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135L vs 70-200 f/4 IS

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Apr 22, 2013 19:41 |  #46

wisdom2thewise wrote in post #15856430 (external link)
Hi Cory.
What would have happened, if i hadn't mentioned about your 135L usage the other day.....

Ahhhhhh...hahahahah! No doubt! Your post made me get the 135 back out after a long winter's rest. This lens takes some practice and I out of practice! Every so often I start thinking about moving it for a zoom. So I thought I would ask POTN about it this time. I think I will be sticking with it. When you get in the zone with it it really is...well...magical.

THanks very much for you thoughts kin2son. You kind of confirm my suspicions. I think I am just to used to the rendering I get from my primes. I think I would be a bit let down with the f/4 IS zoom.

Maybe when I get rich I'll buy all the lenses that I would like to have. This way I will have what I want, when I want it. BUT, you have to have the time to use/learn them. This is why I have always kept my kit simple. I don't know how people (that have normal day gigs) with 5-10 lenses can possibly become proficient with them all.

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Apr 22, 2013 20:16 |  #47

For me, once I got the 135, I almost never use my 70-200 f/4 IS anymore. The prime is faster, smaller, less obvious, and sharpness is pretty much equal between the two in my experience. Some might say the 135mm is slightly sharper, but probably not noticeably unless you pixel peep. I just keep the zoom because there are some occasions where I just need the longer focal length or the versatility. But, if I can get the shot using the 135, I will. Even if it means standing in bushes or wherever I can to get the framing I want. There are also situations where I can't use the 70-200 because it is too big/long (HP Pavilion at Sharks games) so the 135 is perfect for that.

The IS is definitely amazing on the 70-200 though. So, if you really need that, it could be a good reason to switch. There are times I wish I had IS on the 135.

You can get great bokeh with either lens as well. Here is one with the 70-200. The face in the background is not even very far from the subject (flower) and it is still nicely blurred.

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Apr 22, 2013 20:38 |  #48

kin2son wrote in post #15852986 (external link)

But even 200mm @ f4 will not get you the unique look of 135L, not even my mkII @ 200mm f2.8.


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Apr 23, 2013 01:25 |  #49

I own 70-200mm f/4 IS, it is very useful and build like tank with weather sealing. 135mm f/2 is only about potrait and sharpness. Most people will not see the different in the sharpness though. But the bokeh is better at 135mm. However if you use at 200mm, this white lens has very good bokeh too.

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Apr 23, 2013 13:15 |  #50

idsurfer wrote in post #15856376 (external link)
I don't think my 135L is going anywhere....

A flower this morning...
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And This! again.

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