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Jul 25, 2013 00:03 |  #1

Ok guys, I've been slowly piecing together my camera equipment and have one last purchase to make. So far I have bought 6D, 24-70 Mark II, and 70-200 f/4IS. Now I need a lens specifically for portraits. I'm considering the 85L Mark II and the 135L.

85L:
Pros-Works better in tighter spaces and sometimes even indoors, less Image stabilization concerns as opposed to 135L
Cons-Price, and pretty close to my 24-70 Mark II @ 70mm since I have 2.8

135L:
Pros-Cheaper, lighter
Cons-Since I plan to use 70-200 @ 200mm f/4 and get pretty good background blur/compression...thi​s lens may not give as different of a "look" as the 85mm would.

Which do you recommend? I also considered the 135L + 85 1.8, but decided I just want one more lens. Too many options when I shoot just confuse me.




  
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Jul 25, 2013 00:13 |  #2

KristyT2i wrote in post #16151735 (external link)
85L:

Cons-Price, and pretty close to my 24-70 Mark II @ 70mm since I have 2.8

not really, 2.8 to 1.2 is a HUGE different in F stops.


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Jul 25, 2013 00:17 |  #3

Have you had your hands on these lenses before? I'd highly suggest renting them to come to a final conclusion.


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Jul 25, 2013 00:20 |  #4

If the 135 isn't too long for you, that's what I'd get!


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Jul 25, 2013 00:26 |  #5

I prefer the 135L vs. The 85L.


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Jul 25, 2013 00:29 |  #6

maverick75 wrote in post #16151748 (external link)
not really, 2.8 to 1.2 is a HUGE different in F stops.

Closer than the 135@f/4 of my 70-200 ;)

3Rotor wrote in post #16151757 (external link)
Have you had your hands on these lenses before? I'd highly suggest renting them to come to a final conclusion.

I hate renting, the $150 I'd spend to rent these lenses, is $150 I can put towards the lens itself.

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If the 135 isn't too long for you, that's what I'd get!

Invertalon wrote in post #16151779 (external link)
I prefer the 135L vs. The 85L.

Why?




  
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Jul 25, 2013 00:34 |  #7

I have both the 135 & 85/1.2. really, I never shoot the 85 wide open but the portraits are stunning. Likewise on the 135 so it is your preference for distance; I like to use the 135 on kids. :)


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Jul 25, 2013 00:46 |  #8

I vote 85L. This way you can shoot 85mm with some background to give context to the shot, and then you can shoot 200 f/4 for compressed tighter portraits. Should be a great combo, plus you won't worry about if you have enough space.


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Jul 25, 2013 01:51 |  #9

I've tried both lenses, are both are ridiculously good. I'd own both if I could. haha. However, my vote goes for the 85mm as 135 was too long for me in many situations, even outdoors. Shooting a model at full length with 135 resulted in me having to yell out directions or constantly walking back and forth to talk to the model.

If price is the problem, I suggest getting the Sigma 85mm f1.4. I have that lens right now, and it is AMAZING. it is my favorite lens. It is tack sharp all the time at f1.4. The focusing system on the 6D is fairly good so you'll have no problem shooting wide open using outside focusing points. (5D2 users struggled... how do I know? I used to have one. then I upgraded to mark iii and focusing problems were gone :D).

Honestly, if I had to start all over again and shoot the Canon L vs Sigma... I'd choose the Sigma 85 f1.4 AND get the 135L also, same price as the 85L alone.


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Jul 25, 2013 01:54 |  #10

I own both. I think no matter which you buy, you'd be curious about the other and ultimately end up buying both. Final lens ? Doubt it.




  
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Jul 25, 2013 02:00 |  #11

fashionrider wrote in post #16151938 (external link)
The focusing system on the 6D is fairly good so you'll have no problem shooting wide open using outside focusing points.

Agree with everything you said except this, lol. I've tried using the outer focus points on my 6D, miss focus quite a bit even at 1.4/1.6... Center AF point no problem.


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Jul 25, 2013 02:02 |  #12

I would go with the 85L for this reason. You already have the 70-200/4 IS and the difference in blur between the 85L at 1.2 and the 70-200/4 @85mm f4 is going to be larger than the difference between the 135L at 2.0 and the 70-200/4 at 135mm f4. The longer 135 focal length is going to help blur the background because background objects will be larger, thus more blur than with shorter focal lengths.

Or for the price of the 85L, you could get the Sigma 85/1.4 and 135L. Because lets face it, nobody ever really buys just one last lens.


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Jul 25, 2013 02:04 |  #13

RickRandhawa wrote in post #16151954 (external link)
Agree with everything you said except this, lol. I've tried using the outer focus points on my 6D, miss focus quite a bit even at 1.4/1.6... Center AF point no problem.

Thanks for the honesty there.


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Jul 25, 2013 02:08 |  #14

RickRandhawa wrote in post #16151954 (external link)
Agree with everything you said except this, lol. I've tried using the outer focus points on my 6D, miss focus quite a bit even at 1.4/1.6... Center AF point no problem.

ah, well I may be wrong. This based on what minimal memory I have about people's thoughts of it. haha. Of course, the 6D is no 5D3 :P


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Jul 25, 2013 02:59 |  #15

I also suggest buying a used copy from someone in your area. You can try it out and if you want to sell it, you can always sell it for the same price as lens usually don't lose their value as their is no "shutter count" attached to a lens. As long a it's kept in good shape, value stays the same. :D it's something i've done often.


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