooting around the house I can see the bokeh is stunning and can't wait to try some candids outdoors.


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Dec 30, 2012 20:30 as a reply to  @ id10t's post |  #17

I use my 100L more, but I'm not getting rid of my 135L yet. It does things the 100L can't. But the same can be said of the 100L, it does things the 135L can't do. If I were to have only one of these it would be the 100L, because I like macro.


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Dec 30, 2012 20:32 |  #18

I am about to buy the 100L, it is a great lens and love the macro, but keeping my 135L


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Dec 31, 2012 23:31 as a reply to  @ sgtbueno's post |  #19

Have both, would hate to part with either. Despite being close in aperture and FL, they are quite different lenses IMO.


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Jan 02, 2013 14:51 |  #20

ejenner wrote in post #15429777 (external link)
Have both, would hate to part with either. Despite being close in aperture and FL, they are quite different lenses IMO.

Are they really that different?


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Jan 02, 2013 16:24 as a reply to  @ Tommydigi's post |  #21

They are to me. They amy or may not be to you. One way to know is to try out. If you know someone with one, or rent it for the day. You could also purchase the 135L and compare. If they are too close for you, sell the one you would use the least.


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Jan 02, 2013 20:26 |  #22

I own the 100mm 2.8 L, the 135mm f2 and the 200mm 2.8. I love them all and they're all used for different applications.




  
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Jan 02, 2013 20:40 |  #23

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200f2.8L's are pretty cheap nowadays...

Agreed. Please buy mine here on POTN sell thread...:lol:


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Jan 03, 2013 09:58 |  #24

For portrait application the 100L and 70-200f/2.8IS mk2 (set to 100mm) is hard to tell between the two. The colour saturation is beautiful between the two lenses. This is one reason I bite my tongue and grab the white lens.

I see more of a new micro contrast look with the 100L compared to the older 135L design. The newer canon lines seems to have a certain sharp look. I guess my analogy is my 35L sharpness vs my 24Lmk2. The 24Lmk2 has a different contrasty sharp look sooc.

I guess my point is if you need a 135mm FL and need faster glass the 135L is it. The bokeh on the 100 L is so creamy but slower of course.

For me the versatility of a heavier white lens outweights the lighter weight 135L. Mind you it seems my application I seldom shoot very low light where I need long primes. Portrait work with or without supplemental light I find f/2.8 to be awesome with a 70-200.


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Jan 04, 2013 21:05 |  #25

Tommydigi wrote in post #15435838 (external link)
Are they really that different?

More different than a 70-200 f4 IS and f2.8. Funny how everyone thinks that f4 and f2.8 are sooo different with the 2.8 so much faster, but 2.8 to 2.0 is 'not that much different', even when combined with a 35% increase in FL.

Honestly I often have both these lenses in my bag at the same time. But of course it depends on your application and what you shoot. As always YMMV. The macro is a decent enough portrait lens for sure.

I guess I also went the other way - got the 135L first, then wanted something for macro.


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Jan 04, 2013 21:42 |  #26

Love the 135/2.... I usually don't use it on a crop camera, but it worked out well this morning:

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I love the 100/2.8 USM macro (non-IS/L) too, but for different purposes...

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To me, the 135mm's images are somehow more "artistic" feeling. The 100mm's feel more "clinical/scientific". Maybe it's because the 135mm renders such nice background blur at the appropriate distances that I like to use the 135mm for portraits, especially on full frame.

The 100mm doesn't "wow" me the same way for portrait shots, but is superb for little critters and such. At high magnifications, the macro lens' background blur is lovely.

Most of the time I use the 135mm at larger apertures, sometimes wide open... I tend to use the 100mm stopped down a lot more.

I've used 135/2 with Canon EF 1.4X II a few times and it's fine. Mostly just some test shots (since I use 70-200 instead, when I need 180-200mm), I don't have any sample images online to show, unfortunately. I would expect the 200/2.8 to be a bit sharper and more contrasty, but the 135+TC images seemed quite usable to me.

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Jan 04, 2013 21:45 |  #27

Would a 135L on crop be sharper than using a TC? I think so... but you get worst ISO noise.


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Jan 04, 2013 21:59 |  #28

ejenner wrote in post #15446204 (external link)
More different than a 70-200 f4 IS and f2.8. Funny how everyone thinks that f4 and f2.8 are sooo different with the 2.8 so much faster, but 2.8 to 2.0 is 'not that much different', even when combined with a 35% increase in FL.

Honestly I often have both these lenses in my bag at the same time. But of course it depends on your application and what you shoot. As always YMMV. The macro is a decent enough portrait lens for sure.

I guess I also went the other way - got the 135L first, then wanted something for macro.

I think I'm agreeing with you in that I don't feel that way!

I actually do think being able to shoot in half the amount of light for the same shutter speed and "film" speed at times is a big deal (sometimes a huge deal). So yes, I do consider f/2 much different than f/2.8.

I know I (we) am (are) not alone in thinking this!


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Jan 05, 2013 02:01 |  #29

Yes!




  
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Jan 05, 2013 02:20 |  #30

To me; the 135L seems like a bother but every time seeing the images it brings to mind that old saying that 9 women can't make a baby in a month. Likewise; 2000 good images don't make one great one. Somehow; the 135L makes the great ones way more often than any other L I've had the pleasure of using.

For macro photography; the same can probably be said of the 100. I'd love to have that one too.


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