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135L v. 70-200L 2.8

 
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May 10, 2009 12:23 |  #1

So I was just curious for those people out there who have tried both or have an opinion on this, which one do you think is better?

Does the fact that the 135 is a prime really make it way better than the 70-200 or are they comparable in IQ?

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May 10, 2009 12:28 |  #2

Sharpness, size and weight the 135L is better. It's better on color and bokeh too. The 135L has that pop that I couldn't find in the 70-200.

With that said, I use the 70-200 much more than the 135L.


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May 10, 2009 12:29 |  #3

The 135L IQ is beyond words; one of the best lenses available from Canon. Rich colors and bokeh. Simply amazing.

However, it is a prime. If your style of photography best suits a prime, it's money well spent. BUT, if you need the versatility, go with the zoom. Don't get me wrong - the IQ on any of the 70-200's hold their own.

My suggestion would be to rent both and see what fits your style and budget.


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May 10, 2009 12:32 |  #4

Karl C wrote in post #7893486 (external link)
My suggestion would be to rent both and see what fits your style and budget.

Thanks for the input Karl, you read my mind!

I was just looking into renting the 135L for a week. I rented the 70-200 2.8 IS last year and thought it was great, but I've honestly never really used a prime so I can't say I like one way or the other. I just will be sad if I get hooked on a 135 because I can't afford it! :(


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May 10, 2009 12:36 as a reply to  @ aebrown's post |  #5

I had zooms then sold them for an all-prime set-up and was set to buy the 135L. I've rented it and really like it. But I went through my shots and looked at my style. While I truly enjoyed primes, I ended selling them and going back to a zoom set-up for their versatility.

Both lenses have their place and you can't go wrong with either.

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May 10, 2009 15:04 |  #6

The downside to the 135L is it doesn't do 70-134 and 136-200.

Buy a focal length or range that you are going to use, then decide what lens best fills that requirement. I don't understand why some people do it the other way around. It's getting the shot, not what you used, that matters.

I was thinking of getting the 135L for my 40D but could not see myself using it all that much on a crop, for what I shoot, so I abandoned the idea, for the most part. I just picked up a used 5D (in transit) and the 135L is the next lens I am going to buy since I love the 85 focal length on a crop... the 135 on a FF will give me the same FOV.


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May 10, 2009 20:47 |  #7

Funny. I tested out the 135L and 70-200/2.8L IS in the store 2 days ago! I ended up buying the 135L because it's such a great focal length on the 5D and the images that were showing up on my LCD were looking more colorful and sharper than the 70-200.

However, I'm beginning to think that the 70-200 I tested had a bad IS unit. I was hand holding the thing at f/2.8, 1/125, 200mm with IS on mode 1 and I got a blurry shot of a person's face who was sitting down.

I would also go with the advice to test both out first and then make your decision based on which lens suits your needs better. From the looks of it, you've already got two of the best zoom lenses that Canon makes. Maybe it's time to add a third zoom L.


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May 10, 2009 21:36 |  #8

i actually found one of these 135l primes at a local camera shop today for 999.00 and it looked and shot like brand new. wish i had the extra money :(


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May 10, 2009 21:40 |  #9

I owned the 70-200 2.8 IS for a year before I bought the 135 f2. the 135 f2 was sold in less than a month.
Image quality is what everyone says it is, but I think 70-200 2.8 (my copy at least) is a stellar lens, with very good results for portraits. (what I use it for) wide open in the entire range. I also find in that focal length, for portrait photography, 3 stops of IS is far more useful than one stop of light, which Is hard to shoot at anyway, and get both eyes in focus. even with my zoom, I sometimes stop down to 3.2 or 3.5 if the light allows. I did not find the color and contrast any better on the 135. the only big plus is size and weight. If you are doing street photography, its less obtrusive.


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May 10, 2009 21:41 |  #10

whats bokeh????


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May 10, 2009 22:09 |  #11

HOPE-C wrote in post #7896160 (external link)
whats bokeh????

http://en.wikipedia.or​g/wiki/Bokeh (external link)


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May 10, 2009 22:21 |  #12

135L and 1.4X TC.



  
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May 10, 2009 22:45 |  #13

jr_senator wrote in post #7896408 (external link)
135L and 1.4X TC.


How badly does this effect IQ and sharpness?


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May 10, 2009 23:38 |  #14

aebrown wrote in post #7896563 (external link)
How badly does this effect IQ and sharpness?

Negligible at worst in my experience.


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May 10, 2009 23:41 |  #15

I am well satisfied. I use the lens far more often without the TC but shots with the TC are fine for me. I have read where others said the drop in IQ was very little.



  
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