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Nov 01, 2014 19:32 as a reply to  @ imagesbybarbara's post |  #9887

Do you guys find that you can hold the lens steady enough at 1/160 to get sharp photos? Trying to decide if I am going with a ND and regular OCF setup, or if I need to go with a HSS setup.


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Nov 01, 2014 21:22 |  #9888

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Thanks!

Agreed, nice shots! Did you use a little something for fill? Care to share? Thanks

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Do you guys find that you can hold the lens steady enough at 1/160 to get sharp photos? Trying to decide if I am going with a ND and regular OCF setup, or if I need to go with a HSS setup.

Just because you asked…..This was my issue with the 135L. This is a super awesome lens for the money. But, I didn't get consistently sharp shots unless I was shooting at 1/500 or faster. When using flash as fill, I didn't feel I could hand hold the lens and keep the SS at max sync speed (i.e 1/160). Many times I ended up with shots I loved but were not "nailed" due to obvious camera shake. I would LOVE to have a 135mm prime with IS/OS. This said, surely a more skilled photographer than I would have much better results.


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Nov 01, 2014 21:56 |  #9889

idsurfer wrote in post #17246629 (external link)
Agreed, nice shots! Did you use a little something for fill? Care to share? Thanks!.

Ya I used my softbox for fill with my 430exii set to manual at about 1/8 power and about 3-4 feet from my subjects. That's it!


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Nov 02, 2014 04:32 |  #9890

Myboostedgst wrote in post #17246442 (external link)
Do you guys find that you can hold the lens steady enough at 1/160 to get sharp photos? Trying to decide if I am going with a ND and regular OCF setup, or if I need to go with a HSS setup.

For myself I always have to use a tripod that is because I have shaky hands. Rarely can I hand hold the lens.


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Nov 02, 2014 05:20 |  #9891

I read a lot about the need for this lens to be shot over the minimum to get sharp images but I get good results at 1/100 with the 135Lf2, perhaps I have steady hands :)


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Nov 02, 2014 11:56 |  #9892

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Nov 02, 2014 14:54 |  #9893

imagesbybarbara wrote in post #17247091 (external link)
For myself I always have to use a tripod that is because I have shaky hands. Rarely can I hand hold the lens.

idsurfer wrote in post #17246629 (external link)
Just because you asked…..This was my issue with the 135L. This is a super awesome lens for the money. But, I didn't get consistently sharp shots unless I was shooting at 1/500 or faster. When using flash as fill, I didn't feel I could hand hold the lens and keep the SS at max sync speed (i.e 1/160). Many times I ended up with shots I loved but were not "nailed" due to obvious camera shake. I would LOVE to have a 135mm prime with IS/OS. This said, surely a more skilled photographer than I would have much better results.

Ouch. This is making my decision a little more difficult. I was really hopin to not have to use HSS as it is quite a bit more expensive to get into. Looks like I should just rent the lens soon and test it out.


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Nov 02, 2014 14:55 as a reply to  @ Myboostedgst's post |  #9894

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Nov 02, 2014 15:01 |  #9895

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Ouch. This is making my decision a little more difficult. I was really hopin to not have to use HSS as it is quite a bit more expensive to get into. Looks like I should just rent the lens soon and test it out.

Have you checked out the new yongnuo HSS options? I think the flashes are around the £100/$160 mark and you can control them remotely with the 622 triggers


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Nov 02, 2014 15:06 |  #9896

Myboostedgst wrote in post #17248067 (external link)
Ouch. This is making my decision a little more difficult. I was really hopin to not have to use HSS as it is quite a bit more expensive to get into. Looks like I should just rent the lens soon and test it out.

As long as I stay at 1/150 or so on my 5DII I dont have any issues.




  
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Nov 02, 2014 15:33 |  #9897

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Nov 02, 2014 16:07 |  #9898

Myboostedgst wrote in post #17248067 (external link)
Ouch. This is making my decision a little more difficult. I was really hopin to not have to use HSS as it is quite a bit more expensive to get into. Looks like I should just rent the lens soon and test it out.

I have to add that I have a medical problem Fibromyalgia that is why I can't hand hold the lens, really not any lens too much anymore. But maybe the best option would be to rent one and try it out first. With that said I would never ever give up my 135, I did once and regretted it.


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Nov 02, 2014 16:19 |  #9900

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Have you checked out the new yongnuo HSS options? I think the flashes are around the £100/$160 mark and you can control them remotely with the 622 triggers

I have the Yongnuo 560 III and RF-603 combo right now. I am really happy with the results. With the new 560-TX, I can do a two speedlight setup with controls on camera for another $125.00 plus the ND filter. However, to go to the HSS setup, it would be an investment of $472 for a two off camera speedlight option (two 568's, 622-tx and two 622's) and I wouldnt have a ND filter that I could potentially use on other lenses. There are other benefits to the 622's over the 560-tx (such as if I switch to strobes or another kind of speedlight), but I don't know if I will actually ever use that as the simplicity of using a single 560-tx on camera, and then two 560 III's on stands without recievers is so nice.

But now I am getting this thread off topic. I have some more thinking to do, and really just need to rent this lens. The problem is that the weather is really taking a turn for the worse, and I don't know the next time that I will be able to get outside and shoot anything.

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I have to add that I have a medical problem Fibromyalgia that is why I can't hand hold the lens, really not any lens too much anymore. But maybe the best option would be to rent one and try it out first. With that said I would never ever give up my 135, I did once and regretted it.

Thanks for the clarification. Sorry to hear about your condition, but glad to see that you are still working at it. Not having tried the 135L is the only thing keeping me from switching to Nikon right now.


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