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Jul 30, 2014 23:35 |  #1

I am looking at expanding my lens for my EOS Rebelt3i. I have a 18-55mm, just bought a 50mm F/1.8 lens. and now I am looking at either a 135mm or a 75-300. There is also a "CPC AUTO ZOOM 75-200mm MACRO CCT CAMERA LENS 1:45 C/FD Mount MC Canon" lens for sale but not exactly sure what that is? I am doing pet photography and am mainly looking for a lens for outside action shots with blurred backgrounds. If someone could help explain to my what the last lens is and what is better a 135mm or the 75-300. Is the last one the same thing as a 75-300mm except for it only goes to 200? Thank you for your help! I have until tomorrow to figure this out.




  
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Jul 30, 2014 23:45 |  #2

I don't know exactly what that last lens is, but if it's FD mount, you don't want it. It won't fit your camera.




  
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Jul 30, 2014 23:48 |  #3

That is what I was worried about...Now what would be better, 75-300mm or 135mm? It's so hard just choosing one! haha Keep in mine I am doing pet photography outside. action and portraits.




  
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Jul 30, 2014 23:49 |  #4

Others will tell you for sure but I don't think the MC mount fits current Canon bodies. I could be wrong though.

The 135L is a blurring bokeh monster, in a good way! It's one of the best lenses for blurring backgrounds.

Alternatively at that price range you could look at the 70-200 f/4 IS. Outside with plenty of space behind your subjects, you can get good blur. it won't be at the same level as the 135, but you'd be sacrificing bokeh quality for greater range, IS, and overall more versatility.




  
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Jul 30, 2014 23:53 |  #5

135mm

due to it's fixed focal length you may be running back and forth a bit, especially with pets, but it'll make you a disciplined/active photographer.

And because it's a fixed focal length it'll have a wider aperture allowing more light in and blurring backgrounds with depth of field.

My opinion may be biased due to my "only prime" set up right now. There's an advantage to keeping the shutter speeds up and the ISO low with fixed lenses.

I'm not sure what the 75-200 macro is but i don't think it'll mount on a t3i according to the (Mount MC Canon) description.

I'd recommend the 135mm f/2.8 (soft focus) lens, although I don't own it and i'm not sure on how it does in terms of focus speed. It seems like it'll fit your outfit better. I do think that the focal length might be a little far for a t3i, so maybe an 85mm f/1.8 is another one to consider.

At the end of the day a lens is just a tool for your artwork, the 75-300 would be convenient,but it may be quite slow with focus and exposure (without good light).

Hope this helps!


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Jul 30, 2014 23:53 |  #6

After comparing photos I just purchased the 135mm. I'll get the 75-300mm next pay (: Can't wait to get my new lens and use them! Thank you for your replies (:




  
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Jul 30, 2014 23:54 as a reply to  @ ericm678's post |  #7

and of course the 135L if it's within your range :D


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Jul 31, 2014 00:04 |  #8

ericm678 wrote in post #17067379 (external link)
and of course the 135L if it's within your range :D


What is difference of 135mm and 135L?




  
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Jul 31, 2014 00:09 |  #9

I've never owned a 75-300, but you might want to do a search on it before buying. Unless it's the IS version, it's often voted the worse lens in Canon's line up.


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Jul 31, 2014 00:14 |  #10

Bgill1215 wrote in post #17067390 (external link)
What is difference of 135mm and 135L?

No difference, he/she was talking about the same lens just omitted the L out of convenience.




  
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Jul 31, 2014 00:16 |  #11

hiketheplanet wrote in post #17067400 (external link)
No difference, he/she was talking about the same lens just omitted the L out of convenience.

Oh, okay (: I got both the 50mm and 135mm tonight..now to wait for delivery! haha




  
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Jul 31, 2014 05:03 |  #12

Heya,

On a T3i, I would have just thrown an 85mm F1.8 on there for cheap. Otherwise, a 70-200 F4L.

But if you can afford a 135L, by all means, go for it. Just be prepared to be far, far away from the action on APS-C since it's a fixed focal length.

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Jul 31, 2014 08:29 |  #13

MalVeauX wrote in post #17067654 (external link)
Heya,

On a T3i, I would have just thrown an 85mm F1.8 on there for cheap. Otherwise, a 70-200 F4L.

But if you can afford a 135L, by all means, go for it. Just be prepared to be far, far away from the action on APS-C since it's a fixed focal length.

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I'll have to look into the th 85mm, i'm trying t get as much gear as I can. I am getting all used gear at the moment. I got the 50mm ans 35mm for $20 each on e-bay. No one else bid on them, so I am very lucky or they are in bad condition. We shall see. I live on 5 acres and love getting action shots of my boys but it's hard when they have all 5 acres to run on, can never get close enough so maybe the 135mm will help with that,




  
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Jul 31, 2014 14:02 |  #14

Bgill1215 wrote in post #17067376 (external link)
.... I'll get the 75-300mm next pay .......


Don't waste your time or money on the 75-300, it's not a good lens (been there, done that). In the same price ballpark you can get a 55-250 which is much better. For outdoor action shots a 70-200 f4L is great, the non-IS version can usually be found used for $450 - $500.




  
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Jul 31, 2014 14:44 |  #15

If possible, try to find out which camera body was used on the sample photos you like. Compared to a full frame body the 135L is effectively 216mm when used on your camera . That could be an advantage or disadvantage depending on what you want to do.


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