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Apr 15, 2014 20:38 |  #8581

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Apr 16, 2014 03:22 |  #8582

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Apr 16, 2014 03:44 |  #8583

Dankata wrote in post #16835364 (external link)
Loved the moon, but didn't love the fact that 135mm is my longest lens lol

Just a thought Daniel... if you only need something longer for the odd occasion, you can use the 135 mm with TCs. This was it plus the x2 TC II on a 7D...

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Apr 16, 2014 05:42 |  #8584

IrfanDDS wrote in post #16836886 (external link)
So I have a question for you guys..

I currently have 70-200 2.8 IS II, 35L, 50 1.4 and 85L II.. I am thinking of buying the 135L but it might be an overlap with 85L and 70-200.. Thoughts? Is it worth spending cash on this lens considering I have the other 2 already.. I guess I am trying to see if there are specific uses of this lens that the other 2 can't replicate..

Well I don't own the 85L but I really love having the 135L as well as the 70-200 2.8ii. I wasn't sure either if i could justify both, but the size and weight difference is considerable & the 135L is often a much more practical choice for me. Such amazing things happen to a background with f2; I'm so pleased and impressed. I also think this lens gives a different & very interesting look to some pictures - hard to describe but there's something about them that I don't think I could replicate with the 70-200.

On the downside, I really miss IS! I had a lot of adjusting to do at first to the fact that I needed significantly higher shutter speeds, and consequently higher ISO values, to avoid any handshake blur. One stop of extra light doesn't make up for 3-4 stops of IS advantage unfortunately. I have been rather spoiled by IS on the 70-200. I'll be one of the first in line to buy the IS version of this lens if Canon ever brings one out. I don't ever want to give up the zoom either!

I say if you can afford it then it's worth having this lens as well as your others. Best of luck with your decision.


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Apr 16, 2014 05:43 |  #8585

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Apr 16, 2014 10:10 as a reply to  @ sjyap's post |  #8586

Capn Fishy wrote in post #16837519 (external link)
=Cap'n Fishy;16837519]Just a thought Daniel... if you only need something longer for the odd occasion, you can use the 135 mm with TCs. This was it plus the x2 TC II on a 7D...
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Apr 16, 2014 10:51 |  #8587

Savethemoment wrote in post #16837604 (external link)
Well I don't own the 85L but I really love having the 135L as well as the 70-200 2.8ii. I wasn't sure either if i could justify both, but the size and weight difference is considerable & the 135L is often a much more practical choice for me. Such amazing things happen to a background with f2; I'm so pleased and impressed. I also think this lens gives a different & very interesting look to some pictures - hard to describe but there's something about them that I don't think I could replicate with the 70-200.

On the downside, I really miss IS! I had a lot of adjusting to do at first to the fact that I needed significantly higher shutter speeds, and consequently higher ISO values, to avoid any handshake blur. One stop of extra light doesn't make up for 3-4 stops of IS advantage unfortunately. I have been rather spoiled by IS on the 70-200. I'll be one of the first in line to buy the IS version of this lens if Canon ever brings one out. I don't ever want to give up the zoom either!

I say if you can afford it then it's worth having this lens as well as your others. Best of luck with your decision.

Very helpful post. I've been eyeing the 135 for awhile, also waiting for a potential Sigma version. I have the 70-200 mk2 as well and have been wondering if I should trade/sell it for the 70-200 F4IS and 135, or just sell it altogether and only get the 135. I'm leaning towards just keeping it, and also getting the 135 (it's only money right?). The IS on the mk2 is beastly. I get sharp shots at 200mm, 1/30 consistently. I also noticed when I had the IS turned off accidentally that I get tons of blurry shots even at 1/200+. The IS on the 70-200 is a thing of beauty. It's just SOO freakin large/heavy


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Apr 16, 2014 11:21 |  #8588

GuitarDTO wrote in post #16838198 (external link)
Very helpful post. I've been eyeing the 135 for awhile, also waiting for a potential Sigma version. I have the 70-200 mk2 as well and have been wondering if I should trade/sell it for the 70-200 F4IS and 135, or just sell it altogether and only get the 135. I'm leaning towards just keeping it, and also getting the 135 (it's only money right?). The IS on the mk2 is beastly. I get sharp shots at 200mm, 1/30 consistently. I also noticed when I had the IS turned off accidentally that I get tons of blurry shots even at 1/200+. The IS on the 70-200 is a thing of beauty. It's just SOO freakin large/heavy

the 70-200 is an awesome lens, but so damn heavy (I've used it plenty). What you get with the 135, is consistently great images, since you have to work for it. Indoor venues, where you're seated, the 70-200 does 200mm, so it wins by default, but outdoors (or large halls), the 135 is much more fun to use.

I'de rather not own both TBH, too much overlap, and *IF* I did, I'de get the less expensive tamron 70-200 and 135 instead..... but yeah, with the overlap, you'll leave one at home for sure. If 200 is your longest lens, keep the 70-200, if you have a supplement, get the 135.


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Apr 16, 2014 14:04 |  #8589

As someone who traded a rarely-used 70-200 2.8 mk2 for a (now rarely-used) 135L here are my thoughts:

  • I really miss the IS.
  • The versatility of the zoom in a confined space can't be beat if you need it.
  • The reason the zoom didn't get much use was because it was too heavy to bring out to casual shoots, and I'm not a professional. In retrospect, I could've done with just the f/4L IS and a fast prime like the 85 1.8
  • If I ever need a fast zoom again, I'll probably go with the Tamron given the price difference.
  • The 135L doesn't get much use too. It looks like I shoot a lot <100mm, and have flirted with getting rid of it for a 35L/Sigma35. But whenever I get around to using it, I change my mind.
  • If money is an issue, it's a lot easier to have a 135L sit idle in the bag than it is to have the mk2 sitting idle.
  • For my usage pattern, I'd drop a 135L for a 85L, but the price difference is just too great for me to justify.


Since the original question-asker has the 85L, I'd proabably pass on the 135L and just keep the 85/70-200.

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Apr 16, 2014 14:20 as a reply to  @ m3thods's post |  #8590

Interesting input...

Just my tuppenceworth...

I originally bought the 135 f2 for doing fishy action shots on the 7D that I used between 2010 and 2012. When the 5DIII came out, it was the body I'd been waiting for, and I got one. Only problem was that 135 was a bit short for the fishy action. I looked around and there was the 200 f2.8. I picked up a 2nd-hand one off eBay for a steal. What a great wee lens it is! The result is that my 135 is now very underused, but I don't think I can bring myself to sell it, for the same reasons that everyone else who owns one wouldn't sell it ;).

For anything longer, I have the 100-400. I love it to bits, but one big heavy lump of a thing is enough, so no 70-200 for me!

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Apr 16, 2014 19:34 |  #8591

IrfanDDS wrote in post #16836886 (external link)
So I have a question for you guys..

I currently have 70-200 2.8 IS II, 35L, 50 1.4 and 85L II.. I am thinking of buying the 135L but it might be an overlap with 85L and 70-200.. Thoughts? Is it worth spending cash on this lens considering I have the other 2 already.. I guess I am trying to see if there are specific uses of this lens that the other 2 can't replicate..

Well, I used the 135 a whole lot for a couple years. I have also had the opportunity to use the 70-200 2.8II on several occasions. I think they are two very different lenses. The 135, I think, is a bit of a specialty lens. This was great for myself as a hobbyist. When used right, it really makes special images that 200mm @ 2.8 cannot rival (IMO, and I tried real hard). But I think unless you have the room, a 135mm prime can get a little crowded. I will also say that the lack of IS did effect many of my images. My best shots were at 1/500th or faster. But when the light is good, it's a great lens to have and easy to carry around.

Now, (at the risk of sounding cliche') while the 70-200 doesn't have the "magic" the prime has, it is an incredible lens! I've used it at several indoor swim meets with absolutely horrendous lighting, took 100's of frames, and have never stopped down from 2.8. As you know, that thing is RAZOR wide open. Prime like, if you will. And the IS is a HUGE bonus. (Lack thereof was really one of the reasons I sold the 135, makes it tough to shoot at max sync speed with flash for fill). But, again, the 70-200 ain't 2.0! In the end, it's a photography workhorse/machine that is WAY to huge for me to ever consider luging around for casual shooting.

So, to sum up my long winded answer to your question, I am of the opinion that it simply comes down to if you want it or not. Personally, I would keep the zoom and love and embrace the 85L for all it's goodness (I'm jealous!!). Finally, an option would be to grab one used here for 750ish, use it for a year or so, and sell it for minimal loss if it isn't for you.

Hope this helps, just chiming in with my 2 cents...


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Apr 16, 2014 20:59 |  #8593

135 is the best lens is all you need to know haha

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Apr 16, 2014 22:21 |  #8594

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Apr 16, 2014 23:16 |  #8595

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135 is the best lens is all you need to know

x2 :D


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