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135L 2 Vs 85 1.2

 
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Oct 14, 2016 02:51 |  #1

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i want to know which is a better lens (no doubt 85 1.2 is far better) but the difference in price between these two lenses is alot..so is 135L 2 is a worth buy?i do fashion photography n i need one of these lens for fashion portraits n full length images...here in my country u can buy a good condition 85mm 1.2 in 1500 to 1600 USD and on the other hand 135L 2 New in 1000 USD...so kindly suggest me will i go for 135mm 2 new and save some money for 70-200 2.8 L II or i have to buy 85mm 1.2 used..with reasons...thanx alot




  
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Oct 14, 2016 03:03 |  #2

The 135L is faster focusing. It is excellent for low light sports photography. On the other hand, the 85L 1.2 is slow at focusing and people using an 85mm for sports will use the 85 f1.8 instead of the 85L f1.2. For posed photos, that doesn't matter at all, but it could matter if you are trying to take photos on location where the model is in motion.

Other than that, both lenses will work great for fashion work. The 85L may be needed if you have a limited amount of room in your studio. If taking outdoor fashion shots where you, the photographer, can move freely, the 135L works great. The best way to know which one will work best for you if you are not restrained by the room of your studio is to go to the threads on here showing sample photographs of both lenses and see which lens has the look you like the best.
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Oct 14, 2016 03:38 as a reply to  @ Nogo's post |  #3

thanks alot nogo




  
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Oct 14, 2016 10:26 |  #4

If undecided, and sensitive to pricing, start with the 135L.


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Oct 14, 2016 10:47 |  #5

Both fantastic choices. The deciding factor for me was that I felt more comfortable with the 85 focal length. The 135 left me feeling too 'removed' from the subject (if that makes sense) and it wasn't terribly convenient indoors. I'd suggest trying before you buy if you can.


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Oct 14, 2016 11:05 as a reply to  @ nqjudo's post |  #6

thanx alot but i have a big studio 20 feet by 35 feet so i dont think if i need full image with 135L it will hurt in any sense




  
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Oct 14, 2016 11:07 |  #7

Sounds to me like for what you're doing, you do not need an ultrafast prime, you would be better suited with a 70-200 F2.8L II.

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Oct 14, 2016 12:54 as a reply to  @ MalVeauX's post |  #8

i will surely buy 70-200 L II its in my wishlist..but right now my questions is which oe i have to buy between these 2 bad boys




  
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Oct 14, 2016 14:17 |  #9

I bought the 135L many years ago (not long after it was released) and despite many efforts to love it, I found it a boring lens and just a bit too long for everyday use. There's no questioning it's optical quality, it's stuff of legend, but it wasn't for me so I sold it. About 5 years ago I bought the 85L II and I immediately knew this is THE medium telephoto prime. Superb image quality coupled with breathtaking background blur if done right, fantastic! OK, it has its faults, purple fringing wide open in high contrast situations (easily removed in post) and slower autofocus. But it's freakishly sharp wide open and because of the huge throw needed to focus it, rarely misses with a good AF system if your technique is good. It also looks awesome, that barrel of glass on the front of your camera!

I suppose you can guess from my post I'm in the 85L camp, but whichever you decide, they're both excellent lenses.


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Oct 14, 2016 14:24 |  #10

picsnart wrote in post #18156812 (external link)
i will surely buy 70-200 L II its in my wishlist..but right now my questions is which oe i have to buy between these 2 bad boys

What do you need with F1.2 and F2 for fashion & studio?

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Oct 14, 2016 14:57 |  #11

The used prices of an 85/1.2 and a 70-200/2.8 II are about the same. Why not get the 70-200/2.8 II now? I don't see a lot of budget minded people who own a 135/2 and a 70-200/2.8 II either btw.


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Oct 15, 2016 03:10 as a reply to  @ MalVeauX's post |  #12

sir im not a very big fan of strobes,i love to use continuous lights for fashion in studio thats why i need wide aperture for better quaity




  
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Oct 15, 2016 03:12 as a reply to  @ FEChariot's post |  #13

no question about 70-200 f/2.8 L II..its in my wishlist n my next buy will be 70-200..right now i need a sharp wide open prime




  
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Nov 07, 2016 20:55 |  #14

135 vs 85 is a totally different focal length. In my opinion, you need to decide which focal length you use most and go from there, not just comparing the prices of the lens. May be the suggestions about 70-200 is not a bad idea in helping you finding the most used focal length that you will use. Different people use camera differently.




  
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Nov 08, 2016 10:03 |  #15

If you can afford it go for the 85L . I have both, and a 70-200 f4. The zoom only comes out when I absolutely need the reach. Bokeh wise they are very close, the 85L being better, but the working distance of the 85 (vs the 135) is more comfortable. Also the 135 frames tighter, it has a slightly longer MFD, but being longer you get a closer image. I am still evaluating if I should sell one of them and upgrade my 70-200 to the f2.8 II version, but I am not a fan of using mine as it is.
The 85L having such a wide aperture, has a learning curve, the 135 is much easier to use in that regard.
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