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135 f/2 at f2 anyone?

 
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Mar 12, 2013 17:45 as a reply to  @ post 15707926 |  #16

2 totally different images from the same wedding and both on a 135L, I do love this lens and focal length...very usable.

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Mar 12, 2013 17:52 |  #17

I absolutely love using my 135L wide-open. It's an unbelievable lens!

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Mar 12, 2013 18:34 |  #18

bob_r wrote in post #15707926 (external link)
And those are the ones I normally use. At f/2 the DOF is so shallow that not much is in focus. Even shooting head and shoulder shots at f/2.8 doesn't leave much room for error.

Same here. I was just joking. I do love the separation effect at f2, though. When you can shoot the 135L wide open, the results can be magic (or tragic).


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Mar 12, 2013 18:40 |  #19

Never used 135mm at anything other than f2. I did sell it two times, first when I got 70-200mm f2.8 IS II and now after getting sigma 85mm f.4.


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Mar 12, 2013 19:07 |  #20

Word of warning: The 135L is not an easy lens to use. Due to its reach, the lack of IS and the razor thin DOF, you really have to learn to use this lens. I've owned hundreds of lenses/bodies, but this was the first one where I actually had to "learn" to use it), especially for what I like: Street photography. It's very easy for you and/or your subject to make a slight movement that'll ruin the image.

With that said, once you nail it...it's amazing...some of mine...all on a 5D2:

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And testing it on my first day out...this picture blew me away (the bokeh, colour, contrast, etc)...this is straight off the card!!

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Mar 12, 2013 19:46 as a reply to  @ LowriderS10's post |  #21

Agreed. Magic on the street.

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Mar 12, 2013 20:10 |  #22

MNUplander wrote in post #15707438 (external link)
Agreed with above...love the 135L. But, for the sake of your OP, here is one image (sorry I'm not really into portrait work so my dog will have to be good enough):

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Mar 12, 2013 20:30 |  #23

Oh yeah, for street...I do love the reach it gives me...it helps me be a little sneaky (not for any nefarious reason reason, but just so I'm not disturbing my subject and catching him/her in his/her element) and go unnoticed...sometimes I find it a little tight...I've shot street candids with the 16-35L on a full frame and many in the 40-100 FL, so 135 can be a little long in places like subways or when I'm trying to catch a little more of the scenery)...all in all, though, I was excited like a kid at Christmas when I bought it and that excitement hasn't faded one bit after a few months! I rarely use this lens (usually shoot UWA), but when I do it's always a pleasure!

And, contrary to my practices before, I find myself leaving the house with just this lens on it more and more often (usually if I only had one lens it would be a wide/walkaround zoom).


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Mar 12, 2013 20:53 |  #24

why did i ever sell it!! at f/2

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Mar 12, 2013 20:58 |  #25

My new 135 is stupid good wide open. I love this lens


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Mar 12, 2013 21:05 |  #26

While I usually shoot this lens at 2.2 it goes all day at f/2.0

Wide open baby!

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Mar 12, 2013 21:11 as a reply to  @ idsurfer's post |  #27

If you want quality get the 135L. The 100-400L is nice, but it cannot compare in speed (aperture and focusing), sharpness, and colour (to some degree). It has other benefits, like more reach and IS. I wouldn't want the 135L if I am into wildlife photography. Then even a 400mm sometimes not enough. The 135L definitely has more wow factor. The zoom is more versatile and gets the job done while the 135 will blow your mind.

I had both.

PS: Once you start acquiring fast lenses you will stop using the aperture, and wonder why Canon (or whoever) even bothered adding them in the first place . You will always want to shoot wide open.


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Mar 12, 2013 21:20 |  #28

M_Six wrote in post #15708159 (external link)
Same here. I was just joking. I do love the separation effect at f2, though. When you can shoot the 135L wide open, the results can be magic (or tragic).

No kidding!!!

It's amazing how, even at 60 feet away, DOF makes it almost impossible to track advancing people without some serious AF skills.

When you catch it though, yes it's magical.

Even at higher apertures, 135mm on a crop the 135L gives decent bokeh.

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Same day & subject at f2:
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Mar 12, 2013 21:41 as a reply to  @ NBEast's post |  #29

AbPho wrote in post #15708780 (external link)
If you want quality get the 135L. The 100-400L is nice, but it cannot compare in speed (aperture and focusing), sharpness, and colour (to some degree). It has other benefits, like more reach and IS. I wouldn't want the 135L if I am into wildlife photography. Then even a 400mm sometimes not enough. The 135L definitely has more wow factor. The zoom is more versatile and gets the job done while the 135 will blow your mind.

I had both.

PS: Once you start acquiring fast lenses you will stop using the aperture, and wonder why Canon (or whoever) even bothered adding them in the first place . You will always want to shoot wide open.

I totally agree, but I have to say, I've been diggin' around and I think that I stop all my lenses down 1/3 90% of the time just to get that ultra sharpness and keep the super shallow Dof.

With this said.....135L @ 2.0

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Mar 12, 2013 22:02 |  #30
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I had the 135L for about a year. I sold it for the much more versatile 70-200 2.8, Sigma flavored. I don't think I ever stopped it down past f/2.8. I found it very long on a crop body. The zoom works better for me.

I have the 100-400L. The weakest point of mine is f/5.6 at 400mm, where it is only excellent. I shoot it on the 60D and 5D. If you can settle for the sharpness of the 18-135 (old version, I assume), you'll be amazed at what the 100-400L can capture. Just don't put a UV/HAZE/PROTECTION filter on it. I have used it with a CPL. If you need that filter, you HAVE go give up some IQ. Perhaps if I could afford a better CPL....


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