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Tell me, am I nuts thinking of ditching my Canon 135 f2/L for a 85 f1.8

 
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May 29, 2015 08:06 |  #31

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I did just that and have not regretted the decision. However, if you are looking for a lens specifically for portraits, its hard to beat the 135L. I would loosely argue that the 135 does extremely well with portraits, so well in fact, that it almost seems to be a specialty lens with not a ton of versatility. Just my personal experience and I'm sure you can find plenty of exceptions/examples to counter that statement.

IMO, one major drawback to the 135L is, ironically, the 135mm focal length. During events and difficult lighting I use the 85 far more often than the 135. I found that when I want/need the 135mm length, the 70-200 fills in nicely (even for most portrait scenarios). The one thing I didn't realize prior to purchasing the 135 was that despite it being f/2, it really isn't suited for low-light situations due to the focal length. To eliminate camera shake, I always had to keep the shutter at about 1/250, so I essentially neutralized the benefits of the wide aperture by having to select a faster shutter speed. I'm not sure why I couldn't get away with a 1/200 speed, but for me, it really had to be 1/250 to get crisp shots consistently. (Maybe something to do with the size/weight of the lens???) With the 85 1.8, not only do I gain an additional 1/3 stop via aperture, but I can also stay at 1/100 to gain an additional 2/3 stop over the 135L. Therefore, I was gaining a full stop of light in real-world use of the 85 1.8 over the 135L.

So, while the above may not apply to your originally intended use, I think it's something worth considering before purchasing the lens.

I agree with mannetti21's post 100%. As you know, The 135 is really awesome. IQ is top notch. However, it is a bit of a specialty lens. A bit long a lot of times. But the real kicker for me was that I had to have good light to get sharp shots and that meant SS's >1/250 and preferably ~1/500. This limited it's use. The f/2 was more for throwing the BG OOF/subject separation rather than light gathering. So I sold mine.....to mannetti21! :lol:

I think the prevailing message in this thread is to simply pick up the 85 as it is a very good lens and quite affordable (as far as camera gear goes).

I would love to see a 135mm with IS


EDIT: You do know there is an 85 1.8 sample thread...right?

https://photography-on-the.net …showthread.php?​p=17575143


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May 29, 2015 21:04 as a reply to  @ idsurfer's post |  #32

i currently have 3 in the range, trying to determine which one to keep, 100 f2 canon , sigma 70 2.8 macro and 135f2. the 135 f2 is prob going to win. I have the 50 stm in the mail for short range. but def the 100 f2 is better than the 85/1.8 unless u are on crop and depending on use. havent had a lot of time to test, but the 70 is pretty much sharper than anything, like any af lens ever period. but the output from the 135 is beautiful. and the 100 f2 is more usable. but i will have the 50 to cover short distance. anyway, hope to put a comparison test on here soon.


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