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Canon 100L Macro vs 135L

 
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Feb 18, 2011 22:48 |  #1

I know, I know, there are plenty of these threads. But I want to tell you guys my situation, rather than basing my decision on others' needs.

I currently have the gear in my Sig, and is considering to get rid of my 85mm 1.4 depending on the second copy (originally had squeaky focusing issues). I started to look into the 100mm Macro, because I don't mind having a lens that performs well for portraits, as well as macro. But, I am a bokeh whore and I love the fact that the 135L can be described as a "bokeh cream machine." But, it seems to me that the 135L might be too long. The 100L is about $150 cheaper than the 135L. I plan on shooting portraits and candids. I do not shoot sports or any considerably fast action. I would appreciate if you guys can provide some feedback.

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Feb 18, 2011 23:58 |  #2

Hard to tell you whether or not the 135mm focal length is going to be too long for your application. How much space do you normally work with? Do you shoot indoors or out? Head and shoulders or full/half body? Maybe rent them both to see if the 135mm focal length will work for you. The 135L produces images with a certain quality the 100L simply can't reproduce.

They're both fantastic lenses and equally sharp in my opinion. The 100L is definitely the more versatile lens with the short MFD and amazing hybrid IS, and the focal length is still pretty usable indoors. I find the 135L focuses much faster and locks on in situations where the 100L can't in low light, but you definitely need some space.


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Feb 19, 2011 00:00 |  #3

By the way, I had an 85 1.8 and sold it after I got the 100L. The focal lengths are very similar.


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Feb 19, 2011 00:45 as a reply to  @ shujert's post |  #4

the bokeh created by the 135L is alot better compared to the 100L, but the 100L's bokeh is fantastic as well. If you are planning to do macro shots, get the 100L. If you are doing purely portraiture and candids, you might want to get the 135L instead.

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Feb 19, 2011 00:58 |  #5

If you want the option of having a macro, then purchase the 100mm 2.8.

If you're buying this lens strictly for portraits, the 135mm f2 has far better bokeh than the 100mm 2.8macro. You would actually get better bokeh with the 100mm f2 than the 2.8 macro. That said, I would just get the 135mm f2. The 135mm is not too long on a FF. Personally, I think the best portraits I've even seen were taken with the combination of the 135mm f2 and a full frame body. You have portrait heaven awaiting you with this combo... just buy it!




  
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Feb 19, 2011 01:08 |  #6
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danny819 wrote in post #11871505 (external link)
I know, I know, there are plenty of these threads. But I want to tell you guys my situation, rather than basing my decision on others' needs.

I currently have the gear in my Sig, and is considering to get rid of my 85mm 1.4 depending on the second copy (originally had squeaky focusing issues). I started to look into the 100mm Macro, because I don't mind having a lens that performs well for portraits, as well as macro. But, I am a bokeh whore and I love the fact that the 135L can be described as a "bokeh cream machine." But, it seems to me that the 135L might be too long. The 100L is about $150 cheaper than the 135L. I plan on shooting portraits and candids. I do not shoot sports or any considerably fast action. I would appreciate if you guys can provide some feedback.

http://www.amazon.com/​gp/product/B002NEGTSI (external link)
Only a few in stock.

Macro is no go to for what you intend to use it. The focus is very slow.




  
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Feb 19, 2011 02:21 |  #7

As much as I wanted to own 135L, I ended up buying the 100L because I wanted a good macro lens too.
Do I regret it? No. But the best way for you to find out is to test them out side by side (go rent if you can)


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Feb 19, 2011 03:02 |  #8

I'd go with the 135L going on what you described.
Want some Macro? Get some tubes.


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Feb 19, 2011 03:33 |  #9

I sold my 85L II and went with the 100L. Go figure :) I know I'm mad crazy. Seriously if outdoor is your thing then get the 135L but if you want versatility with closer MFD (helps indoor a lot) then 100L is your answer. Focusing speed the 135L wins hands down but the 100L is no slouch. Given unlimited resources I'd go for both. They have different uses.


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Feb 19, 2011 03:42 |  #10

Zeiss makes a 100mm f/2 macro lens for canons. It provides just as good of bokeh as the 135L when doing portrait shots and "magic bokeh" as well (more to follow on this), better sharpness than the 100L, build quality as good as the best L lenses, and it is all at a focal length you are more comfortable with.

It is considered so good a lens by those of us that own it that most use it for everything they can, which basically means everything but sports. In the sample archive you will find portraits, landscapes, birds, macro, etc.

The only downsides are that it costs as much as both of the lenses you are talking about combined, and has no auto-focus. Fortunately it has focus confirm and a REALLY good manual focus ring so you can even get BIFs with it if you like.

The final thing it does that separates it distinctly from all modern Canon lenses is the affor-mentioned "magic bokeh". Basically you can sometimes get bokeh that looks more like a painting than a photo. It mostly happens with flower shots, but it can happen in portraits too if the background is just the right distance behind the subject. Mastering that as a technique could really make for some amazing shots. Check out the sample archive on it for some examples. For instance posts 326, 327, and 349 (mine).

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=791379

Also there are some great portraits in the archive. For a bonus check out the last page, post 648. It has a great portrait shot with bonus painterly bokeh on the guy behind the subject.


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Feb 19, 2011 03:45 |  #11

arentol wrote in post #11872302 (external link)
Zeiss makes a 100mm f/2 macro lens for canons. It provides just as good of bokeh as the 135L when doing portrait shots and "magic bokeh" as well (more to follow on this), better sharpness than the 100L, build quality as good as the best L lenses, and it is all at a focal length you are more comfortable with.

It is considered so good a lens by those of us that own it that most use it for everything they can, which basically means everything but sports. In the sample archive you will find portraits, landscapes, birds, macro, etc.

The only downsides are that it costs as much as both of the lenses you are talking about combined, and has no auto-focus. Fortunately it has focus confirm and a REALLY good manual focus ring so you can even get BIFs with it if you like.

The final thing it does that separates it distinctly from all modern Canon lenses is the affor-mentioned "magic bokeh". Basically you can sometimes get bokeh that looks more like a painting than a photo. It mostly happens with flower shots, but it can happen in portraits too if the background is just the right distance behind the subject. Mastering that as a technique could really make for some amazing shots. Check out the sample archive on it for some examples. For instance posts 326, 327, and 349 (mine).

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=791379

Also there are some great portraits in the archive. For a bonus check out the last page, post 648. It has a great portrait shot with bonus painterly bokeh on the guy behind the subject.


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Feb 19, 2011 03:51 |  #12

Sadly the 100 MP will set you back a good bit. I'd love to own this baby one day. For me MF is a lot of fun but for pressurised work you really need AF.


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Feb 19, 2011 04:47 |  #13

Refresh Image wrote in post #11871988 (external link)
Macro is no go to for what you intend to use it. The focus is very slow.

Agree, have it and found the AF is little slow, specially in low light situation.
But for portrait it work just fine.


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Feb 19, 2011 10:23 |  #14

danny819 wrote in post #11871505 (external link)
I know, I know, there are plenty of these threads. But I want to tell you guys my situation, rather than basing my decision on others' needs.

I currently have the gear in my Sig, and is considering to get rid of my 85mm 1.4 depending on the second copy (originally had squeaky focusing issues). I started to look into the 100mm Macro, because I don't mind having a lens that performs well for portraits, as well as macro. But, I am a bokeh whore and I love the fact that the 135L can be described as a "bokeh cream machine." But, it seems to me that the 135L might be too long. The 100L is about $150 cheaper than the 135L. I plan on shooting portraits and candids. I do not shoot sports or any considerably fast action. I would appreciate if you guys can provide some feedback.

http://www.amazon.com/​gp/product/B002NEGTSI (external link)
Only a few in stock.


a very hard decision you'll make here.
Same experience I ever had last year (w/ same camera, same lenses).
And my choice would be for 135L.
I felt AF performance of 100L was little bit slower than 135L on 5D Mark II (on 100L, I didn't turn on macro/Full mode).

For candid, you'd probably need speed to catch the moment.
And that, 135L is the best answer.


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Feb 19, 2011 11:28 |  #15

ImRaptor wrote in post #11872312 (external link)
You son of a b... that was a thread my wallet could have done without going into.
As a fore warning, I'm pretty sure my wife hates you now.

+1. I don't know if those were just awesome photographers or if the lens is just that good. Great advertising on that 100mp. Daymmmm..


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