I'm trying to round out my prime collection which I use for weddings + portrait photography.
I'm trying to get a lens that gets me close to that magic half body/full body telephoto shot that lenses like the 200mm f2 IS do extremely well:
Unfortunately I have neither the funds to buy that particular lens, nor the desire to carry it around for any length of time.
I've made what I think is a shortlist of lenses that may achieve close to that look:
- Canon 135mm f2.0: Nice and cheap for what it is, easier to work with focal length but lacks IS and also doesn't seem to blur complex backgrounds anywhere near as well as the 200mm f2.0 IS.
- Canon 200mm f2.8 II: Same focal length but lacks the IS and misses out on a stop. But way cheaper, way smaller and way lighter. From my browsing of samples it seems the bokeh might be better controlled than the 135mm when dealing with shrubbery and other complicated backdrops.
- Canon 300mm f4 IS: Might be getting quite long here but the IS helps keep the shutter speeds down which means it may be more useful than the 200mm f2.8 once the light starts to dim. It's hard to find many portrait examples since most people use it to photograph sports and birds, but the examples that are there seem to work and the bokeh looks great too.
Any thoughts? Any other lenses I should consider for this kind of specialised area of work?