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Apr 23, 2012 17:19 |  #1

Im caught between these 2 lenses which one would you guys go for as I want both! Or which do you use more. I already own 85mm 1.2 too. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


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Apr 23, 2012 17:23 |  #2

I say get the 135L. That 85 and 135 combo would do nice. I just recently had to sell mine due to financial reasons so it'll be greatly missed :(.


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Apr 23, 2012 17:24 |  #3

What would you use it for?

If portraits then stick with your 85mm, if macro then its got to be the 100mm.

I personally think the 100mm would be of more use, the only thing you are gaining with the 135 over the 85 is more focal length (you are losing out on everything else). You would gain a faster lens then the 100mm, but at the expense of not being able to use it for macro. I think having the 85 already you would be more likely to use that on your FF camera than the 135 given the choice.


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Apr 23, 2012 17:34 |  #4

PCthug wrote in post #14315374 (external link)
What would you use it for?

If portraits then stick with your 85mm, if macro then its got to be the 100mm.

I personally think the 100mm would be of more use, the only thing you are gaining with the 135 over the 85 is more focal length (you are losing out on everything else). You would gain a faster lens then the 100mm, but at the expense of not being able to use it for macro. I think having the 85 already you would be more likely to use that on your FF camera than the 135 given the choice.

I might have to agree with this statement as well. The 135L did sit in my bag alot mostly because it was a tad bit long. You could walk a couple steps back to get the similar FOV from the 135L with the 85.


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Apr 23, 2012 18:01 |  #5

The 100L is a great lens but a bit pointless if you don't shoot macro simply because it's narrow maximum aperture of f2.8 so it can be covered by any of the 70-200 f2.8 zooms and it's also not that much longer than the 85L.


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Apr 23, 2012 22:11 |  #6

I would say sell the 85mm and buy both but thats just me.


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Apr 24, 2012 01:03 |  #7

tylerpaulphoto wrote in post #14316730 (external link)
I would say sell the 85mm and buy both but thats just me.

That is a joke right?


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Apr 24, 2012 01:22 as a reply to  @ mattmorgan44's post |  #8

Thanks for all the feedback. Think I will go with the 100 macro cos I do need the macro function for ring shots and other details too. And you're right I could get the same fov from the 85mm by walking a few steps back!! But I gotta say I do love the shots I've seen from the 135 but seeing how at weddings I keep 2 bodies on me I prob wouldn't swap my 85 out for 135 and the other body always has a wide on.


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Apr 24, 2012 01:31 |  #9

i had to decide between that and the 100 when i upgraded my 70-200. as much as i loved the 135 i decided to keep the 100 because i thought it was more versatile. things like macro, ring shots, and better travel lens IMO


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Apr 24, 2012 09:43 |  #10

thanks bespoke! think im gonna go with the 100mm too esp for the macro!


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Apr 24, 2012 09:54 |  #11

i love my 100L but need it for rings. it's a great portrait lens but is kinda slow to focus. the 135L (though i haven't shot) has some REALLY tack sharp images (2nd shooter uses one).

if you need macro, go 100. if you don't, go 135


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Apr 24, 2012 10:08 |  #12

btmlinedan wrote in post #14319114 (external link)
i love my 100L but need it for rings. it's a great portrait lens but is kinda slow to focus. the 135L (though i haven't shot) has some REALLY tack sharp images (2nd shooter uses one).

if you need macro, go 100. if you don't, go 135

I agree, I'd just replace 'need' with 'want' macro, because it is nice to have the option and experiment with macro occasionally even if you dont need it and currently only do portraits or whatever you do.

Also both lenses are very very sharp. What stands out to me with the 135mm is the bokeh, and those colours are amazing! Check out the lens sample thread and look at the colours with the 135. It's definitely not an easy choice if you don't need macro. Good news is you'll be happy with either I'm sure :)


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Apr 24, 2012 13:19 |  #13

I love my 100 2.8 L macro for portraits. The IQ is simply awesome and the IS is fantastic on it. And of course, it ain't to bad for the odd macro shot too.


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Apr 24, 2012 16:01 |  #14

I don't have either lens, but the 135L thread is probably my favorite thread on this forum. The shots are amazing!

I notice that a ton of people use Macro Extension tubes with the 135L and get some pretty incredible macro shots. Just something else to keep in mind...


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Apr 25, 2012 03:52 |  #15

damn im soooo confused! i mainly shoot weddings...and at the moment im using 35mm 1.4 * 85 1.2 for portraits, but i love the shots from the 135mm. The only shot i don't really get without cropping in tight is the ring shot! which i've seen with the 100mm lens and i love!!

i really dont know what to do .. i could use the 24-70 cos that gets in quite close for a ring shot and buy the 135...but also with the 85 i just need to take a few steps closer too!!! arrghhh!!! or as gohokiesgo suggested is to buy a macro extension tube.

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