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Sold the 70-200 for the 135!

 
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Oct 07, 2014 16:44 |  #1

Finally committed to the idea of selling my Canon 70-200mm 2.8 II and getting the Canon 135 f/2. I love primes and i wasn't using my 70-200 to justify having a lens of that caliber sitting in my bag. It wasn't that the lens wasn't producing great results because it was, just preferred the size and weight of the 135. So i sold the 70-200 and picked up a 135+17-40 and still had some money left over for an 85mm f/1.8. I second shoot for a wedding photographer and this past saturday was my first wedding without a 70-200 and honestly i didn't feel like i was really missing anything or unable to get shots i could with the 70-200. The 135 is awesome as well as the 17-40. So far so good!


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Oct 07, 2014 17:00 |  #2

I still have both. Will continue to keep both as well. Wouldn't be without either. :)


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Oct 07, 2014 20:02 |  #3

I dunno.... I just don't find me using my 135 much. Funny as it sounds the 70-200 got replaced by the 120-300.

I do parades and such with the 120-300 and you should the looks I get from carrying that big ol lens around.

Makes me want to get a 70-200 again lol. Oh well. Images come out great so screw em.


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Oct 07, 2014 20:18 |  #4

I had 3 versions of the 70-200, in the end I sold them all and ended up going with the 135, love it.


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Oct 07, 2014 20:28 |  #5

This is something I have been considering this change for the past few months, but just can't pull the trigger on letting go of the 70-200. I think I'll someday pick up a nice used copy of the 135L, and see if it does what I need before I sell the zoom.




  
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Oct 07, 2014 22:22 as a reply to  @ MatthewK's post |  #6

I sold my 135L and kept the 70-200ii. I know I will buy the 135L again though eventually...


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Oct 07, 2014 22:34 |  #7

I struggle with this very decision every couple months. The 70-200 does 95% of what the 135 can do, but somehow the images coming from the 135 prevent me from selling. As for the 70-200, it is just too good at so many things that I don't think I can ever get rid of it.

If I absolutely HAD to get rid of one, I'd sell the 135, buy the 85 1.8, then sell my Tamron and use the remaining cash from the 135 and Tamron sale to put towards the 24-70II. So, anybody interested in buying either lens? :D


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Oct 07, 2014 23:05 |  #8

good move :). You were able to buy 2 great lenses for the price of 1 great lens.




  
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Oct 07, 2014 23:08 as a reply to  @ dhog6s's post |  #9

I didn't like the weight of the 70-200 2.8. I have been lusting over the 135L and will be trying it in spring. I think my dream combo would be 135L + 70-200 F4 IS. But we will see if I have built the 135L up too much in my head.


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Oct 07, 2014 23:24 |  #10

Myboostedgst wrote in post #17200610 (external link)
I didn't like the weight of the 70-200 2.8. I have been lusting over the 135L and will be trying it in spring. I think my dream combo would be 135L + 70-200 F4 IS. But we will see if I have built the 135L up too much in my head.

I just did this. I had the 70-200 f2.8 II, and while it was a great lens, I didn't use it much since I didn't really care for the handling / weight on the camera. I finally sold it, and picked up the 135 L for portraits and the 70-200 f4 IS for when I need the convenience of a zoom (e.g. walk around and studio portraits).

I absolutely love the 135 L. It is by far the best portrait lens I have used including the 85 L II. The 70-200 f4 IS is also a pleasure to use with outstanding IQ in a much lighter weight lens. This has lead me to purchase f4 zooms and compliment them with relatively fast primes, which makes a very versatile system.


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Oct 07, 2014 23:32 |  #11

Frosticles wrote in post #17199933 (external link)
I still have both. Will continue to keep both as well. Wouldn't be without either. :)

Yup. I use both of them equally.




  
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Oct 08, 2014 00:23 |  #12

The 135 takes TCs very well. So with a TC1.4, you have a pretty decent 189 f/2.8 to get the long end back.


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Oct 08, 2014 01:47 |  #13

The biggest annoyance of the 135/2 is lack of IS. With the 70-200's, I can get good results @ 1/125 for people photography, with the 135/2, I'm at around 200-250 to get as consistent results.... That wipes out most of the low light advantage.

that always annoyed the hell out of me, that said, just picked up another variant. Went a solid month before another 135F2 :p

I just use it way too much to rid of it. The stabilization issue really bothers me, but oh well, just gotta live with it till someone builds in body IS.


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Oct 08, 2014 05:50 |  #14

Both is indeed the best solution :)

I did a fashionshow a few weeks ago, can't imagine doing this with 135L and the 200mm is nice for close-ups/detailed shots.

It's the best portrait zoom vs best price/quality prime.
I keep 135L for less obtrusive stuff, for example pictures of my daughter at a school party, when everyone is using a compactcam it's a bit ridiculous to be there with a big white tele, a black 135L is reasonable :)

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I still have both. Will continue to keep both as well. Wouldn't be without either. :)


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Oct 08, 2014 06:21 as a reply to  @ CanonYouCan's post |  #15

I've owned a 135L for around four years. I don't use it all much but when I do it's- WOW!


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