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Aug 08, 2014 14:57 |  #1

In favor of buying the 135L, it's probably one of the best values in the entire L line. Sample photos I've seen from others are stunning. And it would be a better outdoor portrait focal length than my current 85.

The things that hold me back?

One is the perennial talk about an IS version coming soon. IS would be great on a lens of this focal length. But I can safely assume that such a lens will not be available at such a "modest" price.

But here's my bigger question. I own the 85L. Love it on a 5D3. Put it on my 50D body and that beautiful lens has essentially become 135mm. But I have to believe that a 135 on the 5D3 will produce images more beautiful than an 85 on an older crop body, no?

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Aug 08, 2014 15:03 |  #2

The 135L is one of the bokeh kings in the EF lineup. With the added shallow DOF on a FF, I can only imagine it's that much better vs. on crop. I've seen the sample images, I'm a total believer in the 135L. And at the current price, it's not a bad value. Sure they might come out with a Mk II that has IS, but it will be more expensive for sure. Go for it!




  
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Aug 08, 2014 15:07 |  #3

I hope they come out with one with IS so the Mk1 will drop in price!


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Aug 08, 2014 16:02 |  #4

To be clear, I'm curious about the value of this lens when considering IQ on a FF 5D3 vs the IQ of my current 85L on a crop.


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Aug 08, 2014 16:16 |  #5

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In favor of buying the 135L, it's probably one of the best values in the entire L line. Sample photos I've seen from others are stunning. And it would be a better outdoor portrait focal length than my current 85.

The things that hold me back?

One is the perennial talk about an IS version coming soon. IS would be great on a lens of this focal length. But I can safely assume that such a lens will not be available at such a "modest" price.

But here's my bigger question. I own the 85L. Love it on a 5D3. Put it on my 50D body and that beautiful lens has essentially become 135mm. But I have to believe that a 135 on the 5D3 will produce images more beautiful than an 85 on an older crop body, no?

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I don't know that the 135L will take "more beautiful" pictures than the 85L, in fact, both lens are capable of equally stunning images. I personally would not hold out for an IS version. The lens will likely be bigger, heavier, and most certainly in the $2,000 range. Moreover, I've found that I tend to want my shutter speed up around 1/125 to 1/250, regardless of focal length or IS, when I am shooting people who are not staying perfectly still, ie. just about any session/event outside of strict portrait work.

If shallow DOF is what you're after, again, both lens do this well. The 135 will give you a more shallow DOF by about 0.1inch with a subject at about 10ft. So the 135 wins by a thin margin.

If you are more interested in low-light capability, then the 85L wins hands-down for several reasons. You can use a lower shutter speed without camera shake/blur because of the shorter focal length, and you get an additional 1.3 stops of light with the f/1.2 vs the f/2.

If you are looking for a lens to use with moving subjects (children, sports, pets, etc) then the 135L wins big. The 85 focuses slowly, sometimes painfully slow.


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Aug 08, 2014 16:23 as a reply to  @ mannetti21's post |  #6

My experience with the 135l is that you must keep your shutter speeds up. I have been spoiled with the IS on lenses and when shooting with that lens had to throw out some otherwise remarkable images. As long as you are aware of this it will be fine. I would love to have an IS version of this lens. That being said it will cost quite a bit more.:cry:


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Aug 08, 2014 16:24 |  #7

Since you shoot weddings and have a 70-200IS, have you considered upgrading it to the newer version. Since the 135L is only one stop faster than your 70-200 and since you're only planning to use it for outdoor subjects, IMHO, upgrading your 70-200IS would be a better option. I believe the new 70-200IS on your 5dIII would produce better images than your 85L on a crop body, plus allow you much more versatility.


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Aug 08, 2014 19:23 |  #8

On one hand I want to tell you, "yes the 135/2 is magic." And I wouldn't wait for a new version becuase the current one is so good. Any new lens to update it will surely have less bang for the buck and go past the point of diminishing returns.

On the other hand, your 85/1.2 is nearly exactly equivalent on the 50D. It's going to run you $1000 for what maybe a 10% gain depending on how large you print. It's a hard choice for sure.


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Aug 08, 2014 20:38 |  #9

TBH I never felt the need of IS on the 135L, as long as your shutter speed is faster than 1/200, you're good.
I even used this a couple of times at 1/60 and still got amazing shots.

However, now a days I find 135mm too long for my shooting style and sold mine. I'm happy with my 50mm and 90mm, still have a 135mm 2.8 just in case too.


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Aug 08, 2014 20:52 as a reply to  @ taemo's post |  #10

Don't think about it,, just do it. In my opinion the 135L is the bang for your buck L lens.

A truly amazing lens.


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Aug 08, 2014 21:31 |  #11

I've seen the 135L around the $750 Mark refurbished off and on over the past few months. You just can't get hurt at that price, as you can sell it for a wash or better.

Not that you would want to sell it, because it really is great.

The suggestion on upgrading to a 70-200 2.8 is ii is also a great option.


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Aug 08, 2014 21:37 |  #12

Sold my 70-200 II and recently picked up the 135 L to compliment my 85 L II since I didn't care to lug the 70-200 around. I was a bit worried about loosing IS, but after shooting a senior portrait session a few days ago with the 135 L, I have no regrets at all. Awesome sharpness, focuses perfectly and this lens wide open at f/2 is great for portraits on full frame. I also find it excellent for closeup work using a set of tubes.


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Aug 09, 2014 03:07 as a reply to  @ jrscls's post |  #13

I have the 70-200 2.8LII, in fact you could say I don't need 85 1.8, 85 1.2L, 135L.
But I like to have a versatile zoom & compact primes together.

Sometimes the 70-200 2.8LII is a bit exagerated in certain circumstances and heavy.
So having both the zoom and the compact primes is the best solution if portraiture/modelling is your thing :)

Least used is naturally 135L, but I see it as a "surprise lens", everytime it gets out of the closet I enjoy back the quality and remember it's a gem :-D
Sometimes I only shoot with 135L, then I have no other lens with me so i'm forced to use it and not letting it collecting dust :-D


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Aug 09, 2014 04:41 |  #14

I would get it. I brought my 35L at Christmas and the rumour mill was pointing to the 35Lmkii coming. It's now august and still no 35Lmkii. The 135L is next on my list. It's an amazing lens.


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Aug 09, 2014 10:38 |  #15

The 135L and 5d3 combination is amazing!. You'll be tickled every time using them together. JUST GET IT!! :D


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