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Not impressed by the 135L

 
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Dec 22, 2012 19:29 |  #1

I've been having the itch to get a new lens for my FF, and had my eye on the 135L. After looking at hundreds of images and not being convinced, I tested it out. It's a wonderful lens, but the 85L in my opinion is so much better.

Just, not a fan :confused: Anyone else think the same thing about it?


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Dec 22, 2012 19:32 |  #2

So much better in what way?

Why are u comparing a tele portait lens to a 85l lens?


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Dec 22, 2012 19:34 as a reply to  @ jonneymendoza's post |  #3

You're not using it properly is all I can say...




  
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Dec 22, 2012 19:37 |  #4
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It's nice lens no doubt, but it didn't wow me per se.

Sold it after 3 months or so as the cons outweight the pros for me in the end.


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Dec 22, 2012 19:37 |  #5

jonneymendoza wrote in post #15398028 (external link)
So much better in what way?

Why are u comparing a tele portait lens to a 85l lens?

Well, given the focal length, I think for portraits, the 70-200 is the way to go. The bokeh aesthetic has a sweet spot it seems at a very specific distance, and everything else is just aright. The compression is one thing, though that can be achieved with other lenses. Focus speed was nice, but still the 70-200 is better, and if discreet tele is the only unique selling point, well then alright, but that isn't something I'm looking for.

Just from a user point of view, after owning many Canon primes and loving them, this lens just didn't do it for me.


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Dec 22, 2012 19:38 |  #6

EnsitMike wrote in post #15398022 (external link)
I've been having the itch to get a new lens for my FF, and had my eye on the 135L. After looking at hundreds of images and not being convinced, I tested it out. It's a wonderful lens, but the 85L in my opinion is so much better.

Just, not a fan :confused: Anyone else think the same thing about it?

I like the 85L better.




  
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Dec 22, 2012 19:41 |  #7

Absolutely not. When I had it, over 90% of my shots were used wide open and tack sharp every time. Hard not to get a keeper with this lens. With that being said, I will look to add a 85L or 135L to my collection, and will be hard to decide between the 2.


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Dec 22, 2012 19:45 |  #8

Tony_Stark wrote in post #15398055 (external link)
Absolutely not. When I had it, over 90% of my shots were used wide open and tack sharp every time. Hard not to get a keeper with this lens. With that being said, I will look to add a 85L or 135L to my collection, and will be hard to decide between the 2.

Have you shot with a 70-200f/2.8 ? Not much better, in my own opinion of course.


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Dec 22, 2012 19:45 |  #9

I like the 85L better as well, though I think the 135L is a great lens too.
BTW, if I had a choice between the 135L and the 70-200 f2.8 IS MKII, I'd pick the 70-200 f2.8 IS MKII.




  
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Dec 22, 2012 20:01 |  #10

So a $900 lens did not perform as well for you as an $1800 lens. Hmmm. I used to have a 200 1.8 that did better than the 135 too. But, sometimes I needed a 135. The great thing about the Canon system is there are plenty of choices for everyone to find what they want,


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Dec 22, 2012 20:04 |  #11

EnsitMike wrote in post #15398067 (external link)
Have you shot with a 70-200f/2.8 ? Not much better, in my own opinion of course.

I shot the 70-200 II for about a day, but not my usual subject matter. That lens was amazingly sharp and flexible. But the weight of the lens puts me off. I want a very sharp fast prime.


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Dec 22, 2012 20:05 |  #12

I tried the 135L. I didn't love it. Yes, it made great images, but I tried it after owning the sigma 85. The sigma 85 makes just as much subject separation, has a much more usable focal length, and doesn't require as fast a shutter speed as the 135L.

My problem with the 135L was that many times I would end up having to bump up ISO to get my shutter speed high enough for handholding, and that it was frequently just too long.

Not a fan either.

I sure do love a fast 85, though.


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Dec 22, 2012 20:18 |  #13

You have to use the 135L at the right distance to REALLY appreciate the kind of image it can deliver.

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Dec 22, 2012 20:26 |  #14

I much prefer the 135L to the 85L II.


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Dec 22, 2012 20:26 |  #15

EnsitMike wrote in post #15398022 (external link)
I've been having the itch to get a new lens for my FF, and had my eye on the 135L. After looking at hundreds of images and not being convinced, I tested it out. It's a wonderful lens, but the 85L in my opinion is so much better.

Just, not a fan :confused: Anyone else think the same thing about it?

Seriously not impressed with your posting of an opinion without pics to back it up. While the 85L is quite a lens it is way overpriced for what it does and doesn't do. If Canons USM motor in the 135L and the lesser priced 85f/1.8 is lightning fast, how come the 85L feels sluggish in comparison. Before you throw out a comment that there's more glass involved in the 85L, please keep in mind Sigmas 85 f/1.4 is almost as fast as the cheaper Canon 85 f/1.8 and it's apretty hefty lens by a third party no less.

If you compare the 135L vs the 85L only then I would suggest taking into consideration what you want and should expect for the price you are willing to pay. Most well known pros have a hard time justifying having an $1800 lens sitting in their bag when most times a $350 - $900 version provides what they need to do their job.

That's my opinion.


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