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135 f/2 at f2 anyone?

 
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Mar 12, 2013 13:50 |  #1

so im in the market for another lens and i am debating between the 135 f2 or the 100-400.
now i know you are gonna say that these are two very different lenses/ for different uses etc.. so basically im torn between reach (who doenst like reach?) and stunning portraits of "legendery" 135.
Im looking at the sample images threads daily but i can't tell if the 135 shots are all on f2. so if you have some shots wide open ill be happy to see them, and also if you have both lenses, what would you think be best for me? I like landscape and wildlife photography, but also traveling shots with my family. i never had a prime so I can't tell wheater i will miss the abillity to zoom.


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Mar 12, 2013 14:11 |  #2

most of the shots on the 135L gallery is shot wide open or at f2.8 as it's an excellent lens for isolating your subject at f2, perfect for portrait.
it's still also incredibly sharp wide open.
if you want a good and cheap portrait lens for your t3i, I would suggest looking at the EF 50 1.8, 35 2 or 40 2.8, prime, small and good enough for isolating your subject.
also you might find the 135L too long for general portrait on your t3i, unless you only want head shots or half body shots, otherwise you will be standing 20-30ft to get them full-body.
You could get the 100-400L that way you have 18mm all the way to 400mm covered and that lens excels for wildlife/nature photography.


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Mar 12, 2013 14:48 |  #3

Yes, the 135mm f/2L is happy wide open all day.
The vast majority of use I have gotten from it are at f/2.


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Mar 12, 2013 15:02 |  #4

so you suggest me getting both of them?


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Mar 12, 2013 15:29 |  #5

Romax12 wrote in post #15707292 (external link)
so you suggest me getting both of them?

like i said, it depends.

- 135L might be too long for general portrait on your t3i
- big difference in focal length between 135L and 100-400, one is for fast/portrait shooting, other one is a big zoom for wildlife
- how do you like your 18-135 on the long end on your t3i?
- consider a 35, 40 or 50 prime lens for general picture or portrait over the 135L


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Mar 12, 2013 15:31 |  #6

Agreed with taemo. Put your zoom at 135 and try shooting the stuff you envision using the 135L for. See how you like that focal length. Personally I find it much too long to be a versatile length. I'd go for a 50 or 85 for general portrait use.


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Mar 12, 2013 15:34 |  #7

Agreed with above...love the 135L. But, for the sake of your OP, here is one image (sorry I'm not really into portrait work so my dog will have to be good enough):

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Mar 12, 2013 15:38 |  #8

thank you all for the quick replies. when i take shots with my 18-135 i find myself mostly using the long end for people shooting.
another thing: i see alot of people complaining that the 100-400 isn't sharp enough. is it sharper than my 18-135? and how it compares to the 135 f2?


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Mar 12, 2013 15:42 |  #9

if you plan on shooting people with the 100-400 it might intimidate them though, especially if you are in the street


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Mar 12, 2013 15:43 |  #10

135 f/2's magic is at f/2 exactly. The background bokeh looks really like Monet painting at f/2.


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Mar 12, 2013 15:54 as a reply to  @ vaflower's post |  #11

Hello. I am thinking about picking up the 135L again. It's one of the best I've owned.

Here is a shot at f/2

IMAGE: http://michaelamyphotography.smugmug.com/Other/Canon-135mm-f2-135L/i-rJjsVbj/0/XL/486O3125-XL.jpg


and two at f/2.8
IMAGE: http://michaelamyphotography.smugmug.com/Other/Canon-135mm-f2-135L/i-hPSHtHf/0/XL/486O3008-2-XL.jpg

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Mar 12, 2013 16:23 |  #12

The 135L has apertures other than f2???

;):D


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Mar 12, 2013 17:04 |  #13

I rarely shoot my 135 at f/2, but did find a couple of images. The 135 and 100-400 are 2 of my favorites, but the 100-400 gets more use than any other lens I own.

7D - 135 - 1/6400s f/2.0 at 135.0mm iso100

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5D - 135 - 1/3200s f/2.0 at 135.0mm iso100
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Here are a couple of shots taken with the 100-400 at both ends of the range:
30D - 100-400 - 1/200s f/5.6 at 100.0mm iso400 (this was taken on a small pontoon boat).
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7D - 100-400 - 1/2500s f/5.6 at 400.0mm iso400
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Mar 12, 2013 17:20 as a reply to  @ M_Six's post |  #14

Nice simple shot at f2.0, I have the 70-200 f2.8 II and it is a stellar lens but not as good as the 135L as some people say...the 135L is a lens I just couldn't sell..

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Mar 12, 2013 17:32 |  #15

M_Six wrote in post #15707621 (external link)
The 135L has apertures other than f2???

;):D

And those are the ones I normally use. At f/2 the DOF is so shallow that not much is in focus. Even shooting head and shoulder shots at f/2.8 doesn't leave much room for error.

Here's a shot of one of my granddaughters taken with a 5D and 135 at f/2.8 and there are a lot of soft and out of focus areas in the image.

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