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Sep 05, 2011 22:26 |  #1

I am starting to use my 35 and my brothers Zeiss 50 a lot (waiting for my 50 1.4 to be delivered) and am seeing I am liking the look of the prime results.

The question is when hand holding the 135 what are the slowest shutter speeds you are happy with? I used to have a 200 2.8 and anything slower than 125 I was seeing my results weren't that good.


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Sep 05, 2011 23:16 |  #2

yeah, i'd try and keep the shutter 1/125s or faster with the 135L.


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Sep 05, 2011 23:22 |  #3

i was able to go as low as 1/80 being very careful, but i would usually stay around 1/160. that's why i think the fast aperture on this lens isn't really for low light because once it gets dark it's hard to use this lens.


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Sep 06, 2011 00:25 as a reply to  @ nikesupremedunk's post |  #4

I started this thread a while ago which may be helpful.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=885617


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Sep 06, 2011 00:45 |  #5

1/100 at a bare minimum, when I shot with the 135L it was used at speeds around there. If light was just too dark I swapped lenses


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Sep 06, 2011 00:51 |  #6

:rolleyes: for action/sport 1/640 to 1/800 is a minimum speed to freeze action, and 1/50 to 1/60 is a good speed for panning ....
If you just want to replace missing IS .. 1/200 should be the most comfortable speed, but it depends on you, if you control your body and your breath you can even get sharp pictures @1/100.
135L can be a good rather compact and light walkaround lens on FF (assuming you do some post processing to reduce noise over iso 1600 till iso 3200). It's probably a bit too long and too slow for apsc ...


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Sep 06, 2011 09:18 |  #7

For 135,
better with faster than 1/(135*2). But 1/135 (around 1/100) should work if your hands are steady.




  
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Sep 06, 2011 10:23 |  #8

Ive used it at about 1/30 and 1/60 and have good results.


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Sep 06, 2011 12:39 |  #9

Heck, I've gotten some sharp shots with it at 1/30 (below)... Tho they were mixed in with a fairly high percentage of shake blurred ones. Of course, I usually try to use it at more reasonable speeds... But what the heck, I'll try almost anything.

Seriously, on a full frame camera, you should be able to hand hold at around 1/125. On a cropper, you'd likely want to bump that up to 1/200 or faster. Maybe you can manage a little slower with a good keeper rate, maybe you'll need a little faster... The old "shutter speed reciprocal of the focal length rule" is really just a general guideline (full frame... multiply by 1.6X for crop)... We're all different and might get better with practice.

It's a gorgeous lens that I love to use on full frame in particular. I ordered mine the same time I got my 5DII (my return to full frame after 5 years shooting with nothing but croppers).

But I really like it on either format... 7D, handheld at 1/30:

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Mar 04, 2017 17:26 |  #10

Canon 1Ds mk3 200 2.8L - 1/40 - hand-held
I'm on the hunt for a 135 2.0 also .. awesome pair ...


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Mar 05, 2017 06:52 |  #11

Hardest lens I have to hand hold because it is so light weight that it has no dampening ability.


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Mar 05, 2017 16:19 |  #12

I agree with windpig, and when I first got my 135 I used auto ISO (don't any more) and found that this lens really like to break the rule that would say 1/135 is enough SS. I really try to keep it above 1/250 now and stay away from soft shots. I found early on with it I had too many shots I thought were good to get home and find they were a little soft. This lens is awesome, but I feel it likes a higher SS, or rather, you need to err on faster SS. Do that and it renders amazing and is plenty sharp. I also mostly use it at 2.2 fwiw, I think it sharpens up a lot stopped down that little bit and you don't lose any magic from it at 2.2.


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Mar 05, 2017 17:20 |  #13

1/250 for me with the 135L. I'm hoping the 135A being heavier and shorter will let me get away with 1/160 consistently. Thats my magical shutter speed.


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Mar 06, 2017 09:37 |  #14

I have used the 135L for 9 yrs now. One of canons very best portrait lens. But If your hand holding....1/125 minimum and at 1/125 your going to be hit or miss

I typically shoot at 1/200 minimum or higher


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Mar 06, 2017 09:41 |  #15

Yeah, I like 1/200 for the most part


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