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Mar 03, 2013 23:00 |  #16

Both are great but one is f2 the other f2.8 .


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Mar 03, 2013 23:04 |  #17

I've only got the older MkI 70-200mm f/2.8L IS to compare it too, and for me, the 135mm is on my camera all the time, where as the zoom spends a lot of time in the bag or not even packed.

I'm sort of a prime guy now though,. I consider my Zooms to be tools to get the job done, my primes are more tools for an artist.

And FYI, back to the original subject, I should point out I have owned the 200mm f/1.8L "Holy Grail"
If it matters, it's not exactly the same as the newer f/2 IS

It was quite simply the most amazing lens I have ever owned. I thought I would use it for shooting dance in dark theatres (and did) but it did not become the exclusive tool for that job. I found it's long fixed focal length too hard to work with and it's size intrusive in a dark theatre. I had made the mistake of getting it first, before the 135mm f/2.

I have long since sold the 200mm f/1.8L, but will never part with the 135mm
Yes, I'd love to own the 200mm gain, or the newer f/2L IS version, but frankly I doubt I will ever be able to justify it's cost... unless I win the lottery.


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Mar 03, 2013 23:11 |  #18

ah great comments ^^^

yeah it's quite costly but thinking about the possibility of getting it gets me excited and love doing research on it!


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Mar 04, 2013 00:45 |  #19

Both are excellent lenses, so I would recommend going with the 135L unless cost is no issue at all...


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Mar 04, 2013 10:18 |  #20

Wan't there someone here posting nice shots on running dogs and off road cars with his 85L?


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Mar 10, 2013 08:18 |  #21

Now. looking thru all the comments here, 135L is more recommended for its price, and some consider the 70-200 IS (Mk1 or Mk2)

IMO, I'd take the 135L cos I got no time to zoom ._.


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Mar 10, 2013 08:23 |  #22

bobbyz wrote in post #15675093 (external link)
Wan't there someone here posting nice shots on running dogs and off road cars with his 85L?

I believe it's Newworld 666. Marc takes amazing action shots with his 85L. :)


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Mar 10, 2013 08:40 |  #23

Ouessant wrote in post #15697658 (external link)
I believe it's Newworld 666. Marc takes amazing action shots with his 85L. :)

Yup he is the one. Maybe he just plays a big joke on us using his 135L or 300mm f2.8 IS instead.:)


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Mar 10, 2013 08:55 |  #24

He owns a 25 year old 300mm f/2.8 non-IS and takes awesome four-wheeler shots with it.
But what is particularly surprising is the job he does with his 85L, which is not known for being a great action lens. Just an example among so many others (found on his website (external link)).
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Mar 10, 2013 22:47 |  #25

if you don't need f/2 ... i'd echo the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II

-200 2 owner here


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Mar 11, 2013 00:05 |  #26

AlanU wrote in post #15495999 (external link)
This question is upto the individual. In my case the "client" will NOT PAY me 6x more.

For my uses the 70-200 f/2.8is mk2 provides beautiful bokeh and gives me alot of flexibility. If I want more shallow dof I'll use my 85L.

If my wallet permits the 200L is great. I just find it and extremely niche lens that I can see the funds going elsewhere where I can gain more FL in lenses or other equipment.

As I said its upto every individual.

I agree with this comment by Alan.

I have used these lenses: 85L, 135L, 70-200 IS ii, 200mm f/1.8
love/loved them all but only keep 85L now. I do miss the longer focal length lens some time and thinking of buying the 135L again.


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Mar 11, 2013 00:26 |  #27

bobbyz wrote in post #15675093 (external link)
Wan't there someone here posting nice shots on running dogs and off road cars with his 85L?

bobbyz wrote in post #15697684 (external link)
Yup he is the one. Maybe he just plays a big joke on us using his 135L or 300mm f2.8 IS instead.:)

he also takes pretty crazy off-road shots with a 500mm mirror lens...


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Mar 11, 2013 05:20 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #28

If you have to ask then the 200/2 IS isn't for you (at this stage), buy the 135/2 and enjoy.


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Mar 11, 2013 07:03 |  #29

both!

I have the 135 f2 and sometimes for my work it's just not quite long enough. The 200 f2 gives me that bit of extra reach and the stop (I shoot a lot inside, hand held, available light always, reportáge). If I'm shooting a group of people in a meeting sometimes the people facing into the group at the far end of the table are too far away for a good shot with the 135. So the 200 will work. If they are too close, then the 135 or 85.
I got out of zooms because I found the edge/corner degradation was too pronounced. I know Canon have done a lot on the newer zooms, but I am also old school ie. the only zoom mechanism you need is your feet ;)
I'd get the 135, see if it has enough reach, then decide. I love my 135: easy to use, sharp as nails, good bokeh.


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